Ford’s EcoBoost series of engines are my cup of turbocharged tea. Powerful, fuel efficient (at least in comparison to bigger engines with similar horsepower) and with a torque curve flatter than the Bonneville Salt Flats, it is everything an eco-concious gear head like me could want. And I’m not the only one. Gearheads are finding that the EcoBoost engine, including the 3.5 liter V6, has tremendous power potential beyond what Ford has limited themselves to.
Roush Yates, a famous name from the world of racing engines, are teaming up on an EcoBoost V6 for the 2011 American Le Mans Series. This will give a chance for the EcoBoost to really flex its turbocharged muscles.
Roush Yates has made some of the best engines in the highly competitive racing world. I’ve attended an ALMS race, and I was surprised by the utter lack of American competitors. In the production-based GT class, just two Corvettes and one Ford GT compete against many BMW’s and Porsches and even a Jaguar (formerly owned by Ford). With this announcement, we can expect more Blue Oval competition… in the LMP2 Prototype class.
The EcoBoost V6 is being designed to fit into a Lola, those funky low-to-the-ground super fast cars you see in many ALMS races. ALMS is moving towards making manufacturers use production-based engines rather than race-built motors. This means technology pioneered for racing can more easily filter town to production cars, and fuel efficiency is just as important as horsepower in these races. If you have to stop every ten laps to fill up on fuel, you won’t be winning many races. Roush Yates is also working on a 5.0 liter V8 for ALMS, and it would be nice to see a Mustang or two join the GT ranks. The 2010 ALMS season isn’t even over yet, and I’m already looking forward to 2011.
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