The first Eco-Boost I raced showed me a great profile of his tailgate. He had me in the 1/8th and 1/4. We raced 3 times, the 3rd time we traded trucks and with me driving the Eco, the win was even greater.
THEN I discovered from his dealer that his truck was tuned!
This was something that was left out of the 'disclosure'. Since then I have upgraded my exhaust, intake and added a 91 tune. We have raced since then, and the tables have turned.
I discovered a tuned Eco will bet a 100% stock hemi when all other variables are the same. (Quad cab to quad cab; 4wd to 4wd; etc.)
How do you beat a stock Hemi with a V6? Easy.....just add a couple of turbos, aviation fuel, a tuner, exhaust, intake, OH....did I forget to mention the 4.56 gears.
In the beginning I was genuinely concerned that Ford had something very special. IMO, the Eco is pretty cool. They have managed to take a small V6 (3.5L isn't big in my books) and have it successfully power a full sized 4wd truck and do a very good job of it. Kudos to Ford! However, the Hemi continues to prove it's superiority in general. The only advantage I have been able to confirm with the Eco, is the fuel mileage when running empty.....there it consistently beats the Hemi.