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Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost Wins ‘International Engine of the Year’ Award By Brian Foley

The new Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has won the 2012 “International Engine of the Year” Award. The new engine was also nominated “Best New Engine” and “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” in the awards presented by Engine Technology International magazine. The EcoBoost system combines turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust to deliver the power of a larger engine with the fuel efficiency of a smaller unit. The Focus is first car to be equipped with the 1.0-litre /3-cylinder EcoBoost engine The engine comes next in the Ford C-MAX and B-MAX.

The awards presented by Engine Technology International magazine, are based on votes cast by 76 journalists from 35 countries around the world. This marks the first time Ford has won “International Engine of the Year” in the 13-year history of the awards. Moreover, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost had the highest score in the history of the awards.

The engine – small enough to fit on an A4 sheet of paper – was designed at Ford’s technical centres in Dunton, UK, and Merkenich, Germany. The engine is built in Ford’s plants in Craiova, Romania, and Cologne, Germany.

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 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 percent 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.

The new Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost 100 PS delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency of 4.8 l/100 km (58.9 mpg)* and CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. The 125 PS model returns 5.0 l/100 km (56.5 mpg) with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km.

Ford of Europe plans to triple annual production of vehicles equipped with efficient EcoBoost petrol engines to approximately 480,000 by 2015, from 141,000 in 2011. It is expected that more than 300,000 of those vehicles will be equipped with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost.

*All fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures in g/km are from officially approved tests in accordance with EC Directive 93/116/EC. Fuel economy figures quoted are based on the European Fuel Economy Directive EU 80/1268/EEC and will differ from fuel economy drive cycle results in other regions of the world.

Points scored in the overall award were:
Ford 1.0 litre 401 points
VW 1.4 TSi Twin Charger 288 points
Ferrari 4.5 litre V8 224 points (also Best Performance Engine)
Opel Impera/Chevrolet Volt 1.4 Range Extender 212 points (also Best Green engine)
BMW 2.0 litre twin Turbo 4-cyl. petrol 199 points
BMW?PSA 1.6 litre Turbo petrol 162 points

Best Green Engine Award went to the Opel Ampera/Chevrolet Volt Electric Car's 1.4 litre petrol Range Extender engine 197 points; Ford 1.0 EcoBoost 159 points; Nissan Leaf EV 145 points; Toyota 1.8 litre Hybrid 133, Fiat 875cc 2-cylinder Turbo 128; PSA 2.0 Diesel/Hybrid 105.