Ford F-250 Super Chief Concept
Source: Ford Motor Company Press Release
© 2006 PickupTruck.com
The Ford F-250 Super Chief concept takes truck leadership to a new level
– as the world's first vehicle with Tri-Flex fueling, enabling the
supercharged V-10 to run for 500 miles between fill-ups on hydrogen, E85
ethanol or gasoline.
flexibility is one possible innovation by Ford to help pave the way for
hydrogen vehicles, as the nation's ethanol and hydrogen fueling infrastructure
continues to develop.
truck and its name are inspired by the bold, American Super Chief trains
of the nation's past. Super Chief is Ford's most advanced, well-appointed
pickup ever – designed to build on the standard for interior excellence
established by the new F-150.
features an interior paneled in American walnut, brushed aluminum and
bold brown leather. Convenience features include bold light-emitting diode
(LED) headlamps, a full glass roof and automated ottoman.
F-250 Super Chief concept boldly foretells a new era for pickup trucks
that Ford intends to lead with bold, American design and innovation –
as it has for nearly three decades.
Super Chief pays tribute to the bold optimism that is part of the American
character," says Peter Horbury, executive director, North America
Design. "The F-250 Super Chief's innovations pave a new path for
the American truck. It's a notion – and a modern design –
so bold, it could only come from Ford."
hydrogen, the supercharged V-10 engine provides up to 12 percent fuel
economy improvement on an energy equivalent basis versus a non-supercharged
gasoline V-10 – and nearly 500 miles per fill-up. In addition, when
operating on hydrogen, the Tri-Flex V-10 generates 99 percent less CO2
emissions than when running on gasoline.
is the ultimate clean fuel of the future. It is not only the cleanest
fuel, it is the most abundant element on Earth. E85 ethanol is a domestic,
renewable, greenhouse gas-friendly fuel.
Tri-Flex fuel engine encourages the development of the hydrogen fuel infrastructure
for the best future mobility solution," says Dr. Gerhard Schmidt,
vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering. "It also drives
the expansion of the domestic ethanol E85 fuel production and availability
and, of course, provides our customers the convenience of gasoline until
these other fuels become more readily available."
system leverages existing powertrain technologies in which Ford has long
held leadership. Since 1996, Ford has led in production and sales of flex-fuel
E85 ethanol/gasoline vehicles. Ford has built more than 1.6 million flex-fuel
vehicles that operate on any mix of E85 and gasoline.
2005, a flex-fuel capable version of the F-150 pickup went into production.
Ford has committed to building more than 250,000 flex-fuel vehicles in
2006. Ford flex-fuel vehicles offer the customer convenience of filling
one tank with E85 and/or gasoline.
from hydrogen fuel power to either E85 or gasoline is handled seamlessly
through a dashboard-mounted switch and can occur while the vehicle is
in operation. Transition from either E85 or gasoline to hydrogen requires
that the vehicle be at idle to allow for proper engagement of the supercharger,
which only operates when the vehicle is powered by hydrogen.
F-250 Super Chief has plenty of innovative tricks under its hood, it embraces
several of Ford Motor Company's advanced safety technologies to help ensure
that occupants' travels are not only comfortable, but also safe.
such as BeltMinder and BlockerBeam are among the innovative features on
the F-250 Super Chief. BlockerBeam provides enhanced frontal crash compatibility
with cars on the road, and Ford's patented BeltMinder technology will
alert the driver when occupants are not buckled up.
goes further than the federally required safety belt reminder chiming
system. In Ford vehicles, the driver or front passenger who remains unbuckled
is regularly reminded to buckle up.
chimes and flashes a warning lamp for six seconds every 30 seconds for
five minutes or until the driver buckles up, whichever comes first. The
second-row BeltMinder technology will now be able to alert the driver
when second-row passengers have not buckled their safety belts.
Ford's unique frontal crash enhanced underride protection system –
called BlockerBeam– could make the F-250 Super Chief more compatible
with cars. The system helps F-250 Super Chief and a car better share energy
during a crash.
frontal collision with a car, the BlockerBeam is designed to make contact
with the frame rails of a car in an effort to prevent the car from sliding
beneath the higher-riding vehicle. Upon impact, the L-shaped brackets
bend, helping to disperse crash energy. This reduces the amount of intrusion
into the passenger compartment of the car and further reduces the risk
of serious injury to the car's occupants.
F-250 Super Chief concept projects the next level of rugged elegance for
full-size pickups, further stretching the world-famous F-Series lineup
past the F-250 Super Crew and F-250 King Ranch.
has been the truck leader for so long, no one can remember it being any
other way," says J Mays, group vice president, Design, and chief
creative officer. "The F-250 Super Chief boldly restates our leadership
with a quintessentially American truck."
Super Chief's locomotive-inspired front-end appearance sets the tone,
complemented by its bold, imposing grille.
of the headlamps echoes the motif of the interior's coffered ceiling,
with five-element/four-emitter LEDs behind the optics.
headlamps, sturdy tow hooks are integrated into the fog lamps for a multifunctional
pronounced from the profile is the truck's substantial cabin. Based on
an F-250 Super Duty with an 8-foot-long bed, F-250 Super Chief designers
reallocated 2 feet of bed space for the passenger compartment, which is
accessible through center-opening doors.
Super Chief's rear doors can be opened independently of its front doors.
An electronic release first extends the rear three-pivot hinges out and
slides them back slightly to open the rear doors; an electronic motor
pulls them closed.
cowling serves as an air intake for the V-10 engine, while pronounced
vents exhaust heat from the engine bay. Pronounced flares house the truck's
24-inch wheels, and Goodyear tires firmly plant the truck on the ground.
In the rear,
the tailgate hinges on both sides for greater utility. Inside the bed,
a wood-planked bed floor is ribbed with raised metal rub strips for easy
cargo loading. In addition, there's an under-bed storage tray, which can
be accessed even when the cargo bed is full.
Super Chief concept delivers an interior design that's rugged as well
as elegant in three materials: American walnut, brushed aluminum and rich
vehicles are nothing new," Mays says. "But, as premium amenities
and finishes become more ordinary, we wanted to push the envelope and
show our truck customers – and our competitors – what a truly
upscale, distinctly American pickup might look like."
roof of the F-250 Super Chief is glass, bisected by a leather-wrapped
grid of American walnut, allowing vista views. The walnut, outlined in
aluminum, lines the truck's floors as well, carrying through the design
execution of the pickup bed. Viewed from above, through the glass roof,
the floor is smooth and integrated from cabin to the bed.
allow for relaxation aided by ottomans that deploy from the floor space.
have separate cushions for the seat bottoms and the backs, as well as
individual integrated armrests that are not part of the rear door panels.
for the seats – as it is throughout the rest of the cabin –
is Spinneybeck, aniline-dyed in a rich brown.
the F-250 Super Chief is an extreme example of interior indulgence, our
experience with trucks has shown that customers want more interior comfort
and amenities than ever," says Horbury. "The current F-150 demonstrated
that as far as we were willing to go on interior comfort and design, our
customers may be willing to go further.
Ford F-250 Super Chief concept allows us to better gauge where the high
end of rugged elegance just might be."