Fuel efficiency has reached an incredibly competitive point, and automakers are working on ways to give their vehicles the advantage. In addition to turbocharging and refining engines, Ford is also working on dramatically reducing the weight of the vehicles. The new Ford-Magna partnership has created a carbon fiber subframe that could shape the future of the industry.
Magna, an automotive supplier, previously created the carbon fiber grille reinforcement used in the Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500. Now, the company has partnered with Ford to engineer what could be the future of the automotive industry.
Carbon fiber subframes are around one-third lighter than traditional subframes. While a traditional subframe is forged from 45 steel pieces, a carbon fiber subframe is made from just two molded pieces and four metal components.
The carbon fiber subframe prototype has passed all of Magna’s engineering tests and has been sent to Ford for further testing and development. If the subframe passes testing, it could help increase performance and fuel economy through weight reduction.
Carbon fiber isn’t Ford’s first venture into weight reduction as a method of increasing fuel economy and performance. The Ford F-150 still features a high-strength, military-grade aluminum body, after all.
We at Stoneham Ford are happy to see two incredible companies teaming up to bring about the future of automotive engineering!
The holidays have come early this year at Stoneham Ford. Our dealership just received our first shipment of the 2017 Ford Raptor —and we’re in love. Because we want you to fall in love with the Raptor too, here’s a quick look at what you can expect when you take this beastly, off-road-ready pickup truck out for a test drive.
Peace and quiet. Typically, big, beefy pickup trucks come with loud cabins, right? It almost seems as if it’s a requirement to become a pickup. This isn’t the case with the 2017 Raptor. When you’re out on the streets, there is minimal road noise from the wind or giant off-roading tires.
A smooth ride. Despite the fact that the Raptor is ready to head off the beaten path, it still rides like a luxury sedan. Its suspension manages to take corners with ease and remains smooth at all times. There is no choppy acceleration with the Raptor’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine, either.
It’s really, really good-looking. The Ford F-150 design has always had our hearts, and the 2017 Raptor plays off of this classic style—and pumps it up some. It practically screams “Ford” both on its grille and its liftgate, making it obvious what carmaker created the monster. Its muscular angles and sculpted lines make for an aggressive look that is undeniably attractive.
To learn more about the 2017 Ford Raptor, don’t hesitate to come in to Stoneham Ford for a test drive.
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