Ford have placed their new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine into the latest Formula Ford race car and sent it round the Nürburgring circuit, Germany, as a marketing exercise to showcase the engines fast yet frugal attributes.
Roelant de Waard – vice president of Marketing and Sales, Ford of Europe – said “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”. He added, “What better way than by beating some of the best supercars in the world on the Nordschleife, while using a fraction of the fuel.”
After several months of work led by Ford engineers, the three-cylinder direct injection and turbocharged engine, (specially tuned to produce 205PS by Fords boffins, rather than the standard 100PS or 125PS forms found in the new Focus), was used to replace the 180PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine usually found in Formula Ford race cars.
The resultant car, was a one-off road legal machine (complete with front and rear lights and indicators, wheel covers and a horn), that completed a lap of the Nürburgring track in 7 minutes, 22 seconds on road legal tyres. This registered as being the 11th fastest time on the circuit ever posted. And the fastest posted by either a three or four-cylinder engine. It was faster than many supercars with more than 600PS on tap – such as the Ferrari Enzo, Pegani Zonda and Lamborghini Aventador.
Ford claims that from its in-house testing, that the Formula Ford achieves a 0-62mph time of under 4sec and a top speed of 158.8mph, whilst returning 118mpg at 35mph and 57mpg at 75mph. But the standard 1.0-litre EcoBoost, (designed in the UK by Powertrain engineers located at Dunton and Dagenham, in Essex, but produced at Ford’s Cologne Engine Plant in Germany from 2011), now accounts for 30% of all new Focus’s sold in recent months. It will return 58.9 mpg (combined) for the 100PS and 56.5mpg (combined) for the 125PS.
It will also be available in the all new Ford B-max and C-max, and the face-lifted Fiesta later on this year. But for all those wanting a single-seat race car for the road (or for those special track days), yet worry about the running costs of a race car. Sorry, but the Formula 1.0-litre EcoBoost isn’t for sale.