PRI 2013: Ford Shows Off Its Ecoboost Crate Engine

Jo Borras
by Jo Borras
pri 2013 ford shows off its ecoboost crate engine

Ford Racing quietly began offering its advanced, 2.0 liter Ecoboost turbocharged 4 cylinder crate engine earlier this year, without much fanfare. All that changed at the 2013 PRI Show in Indianapolis, however, with Ford’s Ecoboost powered 2015 Mustang twirling away on a giant lazy Susan directly under the giant “Ford Racing” banner mere steps away from the small crate engine, displayed proudly with its (relatively hefty) $8,000 price tag.

This was the first PRI outing (that I’m aware of) for Ford’s turbo 4, and the buzz around it was genuinely positive, with plenty of guys who cut their teeth on DSMs and 2.2 L turbo Chryslers in the- ahem!- 1990s suddenly interested in Ford’s muscular pony. Maybe for the first time, even- all of which bodes well for Ford, who needs to keep the Mustang brand relevant to the Gen-X and Millenial generations of enthusiasts if it hopes to enjoy another few decades of success.

As for specs, Ford’s littlest Ecoboost (crate engine) packs a 252 HP punch served up with 270 LB-FT of torque at just 3000 rpm- not bad for a company that couldn’t get that out of a production 5.0 liter V8 just 20 short years ago. You can check out a few more pictures of Ford’s racy 4-banger, below, and check out Ford Racing’s official 2.0 L Ecoboost page here.

Originally published on Gas 2.

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  • Ojala Ojala on Dec 18, 2013

    Motec appears to offer the only ECU(though I would love to be proven wrong) capable of running either the Ford or Hyundai motors. That adds thousands to the cost of swapping this engine into a car. Until there is a reasonably priced consumer grade engine management option I see these engines as OEM replacements and not "crate motors."

  • Drtwofish Drtwofish on Dec 18, 2013

    What's that you say? Would I like to use this for a Miata swap? Why yes...yes I would.

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    • 360joules 360joules on Dec 18, 2013

      @PrincipalDan I knew a guy who sold MRI machines to hospitals and he put an SBC with the usual suspect GM tranny in his MGB. Shifter from a Fiero. Speed limited to 120 due to lack of downforce. Stealth wheel package with sticky tires made it a naughty vice at stoplights. The crate engine & tranny were predictable expenses but it cost 4000 to weld an internal rollcage and revised mounts in a corrosion free MGB.

  • Tassos And all 3 were ordered by Fisker's mother. Seriously, given Fisker's terrible record of Failure in the past, only an utter loser, (for example, VGhost or Art Vandelay?), looking for a BEV terrible enough to be a proper replacement of his 11 mile range Fiat 500E, would order one of these. (apart from Fisker's mother)
  • Tassos And all 3 of them were ordered by Fisker's mother.Seriously, after Fisker's DISMAL record of UTTER FAILURE in the past, only a GOD DAMNED MORON would order this one.
  • RHD Any truth to the unconfirmed rumor that the new, larger model will be called the bZ6X? We could surmise that with a generous back seat it certainly should be!
  • Damon Thomas Adding to the POSITIVES... It's a pretty fun car to mod
  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.