The most American thing isn’t the Eagle, or Trump. It is a pickup truck towing a massive American flag. It happened twice in three months. First, there was that Chevrolet Silverado at the Texas Speedway which towed a quite massive flag demonstrating its love for ‘Murica. Now, it is a Ford F-450 Super Duty doing the same thing, only with a bigger flag in Florida. And as we know it, bigger is better.
Now, we are quite sure Ford had to do this due to all of the negative publicity it received through President-elect Trump election run. He really told a whole lot of bad stuff about Ford making companies elsewhere – particularly in Mexico. Ford, moved by unfavorable events, did the only thing a good company would do – flew the American flag.
They used a massive flag really. 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty pulled a 45 by 92 foot (4,124 square feet) U.S. flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 1.5-mile track. By doing this Ford established a new Guinness World Record for the “World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle.” This thing really exists. We are not even joking. Ok, it is not hard for a truck to pull a flag as big as this one. With it, they radically overshot the Chevrolet record for pulling a 3,203 square feet flag.
The car they used was powered by a V8 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel engine with its 925 pound-feet and 440 horsepower. It is rated at freaking 32,500 pounds of tow capacity meaning the flag was like nothing. Ok, not exactly nothing as a flag does not actually have favorable aerodynamic features. It creates a whole lot of drag.
The rules are clear – Ford F-450 Super Duty had to tow a flag for at least 360 feet without the flag hitting the track. They really did it. In total, Ford made four laps doing it.