Ford patents built-in sand ladders and tank flip

A few latest Ford patent filings showcase some attention-grabbing concepts for off-road automobiles.

An software printed with the US Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) on April 21 describes built-in sand ladders that may be mounted on totally different elements of a car.

Sand ladders will be deployed to supply additional traction to assist automobiles get unstuck in sandy situations. They’re often simply stowed onboard, however Ford has proposed having them double as working boards, or simply attaching them to numerous elements of an SUV or pickup truck.

Ford integrated sand ladder patent image

Ford built-in sand ladder patent picture


Drawings included with the applying present sand rails mounted to the grille and tailgate of a pickup truck, on the tube doorways one may count on to be fitted to a Bronco, and within the frunk of an electrical pickup just like the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.

One other software printed on the similar time describes “strategies and equipment to carry out a tank flip.” That enables a truck to show in its personal size like a tracked army car. Rivian has already demonstrated an identical characteristic for its R1T electrical pickup.

Ford’s model can also be designed with EVs in thoughts. A central controller instructs particular person motors to drive the entrance and rear wheels in reverse instructions. Ideally, this could be utilized to a four-motor powertrain with one motor powering every wheel, however it might additionally work with twin motors, one for every axle, Ford famous.

Ford tank turn patent image

Ford tank flip patent picture

The system would additionally apply braking power to wheels at reverse corners, such with no consideration entrance and left rear wheel, and modify suspension hundreds on these wheels, to make the tank flip potential, the doc mentioned.

This is not the primary time Ford has tried to patent a solution to Rivian’s tank flip. One other latest submitting described utilizing four-wheel steering to show the entrance and rear wheels in reverse instructions for an off-road crawling characteristic. This in flip appears to construct on a rear-wheel steering patent software printed in 2019.

Ford has been fairly busy with patent functions currently. The automaker has additionally utilized for patents on retractable exhaust ideas to enhance departure angles whereas off-roading.

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