Ford’s three-cylinder future

Ford EcoBoost
1 Nov, 2012 11:16am Steve Fowler

Clever 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is set to go large and go global

Ford’s 1.0-litre, turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost engine could expand up to 1.5-litres in size with power in excess of 200bhp, and feature in cars as large as the S-MAX and Galaxy in the next few years.

Speaking to Auto Express as Ford was awarded the Dewar Trophy by the Royal Automobile Club for outstanding British technical achievement, Ford’s head of petrol engine development Andrew Fraser said: “We have a maximum capacity per cylinder of 500cc, so a 1.5-litre engine is certainly possible.

“In growing markets there are incentives for certain sizes of engines, so in Brazil they want a 1.0-litre engine, in India it’s 1.2 and in China it’s 1.5 – the EcoBoost engine could be all of those.”

According to Fraser, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost has hit a high of 220bhp while testing, and ran at 202bhp in a Formula Ford road-legal race car around the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany.

However, Ford is happy with the engine’s current road car application where its highest output is 123bhp.

Bigger capacities mean more power, though, with Fraser saying that 200bhp is certainly possible: “We might not be up at Focus ST levels [247bhp] but it’ll be something pretty exciting.”