2016 Ford Super Duty Burns in Spectacular Fashion During Testing

2016 Ford Super Duty Burns in Spectacular Fashion During Testing

Proving just how hard Ford pushes its big trucks, a 2016 Super Duty prototype has caught on fire, exploded and burnt to ashes during testing.

According to the spy photographers at the scene, the Ford Super Duty caught fire, burned, exploded multiple times, melted and ultimately was destroyed. Luckily both engineers inside the pickup are safe and no one was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation but appears to have ignited by the front driver-side wheel well. The photographers also mentioned that the entire truck was destroyed in about 21 minutes.

SEE ALSO: Next-Gen Ford Super Duty Trucks to Use Aluminum

The prototype was being tested in extreme heat and in a way, did its job as they’re made to fail. One thing is for sure, the next-generation Super Duty will use plenty of aluminum as evident in the aftermath of the photos.

GALLERY: 2016 Ford Super Duty Fire Spy Photos


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  • Rickers

    Damn. There’s NOTHING left.

  • Kicker

    I’ll stick to my Cummins… thanks.

  • Bug S Bunny

    Ironically it was towing a trailer full of water (no joke).

  • sal

    im sorry , wtf do you think of the word “testing”?

    This kind of thing actually happened more than you think when they test the car in real world conditions for towing and heavy hauling “basically pushing it to the limit”.
    Actually nothing to worry about.

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  • Tom

    You have to remember it was a 2016 PROTOTYPE. 2016 is too far away from now to determine that all 2016 Ford Super Duty trucks will turn out this way. My first car was a Ford Truck, I’ve had Ford trucks all my life and never have I ever had one problem with them. I had a 2008 Chevy Silverado brand new and the 50,000 mile mark the transmission blew. Fords are Still better than a Chevy. I’ll just stick with Powerstroke & Cummine

  • Shiratori90

    Shills will keep on shilling……

  • Doug Scott

    You do know that they picked up the big pieces don’t you? Also, truck body would have been aluminum, and aluminum has a much lower melting point than steel has. The aluminum would still be there after melting, just in a different shape. Should be obvious that all the steel parts(axle assembly, engine components, frame, suspension, etc) were removed during cleanup.

  • Raymond Ramírez

    That new truck is so hot that it burns up by itself!

  • rcv37013

    Interesting…my 2011 Ford F-150 met a very similar fate. Burst into flames from the front left wheel well after a fairly minor collision. Also the airbags did not deploy, nor did the seat belts lock.

  • Tank

    This is why I have a Cummins

  • Saud

    A prototype burns to ashes is better than a live model burns in town. That is quite acceptable to have a car burning during test to see how safe it is. Thanks Ford for the Built Tough and torture tests being done before your customers sets behind the wheel.

  • Saud

    By the way, I’m thinking more an more that Ford might want to test the Military Grade Aluminum body when it catches fire. We do not really know if this fire testing the automotive bodies is something allowed anyways?

    Of course that is based on the fact that this superduty does have Aluminum body.

  • adam222green

    Presumably the last pics are after the clean-up of any significant remains. The progressive photos show the bumper, block and ancillaries are simply never going to get hot enough to melt unless there was an auxiliary fuel (since the real heat of the diesel burning would consume the rear of the vehicle after explosions at the front (two batteries, fuel filter, tires) would have done little to generate heat (all of which is rising in the clouds of smoke and flame.)
    As for what caused it? Perhaps a design fault, perhaps something trivial …. at least Ford does their burn tests during R&D … Ferrari leaves that work for the first customers …

  • Scales

    I wish that would have happened to my 2008 6.4. It would have been cheaper to get rid of that piece of crap.

  • sanfordandsons

    Turbo? Regen? I bet there is a design problem. Those Regen’s get pretty hot.

  • David Brickner

    I bought a “Superduty” because is WAS heavy. Why do I want a lighter truck??? Buy a Chevy luv for cripes sake. I’m keeping my 2008 F250…..no new ones for me….

  • Just for the record, this is not a production vehicle, it is in testing. Unlike Dodge trucks that have been in production for a while. So while you Dodgy Cummins fan boys think you are all that and a slice of bread, read the following.


  • Interested.

    What problems did you have with it?

  • Scales

    At about 4000 Miles the DPF plugged up. The dealer asked me if I drive to Mexico to fill up. At 12 MPG I asked them why would I do such a thing.
    I don’t remember the mileage but it was under warranty it blew a radiator and the water pumps cavitate, The real fun began at 100,000 Miles, warranty expired. Coolant temp would go from straight up to the red in about 20 seconds. Take it in for a new radiator, same thing, new oil cooler and install a filter to catch the debris from the water pump problem. Again the temp would blow up to the red in a matter of seconds. All said I liked the way the truck drove but the repair shop was full of Fords with pretty much the same list of problems they have had since the 6.0. Ford wont look any anything if your a minute out of warranty.