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Sources Say: Ford Planning Innovative Changes Aimed at Fuel Efficiency in Next F-150
by Mike Levine
November 14, 2010
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In order to meet tough new federal regulations that raise fuel economy requirements to 30 mpg for light trucks and SUVs by 2016, Ford is considering radical ways to reduce weight in the next-generation F-150, sources have told PickupTrucks.com.

In 2007, Ford CEO Alan Mullaly pledged to reduce the weight of all of the company’s vehicles by 250 to 750 pounds through the use of aluminum and high-strength steel. We’re told that Ford is considering replacing the F-150’s conventional steel-ladder-frame with an all-new platform featuring extensive use of an innovative magnesium-aluminum alloy to shed pounds.

Why magnesium? It’s 36 percent lighter than aluminum and 78 percent lighter than iron. It's also plentiful. Magnesium is the eighth-most-common element on Earth and highly recyclable.

Auto manufacturers have increasingly turned to magnesium over the last decade. BMW has used the material to lighten its engine blocks and the Chevrolet Corvette uses magnesium in its front suspension. Ford shaved 22 pounds of weight from the 2010 Lincoln MKT by combining separate aluminum and magnesium panels in the crossover's liftgate instead of using steel.

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they also said a while ago they wanted it to be more aerodynamic.... interesting to see how it will turn out
 

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I don't remember the highest number being quite as high as 750# before
AND don't remember a lower number At All...

...sounds to me like Ford recently either made a breakthru or had the latest tests come out considerably better than they thought before


now if they'll just come up with some cool name for this alloy ... maybe something beginning with an "M" in remembrance of their late/historic (liquid)'M'etal Brand???
 
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