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Ford Completes F-150 Torture Test At Baja 1000 Race

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On: Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 2:32PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Ford Completes F-150 Torture Test At Baja 1000 Race

Ford utilized an F-150 EcoBoost race truck with the equivalent of 10 years of rugged use to complete a grueling Baja 1000 race in a little over 38 hours; traveling a whopping 1061 miles!

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine used to power the race truck performed spectacularly in the harsh terrain and extreme temperature swings of the Baja California Penninsula in Mexico. The truck endured accelerations at full throttle, and stiff decelerations across the mountains at temperatures that ranged between freezing and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in a stock engine—especially one that’s been through what this one has,” said driver Mike McCarthy. “This EcoBoost engine didn’t miss a beat. It took a beating and kept right on going. This is one tough engine.”

Earlier this fall, the engine was randomly selected off the line from a Cleveland engine plant to be put through a series of rugged tests, such as when it endured the equivalent of 150,000 harsh user miles. Then the Ford EcoBoost engine was installed in a new 2011 Ford F-150 to work as a log skidder in Oregon; then it towed a 11,300-pound trailer at a high-speed NASCAR track and beat the competition in a steep-grade towing contest.

The Baja 1000 was part of the F-150 EcoBoost test program, demonstrating the durability and capability of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine.

“While racing is action-packed and exciting, it serves a very real purpose for our engineers to learn about vehicle and engine performance that directly benefits our customers,” said Cliff Irey, Ford Truck Motorsports manager. “Baja race is no different. In the last 30 hours we learned a tremendous amount about the durability of this new F-150 engine, the EcoBoost. And we’re delighted to report that the EcoBoost engine showed it was up to this test.”

The engine that powered the truck in the Baja race will subsequently go to Ford’s powertrain laboratory for a tear down and inspection.

The EcoBoost truck engine produces 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm and 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm. Up to 90 percent of its peak torque is available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm.

“The Baja 1000 is always a tough race, and many of our customers and enthusiasts saw this event as the ultimate challenge,” said Eric Kuehn, chief engineer of the 2011 Ford F-150. “It was an outstanding opportunity to showcase the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine’s durability.


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LeRoy | 3:19PM (Mon, Dec 13, 2010)

Great vehicle. Should sell 2 mil this year. Great mileage



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