One of the things we would have really enjoyed seeing at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show was Ford’s tear down of the 2011 F-150 EcoBoost ‘hero’ engine. Instead of disassembling the engine in front of press, Ford decided to take it apart in from of the public.
Over the past three months, Ford’s EcoBoost engine No. 448AA went through some rigorous tests/events to prove that the new technology is durable enough for those putting their F-150 through complete hell. The engine hauled 55 tons of lumber, ran at full throttle for 24 straight hours towing 11,300 pounds, beat competitors’ larger V8 engine in an uphill towing competition and completed the world’s toughest desert endurance race, the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000, in Mexico.
Ford engineers say that all their world simulates more than 160,000 miles of driving on the EcoBoost ‘hero’ engine and that the engine could go another 150,000 miles.
During the 2011 Detroit Auto Show public days, in front of nearly 1,000 show goers, FoMoCo took apart the engine for the first time.
“I was amazed that, first, the engine looked as good as it did, and second, Ford took the chance of opening it up in front of the public,” said Gary Heinz, coordinator of the Automotive Student Service Education Training program at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn.
Check out the three part video of the whole event after the jump.
Refresher: The 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost is powered by a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 making 365-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. That allows the model to have the best-in-class maximum towing of 11,300 pounds and maximum payload of 3,060 pounds. The 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost is officially EPA-certified at 16/22 mpg (city/highway).
2011 Ford F-150:
Ford F-150 EcoBoost Teardown from NAIAS – Part 1:
Ford F-150 EcoBoost Teardown from NAIAS – Part 2:
Ford F-150 EcoBoost Teardown from NAIAS – Part 3:
2011 Ford F-150:
– By: Zain Haq