Ford’s EcoBoost engine is having a huge global impact
When Ford first announced its intentions to build the EcoBoost engine in 2008, it didn’t cause much of a stir. From 2009 -2011, Ford quietly advanced the twin-turbocharge direct-injection engine around the world and began production in the UK, Spain, Germany and Romania before the end of last year.
This year, Ford announced it will offer EcoBoost engines in 11 vehicles in 2012, up from 7 in 2011. The 2014 Taurus will get the new 2.0-liter engine and a 1-liter, three-cylinder is coming next year in the Focus. The Explorer also will offer 5 EcoBoost engines. And that’s just in the U.S.
Ford of Europe announces it will more than triple EcoBoost equipped vehicles by 2015. The number of models offering EcoBoost will increase to 10 by 2015. Ford will deliver 1.6 million turbocharged EcoBoost engines globally by 2013, which exceeds the automaker's target by 100,000 units, said Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas.
What makes EcoBoost so efficient
Ford first of all uses a twin-turbo direct-injection technology that gets more power from a smaller engine. Ford is able to produce the same amount of power and performance from the smaller displacement EcoBoost than with the larger naturally aspirated engine it is replacing. They are able to accomplish this first by using an exhaust manifold, cast into the cylinder head, which lowers the temperature of exhaust gases to enable the optimum fuel-to-air ratio across a wider rev band.