Ford breaks Chevrolet's record for pulling the largest flag in the world

Article by Christian A., on November 23, 2016

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.

Press Release

FORD SUPER DUTY SETS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS TITLE

Torque rules when pulling big loads and Ford proved that today, setting the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle with a 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty pulling a 4,124 square foot U.S. flag.

The record eclipses the previous mark set earlier this year by Chevrolet with a 40 by 80-foot flag at Texas Motor Speedway on September 28th.

With its 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel V8 producing a best-in-class 925 lb.-ft. of torque and 440 horsepower, the F-450 displayed an exceptional level of towing power that Ford truck owners have come to expect from the top-selling truck series in America.

“At Ford and with Ford trucks in particular we are used to being number one,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager.

Towing the largest banner here today and setting the Guinness World Record in the category certainly fits with our DNA and what we are all about when we talk about Ford trucks and their towing power. This is a great accomplishment, another to add to the list of distinctions. Earlier this week we received the 2017 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award so we will add this to the list.”

Ford is no stranger to patriotic displays at Ford Championship weekend, utilizing the F-Series line of trucks to fly the U.S. flag as part of pre-race activities since 2003. However, Saturday’s practice session for Sunday was special, as the United States flag flown by the F-450 Super Duty for the record-setting drive measured 45’ by 92’ feet.

To set the record, the truck had to travel beyond the 100 meters (328 feet) previous record mark, without the flag touching the ground. The F-450 more than exceeded that requirement, officially covering a verified distance of 109 meters (360 feet) and also completing four full laps around the Homestead-Miami Speedway 1.5-mile oval, site of NASCAR’s championship event, Ford Championship Weekend.

To accommodate the record setting flag, 45-foot riggings from eyelet to eyelet were constructed

enabling the F-450 a driving roll-out of the massive flag. A team of 20 launched and retrieved the flag, ensuring it did not touch the ground.

The F-450 will put on an encore performance on Sunday afternoon as part of the pre-race festivities prior to the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race live on NBC at 2:30 pm (ET).

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