Ford Uses Ancient Weapons and Blue Jeans to Develop Its Interiors

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All-New 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor with auto start-stop technology

The durability of your car or truck’s engine and transmission is of the utmost importance, especially if you use your Blue Oval as a business vehicle. However, where are you when you’re racking up all those thousands of miles? That’s right – inside the vehicle, which needs to be just as tough as what’s under your hood.

Five Finger Scratch Test

To make sure its cabin materials can stand up to the abuse its customers inflict upon them, Ford sees how much of it they can take in the first place. It stretches fabrics, runs metal points across plastics, and even drags ball-and-chain flails across seating materials. To make sure your new Levi 501s don’t stain the Medium Soft Ceramic Nirvana leather in your Explorer Platinum, Ford performs tests that’ll help it keep fresh denim and other materials from transferring dyes to its seats.

Resistance to Dye Transfer Test

It also evaluates its textiles and leathers for their resistance to stains and how easy it is to clean substances such as oil, grease, and coffee off of them.

Learn more about how hard Ford is on its cabin components in the following videos – and rest a little easier the next time one of your kids drops his or her ice cream on the way home.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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