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      04-10-2011, 04:03 PM   #1
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Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engine Test -448AA

I just saw on TV how they are testing the Ford Ecoboost F-150 448AA engine. its a twin turbo, direct injected engine I believe. They seriously put this engine through HELL... 165K miles of running the BAHA 1000 (offroading), log-hauling, and such.

At the end, they re-dyno'd the engine and still made the same power output at 365hp/425ft-lb. They also tore down the engine and noticed that the engine still had plenty of life left. They also inspected the turbos which looked great and if they had failed, they wouldn't have made the same power output. They went on to say, no owner in their right minds could ever subject this engine/car to these kinds of extreme for 165k miles but they did it to prove a point.

I am now seriously contemplating whether or not the BMW N54/N55 can even come close to this? Please transplant this engine into my 335i , no hpfp issues and can take 165k miles of serious abuse!

One of the stress tests, they were towing 11,000 lbs of load, for 24 hours straight, FULL THROTTLE!

Please see the videos here and make your own judgement:

http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38779


now, I am not a Ford fan, but seriously, this engine (448AA) seems like something I would want in my 335i if I was to keep it for the long term.


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The F-150 EcoBoost Torture Test, one of the most daring projects ever undertaken here at Ford, receives the national spotlight this Sunday on NBC. With full transparency, Ford threw everything they could at the new 3.5L EcoBoost engine in the grueling tests that were designed to prove the toughness and durability of their “Built Ford Tough”, all-new truck engine.

This Sunday at 4:30 PM EST, NBC will broadcast the “Ford F-150 EcoBoost Torture Test," which details the incredible punishment inflicted on this 3.5L engine. The program, narrated by Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame, uses footage from the six webisodes and the tear down event.

It's highly unusual for a network to broadcast a program about an engine. But the new EcoBoost F-150 engine is no ordinary engine.

What: Ford’s F-150 EcoBoost Torture Test – A hour program detailing the incredible journey of EcoBoost engine #448AA.

When: 4:30 PM EST on Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Where: NBC
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The Ecoboost 3.5L is an amazing motor. If I ever need a truck I want one with that powerplant.
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I think they did a great job with that engine. It's about time a Ford truck grew a set of nuts. Those things have been anemic since day one.
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fords on top of its game. id kill for the mustang v8 in my 335. more hp, NA throttle response w awesome sound, arguably more reliable all with the same mpg. pretty nuts if it ask me.
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If I had to drive a North American car it would be a new 5.0 Mustang in my garage.

I'd like to see that 448AA in something Focus sized, with rear or AWD.
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The Ford EcoBoost engine appears to be a good engine. It's worth noting that all major car companies have been conducting this type of durability/torure testing for decades. In addition to fleet/track testing, 400 hour WOT dyno tests have been around for at least 30 years. Hopefully enthusiasts will have more respect for the car company engineers after being exposed to the extensive testing car companies employ.
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The Ford EcoBoost engine appears to be a good engine. It's worth noting that all major car companies have been conducting this type of durability/torure testing for decades. In addition to fleet/track testing, 400 hour WOT dyno tests have been around for at least 30 years. Hopefully enthusiasts will have more respect for the car company engineers after being exposed to the extensive testing car companies employ.
+1, all manufactures conduct this type of testing. If/when you hear about it is all up to marketing. MBUSA had a series of commercials talking up how they test their engines not too long ago.
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Someone should tell BMW about testing it's products. With the wastegate problems and turbos failing at 60k and hpfp's being changed more often than the recommended 15k oil changes I'm wondering I'd BMW did any durability testing what so ever before dropping the engine in some dozen models.
I guess most of that is exaggeration but I'm just ranting.
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^^It really does make you wonder.
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15K oil changes have been used in Europe for years without issue.
i've got nothing against the 15k oil changes. i was just saying i got my hpfp replaced twice at intervals of 14.5k miles and 14k miles
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That engine would be great in a modern-day Mustang SVO! Just crank up the boost a little bit and let 'er rip!
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I saw the EcoBoost show over the weekend too and thought the same thing. I would have gotten the Mustang GT if it just had a nice AT or DCT since most of my driving is city. The AT they offer looks like it's from the 90's. Otherwise you cant beat the GT for the price and performance it offers. All it really needs is a better suspension and it would kill an ///M3.
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The new 5.0 Mustang engine is a good engine and long overdue.
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That engine would be great in a modern-day Mustang SVO! Just crank up the boost a little bit and let 'er rip!
This!

There are so many variants available in the Mustang, why not try putting a TT V6?? Camon Ford, go ahead, just do it. I don't think we will complain that much
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