Ford will tear down torture-tested EcoBoost V6 at Detroit Auto Show

By KBB.com Editors on December 30, 2010 11:45 AM

In an unprecedented show of confidence, a team of Ford engineers will publicly disassemble a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show to assess wear and tear on its components after having put it through an unprecedented 160,000 miles of extreme use that culminated in its successfully completing the recent SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 in Mexico. The teardown process will take place in front of show attendees at the Ford Powertrain display stand on January 15th at 11:00 AM.

Following its initial dyno testing regimen in July that simulated nearly 10 years of extra-tough torture mode operation, this "hero engine" -- 448AA by number -- was put into a production F-150 where it subsequently was used to literally drag 55 tons of raw cut lumber down a logging path out a forest area in Astoria, Oregon, run at wide-open throttle for 24 hours around the Homestead Miami Raceway while towing an 11,300-pound trailer and square off against -- and best -- other manufacturer's comparable vehicles in a Ford-judged uphill towing competition -- all before being dropped into a Baja-prepped F-150 race truck for its final challenge.

Last month, Ford engineers put it back on the dyno in Dearborn and the found that this EcoBoost V6, which incorporates twin-turbochargers, direct fuel injection and Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing), still was turning out its as-new-spec 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular unleaded gas and 420 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 revs -- while showing no signs of internal or external damages.

"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."

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