Ford’s got this car equipped with a 1.0L EcoBoost that can
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Sept. 5, 2012
Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost powered race car buries the supercar.
Ford’s direct injected and turbocharged 1.0L I3 EcoBoost is quickly making a name for itself. According to those that have driven the Focus mule in Dearborn, it is both powerful enough and efficient.
Ford’s done one better…
They have built a road-going Formula Ford race car with the 1.0L EcoBoost at its core and it achieved one of the fastest times ever recorded at Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife track!
The one-of a-kind, road-legal
version of the latest Formula Ford single-seat racer completed the lap in 7 minutes, 22 seconds to register the 11th fastest time ever on the circuit – a performance that puts it ahead of a host of supercars!
Nick Tandy, race car course specialist:
“It’s simply astonishing that an I3 1.0L can deliver that kind of performance.”
In the recent past, Fords racing engineer team swapped the Formula Ford’s usual 178 HP,1.6L EcoBoost power unit with a specially tuned 203 HP version of the company’s 1.0L EcoBoost engine.
The project team also modified the vehicle so it would be fully street legal for on-road use
by fitting it with wheel covers, front and rear lights and indicators, aerodynamically designed wing mirrors and a horn. The car is fitted with a 6-speed manual and was driven on road-legal tires! That is in Europe mind you, not here where it would need bumpers and probably a larger rear view mirror and large taillights and more headlights and stronger crash resistant rear end and …
The car’s unofficial top speed is expected to be 158.8 mph with a 0 to 60 time of less than 4 seconds! The vehicle completed the 12.94 mile Nordschleife circuit at an average speed of 105 mph.
The 1.0L EcoBoost powered Formula Ford car beat previously recorded fastest times of many supercars including the 700 horsepower Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, the 660 horsepower Ferrari Enzo and the 602 horsepower Pagani Zonda. No other three- or even four-cylinder car has posted a faster time at the legendary circuit.
In-house testing revealed that the little engine that could was capable of 98 mpgUS at 35 mph), and 47 mpgUS at 75 mph.
You cannot buy it unfortunately but you can purchase its detuned (98 and 123 HP variants) stable mates in the European Focus.
Pretty cool yes?