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Will the Mustang follow in the F-150's footsteps?

If everyone has not heard, the F-150 is going on a strict diet... dropping around 700lbs to be exact. Check out this link HERE.

My question is will the Mustang get the aluminum Body like the F-150. Maybe drop the mustang to around 3300lbs.... or make the front body panels and hood etc out of aluminum and get the front lighter to get closer to a 50/50 front/rear weight distribution.


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Whats the corrosion going to be like? The hood problem gas been ongoing.



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I thought the hood was aluminum? Maybe not.
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I doubt they are going to use that much aluminum on the F-150. It is a great material, and light. Hence why many performance cars use it. BUT, more expensive and much harder to work with and repair after the fact. It would also make insurance on F-150's go up due to higher repair costs.
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I thought the hood was aluminum? Maybe not.
They are indeed aluminum.
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Any weight savings might be offset by the IRS on the '15?

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What I have read was they will be going to combination of magnesium and aluminum in a lot of areas, and it will be stronger and weigh less. What I would like to see, is a return to the Ranchero concept where you have a pickup truck for street use. something that you do not need a ladder to get into, but can tow a good size trailer.
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If I recall correctly, the hood on my 2000 F-150 is aluminum, so Ford has somewhat of a history with lighter metals. I'm guessing the past few years where tailgates have gotten feather light is also the result of aluminum.

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