Late last year, Ford built a desert-racing truck around its new 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine and took it to the grueling Baja 1000, the toughest race in North America, for its racing debut.
On Saturday morning, in front of 500 or so witnesses, Ford mechanics and engineers will tear down the sealed race engine to its smallest component parts to check for any significant wear after the 1000-mile torture test.
The engine, which had run the equivalent of 160,000 customer miles, or 10 years of constant use, already, in dynamometer testing, was installed in a Ford F-150 pickup truck at the Ford Kansas City assembly plant. The truck then hauled 55 tons of lumber and ran at full throttle for 24 hours straight while towing 11,300 pounds of cargo.
If that wasn’t grueling enough, the truck was then prepped for the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 event in Mexico, and completed the race without incident.