2012 Ford EcoBoost

Does size matter? Seriously. Well, actually no. That is the size of an engine doesn’t matter. Facts alone provide the answer. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost three cylinder engine that is in the new Ford Focus - which has been named 2012 International Engine of the Year - has gone into a Formula-One race-car that Ford has been developing for a few months now. Now, you don’t hear a lot about Ford in the news besides them being bailed out and all, but they do have a long history in motor racing. Yeah, by looking at what they have for sale in the US, I would have never guessed, but thanks to a few simple modifications such as headlights, indicator lights, horn, etc. this now street legal car has gone round the Nurburgring faster than a Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Aventador, and Pagani Zonda.
The recipe for this ferociously nimble car is this: weighing in at 1100 lbs and modified to use Ford's 1.0-litre three cylinder in conjunction with the turbo from the standard Formula Ford. Boffins tinkered with the engine's ECU to squeeze out 202 bhp, 22 bhp more than the 1.6 litre that normally sits in the single-seater, but there were no major engine mods. Those numbers put into perspective looks like this. 0-62.14mph is achieved in under four seconds and even though it is light and not very powerful, it claims a top speed of 158.8 mph. When taken to the Nurburgring the result was a whopping 7-minutes, 22-second lap time.
The principle this car stands for is downsizing. Downsizing means the same performance and better fuel consumption. So, in the real world, this still remains a 1.0 liter. It doesn’t get 7 miles to the gallon and run on diced baby seals like normal supercars, but Ford is claiming that in testing, the EcoBoost-powered single-seater returned 118mpg at 35mph and 57 mpg at 75 mph. Although, you won’t be getting anything near that at the Ring. Now that's having your cake and eating it. “This little engine has people rubbing their eyes in disbelief,” said Nick Tandy, the man who piloted the car for the lap. "It's simply astonishing that a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre engine can deliver that kind of performance."
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