We expect Ford to release quite a few press releases and videos detailing how demanding its testing routines have been for the 2015 Ford F-150. With the extensive use of aluminum, several smaller V-6 engine choices, and many other weight-reducing structural changes, Ford will need to work hard to prove to potential truck buyers that this new pickup truck is just as strong, if not tougher, than the one being replaced.
The first "testing" piece of information we've received from Ford focuses on the punishment the new seats have had to endure. Ford completed long-term human and robot testing that duplicated more than 150,000 miles or 10 years of wear to the new leather and lighter frame structure of the seats.
Testing was done with large, jeans-wearing work crews. The seats and seat testers were smeared with Arizona's Salt River Valley dust, which can be particularly corrosive to leather. After that, a few robots took over the punishment duties to find out where the most obvious wear points would turn up.