Ford’s tiny yet powerful 1.0‑liter EcoBoost engine has been voted best in class at the International Engine of the Year Awards for the fifth year in a row. Judges praised its combination of drivability, performance, economy, refinement and technology that continues to set the standard.
The frugal three-cylinder EcoBoost engine was named “Best Engine Under 1.0-liter” by a panel of 65 automotive journalists from 31 countries, meaning that it has won in its class every year since its launch. This year it finished ahead of 32 competitor engines, 19 more than it competed against in 2012. Significantly, 2015 also saw an increase in competition from global automotive manufacturers of sub-1.0-liter, turbocharged engines with direct fuel injection.
In 2014, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost became the first engine to be named overall International Engine of the Year for a third time in a row. In 2012 it was also named “Best New Engine.”
“The 1.0-liter EcoBoost was a game-changer, and despite others following our lead, it remains the undisputed benchmark in its class five years on,” said Trevor Worthington, vice president, Product Development, Ford Asia Pacific. “It represents how we continue to innovate to bring our customers the mileage they need and the power they want in Asia Pacific with more EcoBoost engines across our growing product lineup.”
Available in 72 countries worldwide, the power-dense 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has challenged drivers’ perceptions of the capabilities of smaller engines: A road-legal Formula Ford race car fitted with a high-output version of the engine lapped Germany’s famous Nürburgring circuit in 7 minutes 22 seconds, putting it ahead of a host of supercars including the 600+ horsepower Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and Pagani Zonda.