Now, for people who don't care about cars, aluminum is light. Aluminum is much lighter than steel, and thus has for years been combined with carbon fiber, another light material, to build high performance cars. Lighter body=better performance from just about everything else on the cars.
You would think truck owners, and potential truck owners would want something like this. But no, they do not. You see aluminum is seen as being weaker because it is lighter, and thus the potential owners of the new F-150 are upset. Until now all they could do was speculate. That's until the good people at Edmunds.com decided to step up and smash the hell out of one of the new light body vehicles.
However, this isn't just being done for funsies, but for the sake of research. The editors of Edmunds.com have finally posted what skeptics of the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 have been demanding: An independently sanctioned bludgeoning of the truck's quarter panel. Here's how it held up.
The quarter panel was targeted (as opposed to a door or bumper) because it'll be one of the more difficult body parts to replace... what I'm really interested in seeing is what kind of bill the Ford dealership comes back with after patching up the damage. Of course, we'll have to wait for "Part II" to see how that goes.
Smashing stuff, never not fun.
Thanks for the effort Edmunds.