With the past couple of years of higher fuel prices in the U.S., many people have honed their driving skills. Instead of trying to set better lap times on a road course, they are trying to beat their previous best fuel economy. There’s even a name for it – hypermiling – defined by the New Oxford American Dictionary as the practice of making adjustments to a vehicle or using driving techniques that will maximize the vehicle’s fuel economy.
Ford is launching the Ford F-150 EcoBoost Challenge on August 17, 2011, pitting eight drivers representing eight U.S. cities against each other in to see who can get the best fuel economy in an EcoBoost®-equipped Ford F-150. The winner will be determined through a blended score measuring the highest average miles per gallon achieved throughout the week, the most votes on the Ford Facebook page and how many volunteers participated in a community improvement project that is also part of the challenge.
The winning driver receives a year’s supply of free Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasoline. Plus, Shell will provide free regular-grade gasoline (up to 15 gallons per vehicle) at two local stations in the winning driver’s hometown on Sept. 2 for two hours and 22 minutes – in honor of the 22 mpg the F-150 EcoBoost delivers on the highway.
You can learn more about the Ford F-150 EcoBoost Challenge and see updates at www.facebook.com/ford.
Each driver in the challenge will drive an F-150 EcoBoost truck for one week. The first five days of the challenge involve a real-world fuel efficiency competition, with the average miles per gallon monitored via the Ford Crew Chief™ system installed in each truck.
Challenge cities are Louisville, Ky.; Pittsburgh; Houston; San Diego; Orlando, Fla.; Denver; Kansas City, Mo.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. The EcoBoost Challenge drivers come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from a middle school biology teacher to a Twitter user with more than 40,000 followers.
The community service piece of the contest teams drivers up with their local communities to create a goodwill project on Aug. 27, 2011, that includes public support. Drivers will create their own community projects, using the F-150 EcoBoost trucks to carry materials to their project sites.
The 2011 Ford F-150 equipped with the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine delivers an unbeatable combination of power, capability and efficiency, making it perfect for this challenge. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, complementing the best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque the engine produces. It also offers best-in-class conventional towing of 11,300 pounds and best-in-class payload of 3,060 pounds. EcoBoost is fundamental to Fords strategy to provide technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement powertrains that deliver uncompromised performance and fuel efficiency. Ford EcoBoost engines deliver fuel efficiency gains of up to 20 percent and reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent, compared with larger, less-efficient engines.
By 2013, Ford plans to offer EcoBoost engines in up to 90 percent of its North American nameplates, supporting global sales of 1.5 million EcoBoost-powered vehicles per year.