Being a part of prototype product testing means you get the chance to try a new product for free. It also means you get to work out all the flaws that come with a prototype.
When Ford was still developing the aluminum for the all-new 2015 F-150, it asked Barrick Gold, a mining company based in Nevada, to test a prototype F-150 equipped with an aluminum-alloy cargo box, but Barrick Gold didn’t know exactly what it was testing. Barrick Gold tested the aluminum F-150 and sent it through some extreme terrain at the company’s mines.
Now, after seeing the results of its testing and seeing the finished product, Barrick Gold is ready to recommit itself to Ford and has placed its first order for 35 all-new 2015 Ford F-150 trucks. As the year progresses, Barrick plans on replacing its entire fleet of hundreds of 2012 F-150s, some of which already have more than 100,000 miles on the clock.
“We are proud Barrick is purchasing all-new F-150s after testing early prototypes in some of the harshest conditions,” said Fritz Ahadi, Ford Commercial and Government Fleet Sales general manager, in a statement. “This is terrific proof that even our toughest, most demanding customers recognize the benefits of high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy to help them get the job done.”
To see the kind of rough treatment Barrick’s test truck went through, check out this video. If the aluminum in the 2015 F-150 can handle that kind of treatment, then surely it can withstand whatever you can throw at it. Stop by Mountaineer Ford today and we’ll show you why the new F-150 is the truck for you.