Technical Specs (Pre-production)

Type

3.5L DOHC 24-valve V-6

Manufacturing Location

Lima Engine Plant, Ohio

Configuration

60-degree V-6, aluminum block and heads

InductionTwin-turbocharged, non-intercooled

Intake Manifold

Aluminum, single plenum

Exhaust Manifold

Cast iron

Crankshaft

Forged steel

Redline

 

Throttle Body

__mm, electronic

Valvetrain

DAMB, 4 valves per cylinder, intake variable camshaft timing

Valve Diameter

Intake: __mm Exhaust: __ mm

Pistons

 

Connecting Rods

Cracked-powder metal

Ignition

Pencil coil

Bore x Stroke

3.6 x 3.4 in/92.5 x 86.7 mm

Displacement

213 cu in/3.496 cc

Compression Ratio

10.0:1

Horsepower

Believed to be 340-350

Torque

Believed to be 340

Recommended Fuel

__ Octane

Fuel Injection

Direct injection

Oil Capacity

 

Recommended Oil

 

Images

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Ecoboost: In EcoBoost engines, compressed intake air (shown in blue) comes from a turbocharger and enters the cylinder chamber prior to being mixed with gasoline from the direct injector. (01/06/2008)
EcoBoost: Compared against conventional port fuel injection, EcoBoost's direct injection system delivers fuel directly into the combustion chamber in small, precise amounts yielding a cooler, denser in-cylinder charge, allowing for more efficient combustion (shown in yellow) and higher compression. (01/06/2008)
EcoBoost: Ecoboost combines direct injection with turbocharging that uses waste energy from the exhaust gas (shown in red) delivering power and performance of a larger engine with up to a 20% increase in fuel economy and a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions. (01/06/2008)
With EcoBoost's 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. (01/06/2008)
Ford's new EcoBoost V6 builds on the highly successful Duratec 35. Originally designed for boosted applications, the 3.5-liter required only a few updates beyond the addition of direct injection and turbocharging resulting in increased performance, improved fuel economy, and lower CO2 emissions. (04/09/08)
How Ford EcoBoost technology works.
EcoBoost DI Fuel System: Ford's EcoBoost V6 fuel system uses a high pressure fuel pump mounted onto the top of the cylinder head and driven by the camshaft. The high pressure fuel pump can increase the fuel pressure to 150 bar or 2175 psi (compared to a conventional gasoline engine which operates at 7bar or 100 psi) allowing improved fuel control. (04/09/08)
EcoBoost Intake Manifold: Ford's EcoBoost V6 intake manifold was designed to provide maximum boost response for improved driving characteristics. The manifold's relatively compact size for a V6 allows the turbochargers to pressurize the intake system quickly virtually eliminating turbo lag. (04/09/08)
EcoBoost Intake Manifold: Ford's EcoBoost V6 intake manifold was designed to provide maximum boost response for improved driving characteristics. The manifold's relatively compact size for a V6 allows the turbochargers to pressurize the intake system quickly virtually eliminating turbo lag. (04/09/08)
EcoBoost Piston: Unique to the Ford EcoBoost V6 piston is what's referred to as the "bowl," a special design that directs fuel towards the spark plug during engine start. The directed fuel provides a faster start which reduces engine emissions. (04/09/08)
EcoBoost Pistons: The piston of Ford's EcoBoost V6 (right) is specifically engineered to provide peak performance while under boost; improved fuel economy through a 10:1 compression ratio; and reduced emissions by the use of a highly optimized piston top. (04/09/08)
EcoBoost Turbocharger: Ford's EcoBoost V6 utilizes two turbochargers to deliver V8 engine power levels. Modern turbochargers use advanced materials such as high nickel alloyed steels and Inconel to ensure reliability. In addition, liquid cooled bearings increase durability even in high performance and high demand applications. (04/09/08)
EcoBoost Turbocharger and Exhaust Manifold: Ford's EcoBoost V6 utilizes two turbochargers to deliver V8 engine power levels. A turbocharger recovers energy from the exhaust to turn a turbine blade connected to a compressor wheel which increases the air pressure within the intake manifold allowing the V6 to produce increased torque at low speeds. (04/09/08)

Ford Press

2008.01.06
FORD TO EQUIP HALF A MILLION VEHICLES WITH ECOBOOST ENGINE TECHNOLOGY FOR UP TO 20% BETTER FUEL ECONOMY
 
  • 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 in North America can expect to recoup their initial investment in a 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine through fuel savings in approximately 30 months.  A diesel in North America 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.
 
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.”

Explorer America – A Sustainable Showcase
To help explain its vehicle sustainability strategy, Ford has created the Explorer America concept for the 2008 North American International Auto Show.

The Explorer America concept delivers an approximately 20 to 30 percent fuel-economy improvement – depending on engine selection – while providing room for six and their gear, along with moderate towing and off-roading capabilities. 

The concept aims to highlight for customers and auto show attendees a number of innovations tied to Ford’s systems approach, including:

  • A powertrain lineup that includes a 4-cylinder 2-liter engine with EcoBoost technology delivering 275 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque or, as a premium engine, a 3.5-liter V-6 delivering about 340 hp.  Depending on engine selection, fuel-efficiency will improve by 20 to 30 percent versus today’s V-6 Explorer
  • Migration from current body-on-frame to unibody construction, reducing weight and delivering superior driving dynamics
  • A fuel-efficient 6-speed transmission with auto shift control, allowing the driver to select  and hold a lower gear with just the turn of a dial when conditions warrant it
  • A weight reduction of 150 pounds for the V-6 version thanks to its downsized – yet superior performing – engine, as well as more lightweight materials, suspension and chassis components
  • Fuel-saving electric power assisted steering (EPAS) and other engine actions that deliver a fuel savings benefit of about 5 percent.  Between 80 to 90 percent of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles will have EPAS by 2012
  • Aerodynamic and other parasitic improvements that add up to a 5 percent fuel economy gain

The production model of the Explorer changed the landscape when it arrived on the scene in 1990 as a 1991 model, delivering an experience as unique as the owners who would eventually shape the design of the Explorer America concept. 

Today’s Explorer leads the mid-size SUV segment in sales.  Since its introduction 18 years ago, Explorer has sold more than 6.5 million vehicles.

For 2008, Explorer adds several new features, including Ford’s award-winning SYNC system that it developed with Microsoft.  SYNC connects people and their favorite portable devices while in the vehicle, including media players and Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones.  In addition, Explorer receives Ford’s EasyFuel capless refueling system, which is fitted as standard and new available 20-inch polished aluminum wheels.

Ford Explorer received 5-star ratings in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s frontal and side-impact crash tests for the second year in a row.  Explorer comes standard with six air bags, including front seat and side-curtain air bags and AdvanceTrac with class-exclusive Roll Stability Control, an electronic stability enhancement system that actually measures what other manufacturers’ systems ignore or can only estimate.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 260,000 employees and about 100 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercury Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding the company and its products visit www.ford.com.

 

 
FORD TO REVEAL NEW FUEL-SAVING CONCEPT IN DETROIT

 
The Ford Explorer America concept showcases a new kind of utility for the vehicle customers have known and loved for years: even better fuel efficiency.

“Customers are smart. They value vehicles – the more efficient, the better,” said Jim Farley, Ford group vice president of Marketing and Communications. “Ford gets it.

“Innovative technologies can transform people’s favorite vehicles. Look at SYNC, the Ford system that connects people and their favorite portable devices, including media players and Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, while in their vehicles.”

Technologies and engineering innovations help Explorer America concept deliver an approximately 20 to 30 percent fuel-economy improvement, depending on engine selection, while providing room for six and their gear as well as moderate towing and off-roading capabilities.

This smarter utility concept simplifies Ford Motor Company’s systems approach for delivering sustainable vehicles, specifically demonstrating:

  • A powertrain lineup that includes a 4-cylinder 2-liter engine with EcoBoost technology delivering 275 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque or, as a premium engine, a 3.5-liter V-6 delivering about 340 hp. Depending on engine selection, fuel-efficiency will improve by 20 to 30 percent versus today’s V-6 Explorer
  • Migration from current body-on-frame to unibody construction, reducing weight and delivering superior driving dynamics
  • A fuel-efficient 6-speed transmission with auto shift control, allowing the driver to select and hold a lower gear with just the turn of a dial when conditions warrant it
  • A weight reduction of 150 pounds for the V-6 version thanks to its downsized – yet superior performing – engine, as well as more lightweight materials, suspension and chassis components
  • Fuel-saving electric power assisted steering (EPAS) and other engine actions that deliver a fuel savings benefit of about 5 percent. Between 80 to 90 percent of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles will have EPAS by 2012

In addition to its fuel-efficient powertrain and technologies, the Explorer America concept addresses how the SUV market has changed in the past 15 years.

In the 1990s, customers were drawn by SUVs aligned with people’s adventurous, more rugged lifestyles. Today’s consumers are more discerning, demanding products that are capable and flexible – but more intelligently executed.

The Explorer America concept looks the part, too, with a modern, muscular design language that belies its ability to harness today’s active lifestyles. Its integrated three-bar grille, defined power dome hood, wrap-around rear glass panel window and sliding rear door give the appearance that this concept is ready for modern Lewis-and-Clark types to explore, from their own neighborhoods to the trail head.

Inside, intelligent features abound, including: single-touch stackable, sliding seats that allow for convenient access to the second row; a work table with seats deploy from the tailgate; and a three-dimensional compass and navigation unit with a topographical map built right into the instrument panel.

 

 
TWINFORCE™ V-8 POWER AND PERFORMANCE WITH V-6 FUEL ECONOMY


 
The Lincoln MKR concept introduces a new engine technology that delivers V-8 power and performance with V-6 fuel economy.

The new technology, named TwinForce™, will appear on future Lincoln and Ford vehicles.

 

TwinForce uses direct injection technology and turbocharging. These technologies are common in diesel engines, but have only recently been combined for use in gasoline engines.

“Everything we do is driven by our customers,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Our TwinForce engine technology is a key element of how we’re going after fuel economy gains without asking anyone to give up performance.”

TwinForce’s direct-injection fuel system is different than conventional port fuel-injected gasoline engines. Instead of squirting gasoline into the engine cylinder head, it directly injects gasoline into the engine’s cylinders at high pressures.


 

Direct-injection fuel systems can more precisely control when and how much fuel is injected into the engine cylinders, allowing for more efficient burn and improved combustion control that delivers optimal performance and fuel economy.

Ford’s new Duratec 35 all-aluminum V-6, named a 10 Best Engine by Ward’s, is the foundation for the TwinForce technology found in the Lincoln MKR concept.

The Lincoln MKR’s engine is flex-fuel capable, providing the driver with the flexibility to switch back and forth between gasoline and E-85 ethanol. At Ford, flexible fuel is an important step toward development of more efficient, renewable biofuels that can provide energy security as well as environmental benefits.

Combining the high octane found in E-85 or premium gasoline with TwinForce technology allows the Lincoln MKR’s V-6 to deliver 415 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque – an impressive 118 horsepower per liter.

To achieve this type of performance from a V-8 would require an engine displacement of 6.0-liters or larger. As a result of the smaller V-6, the Lincoln MKR concept delivers 15 percent better fuel economy than a V-8 with similar performance.

In North America, the market is growing for the new TwinForce technology. Ford Motor Company already has several direct-injection equipped 4-cylinder engines in production, including a 1.8-liter launched in the 2003 Ford Mondeo and the 2.3-liter turbocharged engine developed by Mazda for the 2006 MazdaSpeed6. The TwinForce technology used in the Lincoln MKR represents Ford’s first application of direct injection on a V-6 engine. Its development was led by Ford Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering, the same group leading the production design and development of this technology in a pilot program intended to speed the time to market with the new engine.