• Dec 28, 2010
After surviving some of the most heinous abuse that the engineers at Ford cold dream up, the same 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 engine that pulled logs, raced in Baja and towed 11,300 pounds for 24 hours straight will be dissected in front of the crowds at this year's Detroit Auto Show. The stunt gets started on January 15 at 11 a.m., and Ford is hoping to be able to show off exactly how well its new V6 workhorse held up against the equivalent of 160,000 miles of torture.

Ford has come out with a bare-knuckle advertising campaign to prove that it's smaller-displacement, turbocharged engine can not only dish out equivalent power while using less fuel, but that it can stand up to the kind of work that pickup trucks are meant to endure. After wrapping up competition in the Baja 1000, Ford pulled its Ecoboost engine to perform dyno tests, and found that even after all of the beatings, the lump still churned out the same 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque that it left the factory with. Not too shabby. Stop by the Ford display at the 2011 Detroit Motor Show to check out the dissection, and hit the jump to see the press release.

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FORD OFFERS UNPRECEDENTED LOOK AT TEARDOWN OF F-150 ECOBOOST ENGINE TO PUBLIC AT 2011 NAIAS

* What: F-150 EcoBoost™ engine teardown. When: Jan. 15, 2011, 11 a.m. Where: North American International Auto Show, Cobo Hall, Detroit; Ford's Powertrain display
* Teardown free and open to the public
* 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost "hero" engine has racked up the equivalent of more than 160,000 miles and 10 years of rugged use
* The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine produces a best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm and 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular unleaded fuel, enabling best-in-class conventional towing of 11,300 pounds

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 27, 2010 – Ford powertrain engineers will tear down an engine that
has gone a distance equal to six times around the earth and three quarters of the way to the moon. Or put another way: the engine has the equivalent of 160,000 miles and 10 years of rugged use.

Now, Ford engineers want to see how the engine's parts and components held up. They will disassemble and examine it for long-term durability in front of the public at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15, 2011 at 11 a.m.

"Customers will be able to see for themselves how the components fared during a regime of tests that, when taken together, are far more extreme than even the harshest-use customer could dish out," said Jim Mazuchowski, V6 engines programs manager. "This EcoBoost truck engine received no special treatment, and now we're going to see how it did."

The F-150 EcoBoost engine saw its first action on the dyno in July. Engineers punished it in temperature and load extremes simulating nearly 10 years of use – a regimen tougher than any consumer could ever subject a truck to. At this point, most engines would be ready to be rebuilt or retired, but the EcoBoost testing engine was just beginning.

The engine was dropped into a regular production 2011 F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant Then it hit the road and saw some of the most severe use Ford engineers have ever dreamed up.


* It hauled 55 tons of lumber
* It ran at full throttle for 24 straight hours towing 11,300 pounds
* Beat competitors' larger engines in an uphill towing competition
* Completed the world's toughest desert endurance race, the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 in Mexico


Go to http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/experiencef150 to see firsthand how the EcoBoost truck engine performs in each of these events.

After its run in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine was removed from the F-150 race truck and shipped to Dearborn. To view, go to http://fordvideo.wieck.com/search?q=F-150Baja1000.

Last month, the engine returned to the Dearborn dynamometer lab – where it started its "torture test" – to have power levels and output checked at a speed range from 1,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm. The results:


* Produced best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm on regular fuel
* Produced 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
* Power and torque met with the same level of boost as the new advertised power engine
* Cylinder compression (a measure of how efficiently the engine makes power) and leakdown (measures pressure lost due to worn piston rings or defects in the valvetrain) both were still in specification
* No oil or fluid leaks


Twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection
Key to EcoBoost's performance is the wealth of low-end torque produced by the combination of twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection. Up to 90 percent of the EcoBoost truck engine's peak, best-in-class torque of 420 lb.-ft. is available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm – all on regular fuel. The engine produces 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm.

"Truck customers should think of the EcoBoost truck engine as a gas-powered engine with diesel-type capability and characteristics," said Mazuchowski. "The twin turbochargers and direct injection give it the broad, flat torque curve that makes towing with a diesel so effortless – and hard acceleration so much fun."

The EcoBoost truck engine also features twin independent variable camshaft timing, or Ti-VCT, to help save fuel. Ti-VCT provides extremely precise variable – yet independent – control of timing for intake and exhaust valves. Ti-VCT also reduces emissions, especially in situations when the throttle is partially open.

Independent adjustment of intake and exhaust valve timing allows maximum fuel economy at part-throttle, while delivering optimized power in full-throttle situations. An added benefit is improved driveability and responsiveness across the torque curve.

Final phase of EcoBoost "torture test"
The teardown is the final phase of the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine's "Torture Test," a multipart series of web-based documentaries that began when this randomly selected EcoBoost engine endured the equivalent of 150,000 miles or 10 years' use on the dynamometer, replicating the duty cycle of the harshest-use customer.

EcoBoost is fundamental to Ford's strategy to provide technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement powertrains that deliver uncompromised performance and fuel economy. EcoBoost engines deliver fuel economy gains of up to 20 percent and reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent, compared with larger, less-efficient engines.

In addition to turbocharging with direct injection, Ford engineers have enhanced EcoBoost's technology capabilities by adding variable valve timing and precisely controlling all aspects of the engine. Ford has at least 125 patents on its EcoBoost technology.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Expect a little dude with a video camera to be hanging out for the entire show, and two months later "Fyord EvoBausts" to be available.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't notice it had also turbos on it but seems to be more durable and fuel economic than Nissan's big V6...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Notice they didn't mention if or not they had to replace the DI high capacity water pump, Alternator, fan belt, or anything else besides..."normal maintenance"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why isnt this thing in the Raptor?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because people who buy Raptors don't buy V6 turbos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just want this engine in the Fusion. 365HP + AWD (in something smaller than the boat Taurus) = Very nice sport sedan
        • 4 Years Ago
        I couldn't agree any more, even if it was detuned to something around 330HP.

        One would be in my garage right now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford is turning the NAIAS into SEMA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, and I though Nissan were the over-achievers with their 330hp 3.7 V6 untill I read this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While this will be interesting, it really would be better if they hadn't already taken the engine out of the truck again (since they cite an "after" ENGINE dyno run). While the engine was out, I would imagine that Ford already looked at the internals to make sure there weren't any surprises...
        • 4 Years Ago
        In a high profile PR stunt like this, there will be no 'surprises' ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I highly doubt the engine has been opened up. Especially since they put special markers on it to show that it has not been opened.

        They didn't want people claiming that Ford pulled a fast one and swapped engines between vehicle swaps, or that it actually had parts replaced.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let's just say this is probably the best maintained engine in the entire world.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I sincerely doubt that Ford is pulling a fast one, however, I don't think this should be regarded as anything other than a PR stunt.

        After all, there is nothing to verify that this engine was "randomly selected". Further, I saw no mention of there being "special marks" (Stuka) to indicate that the engine hadn't been opened (in the press release, anyway). Basically, The engine has been out of the host vehicle for quite some time... all of the torture testing since the Baja. There was no mention of some independent, certifying body that is making sure that this exercise is on the up-and-up.

        My suspicion is that they have already performed an open-block visual inspection. I don't think that Ford would have any reason to replace any parts, but I'm sure they would want to see what's inside prior to a high-profile, multi-part webcast extolling the endurance and performance virtues of the 3.5EB.

        Aside from that, there really isn't anything all that special about a modern engine lasting the equivalent of 150,000 miles - even under duress. This is mostly just an exercise in education for truck guys that are skeptical of gas/turbo engines (since they are comfortable with their iron V8's and turbo diesels). It's smart marketing, but doesn't display anything in terms of breakthrough engineering.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the 3.5l EB is so durable, Ford should start offering it in the E-150, E-250 and E-350. It might get as good fuel economy as the PowerSmoke and would probably be less expensive and certainly lighter weight so these vans could carry more payload for a given GVWR. Also with the smaller engine it seems they could reduce the size of the doghouse to give the driver and front seat passenger more foot room and maybe allow a middle passenger seat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just thought I would bring up the 6.0 diesel was (according to ford) a millon mile tested engine, that's right, i was working at a ford dealership, and yes, the ford rep said this engine was tested for 1 million miles........these things were back for major repairs before reaching 5000 miles. It's the real world that counts, not what the manufacturer tells you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The vast majority of problems with the 6.0, had to do with the injectors. The problem Ford had with testing, is they did NOT fuel at all different stations, by all different brands.

        Diesel fuel in the US, is not anywhere close to consistant. By using only their supplied fuel, they did not discover the fuel clogging issues that would show up in the customers vehicles.

        BTW, the 2004/5 Duramax had alot of injector issues also. However, as not nearly as many of them are sold, it wasn't nearly as noticable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      IMO If they want to show how tough the motor is they need to run it till it does blows, then show us what broke and when. Then they can brag about how good motor really is! So far pretty impressive tho but the jury is still out on this one!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not that your idea would not be interesting, but that is something they should do (probably already have) away from the public eye. While this endurance test is interesting, I have always found miles and hard use are not the worst enemy of your engine. Father time and poor maintenance are more telling on how durable an engine is. Frankly, I am more impressed by my 15 year old Civic with 260K on it. Burns practically no oil, no leaks and never saw more engine work than valve adjustments. It will be interesting to watch over the next 15 years how these hold up. All that being said, Ford is on an incredible roll right now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        > till it does blow
        yeah, right so people start saying "x-y on that engine is break prone"
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Egon: unless the source for your claims is your own a** would you mind to provide a link?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, what is actually impressive about what this particular engine endured......absolutely everything.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Come on now Ford is the one trying to prove there gas engine is as tough as a diesel and can tow like a diesel, I will agree that what they have put this engine through is more than most any gas engine ever will but to claim diesel performance on it is ridiculous. They need to put there money where there mouth is! Most diesel in work applications work 24/7 and never quit running and when they do that is what makes a engine not a tear down to see what it can do only what it has!
        • 4 Years Ago
        No doubt, the ghosts of many a blown engine were in the run-up to this marketing exercise. But in the attempt to win hearts and minds over to the concept of a turbo V6 in a full-size pickup, I'm sure Ford's spin doctors will take great care to avoid any mention of failure, let alone showing the aftermath.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A link for what? Destructive testing is part of the R&D process. I didn't need the interwebz to figure that out. The difference is that there's not a camera crew around and Mike Rowe isn't narrating.
        • 4 Years Ago
        D57...most diesels in work situations run 24/7? Maybe a freight train or a cargo ship. But trucks? The most I see at constructions sites or any other work situation are shut off or if they are running, they sit idle most of the time. That's why it cracks me up when I hear people who work construction say they NEED a diesel for the reliability but all they got to haul around is a tool box.

        This engine, IMO, has proven itself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Upon re-reading my original reply, I can see where some might have thought I was suggesting that several engines were blown while conducting this campaign or that somehow Ford has rigged the outcome.

        That wasn't the point I was aiming for.

        Instead, I was suggesting - albeit unsuccessfully - that Ford R&D had validated the powertrain sufficiently (including destructive testing) that they were okay with this 'torture test'. Had there been any doubt as to whether the same engine could have survived until the cameras stopped rolling, this whole campaign would have been vetoed.
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