2011 Ford F150 EcoBoost Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

Discussion in 'Ford' started by xcel, May 2, 2011.

  1. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Just one shot of hundreds of the truck on the Atlantic coast in Tybee Island, Georgia.

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    Wayne
     
  2. xcel

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

    Hi All:

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    Andrew behind the wheel of the F-150 w/ EcoBoost just minutes ago as we completed the steady state speed study’s.​

    Wayne
     
  3. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    The 11 Fiesta -- Tybee Island on the Atlantic after the sun set.

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    Eureka! and the Fiesta – Lightweight and a smaller footprint for a better world.​

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: May 7, 2011
  4. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    We're an astute group of hypermilers. 96 escort wagon edged me out by .01 mpg, and we had 5 guesses out of 21 that were within .3 of the F150's cross-country accomplishment!
     
  5. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    A very interesting finding during the drive from Savannah to Atlanta in the 11 Ford F-150 w/ EcoBoost using the latest ScanGauge readouts. Watching HPR (instantaneous HP) even while climbing an ~ 3% grade, we were using < 65 HP while still loaded out at ~ 6,900 pounds.

    Wayne
     
  6. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Video of the 2011 Ford F-150 w/ EcoBoost HP study in real time.



    Wayne
     
  7. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    Looking at the steady state numbers it's looking at 29 ish mpg's at 55 mph and maybe very close to 30.0 mpg's with an empty truck with just the driver.

    Ford has really raised the mileage bar with the F-150 running numbers like this.
     
  8. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Everyone here had some great guesses! They were MUCH better than the Eureka! site. Several in the teens??? You have to be kidding.
     
  9. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    We have another challenge in the making, only this time the truck weighs out at about 6,000 pounds, but it’s towing approximately 3,100 pounds of Fiesta and tow dolly. We are hoping to bust the EPA in the chops. With that the 2011 Ford F-150 with Ecoboost is rated at 22 mpg highway. After leaving Atlanta 35 miles later, we are sitting at 25 mpg, while DWL between 50 and 55 MPH. Whether this can be held only time will tell. But it sure is easy to tow.

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    2011 Ford F-150 with Ecoboost with the Fiesta in tow for real.​

    Wayne
     
  10. Damionk

    Damionk DWL Lover

    Skimming the Eureka! Facebook site of about a dozen guesses I think only one or two were over 30.
     
  11. vangonebuy

    vangonebuy Well-Known Member

    Congrats to all.
    It always seems like fun.

    Questions:
    Cross country, What was the average speed driven on the F150?

    The horsepower video is very interesting. Got any more?
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    Kartess live
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2011
  12. 96EscortWagon

    96EscortWagon New Member

    You mean I won?!

    Woot!!

    Regarding the mysterious 26 gallon tank that holds 36 gallons. Not sure if it's been said or not, but the 36 gallon tank is an available option. However, it was my understanding the 36 gallon was only available with the 6.5' bed/supercrew.

    Don't quote me on that, I'll have to pull out my literature to confirm.

    I have to concur with your thoughts on the 3.5 ecoboost. It is awesome motor and pulls my 7000# travel trailer with ease, even through the smokey mountains here in east Tn. The selectshift 6spd automatic is a great compliment to the ecoboost with it's close ratios and double overdrive gears in fifth and sixth.

    I went for the 3:55 limited slip for more pep and towing ability (I roll in my 96 geo metro with a lifetime 51.4mpg average for my daily driver).

    With slightly over 1100 miles, I'm running around 21.5 mpg combined with my 4x4 combo. I figure I can hit 25-26mpg once it's broken in and I learn to drive it. However, I do enjoy hearing the turbos whistle on occasion. :)

    Curious to hear what the return mileage is towing the festiva. I can say my first towing with my travel trailer netted a whooping 10.5 mpg. Of course I was in the smoky mountains headed to pigeon forge, quite an uphill adventure.

    Anyhow, I digress, carry on!
     
  13. SD3_Driver

    SD3_Driver Well-Known Member

    Well, a bit off with my 36mpgs :(
     
  14. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    This is what we are doing today :)

    2011 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost – Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

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    She tows well…

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    24.6 mpg over 332 miles.​

    While the mileage is pretty darn impressive, it’s the ability to tow and not feel the 3,000 + pounds back there that impresses. And now that it is just Bob and I driving up to Williamsburg, VA., the room of the F-150 SuperCrew is back to gigantic proportions. I think the back seat is in another zip code in fact ;)

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2011
  15. xcel

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

    Hi Darrell:

    Good point about the guesses coming in as close as they did. I too was surprised how close everyone was… I think we have some pics of flags we passed while climbing the Sierra Nevada’s and you would not believe it. They were standing straight out and snapping. And it was right down the middle of the hood for those very challenging miles too! "If only...", I can almost bet the F-150 would have pulled a very comfortable 33.5 to 34 mpg run across the continent.

    ALS, when you mentioned raising the bar, the Ford truck guys sure did. There are a lot of car companies that could use the Ford truck engineers expertise as the F-150 w/ the 3.5L EcoBoost and the 11 F-250 Super Duty w/ the 6.7L Power Stroke certainly do lead their respective segments in FE while providing class leading towing power and out of the hole performance as well. Think about this. The F-150 w/ EcoBoost is an 8-second truck that allowed more fuel economy at maximum payload (even slightly over depending on who was in the truck at the time) than the combined ratings of all 11 Yaris’, all 11 Corolla’s, all 11 Cruze’s (Cruze Eco w/ a stick not withstanding), 11 Aveo’s, 11 Fit’s, 11 Civic’s, all the 11 Mini’s and 11 Versa’s let alone everything bigger in the respective companies lineups! Even Ford’s own car guys could use the truck guy’s expertise! I am simply amazed.

    Vangoneby, comfortably between the PSL other than when climbing the Sierra Nevada’s into that wildly strong headwind. At that point, I instructed everyone to go right to the bottom including myself. I was holding my breathe with each step into the accelerator pedal to maintain speed during those long hours of Day one.

    96 Escort Wagon, I guess you did ;) Send me a PM of your address and I will have the SG-e we used for the trip sent to your door as soon as I get back. Trust me, you are going to like it :)

    In addition, this is the 26-gallon spec tank as you have to go to the 4x4 for the 36 gallon unit. If you fill slowly enough however, 36 + is in your account and darn this thing has some range at 30 + and 36 gallons to consume. Tank 2 was out over 1,200 miles and we did not run it dry either! Imagine what it is worth when unloaded?

    And towing the Fiesta… Yet another feather in the cap of the Fiesta. We are DWL between 48 and 55 mph per the U-Haul Tow Dolly’s 55 mph max speed limitations and we are still over 24 mpg! The pic I posted bit ago is right around a 50 mph avg. with rest stops and breaks for dinner/breakfast.


    2011 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost – Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

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    Entering Virginia w/ the Fiesta in tow and still > 24 mpg!​

    Wayne
     
  16. EVuser

    EVuser Well-Known Member

    Great drive, Thanks for bringing us along.
    :flag:

    BTW I hope you don't mess up the front of the Fiesta, with some vehicles those tow dollies are famous for rock chips should you encounter some lose surface material. :( But hypermiling speed likely minimizes the potential. :)
     
  17. xcel

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

    Hi EVuser:

    Thanks for following this challenge adventure :)

    2011 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost – Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

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    Care for a little traffic while on a Fuel Economy Adventure ;)

    Mike Sefton was behind the wheel of the 11 F-150 when we had to literally traverse downtown Savannah through a gauntlet of lights and light to light heavy traffic at rush hour. He topped out at 35.9 mpg and only lost 1-mpg after ~ 10-miles of this non-sense.

    Wayne
     
  18. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Another of those really excellent bridge shots at the Chewalla Lake Camp area in the Holly Springs National Forest in MS.

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    Wayne
     
  19. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    2011 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost – Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

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    The 2011 Ford F-150 SuperCrew on the Atlantic in Tybee Island, GA.​

    Wayne
     
  20. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    2011 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost – Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

    Determination = Success!!!

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    The Atlantic Ocean - Mike Sefton swimming and Wayne revealing his triumphant relief that we did it!​

    Wayne
     

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