Six Things to Know about the Ford F-550 Super Duty
- Prior to the use of the Super Duty label, the term Heavy Duty was used for Fords trucks, from the F-250 to the F-550. GM and Chrysler would eventually use the term as well, convincing Ford to adopt the new label "Super Duty" to differentiate them from the competition.
- A custom F-550 Super Duty concept rescue truck was used as a fire support vehicle on April, 2010 when the Dallas Area was devastated by tornadoes. The truck was customized by NewScope Marketing for the Ford Motor Company and was previously on display in the Chicago Auto Show. The concept vehicle was in Texas for a number of events when the disaster struck. Fortunately, the rescue truck was a fully functional vehicle equipped with thermal imaging, Doppler radar and a powerful generator. It was ready as soon as the Grandbury volunteer fire department requested for additional outside help.
- The F-550 is basis for the BearCat, an armored personal carrier manufactured by Lenco industries. BearCat stands for Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck. The BearCats have been used by a number of police departments in the United States starting with Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. The bearcat has since been credited with saving the lives of a number of police officers.
- The Sandcat, a military armored vehicle by Oshkosh Defense is based on the F-550 chassis. The first Sandcat was manufactured by Plasan and was also based on the Ford F-series. It was initially built to potentially replace similar vehicles of the Israeli Defense Force. Under Oshkosh, the vehicle is currently being tested by the U.S. army to determine whether or not it can complement its current fleet of Humvees and JLTVs.
- According to an infographic released by Ford Motors, a Ford Super-Duty truck is built every 63 seconds. The number of trucks sold between 1998 and 2011 is 4.1 million. If all these trucked were lined up, they'd be as long as Australia's coastline, about 16,000 miles.
- The F-550 is constructed in the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky along with the F-250, F-350 and F-450. The plant employs about 5,000, has about 24 miles of conveyer belts.