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In the mid-size sedan segment, there are few more benign engines than those that power the otherwise terrific Ford Fusion. That assessment may not be entirely true after Boeing has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) powered by an internal combustion engine of the Ford variety. While the article doesn't specify which Fusion engine is being used, we'd guess it's the 2.3L Duratec four-cylinder. Ford's Research and Advanced Engineering created the UAV's means of propulsion, which utilizes a multi-stage turbo unit powered by hydrogen fuel. A car engine was used because it has more modern materials than older aircraft engine designs, and they tend to perform well at high altitudes where turbocharging is involved. The Boeing concept performed well during three days of testing at a simulated 65,000 feet, and the ultimate goal is for the UAV to perform for seven days at a time. It seems Ford CEO Alan Mulally still hasn't scratched his aircraft itch after 37 years on the job at Boeing.

Thanks for the tip, Bill!

[Source: Defense Tech]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Please, no more awful photoshop images.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The UAV just hit some of dat boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooost!

      sorry.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Your headlines are may no sense.
        • 7 Years Ago
        and your comment does?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ever heard of sarcasm? You know, using a bit of Autoblog's error in my own sentence in order to make the point...

        Here's a rephrasing for Willem: That headline sucked, guys.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dont understand why but ok. As a proud owner of a 4 cylinder fusion se, I can say that the v6 is a much better option. But then again, what do I know...
        • 7 Years Ago
        My guess is that the 2.3 already has a turbocharger that works with it and turbocharged engines perform much better than N/A engines in higher altitudes. I don't know this for sure but weight might've also been a consideration.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That Space-Ford graphic is inspiring.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Should have put a twin turbo 572 GM Big Block into that thing :)

      The sound of that engine with open headers would just scare all the potential attackers away...no reason to spy on them!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Except it'd never make it to a useful distance because of the high fuel consumption and added failure points by having more pistons. Not to mention the block may be too big to stuff in there.