From China to Cleveland, Ford's EcoBoost technology is good news. Ford will be showing off just how well the F-150's "hero" 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine has been performing with a public teardown at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show next month. The engine that will undergo the procedure has been tested for the equivalent of 160,000 miles and 10 years of "rugged use." Jim Mazuchowski, V6 engines programs manager, said in a statement that the engine "received no special treatment, and now we're going to see how it did."
Maybe not special comfort treatment, but this powerplant did not live a normal life. In July, Ford engineers "punished it in temperature and load extremes simulating nearly 10 years of use." This was followed by "some of the most severe use Ford engineers have ever dreamed up." These included:
- It hauled 55 tons of lumber
- It ran at full throttle for 24 straight hours towing 11,300 lbs
- Beat competitors' larger engines in an uphill towing competition
- It completed the world's toughest desert endurance race, the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 in Mexico