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 demonstrator vehicles….

Autocar Magazine:……

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.

caterham ecoboost

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 the new 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.formula ford ecoboost
"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 performance."

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...