Nick Tipswood lifted his truck 21 1/2 inches to make it one of the biggest HD trucks we've ever seen driven on the highway. The big rig wheels and tires actually make the truck look proportional. And check out the size of those exhaust stacks! Now that's a heavy-duty truck.
Ford is claiming more power and better fuel efficiency. Part of the credit has to go to the six-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. Bigger, stronger gears can handle the extra torque and the torque converter locks up at lower speeds.
The '11 Ford Super Duty trucks are available with the much-anticipated Scorpion engine—an all-new 6.7L V-8 that replaces the Navistar engines Ford was using previously. It's an inside-out design where the turbocharger is located where you would expect to see the intake. This has many benefits, among them a much shorter route for the turbocharged air to run to get into the engine, and the result of that is less turbo lag time. And the turbo itself is no ordinary part, either. Using two smaller turbos wrapped into one housing for a sequential approach, it is said to be far better.
The exhaust aftertreatment system uses an oxidation catalyst that is said to eliminate unburned hydrocarbons and increase exhaust temp. By increasing exhaust temperature, Ford is able to improve the efficiency of the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system.
The SCR is of a urea injection design. A mixture of 2/3 water and 1/3 urea is sprayed into the exhaust stream. The urea decomposes into ammonia, which reacts in a second catalyst and turns NOx into nitrogen and water. After all that, the exhaust goes through a particulate filter to trap most of the remaining soot.
The 2011 Ford Super Duty trucks will ride down the road with a lot of new ideas in the future that will make them faster and more efficient in many different situations. Here's a look at the electronic locking differential for the new '11 Super Duty trucks.
Every so often we get a press release from a company called InventHelp touting some new product one of its inventors has come up with. This one was appropriate for the truck market and the company claims the California inventor has received a patent for it. We'll let the press release tell the story. "The Truck Buddy features a telescopic tool with an easy-to-grip handle and an angled grabber located at the other end. The tool helps eliminate the need to climb in and out of the cargo bed repeatedly, thus minimizing the risk of back strain and injury. The easy-to-use, compact design allows for easy storage. The item is ideal for physically challenged individuals." InventHelp can be reached at GDelliGatti@InventHelp.com or by calling Gia DelliGatti at 800/424-2089.
We have it on good authority that Rampage Jackson's cool truck is being rebuilt and it will be bigger and better than ever. We know this because the guys at Kelderman told us they are working on it. Rampage has a big fight scheduled for May, and he is playing the role of B.A. Baracus in the 2010 film The A-Team.
Detroit Diesel BlueTec
Detroit Diesel Corporation's high-performance, fuel-efficient family of engines, including the DD13, DD15, and DD16 with the BlueTec emissions control system, has been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency as meeting 2010 emissions regulations. The BlueTec system was developed by Detroit Diesel to meet the specific needs of North American trucking. It uses selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to reduce emissions to near-zero levels.
In addition to meeting the 2010 emissions standards without the use of credits, Detroit Diesel's new BlueTec system improves engine efficiency and operations. Based on extensive testing, these improvements have been proven to consistently deliver fuel economies up to 5 percent better than '07 engines.
Prior to certification, the Detroit Diesel engine line with BlueTec had completed more than 28 million equivalent miles of testing, including 1.5 million miles of real-world freight hauling experience by trucking companies—making it one of the most proven, tested emissions reduction technologies ever.
It's nice to see a technological shift from fuel penalties to fuel economies.
Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corporation (Smith) has received authorization for U.S. government agencies and military forces to purchase Smith's all-electric, fuel- and emissions-free commercial trucks. The Smith Newton is the only all-electric medium/heavy-truck offering on the GSA schedule.
"Smith's addition to the GSA schedule will provide a significant new opportunity for federal agencies to reduce fleet vehicle greenhouse gas emissions and open a previously untapped market for commercial electric vehicles," said Bryan Hansel, CEO of Smith. "An aggressive move into this market by the federal government will allow producers to rapidly scale up production, lowering costs throughout the industry and driving the creation of high-quality manufacturing jobs," he continued.
The Smith Newton is powered exclusively by battery, runs without noise or vibration, and stores electric energy during stopping through regenerative braking. The vehicle has a top speed of 50 mph, a range on one battery charge in excess of 100 miles, and a payload of more than 16,000 pounds. Smith Electric vehicles feature the latest in lithium-ion battery cell technology, power management, and an all-electric drivetrain. The Smith Newton is the only medium/heavy duty truck to be certified by the California Air Resources Board.
Smith Electric Vehicles has produced the Newton truck in Europe for more than three years and has sold vehicles to major fleet operators in sectors such as mail and parcel delivery, logistics, retail, highway maintenance, and airports.
We just thought it would be funny to show you this photo of Editor Bob Carpenter roping a fake steer. He was at the Shell extravaganza in Vegas awhile back, and if you could get the lasso around the horns, you could win a $25 Shell gas gift card. Well, there was no stopping Mr. Carpenter, as he's won prizes before when roping was involved. You should see his big screen TV.