Ford Explorer PHEV sits atop world’s tallest free-standing climbing tower


Ford carried out a climbing exercise on the 47-metre OVER climbing tower in Norway the place the Explorer SUV was positioned atop the tower. The winner of the climbing exercise has gained a free, two-year lease for the seven-seat Explorer SUV.

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05 Aug 2021, 04:19 PM

The Ford Explorer PHEV sources power from an EcoBoost petrol engine combined with a 13.6 kWh battery and electric motor.
The Ford Explorer PHEV sources energy from an EcoBoost petrol engine mixed with a 13.6 kWh battery and electrical motor.

Ford has positioned an Explorer plug-in hybrid electrical automobile (PHEV) on the high of the world’s tallest free-standing climbing tower in Norway and the automobile will stay there for practically the whole month of August. The exercise is part of a sport climbing problem carried out by Ford for which the carmaker collaborated with champion climber Martin Mobråten.

Ford lately invited climbers from Norway to ascend the 47-metre OVER climbing tower and set the quickest time to achieve the highest. The 21-year-old winner, Ketil Bøe, has gained a free, two-year lease for the seven-seat Explorer SUV together with a 1/100 scale, 3D-printed duplicate, OVER tower trophy. He accomplished the climbing exercise in three minutes and 33 seconds.

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The Ford Explorer PHEV sources energy from an EcoBoost petrol engine mixed with a 13.6 kWh battery and electrical motor. It produces 457 PS and 825 Nm of torque, leading to an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in six seconds. It has the flexibility to tow as much as 2,500 kg and has a WLTP-rated driving vary of 42 km on pure electrical energy.

Ford and Mobråten collectively had created a difficult route all through the tower for climbers who began from the bottom to achieve the automobile atop the tower.

Apart from the climbers, Ford has also planned rewards for tower visitors who manage to reach the top where the SUV is kept, even though they use the stairs.
Other than the climbers, Ford has additionally deliberate rewards for tower guests who handle to achieve the highest the place the SUV is saved, although they use the steps.

To put the Explorer PHEV on the high of the tower, Ford created a particular platform to help the the automobile on the high of the tower’s hair-raising overhang. It took six months of planning to conduct the exercise, together with detailed investigation by engineers and designers to make sure the climbing tower might safely help the extra weight of the platform in addition to the SUV.

Other than the climbers, Ford has additionally deliberate rewards for tower guests who handle to achieve the highest the place the SUV is saved, although they use the steps. The guests have been promised a free limited-edition t-shirt and a photograph alternative with the automobile.

First Revealed Date: 05 Aug 2021, 04:18 PM IST



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