These days, every automobile manufacturer is under the gun to do more with less, maintain a viable cost structure, fend off the competition, and well, stay solvent in rough economic times. Ford, under the of leadership savvy business people like Alan Mulally, has been making progressive moves before the economy started to slide. Once upon a time, we heard rumors about the EcoBoost power plant potentially making it into the 2010 Ford Mustang or perhaps even in 2011. Some speculated the twin-turbo six cylinder EcoBoost was a total rumor. Well, as you know, the latter group is dead wrong. Ford’s R&D technology has come full-circle with the engineering wrapped up inside the “EcoBoost Revolution”. Sounds interesting, right? Ford has the EcoBoost as a card to play in today’s high stakes game of automotive poker. Is it a card worth playing or folding? Keep reading, and find out for yourself.
One Small Step for Engineers, One Giant Leap for Ford’s Global Strategy
The challenge to improve fuel economy while reducing emissions affected all levels of Ford engineering working on the 2010 vehicle lineup.
To address these issues, Ford is introducing powertrain advancements that range from an entirely new line of powerful, efficient EcoBoostTM engines to minute transmission tweaks that reduce friction.
The EcoBoost Revolution
EcoBoost technology combines turbocharging and direct gasoline injection, and it is a key part of Ford’s overall strategy to improve fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions company wide.
Ford recently began production of its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, the first gasoline direct-injection twin-turbocharged engine produced in North America.
Besides the EcoBoost engine, many incremental improvements have been achieved on many 2010 Ford vehicles.
Some other innovations include:
- Advanced Deceleration Fuel Shut-Off saves gas during normal slowdowns by temporarily interrupting fuel flow while maintaining optimal engine performance. When the driver releases the accelerator pedal to slow down, the system temporarily turns off the fuel
- Electronic Throttle Control optimizes engine performance and fuel efficiency by eliminating a mechanical connection from the accelerator pedal to the throttle
- Intake Variable Cam Timing (iVCT) varies spark and cam timing according to the engine load to optimize efficiency and emissions. This year the Ford 3.0-liter Duratec® V-6 engine also debuts the industry’s first application of cam torque actuated (CTA) variable cam timing (VCT) technology, allowing for a smaller-displacement oil pump, improved fuel economy and increased performance
- Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) reduces the load on the engine since a belt-driven power steering pump is no longer required; reduced engine load leads to lower fuel consumption
- Flex Fuel capability allows engines to run on gasoline, E85 ethanol or any combination of the two. It is found on more Ford vehicles than ever before, giving drivers more options at the pump
Additionally, significant gains in transmission operating efficiency are delivering tangible mileage improvements including:
- Reduced fluid level for lighter weight and faster warm-up
- Higher transmission operating temperatures result in reduced fluid viscosity; the fluid then requires less energy to move throughout the transmission
- Mechanical and electronic calibration improvements adjust shift points and lockup characteristics
Another benefit of Ford’s drive toward better fuel efficiency is reduced exhaust emissions. Simply put, there’s less exhaust when less fuel is burned.
With these innovative advancements to the powertrain, Ford continues to stand apart from its competition in the ever-changing landscape of the auto industry.
Source: Ford Motor CompanyCategories: General, Ford