The Chevrolet Silverado’s Steel Bed Found to be More Durable than the Ford F-150’s Aluminum Bed
Sometimes an idea sounds good on paper, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Take for example the aluminum body structure of the latest Ford F-150 model. Ford has not been shy about talking about the new aluminum structure of its truck. However, when recently stacked against the competition, the results were less than desirable for Ford.
According to a Chevrolet press release, the Chevrolet Silverado’s steel bed was found to be more durable than the Ford F-150’s aluminum bed.
In order to test the durability of both beds, the trucks were subjected to various levels of impact energy. The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado’s bed was able to withstand 90 joules of energy upon impact. However, when the Ford-150 and its aluminum bed were subjected to the same test, the bed cracked after experiencing a mere 40 joules of impact energy!
“Obviously, any material can be pushed to the breaking point if you subject it to enough impact energy,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director. “If a customer does manage to puncture the high-strength steel bed of the Silverado, they have the added peace of mind knowing steel tends to be easier to repair than aluminum — potentially saving money and minimizing time without their truck.”
When it comes to building the best truck around, Chevrolet doesn’t rely upon gimmicks. They just rely upon what works!