• Jan 7th 2011 at 8:59AM
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Ford pulls its "hero" Ecoboost V6 – Click above to watch video after the jump

Ford has finally pulled the Ecoboost V6 engine from its Baja racer in preparation for the mill's tear down at the Detroit Auto Show. This particular lump has seen several lifetimes worth of abuse, from skidding logs to endurance towing around a NASCAR track and even competing in the legendary Baja 1000.

Even more surprising, all of that came after severe endurance tests at the factory. The engineers say that this V6 has racked up enough hours to drive the equivalent of six laps around the planet. How did it hold up? According to Ford, the Ecoboost engine still managed to turn out the same power figures on the dyno that it left the factory with.

Ford plans to strip the workhorse Ecoboost V6 down to its bare bones in front of a live audience at this year's Detroit Auto Show. The action gets going on January 15 at 11 a.m., so if you're in the greater Detroit area, swing on by for a glimpse at the engine's innards. Hit the jump for a look at the extraction process, but beware that it ain't the most interesting thing you'll watch all day.

[Source: YouTube]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm probably guilty of it too, but how about let's try to reduce or avoid the use of certain cliches on this site.

      I get tired of reading "lump" for engine. Or how about "hoon", "hoonage", and "asshat"?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oops, guess I thought I was on Jalopnik!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The internals are going to look cleaner than normal because they used a water injection system. You can see it disconnected in the video. Kinda cheating a bit there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to hear about carbon build up. All I hear about is the carbon build up concerns with direct injection / turbo charged engines.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Think about it... running this engine for 24 hours at WOT towing 11,300 lbs... I dont think carbon has any time to "build-up" in this engine... especially running near WOT driving the Baja 1000 for 38 hours... ain't no carbon build-up in that engine!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      AB, you say Ford says it had the same power and torque it left the factory with. That's not correct. Ford said:

      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

      They say it makes the rated figures (and without needing extra boost!) but they don't say it makes the same amount as it did before. If the power/torque (or indeed compression/leakdown) were undiminished, I expect they would say this. Instead they say that it is within spec. It is quite likely the figures are down somewhat, just are still at or above factory specifications (because they started higher than specifications).

      And before anyone tries to put words in my mouth, no, I'm not trying to say that a drop in power over 150,000 miles is a bad thing, especially when you are still getting all the power that is advertised when you bought it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i don't know about you, but here a car with 150,000 miles is probably already recycled.

        very few cars here with that amount, i'm not saying all, but the very vast amount is allready recycled.

        @ such odometer indicating, it's not only about the engine.

        i'm a freak and keep spending money on the underpinnings of my cars every year, both of my cars are old on the outside, but brandnew from below.
        i spend an awefall lot on parts, i like it and don't want to pay loans.
        but i would probably cheaper with a brand new car.

        but i do have to say, i have to pas a strict anual vehicle inspections and they invoke your car papers fi there is anything wrong with your car.
        so to avoid such thing, because it's a real pain in the ars, such station aren't everywhere and takes about half a day waiting, driving and such.

        so i spend money to distract the eyes of that guy and hope he doesn't discover my mods.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is a bit of PR stunt but who cares really, it is also more testing for them. I'm sure they have done all the testing they need but its proven this engine works well. They got me after running it WOT for 24 hours.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't forget about the test where they would freeze the engine, start it up cold, run it for 15 minutes at WOT, shut it down, and repeat this process for days on end.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like this PR maneuver that Ford is putting on for the EcoBoost V6 in their trucks. Durability is king in the truck market and it good to see Ford being so aggressive in their promotion of this.

      Without a doubt this is the most well cared for and maintained engine on the planet but it just goes to show that even a force-fed ICE can last virtually forever under heavy loads if well maintained.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't loose sight of the fact that said ICE has to be very well engineered or no amount of maintenance in the world will do much for it... Unless you count rebuilding as "maintenance."

        Used car dealers like to use that maintenance "logic". It's false to the core.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess the Turbos are quite reliable.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      That EcoBoost needs to make it's way into the production F150 Raptor. Ford, I am waiting for 2012 to replace my 2006 F150.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet one Ford was driven over him when he was little and remained affected.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is FORD RECALL JOB 1 our old buddy Matt with a new profile?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That reminds me of one time when I was in high school and I was helping a buddy lift a VW engine in front of a girl that I was trying to impress and as I lifted it I farted really loudly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hate it when that happens...
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