We love us some green race cars, and few cars are as mean or green as the 1.0 liter EcoBoost-powered Ford FF1 racer. Despite the tiny engine, this race car makes big power, and Ford will putting the racer on public display this July at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. Green sports fans have every reason to be excited.
That is because despite having just 3-cylinders and 1.0 liter of displacement, the engine in this Ford race car makes an impressive 202 horsepower. This is achieved via technologies like variable valve timing, direct injection and, of course, turbocharging, making this little engine among the most powerful on the planet, at least in terms of horsepower-per-liter. Despite all this power, Ford claims the FF1 can return as much as 80 mpg, while still completing the North Loop of the Nurburgring in 7:22.
In street form, the 1.0 liter EcoBoost makes a more reasonable 123 horsepower and returns approximately 40 to 50 mpg in the Fiesta or Focus. Yet Ford plans on selling a street legal version of the FF1 in Europe, though we won’t get our hopes up that their Ariel Atom fighter will ever come to America.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed takes starts July 11th, and it will give fans their first up-close look at this new, uber-efficient racer. Will other automakers follow Ford’s lead? Here’s hoping so.
Source: Motor Authority