F-150 EcoBoost Takes on Baja 1000 Race
NOV
22

An F-150 EcoBoost™ race truck, with an engine that has the equivalent of 10 years of rugged use, finished the grueling Baja 1000 in just over 38 hours, traveling 1,061 miles. This same stock EcoBoost engine has endured the equivalent of 150,000 harsh user miles on the dynamometer, was installed into a new 2011 Ford F-150 to work as a log skidder in Oregon, towed a 11,300-pound trailer at a high-speed NASCAR track and beat the competition in a steep-grade towing contest at Davis Dam.

The Baja 1000 represented the culmination of the F-150 EcoBoost torture test program, demonstrating the durability and capability of the class-leading 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine. You can click here to visit fordvehicles.com to view each of the video episodes as they are posted.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine used to power the race truck performed spectacularly in the harsh terrain and extreme temperature swings of the Baja California Peninsula. The truck endured hard accelerations – often at full throttle – and stiff decelerations across the mountains at temperatures that swung between freezing and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Though the EcoBoost engine entered the race with the equivalent of 10 years worth of rugged use, its inherent performance advantages – twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection – helped it complete the race.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in a stock engine – especially one that’s been through what this one has,” said driver Mike McCarthy. “This EcoBoost engine didn’t miss a beat. It took a beating and kept right on going. This is one tough engine.”

The engine that powered the race truck goes next to the Ford powertrain laboratory for a teardown and inspection.

The EcoBoost truck engine produces a best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm and 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm. Up to 90 percent of its peak torque is available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm, which helps drivers stay in the power.

“The Baja 1000 is always a tough race, and many of our customers and enthusiasts saw this event as the ultimate challenge,” said Eric Kuehn, chief engineer of the 2011 Ford F-150. “It was an outstanding opportunity to showcase the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine’s durability. We took an engine that’s stock and essentially 10 years old, and raced on the same course with highly modified competition with up to 800 horsepower.”

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Paul Spriggs true torture test of any engine is the tug of war! that i didnt see
3 year(s) ago via
Dennis Murphy Diesels have to meet some very stringent anti-pollution laws now, making the price of any vehicle using a diesel engine go through the roof. Starting in 2007, diesel engines had to start using a DPF filter, which has to be cleaned or replaced ever X number of miles - at a cost of several thousand dollars if it can't be cleaned. Starting in 2010, all diesel engines have to have a urea tank to spray into the exhaust to reduce NOx emissions. I think the Ecoboost is Ford's answer to a diesel engine for american cars - same power, same torque, same everything but it runs off gasoline so doesn't have all the extra emissiosn controls of a diesel.
3 year(s) ago via
jeannie if i was buying a new vehicle i would buy a ford and ill tell you whymy brother baught hisa little truck in 1995 and its still running and hes got almost four hundred thausand miles on he recentley had to p[ut a transmishion in and his motor is still running relly good i thank that he would be a perfect person to avertise for ford and just today i taklked to him and he told me that his heater isnt working but hes got a lot of miles on it
3 year(s) ago via
Chris The 2011 Explorer is going to have I think 2 EcoBoost Engines later on in 2011, I know a 2 Liter 4 cyl, is being used for the Edge (maybe Explorer) and the one out of the F150 is going into the Explorer. Corret me if I am wrong, but looks to me Ecoboost will be the standard for Ford, and the 3 new non EcoBoost will be on order. Good Job Ford
3 year(s) ago via
Gerald Climer Scooter, You are missing the point. If you need 400 LB/FT of torque you need a truck, not an Explorer. The point of the Eco-Boost is to give you the Torque of a Big V-8 when needed and fuel mileage of a Diesel for everday driving. I for one do not want to drive 3/4 ton diesel because I don't need one. The fuel mileage however is better than my 5.4L. Ford is doing a great job as usual. Ford may very well come out with a 4cyl eco-boost. I would imagine it would depend on how it is accepted in there biggest seller first.
3 year(s) ago via
Scooter I believe Ford has made 2 mistakes with the Ecoboost engine. 1.They should have offered it in the new Explorer. I love the looks. In my opinion they should developed it as a modular system They could have developed it as a 4 cylinder and an 8 cylinder and not had to waste money on new 5 liter.
3 year(s) ago via
Gary I love what Ford is doing! Grampa bought a new 1919 T, strayed a little in the 30's came back to Ford in the late 40's and it's been nothing but Ford ever since for my family. Lack of funds has limited me to buying only 3 new Fords, but I have sure helped the resale value of the used ones. The EcoBoost 150 makes me lust for a new truck, but my '97 only has 203k on the original 4.6 engine and trans. Alan Mullaly (sic?) is a hero to me.
3 year(s) ago via
cole The fuel economy for the F-150 with EcoBoost has not yet been announced. Cole Quinnell theFordStory
3 year(s) ago via
laurel what's the mpg for the new ecoboost
3 year(s) ago via
Tony Mac I love all the new ford vehicles. I wonder if this engine has a prayer of stacking up against the 300 I6 in terms of reliability? A lot of people think Ford is coming back, honestly they never left, except maybe the guys who came up with the late 90's body designs... The 302, the 351 (windsor and modified), the 4.0 (OHV and SOHC) were all extremely reliable, if somewhat lacking in economy and power. I have a 3.0 Duratec Mercury Sable with 120k on it with no issues. It's 11 years old. I'm really excited by all the new engines and technologies Ford is bringing to the table, and the real-world testing and beating they're putting their trucks through. I also agree with Michael that a new SUV is in order, something to compete with the likes of the Hummer H3, Wrangler X, etc. I would like to get another SUV, but in all honestly I'd wind up buying a 15 year old Explorer for the fact it's the last truly truck-based midsize SUV Ford made. The expedition is too big for any real woods travel, and too expensive and heavy.
3 year(s) ago via
Ed C I love my Ford and wouldn't own another Chevy. Had 2 and they both died on me, I have an 84 Ranger that runs 10 times better than either Chevy I've owned. Anyways I think they should upgrade the Ranger, always loved the Rangers, they should upgrade it to a mid-size and give it a more aggressive look. And an ecoboost option would be the best. I can't wait to drive an ecoboost F150. Ford Tough forever.
3 year(s) ago via
Michael Yes...! I would have to agree; but ford needs to step up their game with the diesel line up! every other country run diesel motors in the world in 90 percent of their vehicles, so if ford can produce a gas motor that does this why can't they step up with a diesel motor! I understand that our diesel fuel sucks here but compaired to other country, but thats what they need to over come to lead in the world market to be number one and they keep putting on the backburner!. So ford step up your game with diesels and do this same thing with the F-250 and above and you will lead and not follow try it! I am glad to see you produce your owne diesel motor now for 2011 that helped out but keep up the good work! I have been a long time Ford person and was bought when you guys where even down in your lowest point so, please take a listen and also hire more people! Toyota is around here!
3 year(s) ago via
del YES< ford has been doing great with the new cars and trucks...it has been an awsome last few years i personaly think sence the torus was introduced. I have been telling all douters i know sence 2009 ford was coming back and comming back hard on the compation, and every year after ford has hit honda with the focus. toyota with fusion. dont git me going on the new V6 350Hp mustang with 31Mpg, and now 2012 BOSS is back!!!! im going nuts and will add the new Raptor has me drulin everytime i pass the dealership. Richard is right Ford you need the 4x4 bronco back.....I am a die hard jeep fan because of there stong off road drivetrain and stylish looks. But if ford can make the bronco sleeker and with an aggresive look( which ford is good for ) im sure it will be a big hit. BE AMARICAN BYE AMARICAN!!!
3 year(s) ago via
Bryan mlosuno: you also forgot the Ranger! That poor little guy is sitting on an ANCIENT design. I completely agree otherwise. I love Ford, and I desperately want an ecoboost F-150. I'm pleasantly surprised by all of Ford's class-leading innovations. They have poised themselves to be "America's Car Company" with the combination of beautiful, desirable vehicles and rock-solid quality, reliability, and durability. Oh, and Richard, a new Bronco would be amazing!
3 year(s) ago via
Chris In my opinion, Ford had been ahead of GM ever since they were bought out by loans from the Government. Ford received very little help from outside companies when things weren't going their way, or anyone's way for that matter. Ford is still owned by Ford, Not by the Government, which is a great accomplishment on it's own. GREAT JOB FORD!! Now can you PLEASE bring the Focus RS here?? The new ST just wont cut it.. We know what Europe has, and we want it too!
3 year(s) ago via
Richard I agree. Since the the rebuilding process began, Ford has stepped forward and done way better in terms of quality. They have the right idea and are on the right track. These improvements in everything Ford is what I expected from the one company that didn't accept the bailout and didnt take any funds (contrary to popular belief, and some Internet articles Ford did not take any money where GM and Chrystler both did. Ford is showing leadership, and seems to be looking ahead in almost every model and vehicle class. Also accepting consumer ideas and using them to create better more consumer friendly vehicles is a great thing they are doing. Love it. Hell I live in Phoenix AZ and the other day I saw an SVT Raptor border patrol unit. Proof again, Ford is America's #1. BRING BACK THE BRONCO!!!!!
3 year(s) ago via
mlosuno This just shows that Ford is doing their homework. They have the right idea, and it will pay off in the next few years. Ford will probably end up back ahead of GM, and if they're lucky, they might even take Toyota with all the quality problems they're having. Ford has the best looking lineup, quality that matches or beats all of their competitors, and they're focusing on the segments that matter without letting the rest go stale. (the one exception to that being the Expedition)
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