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A Replacement for Displacement: How EcoBoost Technology Injects Muscle Car Performance and Fuel Economy into Ford’s Expanding Model Range

Power and fuel efficiency once sat at opposite ends of the performance spectrum but thanks to Ford’s EcoBoost range of engines, you can now spend more time on the road and less time at the fuel pump.

Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost engines power a wide range of models in the current Ford line-up, including the nimble and sporty Focus and Focus ST, muscle cars like Ford Mustang, performance vehicles like the Ford F-150 Raptor, and even Le Mans-winning racing cars, like the new Ford GT.

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And it’s not just in Ford’s extreme performance vehicles that you’ll find EcoBoost technology. With up to 182-horsepower and 240 Nm torque available from its 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, the Ford Focus delivers incredible performance from such a small engine. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that powers the extremely popular Ford Taurus in Saudi Arabia not only produces more torque than the traditional, naturally-aspirated 3.5-litre V6, but manages to accomplish this while using less fuel. Adaptable and capable, the EcoBoost engine can be found in models across Ford’s portfolio – from the EcoSport and Focus to the all-new Expedition and the mighty F-150 Raptor.

EcoBoost V6 engines are so capable that they’re now used to replace larger displacement naturally aspirated V8 engines with more powerful, more responsive and more fuel efficient units without affecting performance at all. In fact, in most cases, EcoBoost engines outperform larger capacity naturally-aspirated engines by developing more power and torque, while also using less fuel. It’s why the new Ford F-150 Raptor is powered by a 421-horsepower EcoBoost V6 engine – that also generates 678 Nm of torque – and why Ford is introducing the engine technology to more and more of its vehicles.

The secret to the success of all EcoBoost engines is the innovative combination of three key technologies; direct fuel injection, variable camshaft timing and turbo charging – and the control of these by unique Ford software that’s designed to optimise the engine for any driving situation.

Injecting precise amounts of fuel directly into the cylinders at high pressure provides ideal conditions for combustion, allowing engines to run more efficiently. Variable camshaft timing provides the perfect amount of fresh air for the combustion process, eliminating the risk of wasting fuel.

The turbocharger uses energy from the engine’s exhaust to drive a turbine wheel, which in turn is mated to a compressor that sends cooled, pressurised air back into the engine. That cooled, pressurised air contains more oxygen which helps create a bigger “boost” of energy when reintroduced to the combustion process.

EcoBoost engines are also lighter and more compact than ever before. Ford uses strong materials such as compacted graphite iron (CGI) are used where needed, and lightweight materials like aluminium to reduce weight. That means the engines are not only robust and compact, but you don’t waste fuel carrying around more weight than you have to.

Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology is so innovative that the company has secured 275 US patents and has 200 more pending – more than any other manufacturer when it comes to gasoline turbocharged direct-injection technology. EcoBoost’s accolades include the 2017 International Engine of the Year “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” – its sixth consecutive category win.

Whether you simply need to cruise long distances or want to tap the performance potential of your Ford, EcoBoost engines make it possible.

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Five Better Driving Tips from Ford that will Help Slash Your Fuel Bill

Ever get the feeling you should be getting more out of your tank of fuel? Having a car with a fuel efficient engine – like Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost range – is a great start, but how you drive it makes a big difference.

Poor driving habits are just like pouring money down the drain. As consumers buy fuel efficient vehicles in record numbers to save money and benefit the environment, few know that smart driving habits are really the best way to economise.

Ford studies have investigated the influence of driving style on fuel consumption and CO2 per kilometre driven and found that by adopting an eco-driving style, drivers can slash both their fuel bill and their emissions by as much as 25 per cent compared with ‘normal-average’ driving behaviour. Small changes to the way you drive can have a big impact on fuel economy and improve road safety at the same time.

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“People go to extraordinary lengths to save money but then they jump in their cars and waste fuel,” said Andy Taylor, director, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Middle East and Africa. “Eco-driving not only saves you fuel and money, it also benefits the environment, reduces driving stress and can make our roads safer for everyone.”

Here are some simple tips that can help you be a greener, more fuel efficient and relaxed driver.

 

  • Drive smoothly
    Look far ahead and anticipate road situations to smoothly adjust your speed, accelerating and braking. Aggressive driving such as rapid acceleration, speeding and braking can lower your fuel mileage significantly. So keep constant speed, accelerate smoothly, brake softer and earlier, and stay in one lane while it’s safe to do so. Not only do these anticipatory driving techniques save fuel, they enable more relaxed and safer driving and can prolong the life of your brakes and tyres.

 

  • Use cruise control
    Using cruise control on long stretches of highway helps maintain speed and conserve fuel. Activating your cruise control keeps you from unthinkingly driving faster and with lower fuel efficiency, maintains a constant speed, and avoids using additional fuel while accelerating. Try to set your cruise control at your vehicle’s most fuel-efficient speed, as long as it’s at or below the legal limit and safe to do so.

 

  • Lighten the load
    Reducing the amount of cargo you keep in your boot or back seat can improve your fuel efficiency as less energy is needed for acceleration. Try to travel as light as possible, keep only the most important items (like an emergency kit, jumper cables, a small toolset, and a small jack) in the vehicle.

 

  • Slow down
    Speeding wastes lots of fuel. By driving 90km/h instead of 100km/h you can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 10-15 per cent. Also, aim for a constant speed. Pumping the accelerator sends more fuel into the engine, emptying the tank faster.

 

  • Reduce aerodynamic drag
    Your vehicle is designed for good aerodynamics – but attaching a carrier or bike to the roof adds more wind resistance. If you spend lots of time on the highway or are planning a long trip, try to transport extra items inside the vehicle or attached to the rear. Keeping your windows and sunroof closed can lower wind resistance too. You will have less drag, and better fuel economy.

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