Ford Demonstrates Roll Stability Control on 2017 Super Duty
Emergency maneuvers don’t have to be so scaryby Mark McNabb, on
Ford is working hard to prepare the 2017 Super Duty for production. That includes ensuring it can safely handle any load placed on its hitch or within its cargo bed. For this test, Ford built a jig that simulates the weight and size of a slide-in camper. With the heavy steel structure in place, testing engineers hit the slalom course to fine tune the Super Duty’s Roll Stability Control software.
The system uses 10 sensors that monitor the vehicle’s stability up to 10 times per second. If instability is detected from a panic maneuver or just approaching a curve with too much speed, the system activates individual brakes to help contain the truck’s unwanted and unsafe movements.
These tests are taking place at Ford’s Arizona Proving Grounds on a skidpad. The testing mule is equipped with roll-prevention bars that keep the truck upright, even if the driver loses control.
Ford has not announced the Super Duty’s towing and payload specifications, but we’d bet both specs will increase. Towing, especially with the F-350, should now compete with the 30,000-pound towing capacity on the Ram 3500 HD. It’s with immensely heavy loads like these that electronic aids like Roll Stability Control make driving a less stressful event.