Ford Reveals Testing Regime for Transit
Ford has revealed that prior to the release of the new Transit, it subjected the vehicle to an intensive testing regime at two of its facilities, and as a result specific changes were made to the design.
The tests were designed to recreate ten years of vehicle life, completed in a six month torture test. The vehicles were taken to Lommel, Belgium and Romeo, Michigan, and subjected to rugged environments that were designed to recreate the impact of having driven 11 million kilometres, or 275 trips around the world. The proving grounds were specifically designed to ensure that the vehicles could withstand the impact of corrosive salt, mud, temperatures ranging from +40 to -40 degrees centigrade, an a series of figure eight maneuvers that did not stop for a full month. The vehicles were also submitted to a period of driving at top speed that lasted for sixty days.
According to David Gregory, the chief programme engineer for Transit Ford of Europe, said, “I don’t think many customers would believe what this vehicle has been through. We inflict the worst possible treatment that a van could endure, and we’re only satisfied when our new vehicle comes through with flying colours – just as the Transit has done.”
As a result of the testing, Ford says that they have made over 100 substantive improvements, including redesigning the side rail on their jumbo models and reinforcing the rear cross-member on chassis cabs.
Gregory said, “Pushing the van to the limit and beyond helps us to deliver a stronger, more robust product. This translates directly into every day reliability for the customer, however tough their working environment.”