EcoBoost – Five Million Strong!

January 13th, 2016 by

EcoBoostWhether it’s powerfully strong engines designed for trucks or the compact efficient design of the 1.0L, all EcoBoost engines are developed  and engineered to deliver impressive, long term performance and efficiency.

Since the technology was originally introduced, Ford has produced more than five million EcoBoost engines. Mile after mile, they demonstrate their capability, reliability and durability.

All EcoBoost engines combine two proves technologies that optimize air and fuel delivery, in turn serving up impressive power and efficiency. Those two technologies are Turbocharging, which is the more the engine breathes, the more power it generates and Direct Injection which is the movement of pressurized fuel to high-pressure injectors that manage the precise timing and intensity of fuel based on driver demand.

With its compact design, EcoBoost technologies allow drivers to get a lot more horsepower and torque out of an engine that weighs less than traditional engines. The less your high-performing engine weighs, the greater your power-to-weight ration is. Years ago, engines may have been designed to produce 40 horsepower per liter. Today, as EcoBoost designs have evolved, our engines are making more than 100 horsepower per liter with some producing as much as 125! The EcoBoost engines are constructed, as an example, with strong materials such compacted graphite iron where needed. Lightweight materials such as aluminum are also used to reduce weight. The combination of materials contributes to an overall strong, compact and lightweight design.

Like all Ford Engines, the EcoBoost designs are engineered for durability and put through rigorous, punishing tests in the lab. We perform engine fatigue tests that are designed and run to replicate ten years of extreme customer use. Some of those tests include a 300-hour run and a continuous, full throttle run for over an hour. On F-150 engines, these tests include a simulation that replicates towing and 11,000lb trailer up a steeper grade than Pike’s Peak.

Once they leave the extremes of the labs, it’s time for in-field testing. In addition to all types of road tests, some examples of special tests are competing at the grueling 2013 Baja 1000 Off-Road race and completing it with only an air filter change. A Ford Daytona prototype race-car powered by a production-based 3.5L EcoBoost V6 competed at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona – and won! Soon, the new Ford GT equipped with a next-generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 will compete at the prestigious 24 Hours of LeMans in 2016.

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