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Ford V10 gas engineIt takes one of the nation's most renowned automakers to power one of the nation's most renowned parades. For today's Rose Parade, which helps kick off the new year on a high and jubilant note, Ford Motor Company's 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine is doing the heavy work to ensure that the Lucy Pet Products 2017 Rose Parade float - the longest and heaviest in parade history - cruises through the parade route in style. 

The V10 gasoline engine is only fitting for a float of this magnitude; it's a highly proven engine that has made a reputation for its towing and hauling power and efficiency. Although the Lucy Pet Products float is making its debut at the parade, its record-breaking numbers have already given it a preceding reputation. The florally decorated float measures over 125 feet long and weighs over 137,000 pounds, featuring eight dogs surfing on actual waves. To create the jaw-dropping effect, a special mobile wave machine within a 5,000-gallon water tank works to generate the motion of the ocean. Given its sheer size and heft, it's only fitting that Ford' 6.8-liter V10 gas engine and heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission does the job. The engine is also found in the Blue Oval's F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks.

According to Kevin Koester, the marketing manager of Ford's medium-duty truck and Super Duty fleet, “Ford is proud to power the world’s longest and heaviest parade float. As the U.S. commercial vehicle sales leader for 31 years, we’ve seen a lot of applications for our vehicles – but hauling the world’s longest, heaviest parade float certainly stands out." He continues in a statement released by Ford, “ With the broadest line of commercial vehicles available, Ford has you covered, whether you need a truck to haul soda, sand or surfing dogs.”

The engine that takes the spotlight in today's parade also boasts 320 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of 
torque, and is a testament to Ford's dedication to making waves in the automotive industry. The Blue Oval is the only automaker to offer a gasoline-powered engine in the medium-duty truck category. 

Learn more about Ford's engines by visiting our team at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!