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SobeSVT
01-06-2008, 03:12 AM
FORD TO EQUIP HALF A MILLION VEHICLES WITH ECOBOOST ENGINE TECHNOLOGY FOR UP TO 20% BETTER FUEL ECONOMY

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EcoBoost is Ford Motor Company’s new high-volume, affordable engine technology slated for a range of global vehicles – from small cars to large trucks.
EcoBoost uses gasoline turbocharged direct-injection technology for up to 20 percent better fuel economy, 15 percent fewer CO2 emissions and superior driving performance versus larger displacement engines.
The new technology will be available in half a million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles annually in North America during the next five years – beginning with the new Lincoln MKS sedan in 2009.
Ford Explorer America concept at the North American International Auto Show showcases EcoBoost combined with other sustainability actions; together, they deliver a 20-30 percent increase in fuel economy, depending on engine selection, versus today’s mid-size utilities.


DETROIT, Jan. 6, 2008 – Ford Motor Company is introducing a new engine technology called EcoBoost that will deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy on half a million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles annually in North America during the next five years.

The EcoBoost family of 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines features turbocharging and direct injection technology. Compared with more expensive hybrids and diesel engines, EcoBoost builds upon today's affordable gasoline engine and improves it, providing more customers with a way to improve fuel economy and emissions without compromising driving performance.

"EcoBoost is meaningful because it can be applied across a wide variety of engine types in a range of vehicles, from small cars to large trucks – and it's affordable," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of Global Product Development.

"Compared with the current cost of diesel and hybrid technologies, customers can expect to recoup their initial investment in a 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine through fuel savings in approximately 30 months. A diesel will take an average of seven and one-half years, while the cost of a hybrid will take nearly 12 years to recoup – given equivalent miles driven per year and fuel costs," he said.

Ford will introduce EcoBoost on the new Lincoln MKS flagship in 2009, followed by the Ford Flex and other vehicles. By 2013, Ford will have more than half a million EcoBoost-powered vehicles on the road annually in North America.

In 2009, Ford first will introduce EcoBoost on the Lincoln MKS featuring a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. It will produce the power and torque of a V-8 engine with the fuel efficiency of a V-6. In fact, with an estimated 340-horsepower and more than 340 lb.-ft. of torque, the Lincoln MKS will be the most powerful and fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive luxury sedan in the market.

More With Less
EcoBoost's combination of direct injection and turbocharging mitigates the traditional disadvantages of downsizing and boosting 4- and 6-cylinder engines, giving customers both superior performance as well as fuel economy.

With direct injection, fuel is injected into each cylinder of an engine in small, precise amounts. Compared to conventional port injection, direct injection produces a cooler, denser charge, delivering higher fuel economy and performance.

When combined with modern-day turbocharging – which uses waste energy from the exhaust gas to drive the turbine – direct injection provides the best of both worlds: the responsiveness of a larger-displacement engine with fewer trips to the gas pump.

Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, for example, can deliver upwards of 340-plus lb.-ft. of torque across a wide engine range – 2,000 to 5,000 rpm versus 270 to 310 lb.-ft of torque for a conventional naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V-8 over the same speed range. At the same time, this V-6 gives customers an approximate 2 mpg improvement and emits up to 15 percent fewer CO2 emissions to the environment.

Direct injection coupled with turbocharging allows for the downsizing of engines that deliver improved torque and performance. A small 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine has the capability of producing more torque than a larger 4-cylinder engine – nearly an entire liter larger in displacement – with better fuel efficiency.

The real-world fuel economy benefit is consistent no matter the drive cycle, meaning the engine is efficient in the city as well as on the highway – unlike hybrids, which are most efficient in stop-and-go traffic. In addition, customers who tow and haul – and have long turned to more expensive diesel powertrains for their superior towing capabilities – can find the engine performance they need from an EcoBoost powertrain.

EcoBoost – combined with multi-speed transmissions, advanced electric power steering, weight reductions and aerodynamic improvements – is part of Ford Motor Company's strategy to deliver sustainable, quality vehicles that customers want and value. Additional hybrid offerings and diesel engines are planned for light-duty vehicles.

Longer term, Ford plans to remain aggressive in the development of plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles.

"We know that what will make the biggest difference is applying the right technology on volume vehicles that customers really want and value and can afford," said Kuzak. "EcoBoost puts an affordable technology within reach for millions of customers, and Ford's systems approach adds up to a big idea that differentiates Ford's sustainability strategy in the market."

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SOURCE (http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=27455)

2b2
01-06-2008, 05:23 AM
and (since for some reason it was left out of this press release)
...powertrain lineup that includes a 4-cylinder 2-liter engine with EcoBoost technology delivering 275 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torquehttp://home.surfree.com/~pauld/biggrin.gif http://home.surfree.com/~pauld/biggrin.gif http://home.surfree.com/~pauld/biggrin.gif http://home.surfree.com/~pauld/biggrin.gif
^ one for each cylinder ^

Z0mg Seth
01-06-2008, 08:23 AM
However, can you use E85 in these engines? That's a major thing Ford needs to do.

B.R.
01-06-2008, 09:07 AM
I'm gonna love reading the excuses from people as to why the Lincoln MKS is not going to be a true AWD sports car with this 340+ horse motor.

Mbukukanyau
01-06-2008, 11:30 AM
This sounds alot like the Ecotec Turbo formula, also being used by Saab Bio power Turbo V6's

wingsnut
01-06-2008, 11:54 AM
I can't believe they decided to ONLY advertise 340HP...hehehehe.
Can we expect more? You certainly can;)

Can Ford develop even more with more technologies? They certainly can and will.

wingsnut
01-06-2008, 12:02 PM
I'm gonna love reading the excuses from people as to why the Lincoln MKS is not going to be a true AWD sports car with this 340+ horse motor.

The MKS is certainly NOT going to be a sportscar.
It will however be an ultra affordable AWD sport-luxury sedan, with plenty of sport and luxury. I have recently seen it and it is gorgeous. Imagine the MKS in tuxedo black, lowered a bit with cool as **** 22" wheels that are wide and some body accents that lets everyone know that it is no Town Car.

SobeSVT
01-06-2008, 02:39 PM
and (since for some reason it was left out of this press release)
...powertrain lineup that includes a 4-cylinder 2-liter engine with EcoBoost technology delivering 275 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torquehttp://home.surfree.com/~pauld/biggrin.gif http://home.surfree.com/~pauld/biggrin.gif http://home.surfree.com/~pauld/biggrin.gif http://home.surfree.com/~pauld/biggrin.gif
^ one for each cylinder ^


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SobeSVT
01-06-2008, 02:44 PM
This sounds alot like the Ecotec Turbo formula, also being used by Saab Bio power Turbo V6's
Only in the fact that they use Turbochargers (2 v. 1, BTW). Now the weight savings, the excellent fuel economy, the torque, the direct injection are all very foreign to the trashy Ecotec Turbo, as it should since the Ecotec represents the past.

Two engines in totally different leagues my firend.

B.R.
01-06-2008, 03:51 PM
The MKS is certainly NOT going to be a sportscar.
It will however be an ultra affordable AWD sport-luxury sedan, with plenty of sport and luxury. I have recently seen it and it is gorgeous. Imagine the MKS in tuxedo black, lowered a bit with cool as **** 22" wheels that are wide and some body accents that lets everyone know that it is no Town Car.

Ooops, that's a my bad, thanks for the correction wingsnut.

2b2
01-07-2008, 12:53 AM
not sure I should post this
( but HERE's the link to the video about EcoBoost (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgilKUwMl2A&feature=related) I mentioned in another thread )
so
I just won't say why it's so cool to see the _ _ _ _ _ _ beat the _ _ _ & the _ _ _ on the track ;) :)


[ video NOT embedded by 2b2 cuz he knows only too well that Utoob can crash older systems ]

Mbukukanyau
01-07-2008, 01:29 AM
Only in the fact that they use Turbochargers (2 v. 1, BTW). Now the weight savings, the excellent fuel economy, the torque, the direct injection are all very foreign to the trashy Ecotec Turbo, as it should since the Ecotec represents the past.

Two engines in totally different leagues my firend.
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2008 Ecotec 2.0L I4 VVT DI Turbo ( LNF )
ECOTEC 2.0L TURBO I4 (LNF) CAR and TRUCK ENGINE
2008 Model Year Summary
Carryover content and benefits from 2007 model year.

• New Engine for 2008 Chevrolet HHR SS and Cobalt SS
• Direct Injection
• Twin-Scroll Turbocharger
• Air-to-Air Intercooler
• Unique Cylinder Head with Sodium Filled Exhaust Valves
• Continuously Variable Valve Timing
• Gen II Engine Block
• Aluminum Pistons With Jet-Spray Cooling
• Forged Steel Crankshaft
• Cam-Driven High-Pressure Fuel Pump

Full Spec LINK (http://media.gm.com/us/powertrain/en/product_services/2008/Whats%20New/Ecotec/08_LNF.doc)

This is not your 1995 Cavalier Engine. Its more advanced than anything in any Ford's showroom today. Ford is playing catch up my friend.

SobeSVT
01-07-2008, 08:36 AM
This is not your 1995 Cavalier Engine. Its more advanced than anything in any Ford's showroom today. Ford is playing catch up my friend.

On, my bad. I checked with Car & Driver since when I drove the GXP Turbo, I didn't come out all that impressed . . .

The engine is responsive, but it does take a second to wake up from idle, a penalty of the high-boost turbo. After a startlingly abrupt clutch engagement, the GXP pulls smartly through the first two gears, but by the top of third, it starts to taper off. The sound is now a constant moan as it oozes through the revs; it’s not invigorating, . . .

22/31 fuel economy don't sound that impressive either but we have only heard that the Ecoboost 4 will have much improved fuel economy, so I would leave that aspect alone in the meantime.

I only wonder if the Ecotec Turbo is such a great engine, why it hasn't found much broader use in the GM lineup? If you want to think that Ford is playing catch up . . . be my guest :)

BTW, I don't think your link is working, and pictures of engines . . . really don't tell much.

Mbukukanyau
01-07-2008, 10:00 AM
I fixed the link.

ndwariga
04-28-2008, 04:40 PM
Only in the fact that they use Turbochargers (2 v. 1, BTW). Now the weight savings, the excellent fuel economy, the torque, the direct injection are all very foreign to the trashy Ecotec Turbo, as it should since the Ecotec represents the past.

Two engines in totally different leagues my firend.I think you have a misconception about the ecotec, I am no fan of it, per say, becouse I'd rather GM made lower displacement versions, but Ecotecs do have Di applications and are extremely durable engines. The 260 HP is turbocharged (http://www.highperformancepontiac.com/features/hppp_0606_2007_pontiac_solstice_gxp/index.html#), intercooled, and direct-injected version. A normal run in the mill ecotec can take way more boost than any ricer and way more abuse and still outlive 200,000 miles. Have you ever heard of a recall on the ecotec? Detroit makes very good engines. GM may not be a high tech Lexus type powertrain, but its powertrains as way more reliable than lets say Nissan or Mercedes benz.