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Ford Extends Super Duty Testing Program

The over-discussed 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles are to get an extended fieldwork evaluation program, at least until the end of the year. This is caused, Ford says, by the demands of the customers the trucks are currently being tested with. The testing program will thus be extended at least until the end of 2010.

“We tested the 2011 Super Duty in every situation imaginable throughout the development process, but nothing can replace these real-world scenarios,” says Chris Brewer, chief engineer of the 2011 Super Duty.

  The real-life testing of the F-Series began in December last year, with test mules being delivered to selected customers working with severe duty applications. Since then, the new line of trucks proved to be among the best in its class when it comes to fuel consumption, with a 18 percent improvement for pickup models and up to 25 percent improvement for chassis cabs versus 2010 models in terms of fuel economy.

The trucks are powered by 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel engine with 735 ft.-lb. of torque at 1,600 rpm and 390 horsepower at 2,800 rpm.

“Because of the extensive development work done with the 2011 Super Duty, especially with the new diesel engine, we had every confidence that even preproduction examples would be outstanding performers,”
said Doug Scott, Ford Truck marketing manager.

“With these trucks delivering outstanding capability and fuel economy, it’s understandable why these businesses want to keep them on the team as long as possible.”

The F-Series Super Duty are being currently tested by Reynolds Asphalt & Construction Co, TexOp Construction and Florida Power & Light.

 
 
 
 
 

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