Ford’s Tortured, Baja 1000 Driven Eco-Boost Test Engine Is Alive And Well!

By | January 18, 2011

Ford EcoBoost V6Japanese reliability step aside, there’s a new boss in town. Remember that new Ford V6 EcoBoost engine we reported on a while back? You know, the one that was randomly selected from the assembly line, literally tortured at Ford’s test facilities, made to do a 3000 hour test run in super hot and super cold temperatures, and then dropped into an SVT Raptor to compete in the Baja 1000?

Turns out that even after going through all that and completing the Baja 1000 with no problems the little engine still has plenty of life in it. Just how much? Get this- after being put through what we’ll call a needlessly harsh existence and a current life of 163,000+ miles, this EcoBoost V6 is still pumping out 364 HP from the original 365 HP!


Wrap your mind around that for a moment. Ford put this engine through the most strenuous tests possible and at the end, 163,000 miles later, it’s still working like new with only one lost horsepower to show for it! Wow. Just… wow. In fact, the engine was shipped to the Detroit Auto Show just days ago to be broken down and inspected by Ford Engineers for the first time in front of a live audience. Everything in the engine (with the very minor exception of one valve seal) was well within acceptable tolerances.

To us at the Daily Derbi, Ford has easily become the most desirable American manufacturer over the last two years. And stories like this just help reinforce why we love them so much. Ford, our hats are off to you today- this engine is unbelievable. Moreover, it’s exciting. In a matter of months this will be a powerplant option in not only SVT Raptors but F-150s as well. How many mechanics shops will start suffering then, eh?

Read the full story of Ford’s incredible EcoBoost V6 at

[Chad Waite,]

1 Comment

Eran B on January 19, 2011 at 12:36 am.

Its amazing yet american cars still get bashed.

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