Formula Ford Race Car Production Under Consideration

Earlier this month, Ford unleashed its EcoBoost-powered race car on the Nürburgring, setting the 11th fastest lap time ever recorded at the famous race track.

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Ford 1.0L EcoBoost Race Car Sets Nrburgring Record

Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has already been recognized as the 2012  International Engine of the Year, and now, adding to its list of accolades, a street legal Ford race car powered by the three-cylinder EcoBoost has just set the 11th fastest lap time on the Nürburgring.

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Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Lincoln MKT

This week’s subject for AutoGuide’s Five-Point Inspection is the Lincoln MKT. It comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6, but our tester came equipped with Ford’s EcoBoost twin-turbo V6, which is EPA rated at 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The base price is $45,285, while a fully loaded version can reach up to $50,780.

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Ford Escape Fire Risk Traced to Supplier

Ford is blaming one of its suppliers for flawed fuel lines that meant 11,500 of its 2013 Escape crossovers needed to be recalled.

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2013 Ford Escape Recalled for Potential Engine Fires

Days after the announcement of a recall for incorrect carpet padding that could stick the brake pedal in place, Ford is issuing a voluntary recall for approximately 11,500 2013 Escapes to fix a leaking fuel line. 

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Will a New Era of Turbocharging Bring Back Old Problems?

In an effort to squeeze as much power from every car, while making them more fuel-friendly, automakers are increasingly switching their engines to use a technology that’s not exactly new and which isn’t typically associated with fuel economy – turbocharging.

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Ford Takes Top Honor at 'International Engine of the Year' Awards

Ford‘s 999cc three-cylinder turbo engine (pictured above) has taken the top spot at this years International Engine of the Year Awards. 

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Ford Australia Sells EcoBoost With Frogs in Quirky New Ad – Video

It’s been a long time since Budweiser first debuted its infamous commercial starring our favorite amphibians. But this time around, Ford of Australia has turned to the assistance of toads to show off its EcoBoost engines.

If this is already sounding strange, it gets stranger. In fact, the majority of the ad is just a toad discussion about secretions and the like. Somehow it manages to segue into the toads talking about a vehicle that’s coming down the road. But these aren’t ordinary toads; in the lovable Australian accent, one of them believes they should get off the road at which time the other responds with, “It’s only a four cylinder…four cylinder, not powerful!”

And with that, those become famous last words for one of the toads. Ford’s point? Its EcoBoost engines offer six-cylinder performance from a four-cylinder engine.

Check out the ad below.

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2013 Ford Escape Gets Best in Class Towing in Obscure Segment

Ford has just announced the 2013 Escape will get an official tow rating of 3,500 lbs., which makes it best-in-class out of all small turbocharged SUVs – an rather obscure statistic.

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Ford 1.0L EcoBoost 3-Cylinder to Make 177-HP

It almost sounds strange to hear Ford is working on a 1.0L, three-cylinder engine – especially one that could potentially make 177-hp. Gone are the days of having to rely on large V8 engines for performance, as technology pushes the envelope on smaller and more efficient powerplants with turbochargers.

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Ford Explorer Ecoboost Rated 20/28-MPG, Crowned Most Fuel-Efficient SUV

At 20/28 MPG city and highway, Ford‘s Ecoboosted Explorer is the most efficient seven-passenger SUV on the market.

With 28 MPG on the highway that’s 3 more than a Highlander, 4 more than a Traverse, and 5 more than both the Highlander and Grand Cherokee. Not bad for a four-cylinder. Four pistons in an SUV, of course, still get the stigma of slowness, but the Explorer delivers 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the miracle of turbocharging, this is more torque than the 250 lb-ft found in the 3.5-liter V6.

And all on regular gas, too!

There are some drawbacks, however. Ford is saving the 2.0-liter Ecoboost for just the front-wheel-drive model. With that combination, towing capacity drops from 1979 Continental to Miata levels, or 5,000 to 2,000 lbs. And above all, the Boosted Explorer will feature a price premium of $995 over the V6, in a reversal of cylinder count posturing.

Will consumers accept the higher price and lower towing for better mileage? Either way, it’s nice to have the option.

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2011 Ford Explorer Review or hit the jump to watch our video review:

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2011 Ford F-150 Gets Ecoboost V6 And New Engine Lineup, 6-Speed Automatic

Ford‘s F-150 pickup will officially get the long awaited 3.5L Ecoboost V6, as well as two new V8s and a 3.7L V6.  The 3.7L V6 and 5.0L V8 are similar to the units used in the Ford Mustang but have been revised to better suit the needs of a pickup truck, with re-enforced internals and E85 capability.  The 6.2L V8 from the Ford SVT Raptor pickup will also be standard on 2011 Super Duty trucks.

Ford’s Ecoboost will be available across the range and match the 6.2L’s tow rating of 11, 300 pounds while getting 20% better mileage than the outgoing 5.4L engine. All four engines will be backed by a new 6-speed automatic with a manual override function as well.

Hit the jump to read the official press release

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