To prove the reliability of the F-150’s EcoBoost engine, Ford placed a engine through 164,000 miles of brutal tests. At the Detroit Auto Show, Ford will publicly tear this motor down to see how well it withstood the torture.
After spending the equivalent of 150,000 miles on an engine stand, Ford sent the engine off (in an F-150 of course) to haul logs in the Pacific Northwest. Then they ran it at wide-open throttle for 24 hours around a NASCAR track while hauling 11,300 pounds of stock cars and trailers behind it. For the final test, the engine was dropped into Mike McCarthy’s Baja F-150 racer, and tackled the Baja 1,000, a 1,061 mile race across Mexico’s Baja peninsula in 45 hours or less. It’s regarded as one of the most brutal races in the world, and the engine performed admirably. It got almost three times better gas mileage (8.5 mpg) than the average racer (about 3 mpg) and at no point did it experience mechanical issues save for a clogged fuel pump from some dirty Mexican gas.
After what amounts to basically ten years of difficult work, this engine is going to be torn down in front of a public audience at the Detroit International Auto Show in January. Pretty ballsy of the Blue Oval if you ask me. For almost three decades, Ford has had the best-selling vehicle in America but sticking with a tried-but-true formula.
Trying to convince Ford fans to give up their V8 in favor of a smaller V6 is a risky move, but I like it. I’m pretty damn convinced that the EcoBoost V6 is as tough as any V8 engine, and it makes just as much horsepower and torque as the 5.0 liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine. I can’t wait to get a good look inside this bad boy.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.