The New Ford F150 with the 3.5 liter eco-boost is making believers of truck owners nationwide. Its unique combination of power and fuel economy is unparallel, and for those people worried about durability, and the old adage of waiting for a new engine to “prove it-self” – well check this out!
The Ford F150 Ecoboost Torture Test
Step one, Ford randomly select an F-150 ecoboost engine, and put it through a grueling dyno test. Simulating 10 years and 150000 miles of driving in just weeks, submitting the engine to extreme loads, temperatures, and speeds impossible to simulate in real world situations. They simulated the 3.5 ecoboost pulling 11,000 lbs up a grade steeper than pikes peak, ran the engine at full throttle for one hour, and deep froze the engine to -20 degrees and then shocked it by raising the temperature to 230 degrees numerous times. After all this, normally Ford engineers would disassemble than engine and inspect its condition….. but this was no ordinary test.
Next the engine was shipped to the assembly plant in Kansas City and installed into a Ford F150 and prepared for the next challenge.
Step two, the F150 drove 1900 miles to the mountains of the Pacific Northwest for some timber hauling. Usually reserved for heavy duty skidders, the Ford F150 ecoboost attempts to haul 22 logs weighing more than a total of 3 tons (each log more than 1200 lbs heavier than the truck itself) up the steeps mountain slopes. A perfect demonstration of its 420 lbs of torque that continues across the nearly its entire torque range.
Step three, the Ford F150 ecoboost drives 3300 miles to Miami for a little Nascar. Hooking up its maximum tow weight of 11,300 lbs, in the form of two Stock cars on a trailer, and racing around the track for 24 hours at full throttle (100 mph) only stopping for fuel.
Step four, a drive out west to Highway 66, a stretch of highway called Davis Damb, where the F150 V6 Ecoboost gets to drag race a V8 Chev, and Dodge, while pulling 9000lbs trailers up a 6% grade. Guess who wins.
Not done yet… Step five, lets run the Ford F150 Ecoboost through the most grueling off road race – the Baja 1000. 1062 miles of off road hell.
Finally its time to see how the 3.5 Ecoboost held up. The Engine was hooked back up to the dyno and checked for performance – after 165,000 miles the Ford F150 Ecoboost engine still is putting out the same horse power and torque as when it was new.