Thursday, February 11, 2010
2011 Super Duty Revealed
A number of features work together to make this Super Duty® extremely quiet, both inside and out, by reducing wind, road and powertrain noise.
• Quiet diesel engine is the result of fine tuning to reduce diesel combustion noise and to ensure quiet, smooth operation at high and low speeds
• Class-exclusive(1) Quiet Steel®(2) dash panel — composite laminated steel sheet works with extra sound padding in the dash and floor to provide a foundation for the quiet cabin
• Sound-damping back panel improves occupants’ ability to carry on a conversation
• Expandable “gull wings” inside the fenders just in front of the doors, work with the Quiet Steel(2) dash panel to reduce unwanted road and wind noise
• Thick side glass helps minimize wind noise
• Climate control system design reduces number and size of openings in the bulkhead, improving interior quietness
• Improved instrument panel seal helps reduce powertrain noise
• Exhaust system design is tuned for refinement with a robust, tough truck sound
(1) Class is full-size pickup trucks over 8500 lbs. GVWR.
(2) Quiet Steel is a registered trademark of MSC.
6.7L Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel testing is a reflection of Ford’s commitment to engineer and build this all-new diesel engine “in-house" and to meet the needs of the Super Duty® customer.
250,000-mile durability testing is designed to identify structural fatigue points of the powertrain components by simulating the driving habits of Super Duty® customers who tow heavy loads. Test engines spend 1,200 hours at peak torque to test the strength of the engine’s internal rotating parts.
Thermal cycle testing stresses the cylinder head gaskets, engine sealing and cooling system connections. Engines are idled, run at peak power until components are red hot, then shut off and allowed to soak while 16-degrees-below-zero Fahrenheit coolant is pumped through the engine. The process repeats over and over for 150 hours.
Structural testing is run to verify design parameters including assessment of the effect of design tolerances. Engineers build engines with tolerance-limit parts to simulate potential quality issues before they happen to the customer. Real-world wear testing simulates the operating conditions of 250,000 miles over the toughest grades in temperatures ranging from 40 degrees below zero to plus 130 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s the equivalent of 10 years in service.
Turbo-boost gauge lets the driver know the turbo-boost from the diesel engine is within the proper levels.
Engine hour meter in the Message Center indicates the number of hours the engine has been in operation. This is an especially useful feature for proper vehicle maintenance. Standard on all models.
Fail-safe cooling system allows the 6.2L V8-equipped vehicles to continue operating with limited engine power if coolant is lost. This lets the driver reach a service facility if the engine overheats.(1)
(1) Distance traveled depends on vehicle load, terrain and outside temperature.