Ford recently received the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for the EcoBoost engine.
The twin-turbo, direct-injection gasoline engine has contributed 125 new patents and patent applications. The engine marks a major milestone in the Ford strategy to deliver technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement powertrains by using turbocharging and direct gasoline injection to boost engine output and reduce emissions.
“The secret to Ford’s EcoBoost system isn’t just the hardware – the key is in the Ford control system,” said Brent Hinds, Ford Advanced Engine Design and Development manager. “Our engineers have the right ‘recipes’ to integrate the various systems like engine, transmission and fuel management, resulting in a seamless, exhilarating driving experience.”
A remarkable level of precision is required to achieve the level of power and efficiency achieved in the EcoBoost engine. One example is the amount of control engineers maintain over the fuel injection system:
-The power management strategy uses 10,066 adjustable parameters.
-At idle, each injector releases 10.4 milligrams of fuel per injection (That’s 1/25,00 the volume of a can of soda, or 0.2 drop of fuel.)
-Fuel injection pressure is continuously controlled to be between 220 psi and 2150 psi
-Injection timing is adjusted up to 300 times a second
Ford is the only automaker this year to receive the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award.
“From flying cars to robots to wind turbines for homes, the innovations honored by the 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards not only capture the imagination, they hold the potential to improve and even save lives,” said James B. Meigs, editor-in-chief, Popular Mechanics. “We are pleased to honor this year’s diverse list of visionaries, Dean Kamen among them, and applaud their efforts to address such concerns as climate change, pollution, energy shortages and medical care in the developing world.”
By 2013, more than 90 percent of Ford’s North American lineup will be available with EcoBoost technology.
For more information on new Ford technology, visit your local Beach Ford dealership in Virginia Beach or Suffolk.
Source: The Ford Story