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2011 Ford F-150 Ecoboost – Click above for high-res image gallery

When it comes to the Baja 1000, simply crossing the finish line is reason enough to bust out the champagne. Ford has announced that its 2011 F-150 Ecoboost race truck has managed to cover the entire 1,061 mile course in 38 hours and 20 minutes. According to FoMoCo, the truck put up with some of the most grueling terrain on the planet – racing through temperatures below freezing and above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. More impressively, as you may recall, this particular 3.5-liter V6 engine entered the cross-country rally with the equivalent of 10 years of abuse on the clock. The very same lump went through extensive endurance testing at the Cleveland Engine Plant before being bolted into an F-150 that was used as a log skidder in Oregon.

Finally, the same engine drove around a NASCAR track at full speed while towing 11,300 pounds. Ford then unbolted the engine and plopped it into the race machine you see above – bone stock and without so much as a rebuild. With 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the EcoBoost was more than powerful enough to pull the Baja F-150 across the line. Click past the jump for the full press release.

  • 2011 Ford F-150 Ecoboost front 3/4
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  • 2011 Ford F-150 Ecoboost front 3/4
  • 2011 Ford F-150 Ecoboost side
  • 2011 Ford F-150 Ecoboost front
  • 2011 Ford F-150 Ecoboost engine

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A 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost™

* F-150 EcoBoost™ race truck, with an engine that has the equivalent of 10 years of rugged use, finished the grueling Baja 1000 in just over 38 hours, traveling 1,061 miles
* The same stock EcoBoost engine endured the equivalent of 150,000 harsh user miles on the dynamometer, then was installed into a new 2011 Ford F-150 to work as a log skidder in Oregon, towed a 11,300-pound trailer at a high-speed NASCAR track and beat the competition in a steep-grade towing contest at Davis Dam

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 20, 2010 – The 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost race truck with the torture-tested "hero" engine finished one of the most grueling desert endurance races in the world – the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 – in 38 hours and 20 minutes, after 1,061 miles.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine used to power the race truck performed spectacularly in the harsh terrain and extreme temperature swings of the Baja California Peninsula. The truck endured hard accelerations – often at full throttle – and stiff decelerations across the mountains at temperatures that swung between freezing and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Though the EcoBoost engine entered the race with the equivalent of 10 years worth of rugged use, its inherent performance advantages – twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection – helped it complete the race.

"I've never seen anything like it in a stock engine – especially one that's been through what this one has," said driver Mike McCarthy. "This EcoBoost engine didn't miss a beat. It took a beating and kept right on going. This is one tough engine."

Earlier this fall, the engine was randomly selected off the line from the Cleveland Engine Plant to be put through a series of rugged exercises to test its long-term durability. It was installed in a 2011 F-150 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant then traveled to Oregon where it worked as a log skidder. Next, the truck towed 11,300 pounds at high speeds around a NASCAR track in Florida before towing up steep grades in Arizona against competitive trucks.

Last week, the engine was removed from the F-150 and installed in a race truck to take on the extreme conditions and terrain of the Baja 1000 in Mexico. In last year's race, fewer than half of the competitors – many with modified engines – finished this race.

The Baja 1000 represented the culmination of the F-150 EcoBoost torture test program, demonstrating the durability and capability of the class-leading 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine. Viewers can visit http://www.fordvehicles.com/trucks/f150/2011/experiencef150 to view each of the episodes as they are posted.

"While racing is action-packed and exciting, it serves a very real purpose for our engineers to learn about vehicle and engine performance that directly benefits our customers," said Cliff Irey, Ford Truck Motorsports manager. "Baja race is no different. In the last 30 hours we learned a tremendous amount about the durability of this new F-150 engine, the EcoBoost. And we're delighted to report that the EcoBoost engine showed it was up to this test."

The engine that powered the race truck goes next to Ford's powertrain laboratory for a teardown and inspection.

The EcoBoost truck engine produces a best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm and 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm. Up to 90 percent of its peak torque is available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm, which helps drivers stay in the power.

"The Baja 1000 is always a tough race, and many of our customers and enthusiasts saw this event as the ultimate challenge," said Eric Kuehn, chief engineer of the 2011 Ford F-150. "It was an outstanding opportunity to showcase the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine's durability. We took an engine that's stock and essentially 10 years old, and raced on the same course with highly modified competition with up to 800 horsepower."

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Very impressive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that's one of the most impressive things I've ever heard of! Other than that I'm fairly speechless!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So will it be available in the Raptor?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Impressive enough with the Baja let alone the other stuff. Amazing the strides in durability manufacturers (not just ford) have made in the last 20 years.
        • 4 Years Ago

        But, but... the Japanese know so much about trucks!


        • 4 Years Ago
        Durability is always a concern for the truck buyer. I know personally, I was weary of a turbo V6 being able to hold up like the old V8s. A company I used to work for had a boxtruck with a 351 that had over 400,000 miles and was severely abused by the summer help and those of us who wanted to kill the engine so they would buy a new box truck. Same for my '92 F-150 with a 351 that has over 200k and just won't stop.

        Kudos to Ford for proving the strength of the new eco-boost engines. This will go a long way to prove the durability and long term strength of these new engines.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GMs small block v8s regularly hit half a million in work vehicles with ease. And just recently, AB had the story on the ford super duty with a million miles in just a few years. I think the domestic manufacturers take their trucks and vans a lot more seriously than the foreign competition. Sure the toyota seems better on paper when new but after half a million miles of abuse, I gurantee the only trucks left will have a gm, ford, or dodge logo on them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        More proof that a slightly a cheaper, ecoboost powered version of the raptor would be even better then sliced bread. Just think of the aftermarket potential for turning up boost....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder how many horses are still in that engine after that torture test.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's just broken in! Probably 370 left.

        I for one am sold. When my lease is up - God willing, I'm upgrading to an '11 with this engine. If I'm gonna get sucky mileage (and my 5.4 is sucky) then at least I want one that will also make me smile from time to time. And pull the camper...what camper? Bwahahahaha...(attempted maniacal laugh)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its still a Ford? A friend works at a quality control and marketing third party testing company. According to him, the marketing he said Ford is using is very impressive and misleading at the same time. When compared to the actual in house testing that Dodge or Chevy have been doing for years, Ford has actually reduced the miles they log on a single test mule motor. They have resorted to flamboient tests such as pulling a load around a NASCAR track, driving thru the BAJA trail. These are familiar American culutral items with the general public, and when you tie a product (F150 Ecoboost) to it the public goes WOW it must be a great product (bottom line is money). He also went on stating that Ford marketing people have approached third party marketing companies on methods of agressive marketing techniques that work in different industries and how they can adapt them to theirs.I did some research my self, Dodge run about 11 million miles on their Hemi motor before it sees the market, Chevy is close with there Vortec motors, on average Ford has lesst than half a million miles on any motor they test. On average Chevy motors have a longer life exptancy than any motor Ford has put on ther market the last ten years. Also here is an interesting tid bit. What is more American a Ford F150 or a Toyota Camary? The Camary is because its made of more American parts the Ford uses in the "mighty: F150. After all the hits all automotie companies have taken since 2008, Dodge has recently taken advertizing a different way, telling the truth of their infirior products. Yes one can agrue these are all corperate marketing techniques, however I'm willing to put my money into a:quality products, and b: not into misleading, deceptive ones. In the end the companies always win, and from that piont, good on you Ford!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is an extremely high quality product. Ford has outdone itself once again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford is awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While I agree that it's a badass engine, and finishing the Baja 1000 is a major accomplishment for any vehicle, let alone one that's been through such a torture test, has anybody else looked at those numbers and though, "28 miles per hour isn't all that fast"? I mean, I'm no Baja expert or anything, but shouldn't they be going faster than I drive in my neighborhood? Average speeds this year were nearly 40 mph, and the best were in the 55mph range... did they have a breakdown?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah this is pretty bad ass
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats great! I have never had issues with Ford truck engines, it's usually the transmissions that are crappy. But I drove the 2011's and the new transmissions are very smooth and tons better. Unfortunately I am stuck with the junk tranny in my 2010 F150.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well the new transmission are awesome. Very smooth, do not feel anything! Unfortunately my 2010 likes to let me know when we are going into 2nd a little too hard. The downshift issue is finally gone!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. This is impressive stuff for engine but how many transmissions did they go through? If this is still a numbers matching set then my next vehicle may have a blue oval on the hood.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This really validates the EcoBoost in the F150 and the competition has "nothing" to compete with it for a long time... I see Ford gaining significant market-share in trucks...!

      SuperDuty already owns 50% of the HD market and F150 will be over 40% in light trucks this year... Talk about a profit making machine... Go Ford (F)...!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did it win the race!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        won it's class, there were only two entries and the other truck didn't finish.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bad ass engine! Last as long as alimony, but more fun! Seriously, this is impressive, but how will it last with real life abuse, you know, forgetting to change or even check the oil. I know of no way to simulate THAT torture test except real time use over time. Well, time will tell, but this in no way takes anything away from an impressive showing. Congrats Ford!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        So you're saying they should give it to a girl? Maybe a city dweller? Or as someone's company car. Because who ever maintains the co. car? Or run the same test over again, this time 1.5 liters low. Or never change the oil. I'd think 24 hrs at full throttle pulling a trailer just stopping for fuel would be impressive, but do it on a liter and a half low....now we're talking some serious cajones. Like to see that. You're right, this test proves nothing.
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