About the Test

What’s so special about this car? According to Ford, “compared to a naturally aspirated engine, the 3.5L EcoBoost™ twin-turbocharged direct injection V6 engine provides higher performance, better fuel economy and fewer CO2 emissions.” This is definitely not the first turbocharged, gasoline direct injection engine. But, it is a progressive effort by Ford to move its more…

    5,734 miles

    Without BG products in its system, borescope photos and videos show an early formation of deposits on the intake valves and ports. Early, heavy deposit buildup on intake valves and ports are one of the most common disadvantages in gasoline direct injection engines. Check out where the BG Fuel Test Car has been in the first more…

      9,995 miles

      Still running without BG products, in the second checkup, we discovered an increase in deposits on the intake valves and ports as well as significant fuel dilution of the engine oil. This can result in a decrease in oil viscosity, which challenges lubrication capabilities of the oil. The presence of fuel in the crankcase also more…

        14,769 miles

        The BG Fuel Test Car is still running without BG products… but how well? Performance Several BG test drivers noticed a slight lag in immediate acceleration response. With two turbochargers, overall acceleration decrease is difficult to detect. The on-board fuel economy calculator shows a recent, dramatic decrease in mpg from 24 to 20.5 mpg. With more…

          21,459 miles

          In just nine months, the BG Fuel Test Car has put on about 21,000 miles. Aside from routine oil changes, we have not yet performed any preventive maintenance services on this gasoline direct injected vehicle. In a port fuel-injected system, BG recommends the Fuel/Air Induction Service at 15,000 miles. Let’s see how this gasoline direct injected vehicle is more…

            25,536 miles

            California, South Dakota, Texas, Florida and every where in between, the BG Fuel Test Car has racked up some windshield time. When she’s not traveling the country, the Fuel Test Car is running errands around Wichita to experience a little more stop-n-go city driving. Our BG professional technicians changed the oil and performed the fifth more…

              29,566 miles

              The BG Fuel Test Car just completed the 30,000-mile check-up. Check out the latest results below. Performance Analysis One driver mentioned that the car has, “a slightly noticeable, but steady decrease in the car’s throttle response.” Fuel economy – as read from the onboard calculator – is at a firm 18-20 mpg, which is still more…

                32,000 miles: This car put BG products to the test!

                Around 32,000 miles, we took the BG Fuel Test Car to Wichita Dyno for some true test results in horsepower, torque and turbo boost. Below is a selection from 40 total Dyno pulls. As you’ll see, we didn’t post the results for the turbo boost. It’s because the car has maintained proper turbo operation since more…

                  36,726 miles

                  Since the Dyno testing at about 32,000, the BG Fuel Test Car has been cruising smoothly. Check out the latest results from the 35,000 mile check-up below. Performance Analysis Since the services performed during the Dyno testing, we’ve noticed a quicker throttle response and improved torque. At 36,726 miles, fuel economy was recorded at 18.9 more…

                    39,160 miles

                    Performance Analysis Our drivers haven’t seen a change in performance since the boost in horsepower and torque at the 32,000-mile Dyno Test. MPG is still averaging about 18.9. Oil Analysis All fluids are protecting as they should be. Borescope Analysis At the 32,000-mile checkup, we cleaned the fuel system with BG 44K® and performed a more…

                      44,043 miles

                      Performance Analysis No change in performance. Oil Analysis For the first time since the 5,000-mile checkup, there is no fuel dilution! All other fluids are protecting as they should be and our technicians ran another can of BG 44K® through a tank of gas for optimum protection. Borescope Analysis As you can see, the deposits more…

                        49,000 miles

                        Performance Analysis Power and acceleration remain strong. Our drivers are not feeling any lag or power issues like we did during the first 30,000. We attribute this primarily to the use of BG 44K®, which is keeping the injectors clean (good injector function/spray) and combustion chambers clean. Oil Analysis We don’t see anything to comment more…

                          55,742 miles

                          Performance Analysis No change in performance since the last check up. Oil Analysis With 6,742 miles on this oil drain, we see signs of increased oxidation levels and viscosity increase. It appears that as the engine continues to increase in mileage, the oil is under more stress during the drain. (Some of this may be more…

                            61,537 miles

                            Performance Analysis No change in performance since the last check up. Oil Analysis Still seeing signs of increased oxidation levels and viscosity increase.  

                              Results: The Fast and The Fuel Test

                              In 2009, BG purchased a 2010 3.5L Ford Taurus SHO with an EcoBoost™ twin-turbocharged direct injection V6 engine. BG was one of the first in the nation to receive this car, which, according to Ford, “has higher performance, better fuel economy and fewer CO2 emissions” compared to a naturally-aspirated engine. But, we weren’t in it more…