Ford Ranger best-in-class water-wading capability

Posted on 24 April 2011 by Tony Santos

2011 Ford Ranger Deep Water Test

From our previous post we showed you the pothole testing done by FoMoCo on each of its vehicle. This time we’ll show you the extensive water testing conducted to the Ford Ranger proving its best-in-class water-wading capability.

The new Ford Ranger can wade through water of up to 800 mm (31.4 inches) deep. Furthermore, according to Ford, the 4×4 and the 4×2 Hi-Ridge Ford Ranger models can go to deep water even while carrying a full load of cargo.

To find the most strategical locations for the Ranger’s key electrical components and air inlets, the Ranger undergone series of test over a variety of speeds and water depths.

“When we go through the water bath, we’re looking out for every possible functional failure in the vehicle. The most critical one would be if water was sucked through the air intake into the engine, resulting in hydro-lock, which can bend the piston’s connecting rods and potentially destroy the entire engine,” said Tom Dohrmann, the development engineer in charge of Ranger’s water management.

The 2011 Ford Ranger is available in two engines; a 2.3L dual-overhead-cam inline 4-cylinder and a 4.0L single-overhead-cam V-6. The base 4-cylinder produces 143 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 2.3L I-4 standard 5-speed manual transmission it manages a best-in-class fuel economy of 22 mpg (city) and 27 mpg (highway). While the 4.0-liter V6 delivers 207 hp and 238 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy with the V6 ranges from 16 mpg (city)/21 mpg (highway) for 4×2 models fitted with the 5-speed manual to 14 mpg (city)/18 mpg (highway) for 4×4 models equipped with an automatic transmission.

Payload rating varies depending upon the model and ranges from 1,130 pounds to 1,560 pounds.

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