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(from Ford Press
Release) The Ford F-250 Super Chief concept takes truck
leadership to a new level – as the world's first vehicle with
Tri-Flex fueling, enabling the supercharged V-10 to run for 500
miles between fill-ups on hydrogen, E85 ethanol or gasoline.
The tri-fuel flexibility is one possible innovation by Ford to help
pave the way for hydrogen vehicles, as the nation's ethanol and
hydrogen fueling infrastructure continues to develop.
The concept truck and its name are inspired by the bold, American
Super Chief trains of the nation's past. Super Chief is Ford's most
advanced, well-appointed pickup ever – designed to build on the
standard for interior excellence established by the new F-150.
Super Chief features an interior paneled in American walnut, brushed
aluminum and bold brown leather. Convenience features include bold
light-emitting diode (LED) headlamps, a full glass roof and
Technology Innovation in a Bold
The Ford F-250 Super
Chief concept boldly foretells a new era for pickup trucks that Ford
intends to lead with bold, American design and innovation – as it
has for nearly three decades.
"F-250 Super Chief pays tribute to the bold optimism that is part of
the American character," says Peter Horbury, executive director,
North America Design. "The F-250 Super Chief's innovations pave a
new path for the American truck. It's a notion – and a modern design
– so bold, it could only come from Ford."
Using hydrogen, the Tri-Flex V-10 produces 400 lb.-ft. of torque and
99 percent less CO2 than using gasoline.
Running on hydrogen, the supercharged V-10 engine provides up to 12
percent fuel economy improvement on an energy equivalent basis
versus a non-supercharged gasoline V-10 – and nearly 500 miles per
fill-up. In addition, when operating on hydrogen, the Tri-Flex V-10
generates 99 percent less CO2 emissions than when running on
The world's first Tri-Flex engine employs hydrogen, gasoline or E85
Hydrogen is the ultimate clean fuel of the future. It is not only
the cleanest fuel, it is the most abundant element on Earth. E85
ethanol is a domestic, renewable, greenhouse gas-friendly fuel.
"The Tri-Flex fuel engine encourages the development of the hydrogen
fuel infrastructure for the best future mobility solution," says Dr.
Gerhard Schmidt, vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering.
"It also drives the expansion of the domestic ethanol E85 fuel
production and availability and, of course, provides our customers
the convenience of gasoline until these other fuels become more
The Tri-Flex system leverages existing powertrain technologies in
which Ford has long held leadership. Since 1996, Ford has led in
production and sales of flex-fuel E85 ethanol/gasoline vehicles.
Ford has built more than 1.6 million flex-fuel vehicles that operate
on any mix of E85 and gasoline.
The Ford F-250 Super Chief epitomizes bold, American design and
features an innovative Tri-Flex fuel engine that can run on
hydrogen, E85 or gasoline.
In December 2005, a flex-fuel capable version of the F-150 pickup
went into production. Ford has committed to building more than
250,000 flex-fuel vehicles in 2006. Ford flex-fuel vehicles offer
the customer convenience of filling one tank with E85 and/or
The transition from hydrogen fuel power to either E85 or gasoline is
handled seamlessly through a dashboard-mounted switch and can occur
while the vehicle is in operation. Transition from either E85 or
gasoline to hydrogen requires that the vehicle be at idle to allow
for proper engagement of the supercharger, which only operates when
the vehicle is powered by hydrogen.
Safe and Comfortable
While the F-250 Super
Chief has plenty of innovative tricks under its hood, it embraces
several of Ford Motor Company's advanced safety technologies to help
ensure that occupants' travels are not only comfortable, but also
Safety technology such as BeltMinder™ and BlockerBeam™ are among the
innovative features on the F-250 Super Chief. BlockerBeam™ provides
enhanced frontal crash compatibility with cars on the road, and
Ford's patented BeltMinder™ technology will alert the driver when
occupants are not buckled up.
BeltMinder™ goes further than the federally required safety belt
reminder chiming system. In Ford vehicles, the driver or front
passenger who remains unbuckled is regularly reminded to buckle up.
The system chimes and flashes a warning lamp for six seconds every
30 seconds for five minutes or until the driver buckles up,
whichever comes first. The second-row BeltMinder™ technology will
now be able to alert the driver when second-row passengers have not
buckled their safety belts.
In addition, Ford's unique frontal crash enhanced underride
protection system – called BlockerBeam™ – could make the F-250 Super
Chief more compatible with cars. The system helps F-250 Super Chief
and a car better share energy during a crash.
During a frontal collision with a car, the BlockerBeam™ is designed
to make contact with the frame rails of a car in an effort to
prevent the car from sliding beneath the higher-riding vehicle. Upon
impact, the L-shaped brackets bend, helping to disperse crash
energy. This reduces the amount of intrusion into the passenger
compartment of the car and further reduces the risk of serious
injury to the car's occupants.
Bold, American Exterior Design
The Ford F-250 Super
Chief concept projects the next level of rugged elegance for
full-size pickups, further stretching the world-famous F-Series
lineup past the F-250 Super Crew and F-250 King Ranch.
"Ford has been the truck leader for so long, no one can remember it
being any other way," says J Mays, group vice president, Design, and
chief creative officer. "The F-250 Super Chief boldly restates our
leadership with a quintessentially American truck."
The F-250 Super Chief's locomotive-inspired front-end appearance
sets the tone, complemented by its bold, imposing grille.
The pattern of the headlamps echoes the motif of the interior's
coffered ceiling, with five-element/four-emitter LEDs behind the
Below the headlamps, sturdy tow hooks are integrated into the fog
lamps for a multifunctional look.
Even more pronounced from the profile is the truck's substantial
cabin. Based on an F-250 Super Duty with an 8-foot-long bed, F-250
Super Chief designers reallocated 2 feet of bed space for the
passenger compartment, which is accessible through center-opening
The F-250 Super Chief's rear doors can be opened independently of
its front doors. An electronic release first extends the rear
three-pivot hinges out and slides them back slightly to open the
rear doors; an electronic motor pulls them closed.
The F-250 Super Chief features patent-pending rear-hinged rear doors
that can open independently of the front. Also visible are the
coffered glass ceiling and wood-planked cargo bed.
Expressive details add beauty as well as functionality. The sculpted
cowling serves as an air intake for the V-10 engine, while
pronounced vents exhaust heat from the engine bay. Pronounced flares
house the truck's 24-inch wheels, and Goodyear tires firmly plant
the truck on the ground.
In the rear, the tailgate hinges on both sides for greater utility.
Inside the bed, a wood-planked bed floor is ribbed with raised metal
rub strips for easy cargo loading. In addition, there's an under-bed
storage tray, which can be accessed even when the cargo bed is full.
The F-250 Super Chief
concept delivers an interior design that's rugged as well as elegant
in three materials: American walnut, brushed aluminum and rich brown
"Well-appointed vehicles are nothing new," Mays says. "But, as
premium amenities and finishes become more ordinary, we wanted to
push the envelope and show our truck customers – and our competitors
– what a truly upscale, distinctly American pickup might look like."
The entire roof of the F-250 Super Chief is glass, bisected by a
leather-wrapped grid of American walnut, allowing vista views. The
walnut, outlined in aluminum, lines the truck's floors as well,
carrying through the design execution of the pickup bed. Viewed from
above, through the glass roof, the floor is smooth and integrated
from cabin to the bed.
Rear seats allow for relaxation aided by ottomans that deploy from
the floor space.
The seats have separate cushions for the seat bottoms and the backs,
as well as individual integrated armrests that are not part of the
rear door panels.
The leather for the seats – as it is throughout the rest of the
cabin – is Spinneybeck, aniline-dyed in a rich brown.
"While the F-250 Super Chief is an extreme example of interior
indulgence, our experience with trucks has shown that customers want
more interior comfort and amenities than ever," says Horbury. "The
current F-150 demonstrated that as far as we were willing to go on
interior comfort and design, our customers may be willing to go
"The Ford F-250 Super Chief concept allows us to better gauge where
the high end of rugged elegance just might be."