When the 2015 Ford F-150 was announced, one of the main selling points–you know, along with EcoBoost power and being pretty awesome in every conceivable way–was the fact that Ford had managed to trim a lot of weight from the previous model. We all know about the military-grade, aluminum-alloy body construction that trimmed about 450 pounds all by itself. However, it wasn’t the only thing that trimmed weight from the F-150. So, how did the 2015 Ford F-150 trim so much weight?
1) The New Rear Axle. The larger trims of the previous model used a 9.75-inch axle, which was required to manage the F-150’s robust payloads. However, great structural gains have been made in the newer 8.8-inch axle, which is now the only one that is used. Total weight loss: 35 lbs.
2) Steering Knuckles. Steering knuckles are crucial to the F-150’s performance, allowing the wheels to turn and move vertically on rough terrain. The newest steering knuckles, made of high-grade aluminum-alloy, way roughly half of what the old ones did, and were tough enough to handle the Baja 1000 with ease. Total weight loss: 23.1 lbs.
3) Electronic Parking Brake. The new electronic parking brake is staggeringly advanced, and is also amazingly un-clunky. Even as it provides features such as driveaway release and dynamic four-wheel braking, it’s light weight allows the F-150 to increase load capacity. Total weight loss: 26.9 lbs.
4) Fenders. The new rust-free fenders have proven impervious to exposure to acified sprays, yet are much lighter than the fenders on the outgoing model. Total weight loss: 13.7 lbs.
5) Seats. You might think that lightening the seats would result in less stability, but this is not the case. The F-150’s seats were tested up to 10,000 times for durability, and stood up to the test again and again. Total weight loss: 31.7 lbs. (front), 14.7 lbs. (rear)
These are only a few of the ways that the 2015 Ford F-150 has changed the game for area truck drivers. To learn more about how the F-150 is ahead of the class in so many different areas, visit Harbin Automotive today!