• Jul 31, 2008

Ford has committed to putting 500,000 vehicles on the road annually with its Ecoboost direct injection + turbo technology, which means the Blue Oval is going to need a whole bunch of turbochargers. After some searching, Ford has chosen Honeywell to be the supplier that puts some fuel-sipping pep into its engine lineup. Honeywell already supplies turbo chargers to several European automakers, where forced induction has been an accepted practice for boosting small engines for years.

Ford says its Ecoboost technology can, for example, enable four-cylinder engines to produce V6 power with four-pot efficiency, which will go a long way toward helping the automaker achieve its goal of reducing fuel consumption by 30% or more by 2020. The first vehicle to receive Ecoboost is the Lincoln MKS, with the Taurus, F-150, and Flex following after that.

[Source: Automotive News, subs. req'd]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think the Flex will be around long enough to see egoboost engines...
      • 6 Years Ago
      i want a fusion GT real bad... that car is gonna be awsome
        • 6 Years Ago
        You and me both. I also like the idea of the 265 hp impreza, comes down to price I suppose.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Funny... I have a car better than both.

        Nicer looking and currently in production, rather than the 'proposed' Fusion GT. Plus the engine is turned the correct direction. It even has a blue oval badge. With nice stars in it...

        Better looking, and more nicely appointed than the Impreza, with the same drivetrain.

        It is called Legacy GT Limited (Spec B also fits, with a bit more equipment). And it is amazing that more people don't know about it, if they like the Fusion with turbo power, or the Impreza, but not the looks inside or out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have yet to see a turbo 4 "make the power of a V6 with 4 cylinder efficiency". Look at these MPG (city/highway):

      Subaru WRX 20/25
      Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart 17/25
      Saab 9.3 Turbo 19/26
      Audi A4 Turbo 21/28

      Most all V6's will match these MPG's. Let's not kid ourselves. Turbo 4's have their advantages but MPG is not one of them.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I daily drive a Audi A4 2.0T Quattro with the 6Spd manual. The EPA is way off on this car! I have averaged 29.8 mpg over the last 8000 miles. I usually get 26 to 30 in town, and 32 to 36 on the highway. This is in a 3550lb, all wheel drive sedan.

        Most 4Cyl Turbos are very thirsty with heavy throttle input like the EPA tests. If you drive the car comfortably, like you would in most daily situations around town and on the interstate, they return very good mileage.
        • 6 Years Ago
        All those vehicles are more performance oriented also. Hence, the gearing is not suited for high gas mileage but for acceleration.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Here's an example for ya.

        My turbo Miata (1.6 liter) with a small Garrett T25 turbo, pulled 36mpg on my last tank. (329 miles, 9.071 gallons) That was half a tank for a short road trip with some highway use, and the rest city. If you were to sell my car new, the ratings would be somewhere around 25 city/32 highway.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Only one of those is direct injected.

        Audis are ridiculously overweight as well, so 21/28 is probably pretty good for a pig.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good, honeywell is a strong company and shouldn't have any problems supplying Ford all the turbos it needs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. As a matter of fact Honeywell is the owner of Garrett, the largest turbo manufacturer in the world. Almost all turbo's no matter what company ( HKS, Greddy etc) use parts from Garret for their turbos. Honeywell should have no trouble at all.
      FEW
      • 6 Years Ago
      ford is making some of the most drastic changes of the big 3, i think it realizes its strength is in the overseas markets where their products not only look better but get better MPG - - - bring on the turbos.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @FEW
        Actually, Ford currently sells two DI motors starting as of a couple of years ago. These are the 3.5L DOHC 24V V6s in the Taurus, Taurus X, Edge, Flex, Lincoln MKZ and MKX. The other is the 3.7L V6 in the Lincoln MKS, which is a motor derived from the 3.5L. So yea, when the Edge & MKX came out 3 years ago, Ford offered DI motors.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @FEW
        That's odd, because GM already has cars with turbocharged, direct injected engines for sale at dealerships while Ford is still lining up a supplier for their turbos. Does Ford even sell a direct injected gas engine yet?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @FEW
        You missed my point. It isn't just turbo engines that the article references, but turbo + gasoline direct injected - "Ecoboost" in the Ford lingo. Sorry, but Ford doesn't sell those in Europe, or anywhere else for that matter.

        GM, OTOH already has two gasoline direct injected engines for sale, one of them turbocharged. As of yet, Ford does not even sell a direct injected gas engine (unless you count Mazda, but Ford only owns 1/3 of Mazda). So, out of the big three, who's making the bigger changes?
        FEW
        • 6 Years Ago
        @FEW
        u should get out more, go to Europe smarty, b/c where i lived in germany we had tons of turbos, fords included ... i bet u feel smart.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't wait for these to come out. I have a 2.3L Fusion and although it's not a drag car, it's not that slow either (I'm 19 and don't granny shift it either). From what I heard, they're making them for use with Reg. Fuel, so their full power potential wont be unleashed until you add premium.

      From CarConnection:
      "Ford has so far developed two versions of EcoBoost, the 3.5-liter V-6 as well as a small in-line four pumping out 275 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque"

      It didn't state the size of the 4cyl, but I'm assuming it's either the 2.3L used in a lot of Ford/Merc/Mazda cars, or the new upcomming 2.5L.

      I think that 300+HP out of the 4cyl Turbo motor is easy, especially with a CAI, Tuner, Exhaust, and some other mods.

      Lastly, EPA MPG is a bunch of B.S.
      My Fusion is rated @ 20/28
      I've driven 4/5 of a tank of gas @75-80MPH and got a calculated 32MPG (4people + Almost full trunk)

      Driving around the city, I've gotten from 23 to 25 depending on how high my RPM's go. (23 ~ shifting @ 4or5K, 25 ~ keeping it under 3500)
        • 6 Years Ago
        It depends on the size of the turbo if 300whp is attainable. With the stock turbo on the speed 3/6 I've yet to see anyone break 300whp. Even stage 2+ guys (intake, turboback, fmic, tune) are barely making 280whp. However, the tiny turbo does translate to MONSTER torque as stage 1 guys (intake, tune) have been putting down close to 300 wtq. I'd much rather have tq over hp.
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