Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has earned another major accolade, the award for Automotive Innovation 2013 from the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Other nominees for the award, which highlights advanced R&D and innovation in the UK automotive industry, included the new McLaren P1 supercar.
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine was previously named International Engine of the Year in 2012 and 2013 and was designed at Ford’s research and development centres in Dunton and Dagenham in the UK.
“The UK is a hotbed for global automotive engineering talent, a fact proved by the winning Ford entry being designed and developed at its UK R&D centres,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive and one of the Award judges. “The outstanding calibre of the entrants to this year’s Award is testament to the wealth of design and engineering talent here in the UK. SMMT is working hard with its members and government to ensure the UK maintains and develops its position at the forefront of automotive innovation.”
Ford said globally, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is currently available in the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Ford B-MAX, and Ford C-MAX, Ford Tourneo Connect and Ford Transit Connect models, and will also feature in both the soon to be released Ford EcoSport SUV and the next generation Ford Mondeo (Fusion).
“I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of the 1,000-plus highly-skilled Ford powertrain engineers involved in the 1.0-litre EcoBoost program,” said Ford’s Director of Global Vehicle Evaluation and Verification, Graham Hoare. “In 2007, the engineering teams at Dunton and Dagenham took on the challenge to produce a cutting-edge three-cylinder petrol engine – exciting, durable and efficient enough for both cars and commercial vehicles. Six years on, and with over 300,000 global sales, two back-to-back International Engine of the Year titles, and now this major Innovation award, we couldn’t be more proud.”
This version of the Ecoboost also powers the FF1 Formula Ford-based road car, which registered the 11th fastest time ever on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit – a performance that put it ahead of supercars like the 600-plus horsepower Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and Pagani Zonda.