Two BorgWarner turbochargers boost the fuel-efficient Ford 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost direct injection engine, which powers the 2012 Ford F-150 pickup. Delivering best-in-class torque, towing capability and payload, the EcoBoost-powered F-150 has enjoyed strong sales since its North American launch in February. EcoBoost has been so successful with F-150 customers looking for maximum capability and fuel efficiency that Ford is on track to sell at least 100,000 units by the end of 2011 and EcoBoost is 42 percent of the F-150’s engine mix.
BorgWarner’s turbocharging technology helps the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine increase fuel economy up to 20 percent compared with its predecessor, achieving an EPA rating of 22 mpg on the highway. BorgWarner’s turbochargers are also in high demand for Ford’s 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engines, the latter launching in the U.S. in the 2012 Explorer and 2012 Edge models, and in China with production of the Ford Mondeo in Changan in 2011. Ford’s global family of EcoBoost engines now includes 1.0-liter, 1.6-liter, 2.0-liter and two versions of a 3.5-liter engine (for cars and crossovers, and the F-150).
"The steady increase in Ford EcoBoost engine sales demonstrates that BorgWarner’s turbocharging technologies meet the market’s demand for improved fuel economy and outstanding performance, from small cars to light-duty vehicles," said Frederic Lissalde, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Turbo Systems Passenger Car Products. "We are pleased to further expand our partnership with Ford, allowing customers worldwide to benefit from more power at the pedal, more miles to the gallon and lower emissions."
During the development process for the F-150, a rigid testing protocol for the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine was conducted, replicating more than 1.6 million miles under the harshest conditions. BorgWarner’s turbocharging technologies proved their reliability even under the highest external stresses during these tests. BorgWarner’s state-of-the-art technology enables the 3.5-liter engine to deliver an impressive power output of 365 HP at 5,000 rpm. The maximum torque of 570 Nm is available over a wide dynamic range, starting at 2,500 rpm. With up to 90 percent of the peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm, the V6 EcoBoost engine delivers superior performance compared with naturally aspirated V8 engines, which typically reach peak torque at higher engine speeds and hold it for a much smaller range.