While the first production application of Ford's EcoBoost engine technology won't happen until next year when it arrives in the F-150, the Blue Oval Boys plan to preview the powertrain package at this week's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in the form of a slick '34 Ford street rod. Done in concert with Detroit Street Rods and Experi-metal, this classic three-window coupe is based on an all-steel repro kit from Steve's Auto Restoration. Motivation comes from a mildly retuned version of Ford's twin-turbo/direct-injected 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 tweaked to make 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft of torque, which gets shipped to the rear wheels via a Tremec TKO five-speed manual transmission. For this installation, the turbos were relocated to the front of the cylinder heads and the headers and intercooler plumbing modified to accommodate the unique packaging requirements as well as custom exhausts that exit just above the front fenders.
"EcoBoost technology shows that there is a viable replacement for displacement," said Dan Kapp, director of Ford Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering, who will be part of a SEMA "Driving Green" technology briefing panel discussion during the show. "As consumers' demand for fuel efficiency continues to grow, and our commitment to delivering best-in-class fuel economy remains steadfast, it's important to show that performance does not need to suffer as a result."
"Hot rod builds provide blank canvases for SEMA member companies and SEMA is uniquely positioned to demonstrate that horsepower and green power can coexist without sacrificing performance or the cool factor," said John Waraniak, SEMA vice president of Vehicle Technology. "This '34 EcoBoost hot rod is a fantastic example of modern green technology being applied in a manner that any performance enthusiast would love." We agree.