The result from a frame twisting test taken recently revealed that by incorporating roll formed steel in creating the bed of 2015 Silverado pickup’s Tailgate, it could be lowered on an uneven terrain with ease while a competing pickup failed to show the same results.
Chevrolet recently assigned AMCI Testing with the task to have the 2015 Silverado 2500 HD with Ford F- 250 Super Duty undergo a frame twist test. In the test the trucks were driven straight into two ramps. The driving trucks were positioned to hit the ramps in a way were one side’s wheels hit it first.
The researchers then took measurements for the space between the cab body and the body which determined the exact amount of twist that is induced in the frame. AMCI found that during the test the Silverado’s frame only let 0.d26 inches of twist while the F 250 allowed an exponentially larger amount; an accurate 0.94 inches which is exactly 262% higher than that of the 2015 Silverado.
As it is apparent the twist on the Ford was so much greater that the tailgate could not even be lowered. On the other hand after the impact the Silverado’s Lower Tailgate and EZ Lift were fully functioning. General Motors CEO Jeff Luke claimed that it was the High Strength Steel found in the Silverado’s frame that allowed the car to handle the toughest impacts. And it is not just the high strength steel, the frame is designed to be fully boxed and that is what makes it the most durable and reliable pickup.
Unlike the Silverado most competitors just use a stamped steel bed and that is neither strong nor as light as the High Grade Steel used in Silverado HD. Around 67% of the whole cab is made from ultra high strength and high strength steel. They are potently used in interior structure, roof rails, rockers, A- pillars and B-pillars.
The Ultra High strength steel is incorporated in the underbody and rocker panels to aid in making the crash performance better. According to Ducker Worldwide: the 2015 pickup uses more ultra and high strength steel than any competing manufacturer.
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