• Dec 22, 2011
The Rose Bowl – The Grandaddy Of Them All, as they say – is one of the most storied bowl games in college football, and the pre-game parade is a big part of the pageantry of the event. Last year, Natural Balance broke the record for the world's largest float with an 84,300-pound rolling display, but the pet food company seems thirsty for more world-record glory.

For 2012, Natural Balance is building a 100,000-pound monstrosity that is 116 feet long and contains a 65-foot wave pool built specifically for one Tillman the Dog. Tillman will be surfing the waves on the float, which sounds impressive if you didn't already know that this super dog is also an avid skateboarder.

To tow this massive float, the folks at Natural Balance are counting on power from the tried-and-true Ford 6.8-liter V10. The 362 horsepower mill, which boasts 457 pound-feet of torque, is completely stock. The same can be said for the six-speed automatic transmission, save for a custom gear reduction setup behind the output shaft to get the float moving. The beefy 10-pot was pulled directly from an F-650, but we're guessing the 28-foot long truck won't be getting a 100,000-pound tow rating anytime soon.

Hit the jump to check out the entire infographic for yourself. You'll learn that the float is larger than 2,000 Tillmans, and you'll also catch a glance of the custom rig that will house Ford's big V10.



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      • 3 Years Ago
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      joe23521
      • 3 Years Ago
      Go Bucky!!!! I'm having roast duck for dinner on Jan 2 2012.
      Addison Harlem Towin
      • 3 Years Ago
      They could've used a diesel, but choose to use the V10 gas engine to promote the new option and show it's capability. Kudos to Ford for promoting the more reliable (and cheaper) Gas V10. I only use V10's in my business since the newer diesels have become unreliable and now cost more than gas engines to maintain, repair, fuel, and drive. BTW, spark plugs have NOT been a problem for the V10's since 01. The ones that did have issues were from improperly installed replacement plugs. Do your research before spewing out this crap. Ford is very smart offering the V10 in the F650, they will double sales with this option!
      Brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      6.8 Liter V10 with 362 HP Not impressed , My Ram1500 has 390 HP and 407 lb. ft of torque. out of 5.7 liters. I'm sure it would pull the float just fine too.
        Paul
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brian
        Just wanted to clarify that HP/TQ is rated differently in higher GVWR applications. In that application, the HEMI actually makes 383hp and 400ft-lbs tq @ 4,000rpm. So while the Hemi makes ~21 more HP, it's down by about 57ft-lbs of torque, as well as a peakier torque band. @TruthHertz Modern diesels in this class of truck are very quiet and produce very little 'smell.' Therefore, that has nothing to do with them choosing the gas F650 over the diesel version. Very simply, the reason is marketing. The addition of the gas V10 to Fords F650 truck line is a relatively new one that most small contractors aren't aware of, therefore showing that truck off in a high-publicity event is good advertising for Ford.
        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brian
        Does your Hemi make 457 ft/lbs of torque at 3750 rpms? No it makes 50 ft/lbs LESS at 950 rpms HIGHER. The name of the game for a parade float is BEING QUIET AND MAINTAINING MOMENTUM. This is why they aren't using a smelly and noisey diesel. Seeing as how your Hemi needs an additional 1500 rpms to make the same power in the mid range of the long stroke Ford, I have trouble seeing the Hemi being a quieter alternative without retrofitting a much larger performance robbing muffler. The Ford 6.8L on the other hand is actually fairly quiet from the factory versus the loud "in your face" exhaust found on almost every Ram. P.S. While horsepower matters, large amounts of torque matter more. Who wants to tow a load at 5,000 rpms? I'd rather have enough torque to be able to stay in a higher gear. This would save engine wear, reduce heat, and ultimately prolong the life of your vehicle. 362 Horsepower @ 4,750 RPMS - Ford 6.8L 457 ft/lbs torque @ 3,250 RPMS 390 Horsepower @ 5,800 RPMS - Dodge 5.7L 407 ft/lbs torque @ 4,200 RPMS This application is more of a tractor pull than a freeway romp.
          TruthHertz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TruthHertz
          It's actually quite simple. A diesel would be the first choice for the load and speed in question, but it would be loud and smelly. The Hemi wouldn't be smelly, but would be loud due to having to maintain a high RPM to keep things moving. The Ford engine can more than likely maintain 3000 or so RPMs and keep things moving along without issue and without a racket. I never said the Hemi was a diesel, I simply stated that noise and odor are the main reason against the use of an oil burner.
          TruthHertz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TruthHertz
          *edit* First line should read, "Does your Hemi make 457 ft/lbs of torque at 3250 rpms?"
        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brian
        @ Paul What kind of crack are you on? The Cummins diesel that is available in the F-650 and F-750 is ANYTHING but quiet. It also ONLY generates 325 horsepower in its peak civilian application. This diesel is also immune to some of the emissions requirements due to the nature of the application and it DOES smell. I know, I'm around them all the time because many are used in conjunction with car carriers that I deal with.
          Paul P.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Um, we own a 2011 F750 with a 220hp ISB, so I kinda know what I'm talking about. Sure, the truck is a little loud if you're standing right next to the engine or the muffler, but otherwise it's not loud at all, especially not compared to trucks from just a few years ago. The smell is no worse than a gas truck is either, unless maybe you're talking about one of those natural gas conversion trucks that are running around now?
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would anyone want to buy products from a company that throws all of its profits away on some retarded bulls**t like this?
        Ryan Cousineau
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        I fervently wish more companies funded public art that was this profoundly crazy.
      JIM J
      • 3 Years Ago
      "...save for a custom gear reduction setup behind the output shaft to get the float moving" To paraphrase: Give me a fulcrum and a long enough lever and I will move the earth. Hope they can keep the spark plugs in it. This engine is well known to "eject" plugs under load and anyway you cut it 100K is a heavy load. Does this mean we have a "float race" to see who can build the biggest/heaviest/most outrageous/etc. float? Silly IMO.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JIM J
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      jimmyratso
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not bad for a car with only three valves (apparently). Number one rule of infographics: Don't make one unless you're actually putting the right information on there.
        ayhtida
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jimmyratso
        Seriously. Since when did we start labeling the motor with the number of values in each cylinder!? Thirty-valve V-10 sounds so much better too!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jimmyratso
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      Mike Singer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's not forget some KEY words ... "... is completely stock. The same can be said for the six-speed automatic transmission, SAVE FOR A CUSTOM GEAR REDUCTION SETUP behind the output shaft ... " Well, sure, take the capability of the truck (10,000 lbs,, for example ...) set up a 10 to 1 gear reduction, and suddenly the truck can pull 100,000 lbs. Smoke and Mirrors, guys. Good Try.
      EUniqe
      • 3 Years Ago
      hahahahahahah. 6.8 liters and only 457 ft. lbs? what a joke. why not just use a diesel?
        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EUniqe
        "Only" 457 ft/lbs? Name another GASOLINE engine not found in a supercar that makes that much torque... Hell the 7.0L LS7 only makes 13 more ft/lbs and you find it in a Corvette!
        Paul P.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EUniqe
        The gas V10 is a new option for Ford in the F650. With the current price of diesel and new diesel regulations, a lot of medium duty truck buyers are preferring to purchase gas engines over diesels. Therefore, showing off this new gas engine option at a highly-publicized event is good advertising for Ford.
      GML
      • 3 Years Ago
      With the speed the float is traveling, I would think that a diesel production more torque would be better suited for the job, no?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GML
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        wilkegm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GML
        No. The spark ignition engine is quiet and runs clean without complex aftertreatment. Its also cheap.
      goVintage
      • 3 Years Ago
      Worlds Faster SKATEboarding dog + water + surfboard + moving float = FAIL
      • 3 Years Ago
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