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Ford is developing a new engine for their big pick up trucks that sounds like one of the largest leaps in engine technology I've heard of in a long
Here is an article from www.autoblog.com:
UPDATE: More news on Ford's forthcoming ethanol injected, turbocharged "Bobcat" V8
by Sam Abuelsamid on Jun 9th 2009 at 7:28PM
Pickuptrucks.com has been doing some digging in the U.S. Department of Energy's document treasure trove and uncovered some information on Ford's new
Bobcat (no, not the Mercury). It turns out "Bobcat" is the code name for a new boosted and ethanol-powered engine being developed in Dearborn.
The Bobcat engine is a new 5.0-liter V8 with gasoline port injection and turbocharging. A second set of direct injectors is used to feed a small
amount of ethanol directly to the cylinders. The ethanol is used primarily for charge cooling, allowing the engine to run at higher boost and
compression levels. It also allows the engine to run much leaner. Normally, running lean causes higher combustion temperatures, thus increasing
production of NOx. However, the ethanol helps to alleviate the NOx by reducing combustion temperatures, and according to the data, Ford has been able
to increase the brake mean effective pressure (BMEP) of a prototype E85 DI V6 engine from the standard 17 BAR to about 27 BAR.
BMEP is a measure of specific output of an engine independent of displacement. That BMEP of 27 BAR in a 3.5-liter V6 translates to a torque output of
553 lb-ft. Compare this to 350 lb-ft from a standard 3.5-liter Ecoboost and you know good things are on the way. Specifically, the 5.0-liter Bobcat
can produce over 500 hp and 750 lb-ft of torque. That's the kind of torque number typically associated with big diesel engines and handily beats the
650 lb-ft of the 6.4-liter diesel currently offered in the Super Duty pickups.
The beauty of this particular ethanol boosting is that it can potentially offer better-than-diesel performance and efficiency without the expensive
particulate filter and urea injection systems. If the concept can be scaled down effectively to smaller displacement engines, it could be the next
step beyond the Ecoboost engines coming over the next couple of years.
This sounds like the kind of research and development that GM can only dream of. Ford is going to be the only American car company that matters in the
future (my lame ass prediction anyway)
Ford is also ready to release their "EcoBoost" engine that is a twin turbo, direct fuel injection V-6 with V8 HP and V6 fuel burn
I wish my lawn was Emo, and cut itself