As Ford’s new F-150 goes on sale and makes history as one of the first mass-market aluminum body pickup trucks, a lot of car and energy enthusiasts are focusing on how this lighter innovation will impact fuel economy and set new automotive trends. But just what went into this truck–and what was left out–to make it so unique?
Aerospace and military grade aluminum are just one part of the F-150 construction. The fasteners and adhesives that hold everything together may be one of the more notable aspects of the new pickup.
“The new F-150 also has more than 350 feet of structural adhesive beads to supplement the joint strength provided by fasteners. The adhesive also blocks noise and moisture and enhances collision performance. Like the use of aluminum and special fasteners, these adhesives are well proven after years of reliable service. In the past decade, the amount of structural adhesives in car and truck bodies in general has increased by 50 percent.”
The new pickup also includes self-piercing rivets that leave only a slightly visible bump on the material surface. The whole assembly process has amounted to a factory floor with fewer sparks and machinery noise.
Based on how consumers respond to this new truck, we could be seeing more innovations like this for autos over the next year or two.
What did you find most unexpected about the new F-150?