After secretly testing new F-150 prototypes, Barrick Gold USA surprisingly ordered 35 all-new models. Ford initially gave the mining company the prototypes so they could torture test the trucks on the inhospitable terrain; however, after trying them out, Barrick liked the F-150s so much they ordered an entire fleet.
Frankly, if this doesn’t tell you how rugged and dependable the new F-150 is, we don’t know how else to prove it to you. According to Ford, Barrick ordered the all-new F-150 SuperCab 4×4 models, which feature a 5.0-liter V8. In addition to incredible power, the Ford F-150 durability is what most impressed the miners.
“The F-150s see tough duty from operations supervisors, exploration field technicians, project managers, maintenance technicians and closure personnel,” said Rebecca Caudill, Barrick Gold USA fleet manager. “Many of the trucks go into extremely rugged conditions during the planning and mapping out of new projects, core drilling, and daily mining operations.”
Caudill went on to say that their trucks see over 35,000 miles per year, most of which is in incredibly harsh terrain. By pushing through these tough conditions, this is just one more way the F-150 has proven it’s incredibly dependable.