Engineering,Ram | March 08 2018

Truck Thursday: Engineering Ram 1500 durability from the bottom up

Make it longer and wider, yet lighter and stronger. Ram Truck engineers were tasked with a tall order in creating what the ‘no-compromise’ 2019 Ram 1500 would look like, how it would handle and how well it would fulfill a promise of best-in-class durability.

For the Materials engineering team, it was a challenge that meant rethinking the design and build of a key component of the truck, the frame. Team leader Larry Sak and his group got to work on an approach that not only pushed the boundaries of conventional thinking, but resulted in the strongest Ram 1500 ever with the most efficient frame in the segment.

In this edition of Truck Thursday, Sak recounts how his team managed to accomplish this challenge while also trimming 100 pounds from the frame itself, and 225 pounds overall off the 2019 model over the previous Ram 1500.

Betty Newman

Hi, I’m Betty Carrier Newman. I know – three names! Just who does she think she is? I’m a native Michigander; therefore, I love all things outdoors, like hiking and off-roading. I work in Communications with the Digital Media team. Some days I produce video shoots, write scripts, voice and
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Hi, I’m Betty Carrier Newman. I know – three names! Just who does she think she is? I’m a native Michigander; therefore, I love all things outdoors, like hiking and off-roading. I work in Communications with the Digital Media team. Some days I produce video shoots, write scripts, voice and edit video for features to post to our corporate and social media sites. Other times I’m strategizing with the brands I support – Ram, Jeep and Corporate – to come up with attention-grabbing ways to tell their unique stories. Then there’s the travel - to places like Moab, Utah, and the Rubicon Trail in California - to shoot (and enjoy) awesome off-road adventure that I then turn into exciting videos to post on our sites. Routine? Definitely not in my world! Challenges, creativity, cool cars and trucks, exciting places – yeah, they’re in there! Oh, the three names? In an earlier life I was hired as the first major-market female TV co-anchor for the NBC affiliate in Detroit – Channel 4. My name was Betty Carrier back then – until I married and added the ‘Newman.’ That’s my story and, yes, I’m really enjoying my FCA ride!