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Ford Tests New F-150 Lighting in Alaska | Digital Trends Spanish


Driving cars in winter has always been difficult. Snowy pavement, and worse still, frozen pavement, suppresses traction and creates unstable and dangerous driving conditions. That’s why Ford engineers spent two weeks this winter in the heart of Alaska in temperatures of -34.44 degrees Celsius (-30 degrees Fahrenheit) to fine-tune how the highly anticipated F-150 Lightning electric pickup works in wintry conditions. crudest that can be found in the United States.

Known in the industry as low-mu tests, which can be translated as low-grip tests, this type of evaluation is used to analyze and adjust how the Ford F-150 Lightning’s electric drivetrain delivers power to the wheels on low-speed surfaces. traction, such as snow and ice covered pavement in extreme cold. Engineers conducted 12-hour daily tests during the two weeks they were in Alaska.

Cameron Dillon, F-150 Lightning powertrain engineer, said, “Alaska gives us the extreme cold temperatures, snow and ice-covered surfaces we need to push the F-150 Lightning through this type of test, which is focused on calibrating how the powertrain delivers its power on slippery surfaces.”

Dillon added, “Customers may not regularly see minus 30-degree mornings like the ones we’re seeing here, but they will see winter cold, snow and icy roads, and they should feel confident that their F-150 Lightning will be ready for anything.” .

Ford engineers drove a fleet of six pre-production F-150 Lightnings on a restricted-access military base, which offers various types of winter surfaces such as loose snow, packed snow, fully iced surfaces, half ice half terrain. concrete, all in sub-zero temperatures. During testing, engineers were able to adjust in real time the calibration of F-150 Lightning systems, such as the F-150 Lightning’s traction control, which can detect wheel slip and adjust power in milliseconds .

Nick Harris, F-150 Lightning Powertrain Engineer, explained, “The F-150 Lightning in the snow is very different from gas-powered vehicles. Their responses are extremely fast and the dual power plants work like two engines pumping power into one vehicle. A large part of our job is to coordinate the work of the two engines so that together they deliver torque to the ground in the best possible way, so that customers who drive on snow and ice feel safe.”

In addition to Alaska, the F-150 Lightning engineering team has conducted low-grip tests in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Borrego Springs, Johnson Valley and at Ford’s Michigan Proving Ground.

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