2011 Ford F150 EcoBoost Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] A lead up to a true adventure :)

    [​IMG]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 30, 2011

    2011 Ford F150 SuperCrew w/ EcoBoost at the St. Louis Arch – “Gateway to the West”.

    The “Adventure Challenge” has been a work in progress for more than 6 months. But the idea itself has been germinating for several years. The seed was planted during a road trip to the CleanMPG Fuel Economy World Championship in 2008, but it grew into a more definitive concept last year during the Yamaha WR250X ride and more recently during the 2011 F-250 Super Duty press launch.

    The goal: To find a 6-, 7- or 8-passenger vehicle that could transport 5 to 7 people (and all of their gear) on a countrywide road trip and prove that a large vehicle can be “the right tool for the right job.” The kicker: It also (obviously) needed to be fuel efficient.

    Incorporating guest journalists and CleanMPG members that span the North American continent, we began planning a challenge that would include 400 + mile a day schedule, a wireless hot spot and enough room for 5 adults to be comfortable sitting next to each other without showers for 9 days. (jk ;))

    This ruled out every SUV and minivan simply because there was not enough room to carry both the people and the gear. Combine that with the fact that most of the drivers would be high-fuel-economy enthusiasts, and the vehicle also needed to be uniquely fuel-efficient throughout the fully laden trek.

    So what vehicle met the basic requirements? A full-sized 6-passenger pickup truck, of course :)

    Ford’s F150 equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost

    One of the selling points of the 3.5L EcoBoost truck engine for the mass public is that it produces best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque, enabling a best-in-class maximum towing of 11,300 pounds and maximum payload of 3,060 pounds. The selling point for CleanMPG: It also delivers an unsurpassed 22 mpg fuel economy rating on the highway.

    For more on the EcoBoost engine from the durability perspective, consider reading Another day in the life of the 3.5L EcoBoost engine # 448AA

    Mike Rowe:
    Sounds like it’s time to set some goals and start lining up the vehicle, the route, and the drivers…

    2011 F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost Event Drive Goal(s)

    To cross the continent from the Pacific to the Atlantic with 5 in the truck and almost 1,000 pounds of gear at 30 + mpg on each tank (or 150 mpg per person equivalent) takes a special vehicle indeed.

    A secondary goal includes “over the shoulder while behind the wheel” hypermiling training in real time so that three guest journalists can perform to the level necessary to meet the primary goal.

    2011 F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost Event Drive Details



    Total distance – 2456 miles – not counting alimentary breaks.

    The Participants

    Guest Journalists

    Jill Ciminillo from Chicago, IL - Jill is a reluctant car girl who loves to drive fast, write well and write well fast about driving for her automotive blog, “Drive, She Said” on ChicagoNow, a Tribune publication. She is an avid runner and marathoner and loves testing Chicago’s cuisine, one neighborhood at a time.

    Additionally, Jill is known for her own kind of fuel economy in everything “she” drives including a stint in a competitors SUV hybrid where she averaged only 15.6 mpg!

    David Hall from Naperville, IL - Dave is an Associate Editor at Consumer Guide Automotive and a self proclaimed lifetime car nut. He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys both camping and exploring Chicago with friends.

    Dave came to our attention when in yet another competitor’s pickup truck; he received just 8.57 mpg over 3-days last winter.

    Sebastian Blanco from Lansing, MI - Sebastian has been Editor in Chief for Autoblog Green since its inception in early 2006. He has 15 years of experience as an auto journalist discussing all aspects of clean automotive technology.

    Manufacturers and Reps

    We cannot begin to imagine performing an event of this magnitude without the support of some very special people including Ford’s Anne Marie Gattari, Global Quality and Design Manager and who just retired, Said Deep Ford North America and Global Product Communications Manager, Matt Leaver, U.S. Media Fleet Rep, Kristin Jankowski, Marketing Communications Manager at Johnson Outdoors and parent to Eureka! Tents and Joey Snyder, ScanGauge National PR Manager.

    From the manufacturer side, Ford for supplying the 2011 F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost (Ford Trucks – Fuel Economy Leadership from Engines to Alignment) and the 2011 Ford Fiesta SES Chase vehicle.

    Others include the following:
    Eureka Draw - Enter To Win!

    To celebrate, Eureka! is giving away 5 gear prize packages in a random drawing to be held after noon EDST on Friday, May 6, 2011, so you have a chance to win the same Eureka! camping gear that CleanMPG is using on this drive! Simply complete the entry form below to be entered to win. One entry per person, please!

    Your entry constitutes that you have read and agree with the Official Rules. Shipping Addresses in the USA only, please! One entry per person.

    CleanMPG Contest – Guess our MPG and Win!

    Guess the final fuel economy for the F-150 to the nearest hundredth mpg (for example, 29.37mpg). The closest guess wins a new ScanGauge e. Reply to this thread with your guess to enter.
  2. Airbalancer

    Airbalancer Well-Known Member

    They should get some like me to drive the truck
    I need one for work
    Does not the eco boost need 91 gas.
    At over 15 cents a litre for 91 ( about $1.50 litre) and $1000 more to buy, is it worth it?
  3. RichXKU

    RichXKU Well-Known Member


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  4. RichXKU

    RichXKU Well-Known Member

    No it does not. 16/22 for the 2WD on regular.
  5. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    As mentioned, the EcoBoost only needs regular. It does cost more than the 5.0, but the EcoBoost is probably the best engine for towing available in any half ton. Anybody doing much work with their truck should definitely go for it. The amazing fuel economy is simply gravy.
  6. npauli

    npauli Well-Known Member

    what's the truck specs:
    tires? axle ratio? 2wd/4wd?
  7. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    2011 F-150 Supercrew 4X2 XLT w/ Chrome package
    EcoBoost 3.5L V6 with 6 speed selectshift automatic
    3.15 Ratio Limited Slip
    7100# GVWR 145" WB
    P265/60R18 Michelin on chrome alloys
    Last edited: May 3, 2011
  8. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    npauli: You won't believe the power AND efficiency of this truck. The 420 ft.lb. of torque is available over over a broad range of RPM. Driving With Load is assisted by the torque.
  9. Damionk

    Damionk DWL Lover

    . 32.54
  10. nighthawk

    nighthawk Well-Known Member

    thirty one point zero nine mpg
  11. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    2011 Ford EcoBoost Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

    Team crossing into AZ in the 2011 F-150 w/ EcoBoost.

    Leaving Flagstaff, AZ with Fiesta right behind.​

    What we will not do for a pic ;)

    Eureka! Gear front and center!

    Bob on Ladder

    The Result :)

    Last edited: May 3, 2011
  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    A little Frost anyone :eek:

  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Camp Eureka!

    Camp Eureka! in Williams, AZ.​

    It was in the mid 20's that night and the Eureka! Gear was simply fricken fantastic!

  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Entering New Mexico just before dark.

    A 10-minute unplanned stop when taking Jill to the airport.​

    Johnnie Law in the Land of Disenchantment (New Mexico) when taking Jill back to Amarillo in the Fiesta :)

    He just wanted to have a look at the DL I guess??? He would not allow Jill and I to take a snap of him and his car so I took one through the rear view mirror… And the 11 Fiesta finished up the 4,600 ASL to 7,300 ASL back down to 5,200 at ABQ, drop off Jill, pick up Dave, turn around, climb to 7,300’ and down to 4,600’ to catch up with the guys in Santa Rosa, NM at 72.5 mpgUS!

    Last edited: May 3, 2011
  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    New Mexico Overpasses are so cool!


  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Route 66 was calling our name

    Only Ford’s on Route 66… Ok :D

    An 11 Fiesta, 65 T-Bird and an 11 Ford F-150 w/ EcoBoost.

    The Fiesta ready to roll :)

    And the 2011 Ford F150 w/ EcoBoost.​

  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The team having lunch…

    Bob Winger, Mike Sefton, Dave Hall, Wayne Gerdes, Andrew McGuckin, Chris Bernius and Mike Sirach.​

    Mike Sirach spent all morning running around Santa Rosa, NM looking for a place to eat and guess what? The place offered good food, decent prices and an ambiance that could not be beat.

    Bob Winger:
    Chris Bernius:
    Wayne Gerdes:
    Mike Sirach:
  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    A little ode to Jill Ciminillo…

    While on our way out of LA, we heard a ballad from the likes of Chicago Now’s very own Jill Ciminillo. And it was not just once but aired frequently like so many top 40 hits. We really liked it as it was all about her :) It is still echoing in our consciousness across the endless Plaines and it will not go away ;)

    The La Quinta Inn Ballad is at the end…


    Hi Jill from Santa Rosa, NM :)

    The Ford’s at a La Quinta in Santa Rosa, NM.​

    Last edited: May 5, 2011
  19. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Taken just minutes ago…

    A weekday with Bernie…

    Right to Left – Chris (at work), Mike (at work) and Bernie… (Doing what he does best ;))​

  20. uabcar

    uabcar Well-Known Member

    I take it there we no larger laptop computers avail for the trip :)

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