Deep Freeze Testing the 2017 Super Duty

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All new vehicles are subjected to extremely cold temperatures to ensure they will operate properly in even the worst conditions.  For a work horse like the Ford Super Duty line of trucks, this type of testing is extremely critical to ensure the safety of workers who must be out in freezing weather.

If you live and work in the northernmost parts of the world where the winter can bring downright dangerous cold weather, having a truck that will start and run properly in such extreme conditions can be a matter of life or death.

This video documents Ford going through extreme cold weather testing on its new, 2017 Super Duty truck, along with a few other rides it brought along to Florida’s Elgin Air Force base.  Testing facilities like this one allow automakers to calibrate their vehicles to work in even the most extreme conditions. They kick things off by firing up a 2015 Super Duty in a balmy -20 degrees, and it starts with no hesitation.

To make sure that their vehicles will function properly in even the coldest climates, Ford takes the temperature down all the way to -40 degrees for a couple days of testing.  Amazingly, with the exception of a higher idle speed to keep the engine warm, little extra calibration is necessary.

So if you are lucky enough to live in a place that gets that cold, or even if you don’t, you can rest assured that your truck will start and run like it would on a normal summer’s day.  In even the toughest of conditions, these new trucks continue to prove that they are as reliable as your favorite pair of boots.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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