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.
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Compact cars are poised to become a huge market segment for American automakers, if they can get the cars right. Ford got off to a good start with its Fiesta subcompact, but sales have slowed down substantially. Ford is hoping to rekindle interest in the 2013 model with a refreshed look and, more importantly, a tiny turbocharged fuel-sipping 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine.
The general consensus among gearheads is that the bigger your engine is, the more power it will make. But as Ford shows, a properly-prepared engine with just 3-cylinders and 1.0 liter of displacement can fly around a world famous track like Germany’s Nurburgring faster than cars with four times as many cylinders and three times the power.