It’s been more than four years since the 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine burst onto the scene, and since then Ford has seen orders of its EcoBoost line of engines skyrocket. Tuned for both performance and efficiency, Ford sees turbocharging as the future of combustion engines in both passenger vehicles and race cars.
So the only surprise surrounding the recently-announced EcoBoost V6-powered Daytona Prototype is that it took Ford this long to put in EcoBoost engine in a race car.
Built using many of the same parts from the production 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine, famed tuning house Roush-Yates has tweaked and tuned the V6 engine to deliver unhindered horsepower. The Ford EcoBoost Daytona Prototype will be driven by Michael Shank Racing, and according to Roush-Yates owner Doug Yates, “This engine is the future.”
Considering that the EcoBoost-powered Daytona Prototype will be going up against V8-powered competition in the newly-formed United SportsCar Championship, those are some mighty strong words. But if sales of the EcoBoost V6 engine are any gauge at all, than the Ford Daytona Prototype team has nothing to worry about.
Fuel economy matters in racing as well, and the little V6 should gobble less fuel than it’s V8 brethren. The coolest part of all about this engine, it’s based on the production block and heads. No word on specifically what modifications were made to the engine other than that they’re for racing applications. We’d be pretty sure that the internals have likely been beefed up, the cylinder heads likely worked over.
As the above dyno video shows, this tiny turbo engine packs enough power to turn the exhaust headers red hot, and Ford thinks the EcoBoost Daytona Prototype can break the lap record at Daytona set back in 1987. If any V6 engine is up to the task normally left to V8s, it’s Ford’s EcoBoost V6, and we can’t wait to finally see it in action on the race track.