The sun is a powerful force in our universe. It keeps us alive, yet at the same time can cause damage to everything we see. As residents of a sunny state like Arizona, this is something we can all attest to. To make sure that the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 resists damage from the sun, Ford engineers put the truck through rigorous testing to keep it protected both inside and out.
For the glare and fade testing, Ford put individual truck parts through the Thermatron at its Central Lab. This device simulates the damaging UV rays from the sun. Engineers worked meticulously to design every surface and angle in the truck to avoid sun glares while driving. Ford also put the truck through the Visual Performance Evaluation Lab for further glare testing.
“Built Ford Tough means more than surviving dirt, rocks and mud, or towing heavy trailers,” said Cindy McComb, materials engineer in the Central Lab, in a statement. “We like to think our work on this truck has given it the kind of sun protection Built Ford Tough trucks require to look as good after five years of exposure to sun, wind and rain as they do when they leave the showroom floor.”
Ford even made sure the iconic Blue Oval would last and put it through 3,000 hours of sun-like conditions—the equivalent of five years. It then went through extreme heat and cold tests to make sure the chrome plating wouldn’t crack or warp.
It’s great to know that Ford takes such pride in every detail of the F-150. The all-new 2015 F-150 will be coming to Sanderson Ford later this fall.