This is the start of way too much fun. Ford has just announced that it will offer crate versions of a new naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine ahead of the powerplant's debut in production engines. Available through Ford Racing, the direct-injection engine makes use of an astronomically-high 12.0:1 combustion ratio to produce somewhere between 160 and 175 horsepower depending on final specification. Torque, meanwhile, sits at between 145 and 155 pound-feet, and Ford says that the dual-overhead cam engine will be available in plug-and-play kits that come with everything you need to drop one into your next project.
This particular engine will be available starting in the spring of 2012, but Ford says that other configurations will follow soon after, including a turbocharged Ecoboost version. We'll just let you chew on all of the possibilities that little dynamo could offer. At this point, specs like engine weight, block and head construction and whether the engine can be utilized in longitudinal applications remain absent. We've pinged Ford for more information. In the meantime, check out the press release after the jump.
*Update: Ford says that the engine is all aluminum and should weigh in at under 300 pounds. The automaker is currently working with aftermarket suppliers to build the components necessary to install the engine longitudinally, including transmission bell housings. Permalink | Email this | Comments