Ford’s tiny 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine has scored one of the fastest lap times ever at Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit. Going around the track in the form of a small Formula Ford race car, the racer completed the lap in just 7 minutes and 22 seconds, coming in higher on the list than such 600+ horsepower supercars as the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and the 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.”
The 1.0 liter EcoBoost used in the Formula Ford was a modified version of the 177-hp to produce 202-hp. The engine allows the tiny race car to go from 0 to 62 mph in less than 4 seconds with a top speed of 158 mph. Unofficially, fuel-economy comes in at 118 mpg at 35 mph and 57 mpg at 75 mpg.
“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.”
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– By: Omar Rana