SEMA Preview: Rear-Wheel Drive EcoBoost '34 Ford Hot Rod

SEMA Preview: Rear-Wheel Drive EcoBoost '34 Ford Hot Rod

Why are we covering Ford’s ’34 3-Window Coupe hot rod that’s headed to SEMA next week? Because it’s the first application we’ve seen of a rear-wheel drive 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline direct injection twin-turbo EcoBoost engine – the same powerplant and driveline setup going into the Ford F-150 about a year from now.

Ford says the hot rod is expected to deliver about 400 horsepower and 400 lbs.-ft. of torque. Sound familiar? Those are the same figures that our sources told us back in January are targeted for the F-150.

Ford also uses the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine for its front-wheel drive Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers, but they’re limited to 355 hp and 350 lbs.-ft. of torque because their transmissions can’t handle the EcoBoost full power output. The Ford F-150’s 6R80E six-speed, however, is perfect for allowing the EcoBoost engine to reach its full potential.

The EcoBoosted '34 Hot Rod will use a five-speed manual gearbox to swap cogs.

RWD EcoBoost V-6

Ford says that beyond V-8-like power ratings, EcoBoost will also be able to deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy and up to 15 percent fewer CO2 emissions versus larger-displacement engines.

"The beauty of EcoBoost is that it enables us to downsize for fuel efficiency, yet boost for power," said Dan Kapp, director of Ford Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering. "We're able to decrease the size of the available engine – such as installing a V-6 versus a V-8 – yet boost the power using turbocharging to deliver similar power and torque to that larger engine."

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