When Ford revealed its odd way of measuring the interior cubic space of the 2013 Ford Escape earlier this week, car nerds and math geeks discussed the method’s brilliance, while everyone else simply said, “huh?” Believe it or not, one Ford engineer’s idea to use thousands of ping pong balls as a measurement tool actually ended up being a much more accurate way to calculate the numbers you look at when shopping for your Ford like cargo space and headroom.
Not to take anything away from the design guys, but South Florida Ford perfected this method years ago using hockey pucks. We tend to be ahead of the curve. Check out the challenge we put together to guess the number pucks that fit into the Ford Flex refrigerator. Leave us your guess in the comments section below. We’ll randomly select a winner from the closest responses on Friday for an iPod Shuffle.
So how many pingpong balls can the Ford Escape fit? About 56,778. Not a bad result considering that vehicle’s 68.1-cubic-feet cargo volume with rear seats folded down, and 34.3 cubic-feet behind the second-row seats.
There you have it. We’re not sure if it’s a number you’ll see on the window stickers of new vehicles any time soon, but it might be a fun point to haggle over with your dealer.
Nearly 200 SFF fans participated in our Escape guessing game for a chance to win 4 tickets to see Cirque du Soleil at the Bank Atlantic Center. Although the “guessing” was more like “Googling” which is fine, most of you found the 56,778.