Magnet Says Aluminum Super Duty Might Be On the Way
While it was never confirmed or denied, it’s reasonable to assume that the extensive use of aluminum in the 2015 Ford F-150 would lead to similar applications for the F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks. Hell, given Ford’s shown affinity for testing prototypes right under our noses by putting them in the hands of people who would inevitably use them in their fleets, it’s entirely possible that there are already scores of secret aluminum Super Duty trucks on work sites across the country as we speak.
According to a spy photographer from KGP Photography, who specializes in all things automotive spy shots, he has proof that Ford is testing aluminum Super Duty trucks as we speak. How does he know: magnets. How do those work?
We are so, so sorry for that.
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Apparently, KGP’s Brian Williams (and not the NBC anchor who loves Sir Mix-a-Lot) had a magnet handy when a prototype F-350 rolled up on him in Colorado. When he stuck it to the side of the truck bed, it fell off. Well. Seems as good a method as any.
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“If they’re using aluminum here, in the key punishment-point of a heavy-duty work truck, it stands to reason that aluminum is being used throughout the rest of the Super Duty prototypes — just as they have on the 2015 Ford F-150,” KGP’s Glenn Paulina told Automotive News.
Of course, this doesn’t guarantee that the next-gen Super Duty will make the switch to aluminum, but it’s a damned good indication that Ford is thinking in that direction.