There’s lots of technology and computerized tools at the disposal of Ford engineers who work to design and layout new Ford vehicles that you can find here at Lindsay Ford of Wheaton. However, for all their advanced tools, there’s one that’s simple, and out of the ordinary: ping pong balls.
We’ll admit that sounds pretty strange, and at first we thought maybe the engineers like to get into intense games of ping pong during their free time. But actually, the ping pong balls serve a very practical use, as they help the engineers measure interior volume of storage compartments on new Ford models.
For those of us who need a refresher in math, volume is measured by calculating the length, width, and height and multiplying it, which gives you the answer in cubic feet. Ping pong balls are two cubic inches in size, so they give the Ford engineers an easy method to determine volume by filling up the compartments of all different sizes.
The engineers also take into account the ping pong balls being round, meaning there will be little cracks of space between each one. To solve that issue, they’ve assigned a value for each little space, finding it is very equal across the board, and gives them a very solid estimation as well.
Like we said, ping pong balls aren’t the only device Ford uses to measure volume on compartments in models like the Ford Escape. They also use many of their high-tech tools to get numbers that are down to the exact proportions, and even some old school methods like a rule and tape measurer as well.
If you’re interested in learning more about many of our new Ford models, and how many ping pong balls worth of storage room each vehicle might have, stop in to Lindsay Ford of Alexandria, proudly serving drivers in the greater Silver Spring, Laurel, Gaithersburg, and Columbia areas. Located at 11250 Veirs Mill Road Wheaton, MD 20902, we’re always happy to answer any questions you might have, and arrange a test drive in a new Ford sedan, SUV or truck at your convenience.