For the third time in as many years, Ford’s tiny but potent 1.0 liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine won the International Engine of the Year award. That’s an impressive feat owed to a mighty impressive engine.
Despite having half the displacement of a bottle of soda, the 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine manages to deliver up to 140 horsepower in a production car. In the outgoing Formula Ford race car, the three-cylinder mill was tuned to push out an amazing 202 horsepower. That’s more horsepower per liter than a freakin’ Bugatti Veyron.
Despite a number of new and excellent motors coming out, so far the International Engine of the Year panelists have yet to find something better. For an engine that can fit inside a suitcase, it sure is bringing in a lot of positive buzz to the Blue Oval. Here in America, the 1.0 liter EcoBoost can be found in the Ford Fiesta, where it delivers an easy 40 MPG and 123 horsepower. Ford also says the little engine should be coming to the larger Focus. Even better though, it can only be hand with a manual transmission, a nod to enthusiasts who prefer the shift-for-yourself style of driving.
Saving fuel, more power potential than a Bugatti, and keeping the manual transmission alive; no wonder the 1.0 liter EcoBoost won Engine of the Year again.