The 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck, a work horse that looks as noble and muscular as a knight’s stallion, will be equipped with an updated version of the 5.4-liter V8 engine capable of producing extra 20hp thanks to a new process of fuel injection.
Called ‘open valve technology’, the new process injects fuel into cylinders while they are open increasing the engine’s maximum power and torque (the latter has been increased from 365 lb-ft to 390 lb-ft) and overall efficiency.
What is the most interesting here is that the numbers are valid when the car is fueled with E85 bio-ethanol. Running on gasoline, the engine produces only 310hp and 365 lb-ft. Usually, it is the other way around since the E85 fuel has only about 26 MJ/L energy density compared to around 36 MJ/L of that of normal gasoline.
Also, recently there were a number of really disappointing “real life” tests that shown just how deeply suck E85-capable SUVs like the 2007 Nissan Armada FFV and trucks like the 2007 Chevy Silverado compared to their siblings equipped with engines running on regular gas.
It looks like environmentally conscious Ford has finally found the silver bullet needed to create an efficient and powerful engine capable of running on bio-fuel.
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