There’s no denying that Ford’s 2015 F-150 and the new 2.7-liter turbo-charged EcoBoost V6 are impressive. In fact, we can’t think of one thing that’s not admirable about the new truck or its new power plant, as well as the masterful engineering behind both. But what’s just as impressive is the way in which The Blue Oval put the new F-150 and the new EcoBoost engine through their paces right under our noses.
That’s because a 2015 F-150 equipped with the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine raced in the 2013 Baja 1000 — an event perceived by some off-road enthusiasts as toughest Baja 1000 in decades. The new F-150 was made to look like the current 12th-generation model, and distinctively completed all 883 grueling miles of the challenge — a feat that some purpose-built vehicles couldn’t complete.
Notably, the disguised truck and the new engine conquered the Baja 1000 in stock form with no additional oil coolers or radiators that are typically added for multi-day off-road races, with the only part being changed during the event was the stock air filter.
The Motrolix Take
Well-played, Ford. Well-played, indeed. But don’t look at us all weird when we ask to look under the hood of some of your vehicles during subsequent racing events.