Yes, in a bid to ensure your car seat really will stand the test of time, Ford has developed a Robutt that is designed to mimic a sweaty, post-exercise butt.
Which sounds laughable, but actually makes a lot of sense.
The Robutt is a robotic butt that Ford uses to test the effectiveness of their car seats over time. A butt-shaped cushion is attached to an industrial robot arm, which is then repeatedly pressed onto the tester seat to re-create 10 years of wear and tear.
This new, moister version of the Robutt was designed to mimic those real-life sweaty situations. I believe most of us will admit to getting into our cars after a hard workout a little sweaty-bottomed… (I’m so sorry).
The sweat test takes three days to complete, and sees the new-and-improved sweaty Robutt sit in the test seat 7,500 times. The Robutt is based on the dimensions of a large man, heated to 36 degrees Celsius and soaked with 450 millilitres of water.
In a Ford blog post, Development Engineer Florian Rohwer said:
“Cars are part of our everday lives, and at this time of year in particular, so is exercise. The ‘Robutt’ is a great way to check our seats will look good for years to come.”
If you were on the fence about whether to buy that flash new Ford, perhaps this will convince you.
But what I’d like to know is does it come with a ‘sweaty butt guaranteed’ certificate?