Ever wonder what it looks like when the major automotive manufacturers put their products through the torture tests to see how the engineering comes together?
Thanks to Chevrolet, we’re now able to get an inside look at how the frame strength is tested along with a little comparison to the truck’s Ford counterpart.
In one of the most dramatic tests, Chevy Silverado 3500HD and Ford F-350 trucks were loaded with 3,000 pounds of payload and driven over a set of ramps designed to simulate a worksite situation like an irrigation ditch. With its stiffer, fully-boxed, high-strength steel frame and independent front suspension, the Silverado handled the test with ease. The F-350 twisted to the point where the tailgate jammed shut, then buckled from the strain. Next, Bob Maguire Chevy ran a similar test with three-quarter-ton trucks and pointers to measure misalignment between the cab and bed. Misalignment for the Chevy Silverado 2500HD: 0.25 inch; for the F-250 Super Duty: 1.1 inch.