The Ford Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder has only been on sale a few months in Europe, but the little engine has become popular with nearly a quarter of Focus models sold in April powered by the 1.0-liter engine. Now, Ford has announced that the smallest EcoBoost engine has set 16 FIA speed world records.
The speed records were set in a variety of tests for the sub-1.0-liter class including acceleration from standing start and flying start tests as well as highest average speed over set distances and time periods. WRC driver Jari-Matti Latvala along with eight journalists drove three Ford Focus hatchbacks powered by the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine during a two-day event at the CERAM test circuit in Mortefontaine, France.Loading...
“This little engine punches way above its weight when it comes to performance,” Latvala said, in a release. “The records prove the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost can be lots of fun — as well as a very frugal car.”
The three Ford Focus hatchbacks were chosen from Ford’s production line in Saarlouis, Germany, and ran under the supervision of an official FFSA representative. Some of the records set by the three cars in their engine class range include reaching 79.4 mph in the standing mile, as well as averaging 118.4 mph over 100 miles to averaging 103.4 mph over 1000 miles, and from 118.7 mph over the course of an hour to averaging 106.3 mph for 24 hours.
In European-spec, the 123-hp 1.0-liter EcoBoost can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 11.3 seconds with a top speed of 120 mph and is rated 56.5 mpg in the European cycle (roughly 47 mpg in U.S. measurements).
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine may make it across the pond to the North American market soon too, though not necessarily in the Focus. When Ford’s head of global product development Raj Nair stopped by the Motor Trend offices recently he hinted that the engine could arrive here in the face-lifted Ford Fiesta to complement the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter engine while matching its 120 horsepower rating. As for a U.S.-spec Ford Focus EcoBoost with the I-3 engine, check out our review of the Euro-spec car here.
Source : http://www.motortrend.com/news/ford-focus-ecoboost-1-0-liter-i-3-sets-16-speed-records-214075/