Ford introduced Arctic Trucks Ford F-150 AT44 for conquering snowy roadsApril 12, 2020
Previously, only Toyota could offer powerful cars for snowy terrain, now the situation can change with a new and unusual addition – the 2020 Ford F-150 AT44, which has 44-inch tires.
Announced as “a rare assembly from Iceland – perhaps the only one”, this is the company’s first published work with a lightweight full-size American pickup truck.
We don’t have any details about the F-150 AT44 yet. We know that the car is based on the Lariat finish, and it all starts with this giant rubber, a joint development between Arctic Trucks and Nokian. Tire size 475/70 R 17, each hoop is 43 inches high, 18.7 inches wide, weighs 154 pounds. Wheel arches act as shoulder pads on the armor, turning into giant mud flaps or snow shields in this case. Arctic Trucks CEO Emil Grimsson spent two weeks testing a truck in March, noting that the power plant is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6. He did not say whether the engine was changed, but usually the unit produces 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Grimsson also noted that the suspension had been upgraded. Grimsson praised the car because it was afraid at the beginning that the big American “would be too heavy to let you dig in the soft snow using 44-inch tires.” The only problem at the moment is that “some riverbanks needed a special approach because of the rather low ground clearance of F150,” and some rivers were not visible at all, which led to a recovery session with fast, hard jerks with a cargo chain.
However, in the comments and on his YouTube video, Grimsson states that he is “very pleased with the work on the highway and the snow” due to the weight loss provided by the F-150 aluminum sheet metal. Thanks to its good maneuverability and power, a low center of gravity and a long wheelbase, driving along steep hills was a pleasure and easily surpasses most other vehicles.
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