We tested it in a lab, drove it through extreme conditions and even gave it to some of our toughest customers to try, but what’s the best way to test the new 2.7L EcoBoost in the 2015 F-150? How about nearly nine hundred miles of gruelling, punishing, flat-out nasty terrain that eats up over 50% of contestants? You might know this event as the Baja 1000, but we like to call it a Torture Test. We wanted to push our engine to the limit and knew that if it could stand up to the harsh conditions of the Mexican desert, we were onto something. Looks like we were right.

The Baja 1000 is a challenge for the world’s toughest land vehicles, so everything from motorcycles and dune buggies to custom cars and trucks can enter. But we didn’t want to just enter as a Ford F-150; we wanted to test the new 2.7L EcoBoost engine without anybody knowing. The solution? Hide it in plain sight. While it looked like a 2014 F-150, it was actually the 2015 truck with an aluminum body. By the end of the race we accomplished our goal and completed one of the toughest races on the planet (not within the allotted race time), something over half the competition can’t say.

The innovation and science behind constructing the new 2.7L EcoBoost engine was an exercise in efficiency and dependability, so watch this video to learn how we pushed the prototype to the limit.

Welcome to the future of engines. Welcome to the Future of Tough.

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