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Ford Powers Up Production of EcoBoost Engine Family

$145 mil program targets Cleveland Engine Plant.

by on Feb.26, 2016

A worker assembles a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 at Ford's Cleveland Engine Plant.

Even with cheap gas, motorists have been migrating away from traditional engine choices, and that’s convinced Ford to pump $145 million into the Cleveland Engine Plant producing one of its key alternatives, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine used in a variety of models such as the big F-150 pickup.

Ford plans to make the turbocharged engine – which serves as an alternative to traditional V-8s – available on a wider line-up of vehicles in the coming years. It’s taking a similar approach with other members of the EcoBoost family which include engines as small as a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder package.

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“Ford customers have embraced EcoBoost’s unbeatable combination of power and efficiency, with more than 60% of F-150 customers choosing trucks powered by EcoBoost,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford President of The Americas Joe Hinrichs, said in a statement.

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Ford’s New Raptor Goes Off-Road Racing

Performance truck entering new Desert series.

by on Feb.03, 2016

Ford's Raptor off-road racer.

Only weeks after revealing its new Raptor SuperCrew, Ford says it will send the performance truck out racing as part of the 2016 Best in the Desert off-road series’ new factory stock class.

Based in Las Vegas, Best in the Desert will stage nine races this year, including the Vegas to Reno run, the longest off-road race in the United States. The second event in the series, the Bluewater Resort, gets underway in Arizona on Thursday, February 4th, and marks the official race debut of the 217 Ford Raptor.

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“The all-new Raptor has the DNA of a Baja race truck, with a purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension that enables it to travel fast over challenging desert landscapes or crawl over rocky terrain,” boasted Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer of Ford Performance, in a prepared release.

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Ford Swoops in with New Raptor SuperCrew

Off-road beast gets more room, performance.

by on Jan.11, 2016

The new Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew gets more room for adults and gear as well as improved performance and technology.

What’s better than a Ford F-150 Raptor? A bigger one!

Ford introduced its new F-150 Raptor SuperCrew model during the North American International Auto Show. The new model features more passenger room and, perhaps more importantly, more power courtesy of a newly hopped up 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

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The result is the most capable Raptor ever, Ford says. The new EcoBoost replaces the 6.2-liter V8 and is mated to a new 10-speed transmission. Specific figures are not yet available, but it surpasses the 411 horsepower and 434 ft-lb of torque of the V8 it replaces. (more…)

Ford Won’t be Rolling Out Aluminum Passenger Cars, Says Top Exec

Benefits don’t justify the cost, complexity says Pres. Hinrichs.

by on Jan.15, 2015

Ford President Joe Hinrichs helps unveil the new Ford F-150 Raptor during the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

Though Ford Motor Co. has ballyhooed the benefits of the aluminum used to build its 2015 F-150 pickup, don’t expect to see the automaker start building passenger cars out of the lightweight metal, cautioned a top executive.

The benefits just aren’t as competitive when used on lighter vehicles, stressed Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the Americas, during an appearance at an annual industry confab in Detroit.

No Lightweight!

“You don’t get those same benefits to a consumer on a car side,” he explained, adding that, “truck buyers will pay for more capability. Car buyers will pay for better fuel economy, but there’s other ways to get fuel economy in a car.”

Facing stiff new emissions and fuel economy mandates, automakers like Ford are struggling to find ways to improve the efficiency of their vehicles. They’re adopting advanced powertrains and alternate fuels, adopting more aerodynamic designs, and putting a premium on “lightweighting.”

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Upscale Off-Roading in 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition

by on Apr.10, 2013

The 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.

You may think of yourself as a “rugged outdoorsman” – or woman, for that matter – but who says you can’t hit the trails in style?

Ford is adding some significant new features to what is already one of the most lavishly equipped trail-ready trucks on the market, transforming the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor into what it modestly describes as the “ultimate high-performance off-road pickup truck.”

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Among other things, the Raptor’s new Special Edition package adds Brick Red seat bolsters with cloth honeycomb highlights, new accents on the center stack, distinctive Ruby Red Metallic exterior paint with box-side graphics and other niceties.

That’s on top of the HID headlamps, navi system, rearview camera, power-folding side mirrors and other features already in the Raptor Luxury Package.

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Shelby Bulks Up Ford’s F-150 Raptor

Bad, badder, baddest.

by on Apr.01, 2013

Shelby American's version of the Ford F-150 Raptor boasts 575 horsepower.

There are just some jobs for which 411 horsepower isn’t enough, it seems.

These days, something in the 400 horsepower range seems positively pedestrian, not much more than you might need for a minivan or econocar. Even some hybrids deliver more power – as long as they’re badged Ferrari or McLaren, anyway. So what’s a self-respecting full-size truck buyer supposed to do? Not a problem.

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A year after the death of its legendary founder Carroll Shelby, his Las Vegas-based tuner firm Shelby American lives on and has brought an assortment of new high-performance products out for the 2013 New York Auto Show – including a special version of the Ford F-150 Raptor.

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First Look: 2011 Ford F-150

Ford’s big truck gets new powertrain line-up, new electronics.

by on Sep.23, 2010

Ford shows off the 2011 F-Series line-up at the Texas State Fair.

The Ford F-150 pickup truck, segment sales leader for 33 consecutive years, will go into 2011 with an array of new front-end designs, a total of four brand-new engines, the industry’s first across-the-board use of a 6-speed automatic transmission, and more electronic content than ever before.

The new powertrain line-up leads the company’s release of 60 new engine and transmission packages around the world by 2013, half of them in North America.

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TheDetroitBureau.com got a first look at the new 2011 F-Series during a trip to the annual Texas State Fair.

Ford said the venerable 4.6-liter SOHC V8 and the 5.4-liter DOHC V8 engines, long familiar to F-Series owners, have been retired, and the aged Cologne 4.0-liter V6 engine will be put out to pasture, as well, when the Ranger goes out of production.

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Ford Updating Entire F-Series Powertrain Line-up for 2011

Maker promising 20% reduction in fuel consumption with new engine line.

by on Aug.11, 2010

The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is expected to produce as much torque -- and deliver the same towing capacity -- as Ford's big 6.2-liter V8.

While design, creature comfort and packaging all play a role in differentiating one pickup model from another, perhaps nothing has more impact than powertrain.  And for 2011, Ford Motor Co. will complete update the engine and transmission options offered for its best-selling F-Series.

For the upcoming model-year, Ford will launch four new powertrains, including a compact, high-mileage V6, a pair of V8s and the newest member of its expanding, high-tech EcoBoost line-up.  Collectively, the maker claims the typical 2011 F-Series model will get about 20% better mileage than the 2010 pick-up line, despite big improvements in power, torque and towing capacity.

“Fuel economy,” explained Doug Scott, marketing manager for Ford’s Truck Group, “is building in importance with the consumer,” as much with pickups as with compact passenger cars.

Ford research shows that 70% of pickup buyers are demanding better fuel economy, and 32% say they are willing to switch brands to get higher mileage.

A major reason why Ford anticipates the big jump in 2011 F-Series fuel efficiency is the introduction of the all-new 3.7-liter V6, a four-valve DOHC package that will put out the type of numbers that only a V8 could match until recently.  It will make 300 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, and handle up to 6,100 trailer loads – the best in its segment according to competitive data.

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At the other end of the spectrum is the new 6.2-liter V8 that Ford just yesterday announced will go into its newly-updated 2011 Harley-Davidson F-150 truck.  (Click Here for more.) A hefty SOHC design, this is “more of a traditional truck engine,” according to Mike Harrison, Ford’s V8 engine manager.

Turning out 411 hp and 434 lb-ft, the 6.2-liter engine will also be offered as standard equipment in the high-style 2011 Ford SVT Raptor, and as an option in other F-150 models.  It also delivers segment-leading towing capacity of 11,300 pounds, according to Harrison.

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