The Ford EcoBeast has been released to the public market as an all-new high-powered 2,3-litre four-cylinder crate engine. Going by part number M-6009-23EB, the new option has been described as a downsized muscle car powertrain.
According to Muscle Cars and Trucks, the new part is a high-output variant of the variant currently used in the Mustang and previous Focus RS. The difference is that the power on this has been turned up to a rather impressive 370 kW and 563 N.m of torque. With this, Mercedes-AMG’s M139 powertrain is technically no longer the most powerful four-cylinder engine in production.
So what makes the Ford EcoBeast short block crate engine so immense? A Callies crankshaft that’s 4 kg lighter than stock and has been cryogenically stress relieved in combination Mahle forged 2618 pistons has been used. There are also connecting rods from Callies and Compstar H-beam connecting rods with ARP2000 rod bolts that complement the race ready engine insides. All of these parts operate under a 9,5:1 compression ratio.
The Ford EcoBeast short block engine kit comes with an oil pump, a chain drive, a damper with keyway, damper bolts, an oil filter, and a head gasket. Out of the box, the engine comes with Ford Mustang EcoBoost motor mount bosses but can be easily removed for Ford Focus RS applications.
The Ford EcoBeast has been priced at $6 485 (approximately R104 000).