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A Look at the Award-Winning Ford EcoBoost Engines

08 June 2017

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Ford’s racing series are now incorporating the Ford EcoBoost brand across the board with great success, but what exactly is the EcoBoost and how does it work? This is the marketing name given to the award-winning turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engines which allow for superb performance and fuel efficiency.

The Range

The 1.0-litre engine has been voted engine of the year numerous times and is available with 100PS, 125PS and 140PS. Also available are 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 litres engines, whilst the new Mustang and Focus RS performance vehicles boast a specially tuned 2.3 litre EcoBoost engine. The engines are also available in the B-Max, Focus, Fiesta, C-Max, Mondeo, Tourneo Connect and EcoSport models, which can be found at places like AA Cars.

The Eco

There are two main areas to look at with this engine - the Eco and the Boost. Each year, car companies must make engines that use less fuel and are cleaner to meet tougher new legislations. This led Ford to begin manufacturing smaller engines that use direct fuel injection. Direct fuel injection delivers the fuel in a more accurate and measured way, ensuring that the bare minimum can be used for higher efficiency.

The Boost

The Boost part is used to make up for having a smaller engine. The EcoBoost range utilises turbochargers which make up for reduced displacement by boosting the strength of every power stroke. Combined, this ensures that the 1.0-litre engine can generate power like that of a 1.6, but with the efficiency of a small engine.

The Ford GT

It is clear then why Ford are so keen to use their EcoBoost range across their racing brands. Most notably, the second generation Ford GT utilises a newly designed 3.5 litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine delivering a staggering 647 hp and 550lb ft of Torque. They are claiming that this vehicle will have one of the best power to weight ratios of any production car.

EcoBoost vs Hybrid

Ford view the EcoBoost technology as cheaper and more versatile than expanding on hybrid and diesel engine technology, which is why they are expanding EcoBoost across a wide range of product lines, including their performance models.

In terms of the combination of performance and efficiency, other manufacturers are simply unable to match Ford’s EcoBoost engines. Each drop of petrol is viewed as precious, whilst the power of the engine far exceeds that of its size. The performance of any Ford with one of these engines is superb with remarkably responsive power, making them ideal for both road and performance usage.

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