How The 2015 Ford F-150 Saves Another 60 Pounds, Aluminum Aside

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Aluminum's not the only thing putting the 2015 Ford F-150 on a diet. The company says a greater proportion of "high-strength" steel in the frame, increasing from 22% to 77%, will let them drop 60 pounds out of the frame while improving rigidity.

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Metalsa, which makes frames for many passenger and commercial vehicles, is Ford's frame supplier for the F-150. They use what's called "tailor-rolled blanks;" sheets of metal that can be shaped in varying thickness, to reduce material usage.

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Comparisons aside, 60 pounds isn't huge but it's certainly not negligible. The substantial weight reduction the 2015 Ford F-150 is receiving all around should help improve every aspect of the vehicle's performance, can't wait to see those MPG estimates.

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Arch Duke Maxyenko, Shit Talk Extraordinaire

The making of Tailor Rolled Blanks is a sweet process.