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Ford Working Towards Smaller Engines, Higher Economy and Power
In brief: Ford has been working on shrinking the size of its engines while increasing both fuel economy and power output.
Ford says that their newest line of EcoBoost engines are the most fuel efficient and power in the company's 107 year history. The task is accomplished through better technology in smaller, more powerful engines.
For example, in the Ford F-Series pickup truck line, the common 6.8L V10 engine available in the 2011 models is rated at 362hp and 457lb-ft of torque. The same trucks can also have an EcoBoost 3.5L engine that puts out 365hp and 420lb-ft of torque. The difference in efficiency for the comparable engines is huge, with the V10 getting 53.23hp/liter of displacement while the EcoBoost gets 104hp/liter of displacement. That's a huge efficiency difference in two engines that have roughly the same power output.
This kind of technology in the EcoBoost line is what made the 2011 Mustang the first car in history to have more than 300hp and get 30mpg (EPA rating, highway) or better.
Ford plans to have the EcoBoost line of engines available in most of its popular vehicles, especially SUVs, in the next two years. Many large-frame models will be getting 4-cylinder EcoBoost engines that have output ratings similar to the V6 engines already in use.
And so ...
Ford is working hard to improve efficiencies not only through electrification, but also through improvements in its internal combustion engines.
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