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Ford To Race F-150 With Stock EcoBoost V6 In Baja 1000

Posted in Engines, Ford, Newsworthy, Racing, Trucks by Kurt Ernst | September 26th, 2010 | 7 Responses |

Ford's F-150 Baja 1000 truck. Photo: Ford Motor Company

If you want to see just how durable a vehicle or its components are, I can’t think of a better proving ground than desert racing. Ford agrees with me, since they’ve entered a race prepped F-150 in the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, but here’s the catch: they’re fitting it with a bone stock 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 motor, good for 365 horsepower and 420 ft lb of torque. Better yet, they’re fueling it with pump gas, not racing fuel.

Stock motor, pump gas. Photo: Ford Motor Company

Don’t think that this was a special, one-off stock motor blueprinted to exact specs, either. In fact, the motor was pulled at random from Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant assembly line to ensure that it was a true production motor. Ford will run the truck in the full-size stock class, so the EcoBoost will be up against unlimited displacement V8 motors. In desert racing, fuel economy is almost as important as maximum horsepower; what Ford gives up in performance, they’ll likely recoup in range. Reducing fueling stops will give Ford a competitive advantage over rivals running higher horsepower V8 motors.

The Baja 1000 will subject the EcoBoost motor to temperatures ranging from freezing to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and to elevations ranging from sea level to over 8,500 feet. If I remember correctly, the race has about a 40% attrition rate, and that’s for hand-built, race-prepped vehicles. I can’t wait to see how Ford does with a stock motor, and the results will go a long way towards establishing the EcoBoost V6 as a legitimate choice for truck buyers. I wish them the best.

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7 Responses

  1. Big Russ says:

    and why cant we buy an f150 with this motor yet?

  2. Set says:

    Brilliant win-win for Ford. If they do well, great advertising. If they lose, but finish, great advertising. If they don’t finish, they can just pass it off as “It wasn’t exactly designed for this kind of work/climate”. Though, I highly doubt they won’t finish.

  3. Kurt says:

    Thanks SNAK3 – beat me to it!

    Set, right on. They have to prove this motor to truck guys, and I can’t think of a better way to do it.

  4. Big Russ says:

    thanks SNAK3… i just wish they release it in a regular cab short bed model.. that would be a nice truck…

  5. i think Ford need some time to come to this level!!!!

  6. Kurt says:

    Desert Racing – it’ll be an interesting experiment. If the motor holds up and the truck places well enough, it’s a huge win for Ford.