Ford strikes gold with advanced lightweight materials

In more news from the Detroit auto show, Ford’s brand-new Built by Michigan F-150 pick-up was named North American “Truck of the Year” with its fuel-efficient, but still strong and tough aluminum body and Eco-Boost powertrain.Ford F-150

“The lighter weight aluminum greatly increases fuel economy, important for Ford  as it and other automakers need to comply with much higher fuel economy rules,” according to a report on CNN.

“The Ford F-150 is an American icon that Ford not only freshened but gave a big injection of innovation," Michelle Krebs, an analyst with AutoTrader, said in the CNN story. "We may well look back at the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 as a turning point in how trucks are constructed."

And while it’s way outside our price range, Ford unveiled its all-new GT, an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction, at the Detroit show.

Ford GTDue to begin production late next year, the GT will hit the road to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it’s worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack,” Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. Fields was referring to Henry Ford’s win of a 1901 car race that inspired financial backers to invest in his company. “We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”

While we mainly focus on plug-in vehicles at the Built by Michigan coalition, we have to admit our hearts are pounding a little bit to see that Ford is turning heads with these innovative, fuel-efficient advances.