• Jan 17, 2011

Exactly as promised, Ford sent a couple of technicians to the show floor at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show in front of a live audience to disassemble the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that was torture-tested for the equivalent of a few hundred thousand miles of rigorous duty on the dyno and in the engine bay of various F-Series trucks.

How'd it fair? Rather well, we'd say, and it managed to churn out 364 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque on the dyno after all the abuse it took. That matches up rather well with the factory ratings of 365 horses and 420 lb-ft.

As you might expect, there was a good amount of carbon build-up on the piston crowns and the valves – think of how much dust was surely ingested over the course of 1,062 miles of the Baja 1000 race, which this engine took part in, finishing first overall in its class – along with a 13-percent loss on one cylinder during the leak-down test. All other initial measurements were well within factory tolerances, and Ford will continue testing each individual piece from this engine to ensure its durability.

No doubt about it, this is an impressive showing for the EcoBoost engine. See plenty more pictures and a first-hand recounting of the tear-down process at PickupTrucks.com.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford are making a lot of good noises at the moment - a focus on reliability, a shift to enable excellent vehicles sell in all markets as opposed to just Europe, and a quality new product line. Ford, Hyundai, Kia and Opel all seem to be stamping their authority this time around. On a recent work trip to the UK I rented a Focus and if you removed the Ford badge on the steering column I would have sworn I was sitting in a 'premium' brand vehicle, it drove like it was on rails too. Good stuff Ford.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still would rather have the v8, much simpler and only gets 1 mile per gallon less on the highway and city and it is cheaper. Also it sounds better and runs smoother.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whoever came up with the F150 Ecoboost campaign deserves a pat on the back. The campaign webisodes were entertaining and informative, and Ford did a pretty good job of using tradition media and the blogosphere to direct people to the site. The public teardown was a cool publicity stunt as well b/c they were giving the public a no-BS view into the world of engine torture testing. Big risk that I hope will pay big rewards.

      Overall, I'd say it's been a smashing success, my only gripe is that the Ecoboost engine isn't more ecological or economical than the 5.0L. The performance is much higher, but it fell short of my expectations for fuel economy. The unsubstantial fuel economy gains could pose a problem for buyers who expect better economy from a six-cylinder engine.

      We will see.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a great engine, and there's no need to suspect shenanigans. This engine excites me more than the 5.0L for getting them into the salvage pool.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Kyle: [throws the next ball in, but it bounces away] That does it! Shenanigans! SHENANIGANS!

        Operator: Uh what are you doing?

        Kyle: I'm declaring Shenanigans on you! This game is rigged!

        Operator: Shenanigans?

        Officer Barbrady: What's all the hoo-ha?

        Kyle: Officer Barbrady, I want to declare Shenanigans on this carnival operator.

        Officer Barbrady: Why?

        Kyle: This game is fixed! The balls are bigger than Jennifer Love Hewitt's mouth!

        Officer Barbrady: If that is true, then your declaration of Shenanigans is just. What do you have to say, carnival operator?
      • 3 Years Ago
      take out engine
      put in mustang
      win
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good, very good news and results. It was about time ...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it me or does one of those camshafts (2nd down) look suspect?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand with all the bragging coming from Fords's EcoBoast. Sure it's a good thing, but didn't GM come out with such a system 3 years before Ford? GM's 260 HP 4cyl 2.0 has the same technology as the Ford's Turbocharge/Direct Injection and was sold 3 years before Fords. Also, the GM OnStar is by far superior than the Ford's equivalent system. and yet, people think Ford's is superior. Wake up GM and set the facts straight like Ford does on TV. A little bragging won't hurt.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How did it FARE.
      • 3 Years Ago
      the carbon build up is more due to the direct injection than anything else.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the point of dis-assembling a used engine? Without the science of forensic, it proves nothing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      @dan9868 So, who knows this about GM's DI Turbo engines?? So sad that they didn't trumpet what they have. Yes, they are very good engines, I have driven one in a Saturn Sky Redline, quite impressive. But if you don't tell people what you have they will never know. Ford's marketing, just like every other part of The Company since Mulally took over, is doing it's job extremely well.
      BTW, SYNC is no charge.(Traffic and Turn-By-Turn for non-nav equipped vehicles is complimentary for the first 24 months, I believe. Then there is a fee.) Having had SYNC Gen I in my Fusion for the last 3 years and worked in a Cadillac retailer, all things considered, they are quite comparable-price figured in.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ford does not tell the people that in order for Sync to communicate to the outside world, the driver needs a Blue Tooth cell phone in the car. That's no great feat in my book, a cheap NAV from Garmin will do the same. No one can tell me that the GM Onstar is not far superior over the Ford's Sync. Ford has a long way before it becomes an equal to GM's Onstar.


        As for the Ford's EcoBoast I have to admit that Ford is doing a great job in advertising it. Most people don't even know that GM has had the same long before Ford did.
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