5 Little-Known Facts about the Ford F-250
- The F-Series line of trucks, which the Ford F-250 belongs to, holds the distinction of being the most profitable vehicle line in the United States. According to a study conducted by the Bernstein Research, the F-Series earned Ford 108 billion dollars in revenue from 1990 to 2011. According to the same study, the profitability of the F-Series is due to the truck's high selling value and the use of simple and inexpensive Ford F-250 Super Duty parts that make the F-250 and other F-Series easy to use and repair.
- The F-250 traces its ancestry as far back as 1948, but it was not until the 1950s that it received its now-familiar F-250 moniker. Originally, the F-250 was designated as the F-2 and was placed between the half-ton F-1 (now the F-150) and the heavy duty F-3 (now the one-ton F-350) classification. It was only in 1953 when Ford introduced its second generation of F-Series trucks that the F-2 was renamed as the F-250.
- A modified F-250 Super Duty currently holds the land speed record for diesel and biodiesel engine-powered vehicles. On August 2011, a B Production Diesel F250 driven by Brent Hajek broke the land speed record at 171.1 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, besting the previous record of 166.7 mph held by a Duramax-powered GMC. The truck featured a turbocharged 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8, which increased the truck's horsepower by 50%. The same F-250 Super Duty was also used to break the record for biodiesel vehicles, reaching 182 miles per hour while running on B20 biodiesel.
- The stock V8 engine found in the F-250 will be used for future light fighting vehicles of the US military. On March 2012 BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and Meritor Defenses announced that their proposed Valanx light fighting vehicle - slated to replace the famous Humvee - will be using a Ford Power Stroke 6.7-liter diesel V8 engine, the very same engine used in Ford-250 diesel models.
- Ford once suspended production of F-250 trucks in 2011 because of a shortage of red and black paint. Due to a pigment shortage caused by the T?hoku earthquake in Japan, Ford temporarily ceased taking new orders for F-250 trucks and other vehicles in Tuxedo black and limited orders for three shades of red.