Ford’s new 1.0 litre EcoBoost Engine wins award
Ford triumphed over thirty five other companies and organisations to win the Dewar Trophy 2012
Ford triumphed over thirty five other companies and organisations to win the Dewar Trophy 2012. The trophy represents outstanding British technical achievement in the automotive industry. Ford’s new EcoBoost turbo-charged, direct injection engine is Ford's smallest, yet highest power density petrol engine ever, delivering the performance of a conventional 1.6-litre engine with improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. The engine which is small enough to fit on an A4 sheet of paper was designed at Ford’s Technical Centre in Dunton, UK. The three-cylinder engine is available in the Ford B-MAX, the Ford Focus and the Ford C-MAX.
Ford customers now have the option of purchasing the Ford C-MAX and Ford Grand C-MAX wit either the 100 PS or the 125 PS versions of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. The Ford C-MAX 1.0-litre EcoBoost delivers 55.4mpg and 117g/km CO2 across both power outputs, while the Grand C-MAX achieves 54.3mpg and 119g/km CO2. Ford engineers have delivered exceptional economy while still achieving the high torque and relaxed driving characteristics normally associated with a diesel and the smooth, free-revving qualities of a petrol engine. This has been achieved by many factors which include two main engine drive belts immersed in oil to ensure quieter, more efficient operation, plus a unique cast iron block that warms the engine more quickly than a conventional aluminium block to cut 50% the amount of ‘warm up’ energy required to reduce the fuel consumption. 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. Vibration is minimised due to offsetting the engine configuration by deliberately unbalancing the flywheel and pulley instead of adding energy-draining balancer shafts.
The new Ford Focus 1.0 litre EcoBoost accounted for 17% of sales in April which equated to 1000 cars in its first month of being on sale. The Ford Focus is one of the UK’s top selling cars and not only does it boast the outstanding EcoBoost engine that is capable of returning 56.5mpg and has Co2emissons of just 114g/km it also has an impressive equipment list of high technology features. Standard equipment across the range includes Ford’s Torque Vectoring Control which is an electronic system that balances the distribution of engine torque between the driven front wheels to optimise grip and stability irrespective of driving conditions or road surfaces.