• Feb 3, 2012
There's something inexplicably mesmerizing about watching a factory in action. Seeing the innumerable complex mechanisms mesh in perfect harmony to create the products we know and love is part of what makes shows like National Geographic's Ultimate Factories so interesting. Now the program is headed to Dearborn for a look at how the Ford F-150 Ecoboost and F-150 SVT Raptor come together on the line in crystal-clear HD video. The show will also spend time with both trucks out on the company's proving grounds, which means there's a good chance we'll see the Raptor bashing over various obstacles.

Consider us excited. Last year, the Ford plant in Dearborn produced 344,446 vehicles, making it the third most productive plant in North America behind the Nissan facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico and the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico.

The show will air on Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern on the National Geographic Channel, but you can get a glimpse of what to expect in the video after the jump.



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      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just scheduled the DVR! God I LOVE my DVR and my 30 second skip button! Commercials? What commercials! ;)
      Ironb
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's amazing how many OSHA violations you can spot watching this show. From a person texting on their phone in one scene. Workers wearing headphones instead of proper ear protection, not wearing respirators in paint spray booth, wearing large hoop earrings on the line. This sure showed how bad the professionalism of the ford manufacturing.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ironb
        And yet they still manage to make the best trucks.
          Lastchance
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WillieD
          Ah not really. selling the most trucks does not mean you make the best.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ironb
        [blocked]
        Josh Cooper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ironb
        I agree with WillieD, it's not just trucks they build well just look at the build quality and reliability number for all their vehicles.... Ironb wouldn't be talking about any of this if it was his fav brand on the television show.
          Lastchance
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Josh Cooper
          Ford's quality control is still not great. Consumer Reports has docked them for failing to meet expectations, and having several major recalls. They are the best ranking American manufacture in terms of Quality but still trailing the market leaders.
          Lastchance
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Josh Cooper
          Ford's quality control is still not great. Consumer Reports has docked them for failing to meet expectations, and having several major recalls. They are the best ranking American manufacture in terms of Quality but still trailing the market leaders.
      wat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why were only black people interviewed in the video? That's racist.
      mawhalen53
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love shows like this. I really enjoyed when Ultimate Factories toured the Ferrari plant and followed the 599 from start to finish. Watch for free: http://www.hulu.com/watch/213616/ultimate-factories-ferrari
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      According to this, Mexicans do it faster...... BD
        The_Zachalope
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        But put it in perspective. The Nissan plant has 2,000 more workers and produces 4 different vehicles. The VW plant has 11,000 more employees and produces 3 different vehicles. The Dearborn Truck plant makes ONE vehicle with 3,500 employees.
      masonperegrine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never in my life have I wanted the National Geographic channel so bad. :''(
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seeing "SVT Raptor" in the title and seeing the regular cab in the picture got my hopes up... and then I saw it was not what I'd hoped for. :-/
        Autoholics Anonymous
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Well it will more than likely be in the full episode. "As always. Have Nice Day!"-FPS Russia
          WillieD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Autoholics Anonymous
          He means he wanted to see a regular cab Raptor, which doesn't exist currently.
      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you watch the Ultimate Factory series and How It's Made you'll see that a lot of the manufacturing practices, from Ferrari to Hyundai are generally the same, especially the paint. The engine building is the biggest difference. However, how the Veyron is built is very unique.
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LifeLongCarGuy
        And the Lexus LFA carbon fiber loom! I'd love to see how they make the Adobe Clay Car on Ultimate Factories! Now THAT would be sick! ;)
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good episode. I always enjoy seeing more Raptor footage.
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