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Ford Patents 11-Speed Automatic Transmission

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A new patent document published on April 9 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office suggests that Ford is eyeing an 11-speed automatic transmission.

The document includes details for three different embodiments of the transmission using different combinations of clutches, brakes and gears. Currently the company has only announced plans for a 10-speed automatic transmission that will arrive in the 2017 F-150 Raptor pickup truck. Ford powertrain spokesman Paul Seredynski wouldn’t confirm that Ford is developing an 11-speed automatic transmission.11-speed-automatic

“As a technology leader, we submit patents on innovative ideas as a normal course of business. Patent submissions help protect our new ideas but do not necessarily indicate future business or product plans,” he said in an official statement.

Ford is already able to claim an average 20 MPG, which is a two-MPG improvement for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost 2015 F-150 in two-wheel drive form compared to the previous generation equipped with the same engine by shaving up to 700 lbs from the curb weight of the old truck courtesy of an aluminum body.

Ford filed the patent on October 4, 2013.

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smartacus says:

10 and 11 speeds is awesome.
I hope they have a very low 1st gear for crawling/towing and the ability to start off in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th depending on available traction and/or comfort mode selection.

Luke Vandezande says:

It still remains to be seen if it will actually reach production… Someone who shall remain unnamed but has knowledge of these things seems skeptical.

BahamaTodd says:

This isn’t news. This isn’t even a patent – its an application. There are many patents out there for 10+ speed auto transmissions.

GM approved a patent for a 13 speed transmission back in 2012.
https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pdfs/US8152683.pdf

Soyntgo4it says:

I like How they left out how GM was also involved and partnership in this development of the transmissions just like the other transmissions they partnered up to patent.. lol

OutsideofWashington says:

Yes, GM and Ford joined forces to develop a line of 9 and 10 speed transmissions and Linamar in Guelph Ontario Canada has been awarded a contract to build many of the parts. i suspect these transmissions will be out in early 2017. The 9 speed will be in the Malibu and Fusion to compete with the 9 speed that FCA has already in the 200.

craigcole says:

*Only* 11 forward speeds?! I settle for nothing less than a dozen!

BernardP says:

Eleven gears, seven of which will be “overdrive”, continuing the inescapable trend of all your car’s mechanicals and electronics conspiring to have the engine constantly lugging around at 1800 rpm, in the name of theorical fuel economy numbers.

David Harmon says:

Just people ignoring that loading increases fuel consumption, especially with turbocharged engines.

BernardP says:

You are exactly right. Of course, what really matters are those EPA numbers, obtained in laboratory conditions…
Another proof that lugging the engine harms fuel economy is the CVT transmisison. There is no better transmission to lug the engine and get high EPA numbers. But it always is disappointing with real-world driving.

David Harmon says:

Lugging wouldn’t be such an issues if the bearing and oiling system were designed to handle it. However, not a single one of these manufacturers have even started working on redesigning engine tech to be more accommodating to this sort of wear. Give it time, and when these newer engines all start failing and having warranty issues from the excessive lugging they will have to do some catch up again.

Just another instance of the government creating economic waste.

WSE says:

How about bringing the F150 back down to the size it was 20 years ago, and make it aluminum? I would think that would be good for another 500 lbs and I would be able to get it into a parking place…. just sayin’.

Jonny_Vancouver says:

Agreed. Bring back the small truck! Doesn’t 9, 10, 11-speed transmissions seem kinda overkill? I would think at this point Ford and other companies would be looking to develop more robust cvt’s or something. It all just seems needlessly complex which can only lead to more potential problems and higher repair costs…