Alright, here’s the skinny. The automotive world has always been about bigger, better, faster, and more powerful. “The new model must be more powerful,” we tend to say. And we’re right. Technology and science are moving so quickly, we’re somewhat justified in demanding bigger and better with each new model. But then in steps another one of our crazy car demands: fuel economy. Not only does it need to faster and better, it now must use fuel more efficiently.
Sounds like we’re being kind of ridiculous. But ridiculous or not, Ford has come through.
With the 2013 model, Ford stepped back down from the V8 to a turbocharged V6. I know what you’re thinking: “A smaller engine means it’s actually getting (heaven help us) less powerful.” Not so.
See, Ford calls this new engine the Ecoboost, and it actually provides more power than previous V8 models. It does so by adding a complicatedly simple adjustment to the engine (brace yourself for automotive jargon). The fuel is compressed and injected directly into the pistons, a system known as direct injection, instead of the traditional method where fuel and air are mixed in the inlet port. This compressed fuel and direct injection allow for a much more powerful combustion, which means much more power for your truck. So basically, you get more power from a smaller engine and less fuel. Awesome.
But that’s not all. The engine is also supercharged, which means it uses engine exhaust to power a turbine that compresses incoming air, and compressed air means, get this, more power! And while turbochargers do have their drawbacks, these drawbacks are negated by the direct injection discussed previously. Boom.
And so, through the miracle of modern science, our psychotic demands are entirely met. We get more power, use less gas, go faster, and look better. Thanks, Ford.
For an awesome explanation, see this infographic.