On Auto Engines and Executives

Although the 2015 Ford F-150 is widely known for its pioneering use of aluminum on a light-duty pickup, there is more to the vehicle than its sheet metal.

Although the 2015 Ford F-150 is widely known for its pioneering use of aluminum on a light-duty pickup, there is more to the vehicle than its sheet metal.

One other important factor is found under that aluminum hood (and it is interesting to note that the F-150 has had an aluminum hood since 2004).

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The 2015 F-150 is the first Ford model to get an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine.

The engine, explains Steve Gill, Ford chief engineer, Global Engine Engineering, Powertrain Product Development, produces 325-hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. It provides enough oomph for a maximum tow rating of 8,500 lb., which Ford reckons handles about 90% of the needs of light-truck customers.

Gill explains the new engine in some detail (e.g., compacted graphite iron block, fracture-split main bearing caps, etc.) on this edition of “Autoline After Hours.”

And he’s brought along a 3D-printed model of the engine to help point out some of the features.

In addition to which, Frank Marcus of Motor Trend, Keith Naughton of Bloomberg, and I discuss a variety of subjects, ranging from Sergio Marchionne’s recent comments (to Bloomberg) about his retirement date (2018) and the possibility of their being greater consolidation in the global auto industry to a study conducted for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety on driver distraction caused by less-than-capable in-car telematics systems.

And you can see it here: