2011 Ford F150 EcoBoost Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

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

  1. sculptair

    sculptair Member

    Thanks MaxxMPG for the excellent answer to the question about the average speed of the Ecoboost F150 as it ventured across country.

    At speeds of 55+ mph and up, air does get to be a real drag!

    Sculptair
     
  2. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Yes, air drag increases with the square of speed, so the blocky shape of any pickup is going to cause you pain at the pump if you like to keep the speedometer needle at or above the "12 o'clock" position.

    Other than the tonneau cover installed over the bed, the F-150 challenge truck is one that can be ordered from your Ford dealer and driven to well beyond 32mpg while offering head-of-the-pack cargo and towing capability. Modifying the truck beyond stock would make it interesting in an "ultimate FE" sense, but the result would be less repeatable and certainly less relevant considering few commercial pickup buyers mod their truck beyond painting their company logo on the door. As for the Urban Cowboys who mod their trucks with window tint, HID headlights, ridiculous chrome wheels and summer tires, etc etc etc - well... - they should be driving a Focus instead of an F-150.
     
  3. sculptair

    sculptair Member

    Ford has changed the lower air dam twice in the past two years on the 2009 -2011 F-150 to improve aerodynamics. There is a bulge to the sailplate plate on the cab, connected to the side view mirrors, to improve aerodynamics. The tailgate top has an extended flat surface and the truck bed is deeper to enhance the proverbial bubble that forms there to improve aerodynamics.

    Not to take anything from what you guys have accomplished, it is a remarkable achievement requiring alot of hard work. I am just saying that, unless we lower the speed limit on freeways back to 55 mph, like is was at one time here in the US, most of us are going to drive the speed limit, non-urban cowboys included.

    I do have aerodynamic modifications to my truck. I am presently testing a new one which is showing alot of promise. I'd love to make that same cross country trip you guys did in an Ecoboost F-150 with these, functional utilitarian aerodynamic devices mounted to the truck.

    Since I have been getting 25+ mpg highway ( my truck is rated at 20 mpg highway) with my 4.6 liter 3valve per cylinder V-8, 6 speed tranny, 3.31 ratio axel , I feel with the aero-add-ons the 6 cylinder Ecoboost F-150 could possibly see 27, 28, 29 mpg @ 70 mph, of course depending on atmospheric conditions and the grade of the road.

    Bottom line I am on your side. I love fuel efficiency too!

    Sculptair
     
  4. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    One item that was rather strange, Was the large gaping whole in the lower front where the license plate bracket would be in most states. It leaves the intercooler exposed to what may be thrown at it.
     
  5. vangonebuy

    vangonebuy Well-Known Member

    Thanks Sculptair for getting a better answer.
    Any vehicle has it's best MPG highway number.
    I figured with the turbo's aerodynamics, and the gearing. I thought it at 50 MPH.
    But xcel's earlier posting of best at 45 didn't surprise me too much.

    My family minivan performs best in Park. :(


    A Great trip to follow.
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    MagicNight live
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2011
  6. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    After the LA to Tybee Island drive goals at > 30 mpg and just two fill ups were met, I thought it would be another neat addition to tow the 11 Fiesta chase vehicle with the 2011 Ford F-150 w/ EcoBoost and see if we could not bust OPEC in the chops with an EPA busting drive up the Eastern Seaboard and then onto Dearborn itself…

    Here is that story in pictures.

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    At a Rest area in NC -- Which truck was receiving the best FE ;) There load out was much higher however!

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    Atlanta to Norfolk, VA – Just outside Langley AFB allowed 24.0 mpg.​

    Wayne
     
  7. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    After filling up, Bob and I drove around Langley AFB in Hampton, VA (he works there) so I was very fortunate to be able to not only meet his co-workers but drive around the base for some pics. While my picture taking capability definitely needs help, to see these beautiful planes representing America’s Air Power displayed with the American made 2011 Ford F-150 and Fiesta in tow was simply mind boggling! I am a closet jet fan and to see a B52, F86, F16 and F-15 mounted in an entry and central park location was a spectacular sight :)

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    An honest to goodness B52 w/ the F-150 and Fiesta in tow displayed as a showpiece.

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    2011 Ford F-150 with the American Flag and an “F-16” Fighting Falcon.

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    2011 Ford F-150 with the “F-86” Sabre and the F-15 “Eagle”.​

    I stayed until almost lunch time as there is sometimes an F-22 Raptor pilot or two that goes out for lunch to get their airtime in… And they are usually “hitting it” when doing so from what I was told ;) We drove out on the tarmac (as close as we could get anyway) and I could see two Raptor’s ready for flight but had to get moving as there was a long ways to go before reaching Dearborn and then onto Chicago… Maybe next time.

    Wayne
     
  8. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Another from the Langley AFB I thought was worth posting.

    2011 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

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    Wayne
     
  9. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    After leaving Langley AFB, I drove to the Ball Corporation in Williamsburg, VA to give an impromptu presentation on the 2011 Ford F-150 and its capabilities including the Adventure Challenge drive details to some of the employees there.

    What I found fascinating was that they make 8-million empty cans per day for the likes of Pepsi, Coco-Cola and Anheuser Busch. This plant and others just like it across the country supply an area of ~ 800-square miles so that we (the beverage consuming public) not only receive our drinks in a convenient and mostly recycled aluminum container but in cans that look “pretty” thanks to the extremely advanced printing systems Ball has in place. The next time you pick up a can of soda, look at the printing and more than likely that HQ print and can was provided by a Ball plant just like the one shown below.

    Thanks Marjorie!

    2011 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

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    Wayne
     
  10. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    After ~ 40-miles of Langley AFB and Williamsburg stop sign to stop sign and light to light driving, it was time to get out of Dodge. IIRC, she was hanging on at 21.x something after a far worse driving segment than the FTP-75 portrays and see if it would pick back up over the EPA highway. By the time I had reached Washington DC and 175 miles out following I-64, I-95 and the I-295 bypass, she was up to 23.1 mpg. She only lost .1 mpg while running through that nightmare over the next 1.5 hours and that included a climb a decent 800’ climb IIRC?

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    And then the real climb over the Appalachian’s occurred. Give me a few as I put the video(s) together.

    All while towing the Fiesta of course.

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2011
  11. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    It takes me a while to put these vid’s together, doesn’t it ;)

    2011 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

    [flash]http://www.youtube.com/v/OY_CT2JyrdY?version=3[/flash]
    Towing an 11 Fiesta up and over the Appalachian’s :)

    Wayne
     
  12. 50 mpg by 2012

    50 mpg by 2012 Well-Known Member

    What was the fuel consumption rate (mpg) while you were taking the HPR (instantaneous HP)?
     
  13. xcel

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

    Hi 50 mpg by 2012:

    While climbing the 4 to 5% grades, she was holding about 12 mpg with the Fiesta in tow... I mentioned it in the vid I thought but it was ok given we were still well over 9,000 pounds with the truck, the gear that was still onboard and of course the Fiesta and Tow Dolly.

    Wayne
     
  14. 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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    Saying goodbye to the 2011 Ford F-150 w/ EcoBoost at Motor City Solutions in Taylor, MI :ccry:

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    26.5 mpg over her last 83 miles with ~ 25% city driving.​

    Video Review/Overview will be up in a minute. And I only made one small screw up over almost 9-minutes of jabbering ;)

    Built Ford Tough… AND Ford Efficient!

    Wayne
     
  15. 50 mpg by 2012

    50 mpg by 2012 Well-Known Member

  16. RichXKU

    RichXKU Well-Known Member

    This has been an excellent thread which I've been following everyday. I wouldn't mind taking a week or two off for one of these adventures.

    Seems like the charging system in the F-150 lets the battery float fairly often. In both videos the SG was showing 12.x except in fuel cut.

    So what was the climate control situation during this whole trip? Blower fan off? on? windows open a little?
     
  17. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    2011 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

    [flash]http://www.youtube.com/v/qmdd5pHEGwM?version=3[/flash]
    Video Review/Overview of the 2011 Ford F-150.​

    Let me know what you think about this one as it is one of my best yet :)

    Wayne
     
  18. xcel

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

    Hi Rich:

    This was the best of all as I have a vid I am trying to get up on A/C use. We did not use A/C the entire “Challenge” trip but Mike Sirach and I did use it across the CA desert when temps rose to 100 degrees on the afternoon of the 28th. During the “Adventure Challenge” itself, the windows were cracked about an inch and the fan speed was ramped up from 1 to max whenever we reached 72 degrees F ambient up to the 81 or 82 degree high we saw driving across. In other words, we could have ran max A/C all the way across and the 30-mpg would have still been nothing but a rumble strip we encountered if it did get that hot. Of course we were traveling in below freezing temps for much of the way across Arizona and New Mexico so A/C use was not even a consideration up in the mountains and at night when we did do some of the driving :rolleyes:

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    The kicker is we saw no difference with it on or off. The additional fuel consumption was surely there and I will show you that later this evening but the power use and additional fuel consumption under A/C was so small that it was lost in the noise of the terrain following regimen at highway speeds. Really amazing actually given what I am used to when actually turning on the A/C (you know that does not happen very often too ;)) in every other car I have driven.

    Wayne
     
  19. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    The second to last low res rendering of vids but this one is the compilation… If only I had a decent sound recording over a short distance. I boosted the gain on the video at the and to the max and it is still soft. Turn up the volume and listen closely.

    2011 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

    [flash]http://www.youtube.com/v/SdhsExQp43U?version=3[/flash]
    The compilation :)

    Wayne
     
  20. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Great Video! Thanks!

    I'm not sure about the others, but I'm bored at home now.:D
     

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