Ford’s new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine – which launched to acclaim this year in the Focus in Europe – was recently named 2012 “International Engine of the Year.”
The small, high-tech 3-cylinder engine also hauled in two other awards – “Best New Engine” and “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” – in the awards presented by Engine Technology International magazine, and based on votes cast by 76 journalists from 35 countries around the world.
This marks the first time Ford has won “International Engine of the Year” in the 13-year history of the awards. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost garnered the highest score in the history of the awards.
A very small engine
The engine – small enough to fit on an A4 sheet of paper – was designed at Ford’s technical centres in Dunton, UK, and Merkenich, Germany. The engine is built in Ford’s plants in Craiova, Romania, and Cologne, Germany.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost uses low-inertia turbos to deliver power quickly when the throttle is opened from low RPM and deliver high power at speeds of up to 248,000rpm.
Further 1.0-litre EcoBoost innovations include - an exhaust manifold, cast into the cylinder head, lowers the temperature of exhaust gases to enable the optimum fuel-to-air ratio across a wider rev band; a unique cast iron block warms the engine more quickly than a conventional aluminium block to cut by 50 percent the amount of “warm-up” energy required, and cut fuel consumption; two main engine drive belts are immersed in oil to deliver a quieter, more efficient engine; offsetting the engine configuration by deliberately “unbalancing” the flywheel and pulley instead of adding energy-draining balancer shafts.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost debuted this year on the Focus in Europe and will be offered next in C-MAX and B-MAX later this year.
The new Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost 100 PS delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency of 4.8 l/100 km (58.9 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. The 125 PS model returns 5.0 l/100 km (56.5 mpg) with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km.
In its first full month of sales across Europe, more than 4,700 customers ordered a Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost, accounting nearly a quarter of all Ford Focus cars ordered in19 traditional European markets.
Ford of Europe plans to triple annual production of vehicles equipped with efficient EcoBoost petrol engines to approximately 480,000 by 2015. The company projects that more than 300,000 of those vehicles will be equipped with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost.