evolve Technologies Limited recently completed two
engineering projects to demonstrate the flexibility and capability of the Ford
1.0l EcoBoost engine. This power unit was awarded the prestigious International
Engine of the Year Award for the sub 1.0 class in 2012.
First was an exercise to make a Formula Ford into a road
legal vehicle fitted with the 1.0l engine followed quickly by installing the
same unit into a Caterham.
Here’s what the press had to say about these two
The Caterham Seven SV
gets the new hi-tech engine from the Ford Focus
Verdict - 4 out of 5 stars
Ford's excellent 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has already wowed
us in the new B-MAX and Fiesta, and it shows yet more versatility here. The
little three-cylinder punches hard in the lightweight Caterham, mixing strong
acceleration with a great soundtrack. And there’s more power to come, so expect
the engine to grace a high-performance Ford very soon.
In an effort to show the sporting potential of its award-winning
three-cylinder turbocharged engine, Ford has fitted it to a Caterham Seven SV.
This is the same engine that’s available in the Fiesta and
new B-MAX, so it comes with 118bhp and 200Nm of torque, although Ford claims
the power could be increased.
This version of the Caterham is normally fitted with a
1.6-litre engine and, although it may appear as if you’re losing out with the
1.0-litre, the power is exactly the same. In fact, the smaller engine delivers
55Nm more torque.
The car hasn’t been fully tested yet, so there are no
official 0-60mph times, but with the 1.6-litre Seven completing the sprint in
6.2 seconds, a time of six seconds flat is likely. From the driver’s seat, this
car is every bit as fast as the standard SV.
The free-revving nature of the EcoBoost engine fits well in
the lightweight chassis – total weight is just 588kg – so the added torque
translates into a substantial shove in the back. There’s an addictive
three-cylinder warble, although it’s hard to hear with a helmet on and the wind rushing past.
As with all Caterhams, this is a proper back-to-basics
machine, and masses of fun. The tiny steering wheel, matched with short-throw
gearchanges, gives you a real sense that you are driving an old-fashioned
sports car, while ultra-direct steering and a low-slung driving position mean
everything feels 20mph quicker than it actually is.
Although it’s merely a bit of fun for Ford – there are no
plans to put a 1.0-litre Seven on sale – it
proves just how versatile this
remarkable little engine is.
Top Gear on the road
going Formula Ford:…..
Diddy Ford outpaces
Enzo at the ‘Ring...
...using a 1.0 litre
Ecoboost engine. The future’s looking bright
So. Going fast around the Nürburgring is all about big
engines and plenty of horsepower, right? Wrong.
Ford has just proved that size isn't everything by letting a one-off,
street-legal version of its popular Formula Ford loose around the infamous
‘Ring. Powered by the diddy 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Ecoboost engine (like in
Focus), and a bit of a tailwind, it clocked a time of 7 minutes, 22
seconds. That's faster around the 'Green Hell' than a Lamborghini Aventador,
Ferrari Enzo and Pagani Zonda.
Weight is obviously important - or lack of it. This racer weighs around 500kg
and is modified to use Ford's 1.0-litre three cylinder in conjunction with the
turbo from the standard Formula Ford. Boffins at Ford did tinker with the
engine's ECU to squeeze out 202 bhp, 22 bhp more than the 1.6 litre that
normally sits in the single-seater, but there were no major engine mods.
And thanks to some indicators, wing mirrors, wheel covers and a horn, you can
even drive it to the shops. Yes, it's road legal. And if you can live without
your creature comforts, it's even somewhat practical.
Of course, the headline stats of 0-62mph in under four seconds and a top speed
of 158.8mph sound fantastic. But where it gets very interesting is fuel
consumption. Ford is claiming that in testing, the EcoBoost-powered
single-seater returned 118mpg at 35mph and 57mpg at 75mph. Now that's having
your cake and eating it.
"This little engine has people rubbing their eyes in disbelief," said
Nick Tandy, the man who piloted the car for the
lap. "It's simply
astonishing that a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre engine can deliver that kind of
If you want to own the fastest, street-legal three-cylinder powered car to go
around James' favourite race track, you can't, unless Ford agrees to build it.
So click ‘like' at the top of this article and we'll send a digital petition to
Dagenham when it gets high enough...