This 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


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      Joey Lopez
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok....the ecoboost motor....swapped into a 90s miata? Genius? Would be alot of fun if done right
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very cool! This would make a neat retrofit for some small cars, or even something like a lotus, caterham, etc. If you want a very fuel efficient engine with good power and torque ( basically the have your cake and eat it too situation ) , this would be one of the best engines to have at this moment.
      Kent Kangley
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is a blue Pinto I see every morning on my drive to work. It never moves, but the body looks like it's in good shape. And now you show me this. I'm already putting 2 and 2 together, and I don't even own either of the 2s.
      Darren McLellan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Want! 12.0:1 FTW!! Beastie Bug Eye? Rat Rod 510? Hmm....
        Drew510
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Darren McLellan
        My 510 came to mind as well, but you might as well keep it Nissan and go with an SR20DE that has very close specs to the Ford, is plentiful, is already set up for RWD and can fit to readily available trannys - all probably for much cheaper. But yes, that is used, not new. Would love to see the pricing, though as well as an ecoboost option. Problem is for a RWD application, you may have a really tough time making it work.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      peter1dav
      • 3 Years Ago
      If 12:1 is astronomical, what would be Mazda Sky-active 13:1 compression ratio?
      Todd Mcdonough
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the 2012 Focus motor...right? Direct injection, 12.0:1 compression, 2.0 L, 160HP 146TQ.
        mrgdr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Todd Mcdonough
        Sure sounds exactly like the specs of my '12 Focus.
      ijardine
      • 3 Years Ago
      The kit car industry is smiling already.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      On the ford racing website, the only crate engines they sell are V8s. I know a lot of people like V8s, but this isn't 1969, and America isn't completely populated by people who are mindlessly obsessed with excess. The 3.7 L V6 has as much power as anybody needs. If they won't even sell that engine, why would they sell the 2.0L? I think people need to grow up and kick their V8 addictions, and ford should have as many non-V8 crate engines as they do V8s. PS - I know all you hillbillies disagree with me, I don't care.
        Joey Mcfreely
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
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        john92lx91gls
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        Why are you complaining that Ford is only offering a V8-only line up on an article that talks specificly about the launch of a non-V8 engines! Baby steps! If the 4cyl start selling as well as the V8s, you can bet EcoBoost V6s will be on the table, and etc. You act as if Ford doesn't understand your feelings about non-V8 racing engines, yet you choose an article in which they reveal a 4cyl "Concept" offering. Do you know what that means? It means if the "concept" of selling non-V8 crate racing engines is worth exploring, Ford is starting to explore it now and we'll soon find out how many people, like you, will plunk down real money for a non-V8 crate engine.
        Luke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        You know what happens when you assume? The same thing that happens when you write a post like that.
        Pj Taintz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        and the only color anyone needs is black right?
      vmj
      • 3 Years Ago
      Close to 15 years ago, Honda introduced a 2.0l 4-cyl that made 240HP naturally aspirated (and didn't require 12:1 compression); how is this news? Maybe it's news in the sense that Ford hasn't yet caught up to late-nineties Honda... 'Twere it me, I'd at least have the good grace to be embarrassed...
        airchompers
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vmj
        The funny thing about time is that Present-Honda can't even hold a candle to late-90s Honda.
          AcidTonic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @airchompers
          They realized they were in front of the race and took a nap. Then when they wanted to get up and get back in the race, their feet were asleep and they couldn't get going again. I never liked Honda, but they build a good small motor and I'll give them that. Their trucks suck and Ford seems to have that recipe *down* but I do wish we could have a manual with the Ranger dying. Why can't we give each company their respective credit. Just because they made a better small 2.0 earlier doesn't mean we can't credit them with that and mock their absolutely crappy trucks and lackluster "character". Why is AutoBlog so biased against anything import? It's really getting old by now.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vmj
        How much torque did it make? probably not 155 ft-lb at a nice mid-high rpm.
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vmj
        You're downmodded because it's embarrassing and you're supposed to pretend Americans are better, haven't you caught on here? If it were the other way around you'd have a bunch of hicks saying "240hp from a 2.0 Waaaay before the import junk". When it's the other way around you end up at -3 or lower. (typical American mentality. All about facts until they paint a conflicting picture)
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          There you go again. Trying to show that you're somehow smarter than other people by putting them down. The funny thing is, is that you're putting yourself down. YOU are American.
      F20C
      • 3 Years Ago
      The F20c in Honda's S2000 introduced more than 12 years ago had 11.5 compression ratio and made 120 hp/liter. If you want to keep your engine between two driveshafts a common solution is to put a newer K-series mill, which in stock configuration makes 210+ (out of 2 liters of displacement). Many Elise owners even swap the old Toyota's for the more powerful k20/24's. Not sure what market Ford is trying to take over with those wimpy numbers....
        mike l
        • 3 Years Ago
        @F20C
        a s2000 costs 40k new. the engine would probally cost 10k new. why are you comparing the two?
        saturday
        • 3 Years Ago
        @F20C
        Sorry, got to agree with this guy. 240 hp, 153 ft-lbs out of a 2 liter, non-DI Honda F20C in 1999. I was hoping for more from Ford Racing. If Honda had developed that motor even more with DI...
          Tommy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @saturday
          Yes but did it offer the same efficiency as this engine? I don't think so. That is the key thing about this engine is its power and efficiency, not just power. That's what the ecoboost is for, a step up in power for little trade off in fuel efficiency
      Yev
      • 3 Years Ago
      12:1 Combustion ratio? Is that anything like a 12:1 COMPRESSION ratio?
        Randy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Yev
        I thought I was being schooled a
          Randy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Randy
          (continued) at first. I was like, "Combustion Ratio? What the heck is that"! Phew...
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