The Ford T proved to be at the beginning of its construction period particularly suitable for the still poor road conditions in America. Its design shows that for off-road driving is not necessarily a all-wheel-drive, but needed is a large ground clearance and plenty of torque to the drive wheels.
Besides the production methods, at the car were other new technologies realized. Thus the alloy of steel with vanadium brought not only for the chassis, but also in bodywork weight advantages. The engine had standing valves, which were all on one side of the engine block directly driven by the camshaft. In one piece cast cylinder block and a removable cylinder head were not granted at that time. The technical foundations were so good, that initially of the Ford T still developed racing versions.
Henry Ford is said to have initially sent axes of bending tests to dealers so that they could demonstrate to their customers the strength of this filigree structure. 08/13