What Goes Into 2016 Ford F-650 & F-750 Durability Testing - Video
Medium Duty Truck Testing
When the new 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 medium duty trucks were announced earlier this year our inner child got excited, what kid doesn’t love big tough looking trucks? We know that these trucks will almost be exclusively used for work but that hasn’t stopped us from dreaming about seeing one on the trail or at the very least towing a killer rig to do some wheeling.
The 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks are powered by the 6.7L Power Stroke V8 diesel engine that has three stages of power ratings. The first stage gives the truck 270 hp and 675 lb-ft of torque with the intermediate power rating coming in at 300 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque, the top power rating offered is 330 hp and 725 lb-ft. While these power numbers don’t come close to 440 hp and 860 lb-ft of the 6.7L offered in the 2015 F-250 and F-350, durability and economy are more important in the commercial market.
With Durability being a top feature of these class 6 and 7 trucks the team at Ford put these new trucks through their paces. At the Michigan Proving Grounds a rough course was designed to test the longevity and durability of every component on these trucks. With over 200,000 miles of durability testing, that would beat-up even the most seasoned rough road driver, robots were used to drive the F-650 and F-750 trucks. Ford Durability Engineer Fayyaz Saleem discusses the grueling testing these medium duty trucks withstood and what their testing revealed.