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Ford: Next-gen EcoBoost offerings to share technology with diesel engines

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Ford: Next-gen EcoBoost offerings to share technology with diesel engines

04/14/2010, 5:15 AMBY MARK KLEIS

Ford recently announced three new applications of EcoBoost engines for 2010, and now the automaker has announced upcoming improvements to its EcoBoost technology. Ford says the next generation EcoBoost offerings will share even more technology with modern diesel engines, going beyond sharing turbocharging and direct injection.

Today, Ford’s director of powertrain research and advanced engineering, Bob Fascetti, is expected to make announcements at the 2010 SAE World Congress regarding the future of its powertrain technologies, particularly with EcoBoost.

“The first generation of EcoBoost applied some of the key technologies found in powerful diesel engines – such as direct injection and turbocharging – and optimized them for the gasoline engine,” said Fascetti. “The next generation of EcoBoost engines will continue that path to deliver more power and even better fuel economy with lower emissions, which are key customer benefits of EcoBoost technology.”

Ford says that it plans on achieving those improvements with technologies typically associated with diesels, such as cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and more advanced turbocharging methods. Ford explains that the use of cooled EGR can be applied to existing EcoBoost engines for fuel economy improvements of as much as 5 percent. Ford says the gains come as a result of a lower combustion temperature and reduced engine knock.

Ford also pointed out the need for special materials and high pressure fuel injection systems for both diesels and EcoBoost applications, explaining that the similarities, among many others, allows Ford to continue to develop shared technologies.

“We’re introducing about 30 powertrains over the next couple of years to power everything from small cars to large pickup trucks,” said Fascetti. “Our experience with a wide range of engines allows us to take the best solutions and apply them to many platforms to benefit the customer.”



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