DEARBORN, Mich.– This winter, Ford engineers spent two weeks at the heart of Alaska in temperatures of minus 30 degrees to continue to fine-tune the performance of the F-150 Lightning pickup on low-traction surfaces such as snow and ice, and in extreme cold to give customers maximum confidence.
‘Alaska provides us with the extremely cold temperatures, snow and ice covered surfaces that we need to push the F-150 Lightning through this type of test, which is really focused on how the truck delivers its power to the ground on surfaces slippery, ‘ mentioned Cameron Dillon, F-150 Lightning powerplant engineer. “Customers may not routinely see minus 30 degree mornings like we see here, but they will see winter cold, snow and icy roads, and they need to be sure their F-150 Lightning is ready to go. all.”
Officially called the low-mu test, this type of powertrain evaluation looks at how the all-electric powertrain adjusts the power delivered to the wheels on low-traction surfaces — typically snow and ice in extremely cold temperatures. And what better place to test than at a military base restricted to Alaska?
Ford Engineers drove a fleet of six pre-production F-150 Lightning units over various types of winter surfaces such as loose snow, packed snow, full ice, half icy and half concrete surfaces and more in freezing temperatures. The F-150 Lightning pickup can detect wheel slip and adjust wheel power in milliseconds, benefiting from the quick responses of the all-electric powertrain.
“The F-150 Lightning in the snow is a very different ball game than gas-powered vehicles,” said Nick Harris, F-150 Lightning powerplant engineer. “Responses are extremely fast and the dual motors make it feel like two motors are producing power in one vehicle. A big part of our job is to coordinate the two motors to work together to best deliver the torque on the ground, so that customers who drive in snow and ice ultimately feel very confident.
The F-150 Lightning offers stability and confidence in slippery conditions thanks to the benefits attributed to its all-electric powertrain and built Ford Robust functionality:
Standard dual motors front and rear
standard 4×4 always on
Fast torque delivery
Standard electronic locking rear differential
Selectable riding modes
Low center of gravity for even safer handling
Engineers can adjust the calibration in real time during testing, maximizing efficiency during the 12 hour test. In addition to Alaskathe F-150 Lightning powerplant team conducted low-mu tests in from michigan upper peninsula, Sources of Borrego, Johnson Valleyand to Ford Michigan Proving Grounds nearby Milfordjust one of the many elements of the robust construction Ford Tough endurance regime that the F-150 Lightning goes through.
Customer deliveries of the 2022 F-150 Lightning truck begin this spring.
1 Based on manufacturer’s testing using computer engineering simulations. Calculated based on the maximum performance of the electric motor(s) at maximum battery power. Your results may vary.
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