Ford Announces New Crate Engines, 2.0L EcoBoost Coming Shortly

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

For decades, we’ve known Ford crate engines to be huge V8 powerplants packing plenty of cubic inches and power. But Ford has been quietly offering a 2.0L inline-four from its old Focus for midget racers but very few even paid attention to that option.

Now Ford has added their new-generation 2.0L Focus engine and looks to add an EcoBoost variant in the future. Ford announced a pair of new V8 crate motors for 2012, adding a 347 pushrod motor based on the historic Boss 302 block. With 363-cubic inches, it packs 500-hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The other new crate engine is a 427-cubic inch powerplant and is based on Ford’s Boss 351 engine block. With Ford Racing’s X-heads system, it makes 500-hp and 520 lb-ft of torque.

But the new addition of the 2.0L inline-four from the Focus is what’s making headlines, with its 160-hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. The naturally aspirated engine will be complemented by EcoBoost offerings which means turbocharged power for all. The 2.0L EcoBoost for example in the new Explorer makes 240-hp and 270 lb-ft of torque which suddenly becomes a very appealing engine for small race cars to mid-sized boats.

Unfortunately Ford hasn’t announced availability on the EcoBoost crate engines.

[Source: Automobile Mag]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Ed Ed on Oct 15, 2014

    Very exciting when it becomes affordable for the common working/family man, as a potential swap into RWD fox body if applicable? Ford used to believe as many other employers that in order to effectivly sell their vehicles their employees needed to able to afford them? New hires in most multinational and "American" companies like Ford now pay approximatly 1/2 of what they did 40 years ago, under the "new contract" "right to work" since Reagan and Deregulation. Can anyone afford a $3000 down payment including taxes, license and add ons, in addition to $200+ per month auto payment, insurance, fuel, maintenance, housing, childcare, food, etc, etc, etc,? You're one of the lucky ducky's for now? Enjoy it while you can as Capital wants it all and won't stop until they kill the golden goose,,, consumers.