Following the footsteps of the F-150 half-ton, the new Super Duty trucks coming from Ford will use an aluminum body to help shed weight.
Although this move was expected, confirmation arrives thanks to a spy photographer and a magnet. Automotive News reports that spy photographer Brian Williams caught a new Ford F-350 testing near Colorado, and immediately tried to stick a magnet to the bed’s bare metal. What he discovered was no attraction, something that should have been there if this was a steel bed.
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While this doesn’t confirm outright that the rest of the body will use aluminum, it is a safe bet. If Ford is willing to use the lightweight material on the part of the truck that takes the most punishment, why wouldn’t they fit aluminum in all the spots where it won’t get beat on.
On the F-150, the new aluminum body helped to the truck to lose an average of 700 pounds.
[Source: Automotive News]
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