Ford 2.0-liter Crate EngineThis is the start of way too much fun. Ford has just announced that it will offer crate versions of a new naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine ahead of the powerplant's debut in production engines. Available through Ford Racing, the direct-injection engine makes use of an astronomically-high 12.0:1 combustion ratio to produce somewhere between 160 and 175 horsepower depending on final specification. Torque, meanwhile, sits at between 145 and 155 pound-feet, and Ford says that the dual-overhead cam engine will be available in plug-and-play kits that come with everything you need to drop one into your next project.

This particular engine will be available starting in the spring of 2012, but Ford says that other configurations will follow soon after, including a turbocharged Ecoboost version. We'll just let you chew on all of the possibilities that little dynamo could offer. At this point, specs like engine weight, block and head construction and whether the engine can be utilized in longitudinal applications remain absent. We've pinged Ford for more information. In the meantime, check out the press release after the jump.

*Update: Ford says that the engine is all aluminum and should weigh in at under 300 pounds. The automaker is currently working with aftermarket suppliers to build the components necessary to install the engine longitudinally, including transmission bell housings.
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Ford Racing Reveals Concept Behind a New Line of 2.0L Crate Engines for 2012

Part of the expanded crate engine lineup that Ford Racing Performance Parts has announced for 2012 includes a naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder "Crate Engine Concept." This engine is the precursor for a range of production-based I-4 offerings.
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DEARBORN, Mich., December 9, 2011 – Part of the expanded crate engine lineup that Ford Racing Performance Parts has announced for 2012 includes a naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder "Crate Engine Concept." This engine is the precursor for a range of production-based I-4 offerings.

With the introduction of several all-new B- and even C-Segment Ford cars and small utilities now powered by Ford's latest global 2.0-liter I-4 engine architecture, Ford Racing will be making a variety of these new four-cylinder powertrains available to enthusiasts as part of its FRPP Crate Engine program.

The "Concept" that kicks off the I-4 lineup is a direct-injection, 2.0-liter engine that features independent variable valve timing and will be available in the spring of 2012. Other offerings will mirror the new line of powerful and technologically advanced engines in production Ford vehicles, including those with "EcoBoost™" turbocharging.

All engines will be available as "plug and play" kits that include the necessary interface components for proper installation. The range of applications for this new line of production-based I-4 crate engines is enormous – from race cars to street rods, kit cars to off-road buggies and even marine installations. The new four-cylinder lineup will form the widest range of production-based crate engines since the debut of FRPP's successful 5.0 V-8 crate engine program.

Ford Racing Performance Parts 2.0L NA "Concept" Crate Engine Specs:

2.0L Ti-VCT direct-injection I-4, as used in the 2012 Ford Focus
Displacement: 122 cubic inches
Induction: naturally aspirated, gasoline direct injection
Horsepower range: 160 to 175 (estimated)
Torque: 145 to 155 lb.-ft. (estimated)
Compression ratio: 12.0:1
Bore x stroke (in.): 3.44 x 3.27
Valvetrain: DOHC with twin independent variable camshaft timing
Fuel delivery: engine-mounted, high-pressure, direct-injection pump

Contact Ford Racing Performance Parts for more information:

800-FORD-788 (1-800-367-3788) or visit http://www.fordracingparts.com