Spy photographers caught a 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty prototype testing in the desert in 120-degree heat, but it appears as though things got too hot since the test truck burst into flames after it reportedly exploded multiple times.
The two engineers inside the Super Duty prototype were able to escape safely and were unscathed by the fire, but the same can't be said about the truck itself. The fire, which started at the driver's front wheel well, completely consumed the truck's front end in just three minutes. Several explosions occurred during the fire, as you can see bright fireballs and flying truck parts in some of the photos. After 21 minutes, the prototype was completely destroyed, leaving behind charred remnants of the frame and piles of molten aluminum. This confirms that most of the Super Duty is made of aluminum, answering the question of whether the larger truck would get the same lightweight engineering as the F-150. The 2015 F-150 is about 700 pounds lighter than its predecessor, so don't be surprised if the Super Duty loses a similar amount.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, though Ford is currently investigating what went wrong. Either way, we can expect the 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty to debut next March. Hopefully, whatever bugs that caused this fire will be ironed out by then.
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