Four truck customers have been offered the chance to get behind the wheel of Ford’s new aluminum-built, EcoBoost-powered 2015 F-150.
Ford started releasing last Friday the first of four videos in the “You Test” series; these videos will show, said Ford, how these customers tested the all-new F-150 at www.BuiltToughTest.com.
The company explained these truck customers were selected from more than 15,000 submissions, in which entrants described how they would test the toughness of the new F-150 pickup.
“Our four winners demonstrate how Built Ford Tough isn’t simply a tagline – it’s our brand commitment that F-150 gets the job done, day in and day out,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group marketing manager. “The videos show real-world testing beyond testing already conducted by Ford engineers. This is what matters most – serving our customers.”
Video viewers will witness each of the four customers testing a 2015 F-150 Lariat 3.5-liter EcoBoost 4×4 in different regions of North America. Ford said they will be tackling such challenges as military-intensive off-road trails in the desert, hauling rocks, towing hay bales and transporting supplies more than 900 miles.
The first video released features Brian Schober, a systems engineer for military vehicle testing, in Yuma, Arizona. Schober ran the 2015 F-150 through a series of off-road tests in the Arizona desert – some of which are used for the military vehicles he tests. The F-150 was tested over 36 straight hours navigating a rugged 10-mile loop, which included rock crawls, sand washes and suspension challenges in triple-digit temperatures.
“I work at the U.S. Army proving grounds where I drive approximately 350 miles a day on gravel and dirt roads, hauling parts and people. I’ve gone through my fair share of vehicles,” said Schober. “We currently rent a 2013 F-150 and consider it a workhorse. With a new F-150 on my radar for my next vehicle, the 2015 looks like it will do the trick.”
Ford said more than 550,000 F-150s with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines have been sold since the availability of EcoBoost started in 2011.
Videos of the three other winners testing the all-new F-150 will be posted in the coming weeks, added Ford, showcasing the truck hauling boulders in Oregon, towing bales of hay in Montana, and transporting supplies more than 900 miles on primarily gravel roads from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories in Canada.