We all got that crazy voice inside our head urging us to release the hidden scientist from within. Some of us start young, and those who succumb to the calling buoy up their curiosity in various things and extend their knowledge further than those who have tried to understand. For those who find their innermost Albert Einstein or Nikola Tesla, failure and success come hand in hand. Research is a trial and error method where all possibilities are being tested to find the best result. There may be a couple of failures along the way but once these hurdles pass, success is definitely the sweetest thing we’ve probably tasted.
In actuality, everything that we currently own – from mobile phones, to computer gadgets, appliances, and even vehicles – have undergone trial and errors and prototypes. Every single one of these things would never come to be without the patience and curiosity of various scientists and engineers. In the car manufacturing industry, various engineers and scientists are commissioned to produce the latest advancements in cars especially when it comes to power and performance.
Automakers like Ford always have something up their sleeves. Its latest models must always be at the top of their game and should always have either the latest innovation or a breakthrough from tradition. One of these breakthroughs is the Ford EcoBoost. The EcoBoost, which was first produced in 2009, is a turbocharged, direct injection gasoline engine that claims to achieve an estimated 20% better fuel efficiency and 15% decrease in greenhouse emissions than most regular engines. It is Ford’s answer to the growing clamour for cheaper but more versatile technology without having to resort to hybrids and diesel engine technologies. To test this technology, Ford has recruited actor and chemical engineer Dolph Lundgren to do a series of testing on a 123 horsepower EcoBoost engine.
On Ford’s official YouTube channel, a series of videos entitled “The Boost” show how powerful the 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine can be when attached to a skateboard and a blender. It’s just like one of those MythBusters episodes actually. The skateboard can go over 60 mph with the EcoBoost engine while the blender can easily break silverware into pieces just like it would with a bag of carrots. It’s that powerful. Plus, it’s the most ingenious way of showing how powerful their EcoBoost system is, saving us from all the boring scientific jargon.
You see, science can be fun and interactive especially when you get someone as cool as Dolph Lundgren explaining how things function. “The Boost” series will serve as inspiration for future engineers and scientists to get something cooked up in their lab (or garage); however, always remember that these experiments were done with the guidance of professionals so kids, don’t try this at home!