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Thread: Ford Racing 2.0L EcoBoost In Caterham?

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    Default Ford Racing 2.0L EcoBoost In Caterham?

    As the title says, anyone know of this engine being used in a Caterham? Saw it listed on a Caterham site, will it fit? Seems like a bargain path to 252HP, what transmission would be appropriate?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/2719815...chn=ps&lpid=82

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/2719815...chn=ps&lpid=82

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    Hettric, are you sure you have not seen the 1.0 litre Eco Boost that is fitted to the Caterhams.

    Maurice

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    There are 2 separate projects underway to put Ecoboost engines into a Caterham SV and a Birkin XS. However, they are using a larger Ecoboost engine than the one you are inquiring of.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
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    Mike, are they using the 2.3L or the V6?

    Eric,
    I had looked into this engine briefly, but couldn't get a clear answer to which pierce points (sump, bellhousing, and engine mounts) that it shared with the Duratec (see info below). If it shares them it would make the install quite easy, but otherwise it's basically a completely custom job (which is what I ended up doing by using a GM engine). I was able to mate the Ford Type-9 (same as the Caterham 6spd) to a GM engine so I assume it shouldn't to terribly difficult to make it attach to the ecoboost.

    I just looked back at the questions I had asked different shops (from about 2years ago):

    Engine Height (from Ford Racing): We just happen to have an engine at the office right now so I measured the from the oil pan to the highest point on the top, which is the cam driven high pressure fuel pump, 26.5”. The cast aluminum oil pan has the bottom row of bellhousing bolts in the pan.

    Pierce Points of 2L ecoboost vs. Duratec (per Ford Racing Parts Direct.com): "It's totally different"

    I also had some email exchange with FullRace and they told me the 2L ecoboost was based on the Duratec which made me think it was similar (or the same?), but I could confirm. He did say the bellhousings were the same. As I said, conflicting information.

    For what it's worth, you can get a similar crate engine of the 2L ecotec turbo for about half the price. There is a considerable amount of work required to make it work though. I've also found the ecotec to be a bit heavy by comparison to the Duratec (not sure about the ecoboost).

    Daniel
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboWood View Post
    Mike, are they using the 2.3L or the V6?
    Daniel - Both are using the V6.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration finished - track set up time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A (suspension restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (suspension set up)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (radiator replacement)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (dyno time)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Wow, that is ambitious. I thought I had packaging constraints, but nothing compared to a V6 turbo. I would love to see how that looks.

    Daniel

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    Were these projects ever finished? I want a 2.3li Ecoboost in my S3

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    Contact Tom Carlin (tbox56 on this site). He has completed at least one 2.0l EcoBoost in a Birkin. As I recall, he had to modify the Birkin chassis as two angled braces had to be removed. The intercooler was also an interesting challenge.

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