Ford Develops World’s Worst Road Ever

Posted: Feb 18 2016, 9:35am CST | by , Updated: Feb 19 2016, 9:47am CST, in News | Cars & Vehicles


Ford Develops World’s Worst Road Ever
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  • Ford develops 1.2 miles world’s worst road ever!

The road hazards from the replica will help engineers to build innovative suspension systems. Ford Fusion V6 Sport helps protect your car and your wallet from damaging potholes with new computer-controlled shock absorbers.

Ford Motors claims it has developed the world’s worst road ever. The road is a mixture of potholes, cobblestones and speedy bumps. Bad roads have become a pricey problem for motorists around the world.

In the US alone the damages from bumpy roads have cost drivers $15 billion in vehicle repairs over the last 5 years. To tackle the increasing problem Ford created a diabolical 1.2‑mile road.

The road replica consists of some of the worst potholes and road hazards from around the world. According to Ford, the replica will help engineers create more robust chassis systems. It will also serve as a testing ground to come up with new innovations so Ford cars can withstand uneven roads. 

The replica road has been constructed at Ford’s test facility in Lommel, Belgium. The road consists of potholes from Europe and the US. For claims the replica simulates more than 100 hazards from 25 countries worldwide.

Ford had been working on the road replica for the past three years. The replica will enable engineers to develop future vehicles that can cope with challenging conditions.“From a rutted traffic junction in China to a bumpy German side-street, this road is a rogues’ gallery of the most bruising surfaces that our customers might encounter,” said Eric-Jan Scharlee, durability technical specialist, at Ford’s Lommel Proving Ground, in Belgium. “By incorporating these real-world challenges into our test facilities we can develop future vehicles to better cope with challenging conditions.”

The replica will allow real-world challenges to be tested at the facility. The replica road contains hazards such as granite blocks from Belgium and speed bumps from Brazil. 

Ford engineers are currently using the same technology seismologists use while studying earthquakes. Ford engineers drive through the potholes at speeds of up to 46 mph.

The sensors used by the engineers record the loads and strains to the suspension and components. Ford also released the Ford Fusion V6 which comes with computerized suspension adjustment. 

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