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Brand Feature: Ford 1.0-litre Ecoboost, the pinnacle of efficiency

27 October 2017

A 1.0-litre, three cylinder petrol engine is unlikely to blow anyone’s hair back, not even a turbocharged one. Yet one diminutive powerhouse of an engine has managed to do just that.

It impressed the judges (made up of 58 journalists from 31 countries) of the International Engine of the Year Awards enough that they declared it the winner in the “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” category for the sixth consecutive year.

We’re talking about Ford’s multiple award winning 1.0-litre Ecoboost mill, which has racked up a total of 10 International Engine of the Year awards, including overall winner a record three times, and “Best Newcomer.”

If you are looking for a fuel efficient car that delivers an impressive performance for its size, it would be hard not to shortlist one of Ford’s vehicles, like the Fiesta or Focus. It also features in the larger EcoSport SUV, which doesn’t have the brisk performance of the previously mentioned vehicles, but it can be proud of its fuel efficiency.

The 1.0-litre Ecoboost was first introduced in 2012 and Ford has not rested on its laurels, continuing to innovate to keep this product ahead of the baying hounds of competition. From 2018, vehicles fitted with this powerplant will benefit from additional fuel economy and even lower emissions.

The latest innovation is known as cylinder deactivation-on-demand, which allows the car to deactivate the third cylinder when cruising or when the vehicle load is light. It does this in just 14 milliseconds, which Ford says is apparently 20 times faster than the blink of an eye. Reactivation is just as quick and imperceptible to the driver.

If you are looking to buy a car with a fuel efficient engine that punches above its weight, you can do no better than Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost.

The video below was shot in 2012 and shows the 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine’s performance on the famous Nürburgring. As Ford motorsport manager Michael Norton said at the time, “An EcoBoost engine doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s all about efficiency, it is very efficient, but also we know it’s a very powerful engine.”