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Old 03-29-2011, 05:10 PM   #1
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Ford details its rigorous pothole testing techniques


Despite increased government expenditures in England to fix the country's potholes, Ford is eager to prove it still rigorously tests its cars for their ability to withstand big pavement gaps. According to Ford, its cars go through thousands of miles of tests across two proving grounds to make sure they won't sustain damage when presented with uneven surfaces.

The Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium goes as far as to include an inch-by-inch recreation of a notoriously porous English road. More abusive road surfaces are simulated at Ford's Dunton Proving Ground in Essex, England. Ford says that between the two test facilities, it tests every wheel and tire combination sold on its entire European vehicle portfolio.

The budget for this sort of testing is huge, as each test car is strapped with around $2.5 million worth of electronic gadgetry designed to register and record the effect of each pothole strike. Ford uses the data to improve its current suspension systems and design new ones, which will go on to be further refined at Lommel and Dunton.


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All they really need to do is drive down any road in Michigan.
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now why cant the car come off the line that low?? it looks really good that way
Im glad that they are testing pot-hole resistance...
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yeah, hey look! its the first lowered '12 focus!
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I dare them to hit the Jersey turnpike...swear my tires busted my fender wells when i got to a bridge, only lower 1.4...ridiculous...that bridge would rip the front end off this one :'( Posted via FF Mobile
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Along those lines, at Dearborn Proving Grounds on the low speed track, they have a section of road that simulates different road surfaces like that. They have:
Woodward Avenue (brick road)
Michigan Avenue (Concrete from the same supplier that poured, in the same mix)
Joy Road (Blacktop over concrete with pot holes)
Cobblestone Road (literally cobblestones, ranging in size from about a baseball to watermelon)
and a couple of other cool sections (frame twist, undulating road, uneven road surface).

They also had "world road" which has a bunch of different road surfaces from all over the rest of the world.
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now why cant the car come off the line that low?? it looks really good that way
Lol I was thinking the same way.
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Not only does it look good dropped, but those rims are SICK!

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It's not dropped it just looks that way cause the pothole is that deep? Unless they are testing there FRPP suspension lol. Well it's good to know that rims shouldn't crack right away like the old 5 bar SVTF rims, they bend, they crack, and go wobblin' lol
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