During the introduction of the new-for-2015 Ford Power Stroke, set to debut in the next-gen Super Dutys, the people at Ford showed all the attendees at the State Fair of Texas a testing video, documenting the results of their head-to-head one-ton tow test with both the competitors in attendance. For fans of our Heavy Duty Hurt Locker from a few years ago, many of the backdrops will look familiar.
The video reports many of the extreme engineering test results performed when pushing the one-ton haulers to their limits at the Davis Dam grade on the Arizona/Nevada border and the Loveland Pass in Colorado, right next to the Eisenhower hill climb, just like we did when conducting our Rumble in the Rockies. As you might expect, the video doesn't provide too much detail about exactly how each truck was set up or why Ford limited the weight of each trailer to 20,000 pounds. Still, that's a good amount of weight.
We still don't know exactly what the horsepower and torque numbers are for the new Power Stroke, or how the maximum towing and hauling capacities will be affected (remember, the 2015 Ford F-450 has gone back to a chassis cab platform), but we're told it will be the most powerful Super Duty Ford has ever offered. Which we take to mean Ford will be looking to take back the towing crown from the Cummins Ram.