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There's something inexplicably mesmerizing about watching a factory in action. Seeing the innumerable complex mechanisms mesh in perfect harmony to create the products we know and love is part of what makes shows like National Geographic's Ultimate Factories so interesting. Now the program is headed to Dearborn for a look at how the Ford F-150 Ecoboost and F-150 SVT Raptor come together on the line in crystal-clear HD video. The show will also spend time with both trucks out on the company's pro

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Ford's F-Series is one of the brightest jewels in the Blue Oval crown, and the 2012 Ford F-150 has been given more sizzle with new appearance options and more meat on the bones underneath it all with expanded driveline features and options. We've posted the full press release after the jump, but here are some highlights:

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The week-long Ford F-150 EcoBoost Challenge is over and Carlee Mallard of Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina has emerged victorious. Mallard achieved a rather impressive 28.3 miles per gallon (not as spectacular as the 32.281 mpg that CleanMPG averaged back in May) during her week behind the wheel of the F-150. Additionally, Mallard rounded up 56 volunteers for her community service event, which included collecting donations for the Raleigh YWCA for distribution to families affected by Hurricane Ire

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With early returns showing that truck buyers are really into boosted V6 engines, it appears that Ford hit the ball out of the park when it comes to the F-150 packing an EcoBoost V6. Truck buyers seem to like the fact that the V6 is as powerful as most V8 engines, and the improved fuel economy is the real deal maker.

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2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost smokes its tires – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost smokes its tires – Click above for high-res image gallery

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After surviving some of the most heinous abuse that the engineers at Ford cold dream up, the same 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 engine that pulled logs, raced in Baja and towed 11,300 pounds for 24 hours straight will be dissected in front of the crowds at this year's Detroit Auto Show. The stunt gets started on January 15 at 11 a.m., and Ford is hoping to be able to show off exactly how well its new V6 workhorse held up against the equivalent of 160,000 miles of torture.

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2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost smokes its tires – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Ford F-150 Ecoboost – Click above for high-res image gallery

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PickupTrucks.com drag races Ford's newest V6 F-150s – Click above to watch video after the jump

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Will Pickup Buyers Embrace A Turbocharged V6? They Should, And Fast.

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Ford tortures its EcoBoost engine – Click above to watch video after the jump

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2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Desert Racer – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Desert Racer – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost smokes its tires – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford F-150 - Click above for high-res image gallery

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