It’s that time when most people make commitments to get in shape and join a gym or exercise club. However, for car owners, that often comes with sweaty cloth seats. Acknowledging not everyone has time for a post-workout shower, Ford inspects how this behaviour affects wear and tear. With their “Robutt” test, the top-selling automaker simulates a decade’s worth of car use in just three days.

Testing the limits with gym sweat

Based on the dimensions of a large man, Ford goes to the extreme. Before starting the rigorous process, the “Robutt” is heated to 36° C, and soaked with 450 millilitres of water. Throughout each inspection, it bounces and twists on a seat 7,500 times. Initially used for the Fiesta, all European models will experience the “Robutt” test.

Florian Rohwer, development engineer, Body and Chassis Labs, Ford of Europe, speaks to the “Robutts” purpose.

“Cars are a part of our everyday 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.”

Also, it’s worth noting that the “Robutt” builds on a device originally used to ensure that the materials used in Ford’s car seats could withstand a decade’s regular dry wear and tear. Ford is committed to making sure your car is ready to handle everything that comes with daily life.

Keeping your car fresh

Despite tests like the “Robutt,” nobody likes a stinky car. Here’s some simple tips on how to keep that new car smell.

Lay down a towel before sitting
Keep dryer sheets and air fresheners on hand
Avoid leaving your gym bag and sneakers in the car
Opt for leather seats
Drive with the windows open, weather permitting

We wish you all the best with sticking to your new year’s resolutions!