The Blue Oval company decided it need to be more patriotic than its competition from Chevrolet and so took home the Guinness World Record for American flag towing.
The 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty decided to be the official holder of the “World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle” title from Guinness World Records – the successful attempt involved pulling a 45 by 92 foot (4, 124 square feet) U.S. flag. The record-breaking attempt was witnessed by the Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 1.5-mile track in Florida and snatched the record previously – and recently – set by a Chevrolet with a 3, 203 square feet flag at Texas Motor Speedway.
The 2017 Ford F-450 used its V8 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel engine with 925 pound-feet (1, 254 Newton-meters) and 440 horsepower (328 kilowatts), which is enough to tow a maximum of 32,500 pounds (14,741 kilograms). The F-450 Super Duty had to travel a certified distance of 360 feet (109 meters) without the flag touching the pavement and the model actually completed four full laps around the circuit where the Ford Championship Weekend takes place. The even was done in honor of the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race that took place there over the weekend. Ford had a bespoke rig to take care of the record – 45-foot riggings from eyelet to eyelet enabled the 2017 F-450 Super Duty to pull the stunt.