Thursday, 10 November 2011

Road - The Future?


Looking more like a trinket on an NDUBZ charm bracelet, this is the new 1 litre, 3 cylinder engine from Ford.

The tiny turbocharged, direct injection engine produces 123 bhp with 114g/km CO2 or there is a 99 bhp version with 109g/km CO2.  The engines will be used in the new Ford Focus from next year and will also see service in the C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, plus the new B-MAX which will be introduced mid 2012. 

Apparently, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost cylinder block can fit onto a sheet of A4 paper, but delivers up to 123 bhp  and generates 170 Nm peak torque (with 200 Nm overboost), giving it the highest power density of any Ford production engine to date.

Makes you wonder though. What about a nice wee one-make rally series for the Fiesta with the wee engine. The car would be light, wouldn’t be powerful enough to destroy tyres, and like the original Ford Ka series could be affordable and fun. I think I’ll write to the nice people at Ford and see what they think.

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