• Sep 26th 2010 at 5:05PM
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Ford tortures its EcoBoost engine – Click above to watch video after the jump

Ford is itching to show that its 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine is tough enough to take whatever F-150 buyers can throw at it. In order to do so, the company has lined up a bevy of torture tests and enlisted Mike Rowe to narrate a documentary on the whole affair. Things will kick off with Ford randomly selecting an EcoBoost engine off of the assembly line to be subjected to the equivalent of 150,000 miles on the dyno. From there, the engine will be bolted into an F-150, where it will head to Oregon to skidsteer logs for a lumber company.

Then, the same truck and engine will head to Homestead Miami Speedway where it will tow two Sprint Cup Ford Fusion race cars around the track for 24 hours at full throttle, stopping only for fuel and tires along the way.

But wait, there's more.

From there, the engine will be removed from the 2011 F-150 and bolted into a specially prepared race truck, where it will do battle in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. After all of that, Ford will tear down the engine and give the public a look at how things went inside. Sounds like a party. You can hit the jump for a look at the full press release and to check out the first video in the series.

[Source: Ford]

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* A series of web-based documentaries will take viewers inside the extreme testing of Ford's new EcoBoost™ truck engine coming to the 2011 F-150; go to fordvehicles.com/2011F150
to see firsthand how the new class-leading EcoBoost truck engine performs on the dynamometer and then in extreme real-world tests
* The EcoBoost truck engine is tested to the equivalent of more than 1.6 million total miles of harsh customer use in the lab, in test cells and on the road
* Upcoming web documentaries will show the new EcoBoost engine – chosen randomly
off the assembly line at Cleveland Engine Plant – pulling, towing and racing in extreme
real-world tough-truck tests to prove what it means to be Built Ford Tough
* The videos are narrated by Mike Rowe of the popular Dirty Jobs series
* Specially tuned for the 2011 F-150, the EcoBoost engine will deliver 365 horsepower and a best-in-class 11,300 pounds towing, 3,060 pounds payload and 420 lb.-ft. of torque combined with the fuel economy of a V6
* Also on fordvehicles.com/2011F150 are video animations depicting key technology features of the four all-new engines coming to the 2011 F-150: the 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8, 6.2-liter V8 and EcoBoost. This is the most extensive engine makeover in the history of Ford F-Series
DALLAS , Sept. 23, 2010 – To prove out the new EcoBoost truck engine, Ford Motor Company is putting one randomly selected engine through a series of extreme durability tests, both in the lab and in the field. The torture testing is being filmed for a web-based documentary series that offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the new EcoBoost truck engine that joins the lineup of the 2011 Ford F-150 early next year.

The first video, now posted on the site, brings to life the dynamometer testing that new truck engines, including the new EcoBoost pulled randomly off the line at Cleveland Engine Plant, endure. In coming weeks, web videos, posted at www.fordvehicles.com/2011F150, will document the extreme challenges the 2011 F-150 EcoBoost faces in the real world.

After undergoing the equivalent of 150,000 miles on the dynamometer, the same EcoBoost engine is dropped in a 2011 F-150 at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant before it faces a series of extreme real-world tough-truck tests to ensure it exceeds the demands of even the most demanding F-150 customer.
Once out of the lab, the ongoing web documentaries will take viewers on a nationwide journey as the 2011 F-150 EcoBoost's durability, capability, fuel economy and power is proved out in the field. The challenges include:

Hauling timber
* The 2011 F-150 EcoBoost joins a lumber company in Oregon, working as a log skidder to show off its best-in-class hauling and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. This severe duty involves dragging logs weighing thousands of pounds up steep grades. The 2011 F-150 EcoBoost replaces larger, heavy-duty machinery to perform the task.
24 hours of NASCAR
* Following its work in the Pacific Northwest, the same 2011 F-150 EcoBoost heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida to demonstrate its best-in-class towing capability of 11,300 pounds. The truck will tow a pair of Sprint Cup Ford Fusions for 24 hours around the 1.5-mile oval. Befitting the track, site of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season finale, the fully stock 2011 F-150 EcoBoost will run at full throttle, reaching speeds in excess of 90 mph on the straights, stopping only for tires and more 87 octane fuel.
Baja 1000
* After towing on the oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the same EcoBoost engine will be dropped in an F-150 off-road race truck and challenge one of the harshest tests on Earth – the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Last year less than 60 percent of the entrants finished the grueling desert race. Built Ford Tough trucks have a proud legacy in the event, winning more Baja titles than any other four-wheel manufacturer.
* After all the pulling, towing, desert racing and much more, viewers will get an inside look at the durability of the EcoBoost when Ford engineers tear it down to evaluate the extensive testing program.
Innovative technology
The first application of Ford's award-winning EcoBoost technology – which combines direct fuel injection and turbocharging – in a rear-wheel-drive truck highlights an all-new class-leading powertrain lineup for the 2011 Ford F-150. Available at launch in late 2010 are a 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8, followed by the new EcoBoost truck engine, available in early 2011. This marks the most extensive engine makeover in the 62-year history of Ford F-Series. Animations of key technical features of all four new engines will be available at the site as well.

The new EcoBoost truck engine's turbocharging and direct fuel injection are particularly relevant to F-150 customers looking for the power to haul and tow heavy loads. This unique EcoBoost truck engine delivers impressive low-end torque and maintains it across a broad rpm range, which is key in towing applications. Approximately 90 percent of the EcoBoost truck engine's peak torque of 420 lb.-ft. is available from 1,700 rpm to 5,500 rpm. EcoBoost's 420 lb.-ft. of torque is more than any other competitive half-ton truck.

The F-150 EcoBoost also tows a best-in-class 11,300 pounds and delivers an impressive 365 horsepower. Combine that with the fuel economy of a V6, and it is a combination competitors can't match. And it's all done on regular fuel.

Built Ford Tough testing
Three avenues that test and validate all truck engines are computer analysis, laboratory work and in-vehicle exercises. All the tests together replicate more than 1.6 million miles of customer usage – the harshest-use customer. A customer profile reflecting extreme-use driving style, road types and vehicle usage, including maximum towing and payload situations, was developed to underpin the testing program.

For the 2011 F-150 EcoBoost, that includes analytical time, dynamometer testing at full boost, in-vehicle test time, thermal test cycles ranging from 20 degrees Fahrenheit to 235 degrees Fahrenheit, fatigue testing with engine running nonstop between peak horsepower and peak torque and road tests.
A recent proving drive, for example, included accumulating nearly 1,500 miles across Arizona, Nevada, Utah and California. The 2011 F-150 EcoBoost traveled up grades as high as 14 percent, with elevations ranging from a few hundred feet below sea level to more than 12,000 feet, in temperatures ranging from 28 degrees to 108 degrees.

Each web-based documentary is narrated by Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs, seen on Discovery Channel. Rowe hosted a series of videos last year on the development of the all-new Ford-engineered, Ford-designed and Ford-manufactured 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbocharged diesel engine, which recently won the Ward's Automotive Diesel Shootout.

"Mike Rowe is a tremendous part of helping us communicate the outstanding attributes of our new EcoBoost truck engine and its unbeatable combination of durability, power, capability and fuel economy," said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. "Mike resonates very well with our Ford F-Series customers because he is authentic and no stranger to tough work."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      all the commercial work this guy does, he must make so much-good for him, he plays a good character
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems like a very ballsy demonstration by Ford, showing the whole plan before the fact and committing to videos of all the action. They must already know something pretty certain about the reliability of this engine. Way to go Ford. I hope you can pull it off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the point is that many things could go wrong and leave Ford with a lot of egg on their face, or leave them trying to convince their audience (the press) that the transmission failure on just the second test was only an anomaly and does not end the demonstration. This demo is unusual in my experience.

        And it is not just about the F150. It is also about the EB Explorer and Taurus Police Interceptors. One of the big issues for the police re the Taurus is the durability of the EB and it's turbos. If Ford is successful with this demo and sells a pant load of EB F150s, that question will evaporate for the police by the time the Taurus PI is available.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well how ballsy is it really? Ford will have complete control over the maintenance of the engine the second it comes off the assembly line. Poor maintenance kills engines.. not work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lets just hope they do the same test on the transmission, electrical, and body/frame.

      A running engine will do me no good if it wont move that vehicle.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Great V6 engine....now i wonder if ford has an ecoboost V8 in the works....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Your really not supposed to stay on WOT boost for more than 30 seconds at a time, if you want your turbos to live a long life. I think that when the engine is installed, the turbos are getting replaced. I can't imagine them lasting 150,000 miles, then 24 hours of WOT. The engine will be running, but there probably won't be any boost.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see how this engine handles the cold. I'd like to see Ford do something like 100 starts in -40 degrees with conventional oil and hold the throttle wide open until the engine is warm, then shut it down, freeze it and do it all over again. Because, if I remember correctly, cold temperatures devour turbos, more so with conventional oil.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They kind of do that already, they go from extreme cold temperature, to extreme hot temperature, in a matter of minutes, the temperatures they go to are way lower, and higher then anybody will see driving this thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why wouldn't you spend less money and get the 6.2 which doesn't seem to have anything to prove?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also, the 6.2L is a more expensive option than the 3.5L Ecoboost.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Pricing hasn't been announced yet, and the EB 3.5 and the 6.2 V8 are both premium upgrade engines - no way to tell which will be more expensive. The 3.5 EB will be available in more trim levels than the 6.2. Also, the biggest benefit will obviously be the great fuel economy of the 3.5 EB. Ford has already stated they are aiming for a higher combined fuel economy rating than the Chevy Hybrid trucks, which cost a whole lot more, and offer less power, so it should be a popular option.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Scott -

        A number of performance shops are already have upgrades available that take the EB 3.5 well over 400hp/400 ft/lbs in the Taurus SHO, so it is likely there will be some for the F-150 as well.

        Also, the block for the EB 3.5 is designed to be able to be bored out to 4.0 liters, and there is already a NA version at 3.7 liters used as the base V6 (without the DI). There is plenty of headroom to take the EB 3.5 up as needed, but how much will be needed? The performance now is great for a truck engine, torque-heavy and a great powerband, what more do you need to haul a load?

        Under heavy load the 3.5 EB and the 6.2 might get closer in terms of economy, but what about for all the times that the truck isn't under heavy load? A lot of people buy a pickup truck as a daily driver and only use it to tow on the weekends. Giving far better fuel economy for the rest of the week makes it seem like a smart choice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Their has already been some work done with the Ecoboost V6. Mobsteel was one of the first. They made and extra 90hp and 147 lb. ft. (458hp and 517 lb. ft.) on the Taurus SHO by simply reworking the software and letting it breathe, and they could have done more, but there isn't a higher pressure fuel pump available yet. Sure the 6.2L can do more with add ons, but you're going to have start measuring fuel consumption in gallons per mile instead of miles per gallon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 5.0L will be less money. I don't believe the 6.2L will cost any less than the Ecoboost. The 6.2L was a $3k option on the Raptor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I remain a hardcore skeptic of this ecoboost engine (aka v6 with a blow job). I very much doubt if it will be more efficient than the 6.2 under load, as in towing. Additionally, the 6.2 is reputed to deliver better fuel economy than the 5.4 that it is replacing, so I doubt it will be as you might think. The 6.2 is a much less complex engine and will likely be less expensive to maintain. Can you imagine the 6.2 with super charger? I don't think the ecoboost will have much left in it for future power upgrades if any reliability is expected, but the 5.0 and 6.2 certainly do.

        Just my 2 cents.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's gonna be a tough engine for the foreseeable future.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford is gettin seriously about built tough, ha ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      i wonder what is in the video :P
      somehow it does not show up
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad we can't have it a RWD car without the stupid Eco name.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, that Eco-boost name carries a stigma in these segment. Ford should reconsider this name when pushing them in Performance or macho oriented models =)
        • 5 Years Ago
        EcoBoost is used to sell to the general public, who may not grasp the concept.

        Why you guys are debating how cool or not the name is, I'm not sure.

        I am sure that TwinBoost is the type of term you'd hear in like 1991, and the G.I. Joe's would more than likely be involved. TwinBoost Cobra, etc.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Eco is in the engine line, not the car. And have you heard of the sky/solstice? ECOtec
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford just went with the best marketing name. Can't fault them for that.

        Besides, isn't there something that Shakespeare wrote about "a rose by any other name..."

        I don't care if they named the engine "The Jolly Green Giant". It's a good engine and on this site of all places people should be able to judge this engine not by it's name, but by what it can do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Before the Ecoweenies got their way it was due to be called "TwinForce" . Much better name in my estimation.
        • 5 Years Ago
        EcoBoost reminds me of Jamba Juice. They have additional 'toppings' that you can add to your drink and they cheesy names like "Immunity Boost" or "Energy Boost" or "Soy Protien Boost".

        Ford could have come up with a better name. EcoBoost sounds too "cheesy" for me.

        Ford gave the good engine a bad name.

        he he EcoBoost........

        Customer: I would like a large, manly Ford F150, please.
        Sales Man: Would you like some Boost with it ?
        Customer: Yes. I will have the EcoBoost. Makes me feel good about the fuel economy.
        Sales Man: Good choice. Will that be all ?
        Customer: Yup. That will be all.
        Sales Man: For here or To Go ?
        Customer: To Go Please.

        He he I am so jobless .....
      • 5 Years Ago
      My guess was, the test had already been done, and they were simply staging the releases of the videos. But, since the race they intend on putting the engine into isn't scheduled until November, I guess I'm wrong. Maybe everything but the Baja race has already been done?
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