You may have noticed that most of Ford’s latest turbocharged engines are called “EcoBoost” like the new 3.5L V6 found in the new GT and Raptor, the 2.3L 4 cylinder houses in the new Mustang and Focus RS and of course the famous, award winning 1.0L EcoBoost. And while the 1.0L block is truly an economical engine in terms of consumption, the 2.3 and 3.5L however don’t seem to be that “eco-friendly” at all.
So what is EcoBoost?
The Ecoboost engines are a family of direct injection, turbocharged petrol engines built by Ford. The main advantage from the EcoBoost technology is a reduction in fuel consumption by 20% in comparison to a regular petrol engine. But it’s achieved at a much lower price then let’s say a hybrid powered car which would be thousands of dollars more expensive. So yes even the 3.5L V6 is a fuel saver but that doesn’t mean it lacks performance either. This is where these engines really shine: delivering good performance while still reducing consumption and pollution to a minimum. Hence the name EcoBoost: Eco-Friendly and Turbo-Boost.
What’s the secret?
The key to the EcoBosst succes comes from 4 main improvements starting with the direct fuel injectors. These injectors have been redesigned to deliver less and more accurate injections. They deliver fuel in quantities of 10.4 milligrams per injection.
Next up is the Turbo impeller, which is the rotating part of the turbo. It spins up to 200.000 rpm for an efficient air compression.
Continuing is a high-pressure EcoBoost Fuel pump which generates a fuel pressure of up to 2.200 psi in comparison to 60 psi in a normal fuel system. This gives an advantage of fuel being injected in a very fine mist, allowing incoming air to be cooled. And thus preventing engine knocking even with 87 octane fuel.
Finally the control module has been tweaked to control over 10.000 variable parameters meaning it can adjust the fuel consumption 300 times per second for the optimum demand of powaah.
What do you think about the EcoBoost technology? Is it game changing or just another small attempt at saving fuel? Let us know down below in the comments!