Unlike other automakers which are bringing high-MPG diesels to the American market, Ford has committed to turbocharged gasoline engines as a means to bring more efficient vehicles to market. But turbochargers also make for faster cars, and four years after its world debut, the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 engine is finally going racing in the all-new United SportsCar Championship.
Ford had announced more than two years ago that the EcoBoost engine would make its way into the Daytona Prototype racing class of the series formerly known as American Le Mans. Those plans went under the radar though while ALMS merged with Grand-Am, forming the United SportsCar Championship. The Daytona Prototype class is for the top-of-the-line, cutting edge race cars, and Ford’s EcoBoost-powered competitor is no exception.
In stock, production guise the 3.5 liter EcoBoost makes up to 365 horsepower and 420 ft-lbs of torque, enough to motivate everything from the Taurus SHO to Ford’s F-150 pickup. But the Daytona Racing engine has been built by famed racing outfit Roush-Yates and will be fit into a Daytona Prototype under the Michael Shank’s Racing team banner, and it will face off against a field of V8-powered competitors.
Ford is so confident in the new racing EcoBoost engine, that they’ve willingly sacrificed two cylinders, and prior success with the Formula Ford boasting a three-cylinder, 1.0 liter EcoBoost is reason enough to be cocky. Before it’s official racing debut next season though, Ford is going to trot out the EcoBoost race car October 9th for testing at the Daytona speedway. I can’t wait to see how this smaller engine does compared to the bigger-displacement bruisers.