September 29, 2011

The new chassis rocks

Changing times call for changing ideas of what a chassis should be like. Ford ditched the plans and jigs for Ranger’s old underpinnings and came up with a new sexy-looking chassis – the longitudinal rails are curvy – for a whole host of reasons, but perhaps primarily to provide killer (in the good sense) crushability. Whack this baby into a wall at 50km/h (see photo) and the cabin doesn’t know anything’s happened. Other reasons included better rigidity, addressing NVH, and improving driveline clearances for off roading.
Gary Boes, the American who headed the Ranger programme, discusses the vehicle during the launch.

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