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New Falcon Facts

Well, I searched and couldn't find it, so I'm not sure it's been posted before, but it's an intersting read...

By Job 1, the BA Falcon will have been subjected to the equivalent of:
- 2 million km of on-road customer usage durability testing
- 1.2 million km of simulated customer road usage
- 1.3 million km of simulated customer usage for squeak and rattle testing.

By launch, the Engine Lab will have completed 24,000 hours of endurance testing - the equivalent of 5 million km at 200 km/h (this is 125 times around the equator).
There is 1.033km of electrical wire in a BA Fairmont Ghia.
54 focus groups were conducted for BA Falcon, attended by more than 500 people. In addition, more than 700 people were interviewed in other BA Falcon research studies.
Taking all Product Development staff into account, more than 1000 person years have been invested in BA Falcon.
Product Development timecards accumulated nearly 1.5 million hours.
305 dealers were linked to Ford's satellite-based Fordstar training service at BA launch.
120 hours of Fordstar video have been dedicated to BA.
Ford Australia's CAE group uses Ford's supercomputer centre, which contains 23 of the world's fastest supercomputers. Combined they total 1 million megabytes of RAM - or the equivalent of the RAM found in 7100 home computers.
For BA Falcon, CAE staff used more than 2 billion CPU seconds for crash simulation. It would take a Pentium III computer more than 236 years to run one crash. simulation. CAE engineers ran more than 1750 virtual crash simulations. That is more than one crash simulation every day, continuously, for four years.
Barra road tests were carried out in three continents - Australia, USA and Europe.
Suspension tuning on Barra was conducted at the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany.
Ford engineers travelled to Sweden and the Arctic Circle to test the BA Falcon's new braking system and its updated traction control management by driving for extended periods over snow and ice.
Truck drivers delivering parts from Geelong to Melbourne travel 5580 km per day - that's 1.23 million km per year.

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Damn, that a sh*tload of testing. Surely they couldn't have missed anything else.
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That was on when the first exterior photos were released about 5 months ago.
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