What Will an F-150 EcoBoost Engine Look Like After a Barrage of Torture Tests?

Ford powertrain engineers will disassemble the F-150 EcoBoost™ engine that has endured multiple torture tests that create the equivalent of 160,000 miles and 10 years of rugged use. That’s a distance equal to six times around the earth and three quarters of the way to the moon.

Ford engineers want to see how the engine parts held up. They will take it apart and examine the engine for long-term durability in front of the public at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15, 2011 at 11 a.m. EST.

“Customers will be able to see for themselves how the components fared during a regime of tests that, when taken together, are far more extreme than even the harshest-use customer could dish out,” said Jim Mazuchowski, V6 engines programs manager. “This EcoBoost truck engine received no special treatment, and now we’re going to see how it did.”

The F-150 EcoBoost engine saw its first action on the dyno in July. Engineers punished it in temperature and load extremes simulating nearly 10 years of use – a regimen tougher than any consumer could ever subject a truck to. At this point, most engines would be ready to be rebuilt or retired, but the EcoBoost testing engine was just beginning. You can read more about that on theFordStory.com by clicking here.

The engine was dropped into a regular production 2011 F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant Then it hit the road and saw some of the most severe use Ford engineers have ever dreamed up.

You can also click here to go to ford.com to see firsthand how the EcoBoost truck engine performs in each of these events.

After its run in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine was removed from the F-150 race truck and shipped to Dearborn. Last month, the engine returned to the Dearborn dynamometer lab – where it started its “torture test” – to have power levels and output checked at a speed range from 1,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm. The results:

  • Produced best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm on regular fuel
  • Produced 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
  • Power and torque met with the same level of boost as the new advertised power engine
  • Cylinder compression (a measure of how efficiently the engine makes power) and leakdown (measures pressure lost due to worn piston rings or defects in the valvetrain) both were still in specification
  • No oil or fluid leaks

The teardown is the final phase of the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine’s “Torture Test,” a multipart series of web-based documentaries that began when this 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.

EcoBoost is fundamental to the Ford strategy to provide 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 EcoBoost’s 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.

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2 year(s) ago via
Ken I have a question for Ford since a debate has been raging on the FordGT500.com forum re:oil. In this Ecoboost torture test what oil was used and how often was it changed? Thanks.
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jim bersani it's Powered By Ford, it might be dirty but when they tear it apart, it will look like it did when it didn't have any miles on it. Ford makes the best engine line up in the industry. Ride on FoMoCo!
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Paul Johnson I just think its funny how clean the truck is in all the videos, and i honestly don't think the engine will live up to its hype. Ford needs to realize they won't make money off of this engine if they made it as good as they portray. Everybody knows the most expensive part of a vehicle is maintaining it, and if the ecoboost is as good as they say it's going to be there will be little repairs needed.
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Mark Baker Ok eco boost is cool but how bout putting a diesel in the line up also. North america needs diesel power cars an trucks also. I had to leave the ford family to buy a daily driver diesel powered an I'm not the only 1. I don't wanna see ford fall away like government motors over lack of insight.
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Jared Nichols Not to be political on Fords page but if you are going to complain about Ford developing more efficient engines and putting V6s in pickups you better not have voted for Obama or the other democrats that pushed for increased CAFE standards. I'm a V8 guys but I'm sure that the EcoBoost will out perform a 302 in every catagory. They are wisely following market demand and government standards.
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LowFlyer Ramswaroop Well it ll look like a tortured f-150 ecoboost engine.
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Jared Nichols I already know that you beat the crap out of the motor you ran the Baja with. Ford has the best motor line up of any manufacture I just can't wait how they look in twenty years! I can see the 6.7 scorpion being known as a million mile motor!
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Raul Albor Dirty?? Uh, black?
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Huck Northcutt it'll look lik an engine...
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Joe Gruce Can't wait to see when I'm not using the iPad.
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Alex Polamalu Rosado Exactly like it did when it was put in.
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Tom Edwards maybe looks like s small verson of ya V8
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