Aluminum F-150 Wreck Shows Impressive Results
Heavy Impact to Aluminum-Built F-150 Silences Naysayers
If you believed the talking heads at Chevy you would think that Ford’s new aluminum F-150 trucks are nothing more than foil-wrapped death machines. We’ve all seen the commercials that supposedly show just how easy it is to rip the aluminum to shreds. And maybe, it raised some questions about whether it was a good idea to switch from good ‘ole steel.
The proof is certainly in the pudding when you take a look at the aftermath of this 2016 F-150 wreck. Far from a fender-bender, the poor driver of this truck was T-boned at an intersection by a drunk driver in a Nissan Altima. The offender ran a red light and plowed directly into the front driver’s side of the F-150 at about 40-50 mph.
The aftermath was a scuffed up wheel and a dented front fender. Actual tearing of the aluminum wheel well took place at the bottom of the door panel, but it was minor. The bend of the fender broke the LED headlamp, but the door and hood are still able to open and close, which is pretty impressive. The worst part of the damage is the frame, which was cracked upon impact.
Overall it’s a pretty impressive result from a strong impact on one concentrated area. The suspension is even intact despite the direct blow that it took from the Nissan. Even though there was a tear in the aluminum, a steel truck would have needed a new fender and door after an accident like this.
This is a real-world demonstration of why the F-150 is an IIHS top safety pick! Despite the best efforts by the “competition,” the proof is literally in the pudding. This certainly isn’t a rolling tin can.
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