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Published on November 19th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Ford Sends 1.0 Liter EcoBoost Through Airport Security

If you’re like me, you looked at this picture of Ford’s 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine going through airport security, and you thought to yourself “Cool.” But the implications of this picture of far-ranging and incredibly important to the future of the automobile.

Think about this for a minute; Ford is sending an engine block through airport security as a checked item. This is the same company known for building 7.0 liter, 427 cubic-inch muscle car motors back in the 1960s, and that even today offers a 5.8 liter supercharged V8 making 662 horsepower. That translates to an impressive 114 horsepower per liter.

Yet Ford has somehow managed to extract up to 202 horsepower from this one-liter power plant in racing guise. Even the Ford Fiesta you’ll find on dealership lots with this 1.0 liter engine will deliver 123 horsepower, which is STILL more horsepower per liter than the Shelby. That is utterly mind-blowing when you look at JUST how tiny this engine really is. While this is without a doubt a publicity stunt, to me this is a look at the near-future of the automobile; small engines making lots of power.

There are those of you that will rightly point out that electric motors can deliver nearly as much power and way more torque in a similarly sized package. True. But until automakers figure out the battery issues of cost and range, or learn how to properly market EVs to a limited niche of city folk, EV technology will be on the outside looking in.

I think the real future, at least for the next decade or two, will be small engines either on their own or combined with plug-in hybrid technology. Once a few generations of drivers have experienced zero-emissions driving without range anxiety (which has turned out to be quite real), pure electric vehicles will make serious inroads with the car-driving public.

Ya, I got all of that from a picture of an engine block going through airport security.

Source: Ford


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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • Jon_K

    123 HP is more than a Shelby? Really?

    • T Adkins

      I believe he was continuing his horse power per liter, thing and left off the per liter on the last one bcuz it is a 1 liter engine making the said 123 HP. And how fairly odd it would look to say “that the EcoBoost engine is a 123 HP 1 liter engine, that generates 123 HP per liter.”

      • Christopher DeMorro

        Sorry gents, a case of the Mondays. Yes, I was referring to the horsepower-per-liter being better.

  • http://rowlandville.com Rowlandville

    That leads me to ask a question relative to bridging combustion and electric.

    I use an electric wheelchair. I would put electric motors on a minivan like I need in a heartbeat! If an engine this small can create that much horsepower, how much electricity can a motor this small or smaller create in the form of an electric generator.

    One small engine, a small amount of fuel, and two small electric motors could make for one hell of a powerful package – potentially creating a performance car with little need of weighty engines or batteries. Is this a pipe dream and unachievable or something on the horizon?

  • t_

    Yeah, it should be possible to make a car, that has a small battery pack to feed the electric engine for let’s say 15 miles and this efficient engine to power the battery. Again, a big part of the trips could be done on battery power alone. Or make a super efficient Fiesta hybrid for 18000 ?!
    Wait, there are such cars already. Ford could aim for the Prius C. The big car makers should go for the masses. It is possible, we know it alredy.

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  • Tom G.

    I once owned a GEO Metro and there are still a few running around. It had a 1.0 L engine and it was great little car. It could carry 4 passengers in what I would call acceptable comfortable if you weren’t going too far, LOL. It had no problems going up and over the Grapevine in California at 70 mph and consistently got 35 mpg in town and 45 mph on the highway.

    I would buy this little Eco Boost engine in a heart beat. More than enough power to meet most of my driving needs. Now combine it with a small battery pack, make it a series hybrid and put it in an attractive package and Ford will sell millions of them.

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