It 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.
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