14.6.2012Ford EcoBoost wins 'Engine of the Year'
Ford's new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has been named the 2012 International Engine of the Year, presented yesterday at the Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany.
The small, high-tech, three-cylinder engine also received two other awards – "Best New Engine" and "Best Engine Under 1.0-litre" – in the awards presented by Engine Technology International magazine, based on votes cast by 76 journalists from 35 countries around the world.
This is the first time Ford has won International Engine of the Year in the 13-year history of the awards. Ford's debut as International Engine of the Year winner in the awards' 13-year history is marked by the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine also attaining the highest score ever.
Joe Bakaj, Ford global powertrain vice president, said: "We set the bar incredibly high when we started to design this engine. We wanted to deliver eye-popping fuel economy, surprising performance, quietness and refinement – and all from a very small, three-cylinder engine. The team responded to this challenge with some really exciting innovation and the result is a game-changer for petrol engines globally."
Dean Slavnich, chairman of the International Engine of the Year awards and editor of Engine Technology International magazine, said: "This is a fitting victory for a truly remarkable engine. For a three-cylinder to power a vehicle like the Ford Focus with such ease proves that the future is very, very bright for the internal combustion engine.
"Power, response and very good real-world fuel consumption figures are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this engine and what it offers drivers today. Well done, Ford!"
The International Engine of the Year judging panel of automotive journalists consider drivability, performance, economy, refinement and the successful application of advanced engine technology. The popularity of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost with judges saw it receive 28% more points than its closest rival as well as the highest points total of any engine in the competition's history.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost uses low-inertia turbos to deliver power quickly when the throttle is opened from low RPM and deliver high power at turbine speeds of up to 248,000 RPM. Further 1.0-litre EcoBoost innovations include:
* 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
* A unique cast iron block warms the engine more quickly than a conventional aluminium block to cut by 50% the amount of "warm-up" energy required, and cut fuel consumption
* Two main engine drive belts are immersed in oil to deliver a quieter, more efficient engine
* Offsetting the engine configuration by deliberately "unbalancing" the flywheel and pulley instead of adding energy-draining balancer shafts.
Development of the award-winning engine – small enough to fit on an A4 sheet of paper – was led by the UK's Dunton technical Centre in Essex, with assistance from other Ford European technical centres.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine debuted this year on the Ford Focus in Europe and will be offered next in the Ford C-MAX and Ford B-MAX later this year. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost will be made available in Ford models in the US, Asia and Africa next year.
The new Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost 100PS officially delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency of 58.9 mpg and CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. The 125PS model returns 56.5 mpg with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km. Low CO2 figures mean running costs are kept down – in addition to less money spent at the pumps due to high fuel efficiency, these two versions sit in road tax bands B and C respectively.