Being from Detroit I just got to send a shot out to Ford Motor company. Making a F-150 out of aluminum is pretty radical. I know those guys in dearborn know what they are doing. Shaving 800 lbs off a pick up truck gives you an unfair advantage.
So look for the Aluminum Toyatas in a few years. Those guys will copy this one for sure. Here is a good article I found about the F-150 to learn more:
That’s how Ford’s new F-150 truck is being described after the redesigned 2015 model was unveiled at the Detroit auto show on Monday. And besides calling it “radical,” the Associated Press is also saying it’s the talk of the show.
So what’s so radical? The auto-maker shaved 700 pounds off the truck by making it the first to be made mostly out of aluminum:
Ford Motor Co. unveiled the 2015 F-150, whose body is 97-percent aluminum, on Monday. The lighter material shaves as much as 700 pounds off the 5,000-pound truck, a revolutionary change for a vehicle known for its heft and an industry still reliant on steel. No other vehicle on the market contains this much aluminum.
The change is Ford’s response to small-business owners’ desire for a more fuel-efficient and nimble truck – and stricter government requirements on fuel economy. It sprang from a challenge by Ford’s CEO to move beyond the traditional design for a full-size pickup.
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