Ford Is Able To Simulate 10 Years Of War In Just 82 Hours

2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid Prototype Testing Torture Michigan Proving Grounds

In regards to the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid, its engineering team put it best: just because it’s a hybrid, doesn’t mean anybody is going to go easy on it. No kid gloves. And rightfully so. With 430 horsepower and a record 570 lb-ft of torque, the hybrid F-150 is arguably the most capable of the entire lineup. It’s rated to tow 12,700 pounds, for example. But what gave Ford the confidence to bestow such high capabilities onto its hybrid half-ton truck? Today, we get a look on how Ford is breaking stereotypes on hybrid vehicles.

Being uniquely a hybrid, Ford had to come up with a specific testing cycle for the 2021 F-150 PowerBoost. As such, Ford built a custom testing machine using multi-axis hydraulic actuation to violently shake the powertrain’s 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. This is meant to simulate conditions like washboard dirt roads and jarring potholes.

How effective is this torture device? Just 82 hours on this machine puts the equivalent of 10 years of mechanical wear and tear on the batteries, says Ford. This was on top of the otherwise standard Ford truck testing that took place all over America. Locations include near the Davis Dam. Here, the trucks climb a 6 percent grade taking place on 11.4 miles of highway that climbs 3,500 feet in the Mojave Desert. It’s said to be a crucible for tow testing, and engineers took the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid through this test to validate its engine, modular hybrid transmission, cooling systems, and trailering technologies.

The 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost can also produce 7.2 kilowatts from its onboard generator. If you need a visual, that’s good enough to power a home kitchen, including the electric stove, oven, etc.

The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall. The truck is built at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.

2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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