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  • Aug 21, 2012
The 2013 Ford Fusion hasn't even gone on sale yet and it's made a bunch of connections: an appointment with NASCAR's Sprint Cup, star of its own music video, and a date with Ryan Seacrest. Now Ford has paired it with the Space Shuttle, but not for nothing: the MAR M246 nickel-cobalt-tungsten superalloy used for the turbochargers of the new Fusion is the same compound used in the high-pressure turbo pumps of the Space Shuttle's main engines.

Sure, the Fusion is still in a different league when it comes to certain comparators, like its 237 horsepower versus the Shuttle's 19.5 million. But does claim a few crowns, such as its 190,000 rpm maximum vs. the Shuttle's 28,120 (we're assuming Ford means the speed its turbocharger spins), and the Fusion gets much better gas mileage.

Both the full infographic and the press release can be seen below below, or you can click on the image above to see it in full size.
Ford Fusion versus space shuttle infographic

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Rocket Ship Superalloy Technology Aids Ford Fusion 2.0-Liter Turbo Durability

• Modified superalloy used in Space Shuttle main engine helps performance and durability of Ford Fusion 2.0-liter EcoBoost® turbo

• Material supports upper limit of temperature extremes for commercial turbochargers; used on Fusion and Focus ST EcoBoost turbos

• Integrated exhaust manifold casting combines cylinder head with exhaust manifold to aid cooling, direct more energy to the turbo faster


DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 16, 2012 – Enthusiasts will say the all-new Ford Fusion equipped with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost® turbo engine is a rocket ship. Fusion engineers will tell you parts of its engine depend on technology from one.

To prolong turbo life and combat thermal fatigue, powertrain engineers for the new Ford Fusion, in conjunction with a team at supplier BorgWarner, went to the upper limits of commercially available turbo materials when deciding on the turbine wheel for the turbocharger fitted to 2.0-liter EcoBoost variants.

The same material has been tried and tested in outer space, as a version of it was used on the Space Shuttle main engine's high-pressure fuel turbo pump and the blades of its high-pressure oxidizer turbo pump.

The upper temperature limit for the turbine wheel used on the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine in Edge and Explorer is 970 degrees Celsius (1,778 degrees Fahrenheit). But in the sporty 2.0-liter EcoBoost for Fusion and Focus ST, the addition of tungsten and cobalt gives the alloy an upper temperature limit of 1,050 degrees Celsius (1,922 degrees Fahrenheit).

The benefit of using such high-temperature alloy is that Fusion 2.0-liter drivers can enjoy enthusiastic and spirited driving for the life of the car without degrading turbo reliability or its mechanical integrity.

Fusion owners can highlight the fact that the BorgWarner K03 turbocharger features both water and oil cooling; when the engine is running, it is primarily oil-cooled, but after the engine is turned off, the water cooling system creates a thermal water siphon to help draw heat away from the turbocharger.

As a bonus, they might explain their Fusion 2.0-liter turbo's performance is further strengthened by an integrated exhaust manifold design that combines the cylinder head and exhaust manifold into one casting; this allows the creation of smaller internal passageways (reduced plenum volumes) that direct more exhaust gas energy into the turbo more quickly than a separate head and manifold assembly.

The Fusion turbo, they also can claim, is designed to run safely at speeds up to 190,000 rpm, and is the same turbo used in the new, high-performance Ford Focus ST.

More information regarding the Fusion 2.0-liter can be found at http://www.ford.com/cars/fusion/2013/.

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      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is one good looking car. Ford has got to do a SVT version to go A4 hunting, AWD high output 2.0 with a manual please.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's kind of pathetic to see how serious some people are taking this article. This is nothing more than stupid humor marketing. Get over it and take whatever is up your rear....out.
      jbm0866
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's amazing what the Ford designers did with this car. The Aston grille plus the hood creases and tastefully done lower air dam have got to be best in class. Oh, and before everyone starts with the "ripping off Aston Martin" bit....do a little research and see for yourself what AM cars looked like in the years immediately preceding the Ford takeover. That basic grille shape was on early Aston's, but pretty much abandoned until it was brought back under the Ford ownership
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Currently the most technologically advanced manned spacecraft is China's Shenzhou series. Ford ad fail.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
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        ZenDriver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        And especiarry for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMALLCSk8k0
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's interesting to note that the Fusion redesign repeated the Malibu redesign back in 2007: same drastic change to external looks, same increase of wheelbase from 107 inches to 112 inches. Coincidence? You decide!
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol @ 237 hp maximum THRUST
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
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          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          As if a name like that is Japanese.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fusion don't even use the same sort of fuel as spacecraft, so there's no comparison regarding mpg.
      John Lucas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford is bragging again. For those who don't know EcoBoost is an engine with "turbo charging/direct fuel injection". Ask anyone who knows engines and that's what they'll tell you. The thing I find funny is Ford was three late into the game before they came out with it. VW was the first, then GM soon after, and Ford three years later. Ford gave it a name whereas VW and GM didn't. Ford sure has the consumers buffaloed with their ads and it sure seems to be getting good results fromr them.
        throwback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Lucas
        Most car buyers don't know anything about cars other than where to put the gas. Coming up with easy to understand names and concepts is what marketing is all about. Ford was not the first company to market turbo Di engines, but they clearly are doing a better job of it than GM or VW. VW put their marketing behind TDi, which is why many non car guys assume their is something special about VWs diesels.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wonder how they would redesign Fusion for the next generation? My take is it won't be much ala Malibu.
      breakfastburrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford is continuing their 'ludicrous comparison' campaign. They've compared their focus crapwagon to an M3, their escape to a Highlander, now the fusion to the space shuttle. Up next, Ford Mustang vs. A Supernova in the crab nebula...
        That Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        "They've compared their focus crapwagon to an M3, their escape to a Highlander, now the fusion to the space shuttle." Don't forget the Mustang to the M3.....Ford was smoking something good that day!
      csrecord
      • 2 Years Ago
      Poor mans Aston.
        That Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @csrecord
        LOL... A Jaguar is a poor man's Aston... This is like those cheap Chinese knock offs you see on AB every now and then. Nobody would mistake a lowly Fusion with a beautiful Aston.
          ZenDriver
          • 2 Years Ago
          @That Guy
          Again, just for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMALLCSk8k0
        Yang Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @csrecord
        you have to be quite rich in today's economy to buy a new Ford Fusion personal vehicle!
      • 2 Years Ago
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