The F-150 Lightning's towing capacity was recently tested by a Ford dealer in Kentucky. Here it was able to easily move a 17,000 pound load, significantly more than the official rating of 10,000 pounds.
That's what I thought.The questions that come to my head are: does that break warranty? What does that 7k additional load add to the stress of the frame? Ford demoed pulling 1mil* lbs (or was it tons?) but I imagine their 10k rating is just to not add stress on the battery and structure of the vehicle.
It's more than just a fictitious number. It's a number that Ford's engineers feel confident advertising, while still keeping the truck within its limits so that people don't go towing more weight than they should. The issue isn't acceleration, durability, or even range. The issue is almost always braking and stability. A truck of the Lightning's weight and wheelbase will only be able to safely tow (and therefore brake) a trailer so heavy at normal highway speeds. 10,000 is apparently what the engineers landed on in terms of what it could do in the hands of a non-professional driver at highway speeds.I can assure you that 10,000lbs is a fictitious number, pulled from a hat by some Ford engineers....who knows, that might actually be true, or they could have some random idea of what they 'think' it should be, given the weight of the vehicle, the suspension parts, the tires.... but, who really knows. No, the truck won't 'break' just because you tow 'too much' with it, at least we know not at 17,000lbs. : /
Why are you sure of that?I can assure you that 10,000lbs is a fictitious number, pulled from a hat by some Ford engineers....