You know what are awesome? Turbochargers.
The 2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost can tow 11,300 pounds with its 365 hp, twin-turbo V-6–and its official EPA fuel mileage rating stands at 22 mpg highway. Even more impressive, however, is the 28.3 mpg that Carlee Mallard, of Raleigh, North Carolina, averaged in the Ford F-150 EcoBoost Challenge last week.
The F-150 EcoBoost Challenge required drivers to compete in three categories: A weeklong mileage competition, a local charity fundraiser, and finally, a Facebook popularity contest. The driver with the highest cumulative tally won a one-year’s supply of Shell gasoline, while two Shell stations in the winner’s hometown would offer its residents free gasoline for 2 hours and 22 minutes on Sept. 9, in a nod to the 22 mpg the Ford F-150 EcoBoost achieves on the highway.
“This challenge proved that F-150 EcoBoost can deliver when it comes to fuel economy and capability,” said Raj Sarkar, F-150 marketing manager. “Each driver really flexed the F-150 muscle by showing what these trucks could do. It was truly a challenge in every sense of the word and the drivers excelled.”
Mallard won the F-150 EcoBoost challenge by setting a 28.3 mpg rating. In the charity fundraiser, she rallied 56 supporters to her local YWCA to raise donations for victims of Hurricane Irene.
“I was definitely impressed with how far I could stretch the gas. I didn’t have to fuel up once during the whole contest,” said Mallard. “To help boost the fuel economy, I never used air conditioning. I drove mostly on the highway at speeds between 50 and 55 mph because I wanted to avoid stoplights and stop signs.”