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Mobile Climate and Road Simulators Minimize On-Road Noise

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March 20, 2016

Climate and Road SimulatorsFord is always looking for new ways to improve their vehicles. One of their goals is to ensure you have a safe and comfortable driving experience, and a quiet ride is part of this! Noises on the road can not only be annoying, but make us worry! Thankfully, Ford’s mobile climate and road simulators minimize on-road noise in the all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty.

The Super Duty series is Ford’s toughest series yet. This equipment puts vehicles through the most extreme conditions imaginable to test for squeaks and rattles. The simulators are called Transportable Environmental Four Posters. This references the 18-wheeler portability and four-point road simulators that are under each wheel in the chamber. Ford is the only brand to use this.

“Mobile climate and road simulators are absolutely key to finding unwanted noises in the early stages of vehicle development,” said Craig Schmatz, chief engineer of Ford F-Series Super Duty. Extreme environments can bring out problems, and finding these before production are key.

Ford puts vehicles through 20 degrees below and 120 degrees Fahrenheit to make sure they can handle it. So when you’re behind the wheel of a F-Series Super Duty, you know you’ll be safe.

Interesting Facts about Ford

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March 3, 2016

Interesting facts about FordFord has a very rich history as one of the oldest car manufacturers. You probably know a great deal about the manufacturer, but here are some interesting facts about Ford you might not know:

  1. Ford is the second largest family owned company in the world.
  2. The very first Ford was sold in 1903 for $850. It could got a maximum speed of 30 mph.
  3. Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were lifelong friends.
  4. Henry Ford wanted his workers to have a “life” not just a “living” and expanded the middle class and fair wages movement by creating the “$5-a-day” salary (equivalent to an impressive “$118-a-day in 2016.)
  5. Jim Morrison, legendary Door singer, only ever owned a 1967 Shelby GT 500.
  6. Ford’s signature logo didn’t come about until 4 years after the company was already in production.
  7. Ironically, Chevrolet used a Ford SuperDuty to set up their Chevy Truck display at the Texas State Fair in 2012.
  8. In 1965, a Ford Mustang was brought to the observation deck of the Empire State Building in four separate pieces through using elevators.

Ford & LEGO Team up to Make LEGO Ford Cars

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February 20, 2016

LEGO Mustang


We all know and love LEGOs. And of course, we know that they model many of their toy sets after movies and television shows. But this time, they’re modeling after cars! Yes, LEGO Ford cars have arrived!

Ford and LEGO Speed Champions teamed up to introduce LEGO’s newest line that includes two of Ford’s most iconic vehicles at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. And LEGO is excited about it, too. Their vice president of licensing and entertainment, Jill Wilfert, said, “Each LEGO Ford car tells a story and has infinite play possibilities.”

The Mustang and F-150 Raptor LEGO Speed Champions sets will give honor to both infamous Ford vehicles. The Mustang kit comes with a time board and race driver. The larger F-150 kit includes a garage, trailer, a crew of Ford workers and a drag racing Christmas tree and Model A hot rod.

And remember, these sets don’t just have to be for kids! You can definitely get away with buying them if you’re a car lover. They’ll both be available for purchase on March 1st in LEGO and Toys ‘R Us stores.