Some 10 million miles were taken beating up on the 2015 Ford F-150 in the name of durability testing, and naturally the company is eager to show off how much abuse their new truck can take. Ford fan or not, this is fun to watch.
Here are the ten tests the new truck underwent that Ford reckons are the "toughest," or at least most entertaining.
Ford spends five straight days rattling the F-150 like a noisemaker at Carnival and gathers the data. The test is designed to maximize force in the seven directions science says are most likely to cause frame damage in real-world driving.
Trucks are driven over what's basically the crappiest road in (your town here!) Speed is held at a steady 20 MPH while the vehicle bounds in and out of giant potholes.
Power Hop Hill
An off-road track in Michigan designed to replicate the Hualapai Mountains in northwest Arizona.
A 55-gallon drum is tossed into the truck's bed, at an angle of maximum idiocy so the rim hits the bed to potentially do more damage.
Salt washes and high humidity torture was administered to see how the F-150 would fare against rust. The body was hosed down an "acid spray" to simulate a decade of degradation.
The truck's run up the thirteen mile climb to the top of Union Pass in Arizona with a maxed out trailer load. Unfortunately this test has nothing to do with the legendary John Davis.
Stone Peck Alley
A long road with lots of gravel.
Engine Thermal Shock
A high-powered temperature control device is hooked up to the truck's engine bay, running it back and fourth between -20 and 260ºF every twenty seconds for about 400 hours. That actually sounds pretty gnarly.
Rock And Stop
Aggressive starts and back-and-fourth rocking you might use to get yourself out of the snow.
Axles are hooked up to malevolent robot arms that simulate brutal suspension flex.