Britain has some of the worst roads in the world, but damage caused to vehicles by potholes might be significantly reduced as Ford are developing technology to mitigate the effects potholes have on cars.
Ford’s admirable endeavours are in response to data from the RAC who claim to have responded to over 25,000 pothole-related damages in the UK in 2015, representing a staggering increase of over 25% on the previous year.
Potholes cause an average of £300 worth of damage each time, and it is thought that the poor condition of UK and many European roads causes at least 1 out of 3 road accidents each year.
Ford are the first automotive company to respond to the issue, and have created a 1.2-mile test track that is filled with nasty potholes and other pesky road hazards that drivers constantly come across around the world. The road will help Ford’s engineers to develop stronger and more robust chassis systems that will help Ford’s future vehicles to withstand some of our nations most challenging roads.
A World Of Broken And Battered Roads
Ford have been scouring the world for terrifying road hazards for over three years now. Their chilling travels have taken them to the gutted roads of the UK, Germany, Russia, Spain, Italy, North America and South America, Australia, and Asia.
One of Ford’s durability technical specialists in Belgium, Eric-Jan Scharlee, said:
“From a rutted traffic junction in China to a bumpy German side-street, this road is a rogues gallery of the most bruising surfaces that our customers might encounter. By incorporating these real-world hazards into our test facilities we can develop vehicles equipped to deal with these challenging conditions.”
The test-road will contain granite blocks straight out of Belgium and cobbles from the streets of Paris as cars tackle these road nasties at speeds of up to 50mph. Sensors will record the strain these challenges put on a vehicles suspension system.
If they’re anything, Ford are certainly innovative.
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