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Monday, September 10, 2012

FORD 1.0-LITRE ECOBOOST EXCELS AT NURBURGRING


Ford’s tiny but feisty 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is the reason why a unique road-going Formula Ford race car has scored one of the fastest lap times ever at Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.

The one-of a-kind, road-legal version of the latest Formula Ford single-seat racer completed the lap in 7 minutes, 22 seconds to register the 11th fastest time ever on the circuit – a performance that puts it ahead of a host of supercars including the 600+ horsepower Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and Pagani Zonda.

“This little engine has people rubbing their eyes in disbelief,” said racing driver and course specialist Nick Tandy, 28, who completed the drive. “It’s simply astonishing that a 3-cylinder, one-litre engine can deliver that kind of performance.”

Ford engineers have led several months of work on the project to switch the Formula Ford’s usual 132kW,1.6-litre EcoBoost power unit with a specially tuned 151kW version of the company’s new global 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which was recently named “International Engine of the Year”.  

The project team also modified the vehicle so it would be fully street legal for on-road use by fitting it with wheel covers, front and rear lights and indicators, aerodynamically designed wing mirrors and a horn. The car is fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox and was driven on road-legal tyres.

The car’s unofficial top speed is expected to be 255.5 km/h with a 0 - 100 km/h time of less than four seconds. The vehicle completed the 20.832km Nordschleife circuit at an average speed of 169 km/h.

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost powered Formula Ford car beat previously recorded fastest times of many supercars including the 515kW Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, the 485kW Ferrari Enzo and the 443kW Pagani Zonda. No other three- or even four-cylinder car has posted a faster time at the legendary circuit.

“We wanted to prove that size doesn’t matter by showing everyone what an amazingly capable engine we have developed in the 1.0-litre EcoBoost,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president of Marketing and Sales, Ford of Europe. “What better way than by beating some of the best supercars in the world on the Nordschleife, while using a fraction of the fuel.”

In-house testing also showed the 1.0-litre EcoBoost-powered Formula Ford is capable of extremely frugal fuel economy, delivering 2.4 l/100km at 56 km/h, and 5 l/100 km at 120km/h.

While the 1.0-litre EcoBoost-powered Formula Ford car isn’t available to buy, the Ford Focus equipped with this engine is already proving a success with customers around Europe. About 30% of new Focus buyers in recent months have opted for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost.

In the Focus, the 74kW version 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine delivers 4.8 l/100 km and the 92kW model achieves 5 l/100 km.* The engine also will be available in the all-new Ford B-MAX, and C-MAX  as well as the redesigned new Ford Fiesta coming later in 2012.

Earlier this year, a Ford Focus equipped with the 92kW 1.0-litre EcoBoost set 16 Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) speed world records at the CERAM test circuit in France.**

1 comment:

  1. The 1.6 liter EcoBoost version of this car is for sale at www.streetlegalracecar.com

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