Lola is the first chassis manufacturer to offer the newly announced EcoBoost V-6 in their LMP2 Chassis.Enlarge Photo
While predicating the death of the V-8 Right now is a bit premature, manufactures are doing wonders with direct injection and turbochargers on smaller cars. Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 and provides plenty of power while getting better-than-V-8 mileage for the Taurus SHO and various Lincoln models. For 2011 Ford will be installing the twin-turbo V-6, with more power, in the F-150 to help their light-truck mileage.
Now Ford seems so confident in their new EcoBoost V-6 that they’re going to use it in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS.) The LMP2 Category will focus on production based engines which showcase innovative technologies and efficiencies over the more expensive LMP1 cars. The EcoBoost V-6 won’t be the lone turbocharged V-6 thanks to Honda, who will be offering a 2.8L engine and hopefully good competition between the two engines.
Racing modification to the V-6 will be handled by Roush Yates Engines; the company that handles Ford’s racing engines for NASCAR and the 5.0L Cammer found in the FR500C. Durability will be a key factor to building the engine, but with a 400hp limit it shouldn’t be too difficult to make the EcoBoost race-ready.
The engines will be offered for a variety of different chassis manufacturers, but Lola is the first to announce that they will offer the engine in their LMP2 Chassis cars.
[Source: American Le Mans Series]