Ford F-250 Super Chief
|Ford F-250 Super Chief|
|Body and chassis|
|Predecessor||Ford Super Duty|
Ford designers have introduced a new supercharged V-10 engine which produces 550 horsepower and has a top speed of 180 mph.It also features a tri-flex fueling system that allows users to use three different fuels including gasoline, E85 ethanol or hydrogen. This is intended to make the Super Chief more attractive to customers who are concerned about finding fuel as the ethanol and hydrogen infrastructures are developing. In a tri-flex fueling system owners can utilize any given option at any one time.
The tri-flex fueling system on the Ford F-250 Super Chief allows operators to go 500 miles between total refueling with the supercharger activated only when using the hydrogen fueling system. The hydrogen system also provides 400 lb.-ft. of torque. The transfer between fueling options is performed through a switching system onboard and can be accomplished while the vehicle is running. The hydrogen based fuel alternative boasts 12-percent greater fuel efficiency when compared to either of the remaining fueling options. Using hydrogen also provides 99-percent less CO2 emissions than the gasoline-only option.
While the tri-flex system is a new concept at Ford, the automaker has been committed to providing customers with a flex-fueling system in their F-150 models for 2005 and 2006 that allows either unleaded or E85 to be used in the same tank. The tri-flex system is a bold proclamation by Ford that hydrogen may be the next readily available fuel supply for the world and they are ready to roll with the roll out.
In design, the Super Chief surpasses the designs of past F-series concept vehicles which include the Ford F-250 Super Crew and the Ford F-250 King Ranch. The front-end and grille of the Super Chief was inspired by locomotives, which makes the Super Chief look more aggressive.
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