The 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost™ “hero engine” recently ran for 24 hours at Homestead-Miami Speedway as another demonstration of the durability of the new 3.5-liter truck engine. The truck towed a trailer at full throttle with two NASCAR® Sprint Cup Ford Fusions weighing 11,300 pounds around the site of the NASCAR Ford 400 season finale, Homestead-Miami Speedway.
A top speed of nearly 100 mph was attained, with the F-150 EcoBoost pounding out average speeds above 80 mph with the fully loaded trailer on the 1.5-mile oval track. The truck and trailer ran for 24 hours, stopping only for fuel, driver changes, to check temperatures, inspect truck tires and replace trailer tires.
While at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the 2011 F-150 EcoBoost:
In addition to demonstrating the performance of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, the Homestead-Miami track also proved to be a showcase for the standard trailer sway control. Even with strong wind gusts combined with variable banking of 18 to 20 degrees in the turns, trailer sway control helped keep the maximum load under control.
Trailer sway control works in conjunction with AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) to determine if a trailer is swaying and takes immediate measures to help the driver bring the vehicle and trailer under control. The system is automated and requires no driver interaction.
This is the latest test in a series of web-based documentaries to demonstrate the durability of the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine available in early 2011. You can click here to see more on these test, as well as the videos in the series at fordvehicles.com.
The high-speed maximum towing test is the current phase of a testing program that started when a randomly selected EcoBoost engine endured the equivalent of 150,000 miles or 10 years’ use on the dynamometer, replicating the duty cycle of the harshest-use customer. After the “Dyno Stress” torture testing, the engine was installed into a new 2011 Ford F-150 to work as a log skidder in Oregon, dragging logs weighing up to nearly five tons. You can read more about that by clicking here.
Next for the engine will be a towing challenge where the 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost will take on the best the competition has to offer. Finally, the same EcoBoost truck engine will be raced at the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
EcoBoost is fundamental to the Ford strategy of providing technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement powertrains that deliver uncompromised performance and fuel economy. EcoBoost engines deliver fuel economy gains of up to 20 percent and reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent, compared with larger, less-efficient engines.
In addition to turbocharging with direct injection, Ford engineers have enhanced the EcoBoost technology capabilities by adding variable valve timing and precisely controlling all aspects of the engine. Ford has at least 125 patents on its EcoBoost technology.
The 2011 F-150 EcoBoost will be available in early 2011.