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How Ford Cut 250 Extra Pounds from 2015 F-150

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Ford F-150 lightweighting

The steering knuckles of a 2014 F-150 and the 2015 F-150

Ford went to extreme lengths to make sure that the 2015 Ford F-150 is not only the smartest and most-capable truck that it has ever built, but also the lightest and most efficient. To accomplish an incredible decrease in the new F-150’s weight compared to that of the 2014 model, Ford utilized a great deal of high-strength steel in the frame and aluminum-alloy in both the box frame and the body panels. This resulted in a loss of 450 pounds from the outgoing model.

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Ford’s magic number for lost weight has been 700 pounds, leaving one to wonder how the other 250 pounds disappeared. Ford has elaborated with a handy-dandy infographic that covers all additional areas of weight-loss.

Ford F-150 lightweighting

As it happens, the greatest loss of weight comes from the truck’s rear axle, where Ford was able to save 35 pounds. Additionally, Ford knocked off nearly 27 pounds with a new electronic parking brake, more than 23 pounds with the steering knuckles, and as much as a combined 46.5 pounds from the front and rear seats.

Other areas where Ford cut weight include the fenders, transfer case, front bumper, and instrument panel.

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