The Built Ford Tough F-150 aluminum body is a favorite topic of conversation at Ziem’s Ford Corners, especially during Truck Month. Back in 2015, Ford shocked the world by switching from the expected steel construction to aluminum, and never looked back.
Less is More
The Ford F-150 is the only truck in its class constructed of high strength military-grade aluminum-alloy. This is the same 6000 series material used in aerospace, military and industrial applications. This construction gained America’s Best Selling Truck a 700-pound weight reduction over its original design. It’s one of the main reasons the F-150 can boast a best-in-class payload up to 13,200 pounds towing capacity. The weight savings also helps the F-150 accelerate quicker, stop shorter and be more fuel-efficient.
Strength and Durability
Ford engineers selected the aluminum-alloy in part because of the metals’ unique ability to withstand tough customer demands. Before the decision was made, these materials were torture-tested to Built Ford Tough standards and exceeded expectations. The lightweight property allows an increase in gauge (or thickness) to achieve strength without increasing body weight, which as mentioned, equals a greater power to weight ratio. But that’s not all. The aluminum-alloy has improved resistance to dings, dents and scratches.
Resistance to Corrosion
If ding resistance, payload, capacity, lightweight strength and fuel efficiency aren’t enough, there’s more. The natural properties of aluminum make it resistant to corrosion and the material doesn’t rust. Preproduction our aluminum-alloy was torture tested by enduring salt and acid sprays. This means that the high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body on the 2021 F-150 will stay relatively shiny throughout its lifetime.
An Eco-friendly Option
Eco-friendly isn’t always a word associated with heavy-duty trucks, but along with fuel efficiency, and the available all-new 3.5L PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6 engine, the carbon footprint for aluminum-based vehicles is smaller than that of their steel constructed counterparts. That’s because aluminum is 100% recyclable and retains its properties indefinitely. In fact, more than 75% of all aluminum from 1888 is still in use. That means most of the aluminum being used for building vehicles today is over 100 years old.
Want to Know More?
The aluminum body of the F-150 is only one of the advantages of owning America’s Best Selling Truck. If you want to learn more about all that the F-150 has to offer, check out our showroom in Farmington, New Mexico. Book a test drive ahead of time to see what driving a new or certified pre-owned Ford F-150 feels like. Our team at Ziem’s Ford Corners is ready to help you get into the truck of your dreams during Truck Month.
*Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers. Towing and payload are independent attributes and may not be achieved simultaneously.