Records are meant to be broken. That was recently proven true when Ford broke the Guinness World Records for the ‘World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle.’ Interestingly, the record was previously held by rival Chevrolet, set in late September this year.
Well, pulling a flag is not an easy feat. More so if the record requires the vehicle to pull the flag for a minimum of 100 meters. In addition, no part of the banner should touch the ground during the 100-meter pulling drive.
Chevrolet’s September record was achieved at the Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval using the 2017 Silverado HD powered by a Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel engine that delivers 445 (332 kW) of max output and 910 lb.-ft. (1,234 Nm) of peak torque. According to Chevrolet, this amount of torque allows for exceptional pulling power and effortless trailering and hauling.
This 2017 Silverado HD – employing unique 40-foot riggings – pulled a United States flag measuring nearly 40 feet by 80 feet, with an area of 3,186 square feet. Aside from completing the 100-meter (328 feet) requirement, the Silverado also did four laps around the oval. Chevrolet was rejoicing after pulling off this feat, but its joy lasted for only around seven weeks.
This is because Ford managed to surpass the Guinness World Records for ‘World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle’ by just pulling a larger US flag than the one flown by Chevrolet in Texas. While the flag flown by the Chevrolet Silverado HD measured 3,186 square feet, the one pulled by Ford’s truck -- a 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty – had a total area of 4,124 square feet or 45 feet by 92 feet. Ford’s strategy was similar to Chevrolet’s as it set out to employ a truck with huge levels of torque. With this, Ford found the 2017 F-450 Super Duty fit for the job, as its 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel V8 delivers a class-leading 925 lb.-ft. of peak torque with 440 hp of power output.
Ford’s attempt to break the Guinness World Records for the ‘World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle’ was done at Homestead-Miami Speedway 1.5-mile oval, which is the site of NASCAR’s championship event, the Ford Championship Weekend. Of course, pulling a huge United States flag measuring 45 feet by 92 feet requires some special equipment. So Ford employed 45-foot riggings from eyelet to eyelet. The 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty covered a verified distance of 109 meters (360 feet) and then completed four full laps around the 1.5-mile oval of the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
However, there is no guarantee that Ford’s record would stand for a long time. Chevrolet might now be drawing to recapture the record and boost the status of its truck offerings.