2016 Ford Super Duty will be outfitted with ultra-modern aluminum body panels. However, the 2016 Ford Super Duty did BURST INTO FLAMES in a desert test run! Recently one of the new 2016 Ford Super Duty truck prototypes exploded during testing in the Death Valley desert (seems appropriate). Some lucky photographers spotted the 2016 Ford Super Duty doing testing in the 120 degree temperature desert. These photographers got more than what they bargained for though. The heat presumably was just too much for the prototype. The truck began burning near the driver’s side wheel well. Shortly after catching fire two Ford engineers quickly brought the truck to the side of the road and then ran from the vehicle. Within three minutes of the initial flames the engine bay and cab were completely engulfed in flames. Luckily no one was hurt during the incident. The new 2016 Ford Super Duty went down in a blaze of glory though. A lucky camera operator and bystanders were able to catch all the action with photos and there was even a video of the Ford Powerstroke burning on the side of the road.
Aftermath of 2016 Ford Super Duty on Fire
Reportedly the truck continued to occasionally explode as it burned and little was left once the flames had died down. The whole process took only around 21 minutes to go from full prototype to only a shell of its former self. All that was left was the 6.7 liter diesel engine, the frame, and a few piles of molten aluminum. It is no secret that the 2016 Ford Super Duty truck will have aluminum body panels. Yet, the truck is not expected to be built with as much aluminum in the body as the revolutionary lighter duty 2015 Ford F-150. The explosions and fire witnessed does imply that the body is not full steel though. Magnesium in aluminum does make it more explosive than steel. Ford is currently using more magnesium in the manufacturing of their trucks than any other automaker to date. This includes the use of magnesium in its body panels, suspension and steering system, and various radiator parts. Ford are looking to reduce weight anywhere they can. They are currently looking into the cause of the fire, but the reason is still unknown.
Overview of 2016 Ford Super Duty
Using aluminum parts in Ford’s trucks can reduce the weight of their vehicles by around 700 lbs. This weight lose should make for a more fuel efficient pickup while not sacrificing the power. An aluminum truck will consume hundreds of gallons less fuel over its lifetime compared to its steel bodied counter parts. This is something that Ford is banking on that the consumer will really appreciate. The 6.7L V8 should easily be able to push 400 HP and 850 lb TQ right off the lot! The current super duty models use an automatic transmission but no word yet on what kind of transmission options will be available in the 2016 model. Also for those drivers that use bio-diesel you are in luck! The new 2016 Ford Powerstroke Super Duty will be fully bio diesel capable. Also the Ford engineers are trying to improve the characteristics of the diesel engine to reduce fuel consumption. We are seeing a renewed vigor from Ford for higher MPG vehicles… There is no official price release from Ford, but the price should be in the range of $30,000 for the base model up to $70,000 for fully equipped. The 2016 Ford Super Duty should still be on schedule to debut next March. Hopefully, by then all the explosive bugs will be worked out. At least Diesel Addict hopes so.