World’s Best Engine
Ford’s 1.0L EcoBoost Engine has been named the 2017 International Engine of the Year in the Best Engine Under 1 Litre category. You probably didn’t even know there were engine of the year awards. Neither did I, but I suspect that they weren’t hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. So, what are they?
World’s Best Engine
The International Engine of the Year Awards are… awarded by 58 journalists from 31 countries. Obviously, relevant criteria include things like power and efficiency. The awards are delivered in several categories including
- International Engine of the Year
- Performance Engine of the Year
- Green Engine
- Electric Powertrain
- New Engine
- Eight engine awards by size
Best of the Smalls
Ford’s 1.0L EcoBoost was introduced in 2012. Since then, it has won 10 awards, including International Engine of the Year award three times, which is a record. Certainly, it’s been Ford’s best engine developed in recent memory. This year, it placed fourth in that category behind Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, and Audi. That’s not exactly the worst company to keep. Anyway you can’t blame the judges for selecting something as flashy as the Ferrari 488 GTB’s 3.9-Litre Biturbo V8.
Where to See It in Action
For the most part, the 1.0L EcoBoost is an important part of Ford’s European lineup. There it appears in one of five vehicles. Back in North America, you can find it in the Fiesta SE, Focus SE, and C-Max. In other markets, you can find it in the B-Max, Grand, C-Max Mondeo, and EcoSport. But, you should note that the Ford EcoSport (confusingly pronounced “echo”) will be entering the North American market later this year. Naturally, given the success of the engine, Ford can use it in a diverse range of products. Specifically, in its several iterations, Ford can tune the tiny EcoBoost to deliver 99, 123, or 138 horsepower.
Ford Europe’s product development VP, Joe Bakaj, says,
Our 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has been a game-changer, setting the benchmark for compact, fuel-efficient engines with sophisticated EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and Twin-Independent Variable Camshaft Timing technologies. Even with 10 International Engine of the Year awards under our belt, we’re still finding ways to push back the boundaries of powertrain engineering, and deliver even more benefit to our customers from this acclaimed small engine.
In 2018, the 1.0L EcoBoost will include the ability to automatically drop one of its cylinders in order to improve fuel economy. As you probably expect, that will save you money. Additionally, the 1.0L appears exclusively in smaller cars, which already boast impressive fuel numbers. It will, of course, only engage that feature when the power demand placed on the engine is low. When you hit speed, your engine will resume the use of all of its cylinders. When deployed, the feature will make the 1.0L EcoBoost even more appealing to drivers of small cars.