Η Ford είχε παρουσιάσει την Formula Ford στην έκθεση της Φρανκφούρτης τον Σεπτέμβριο 2011 και τώρα ανακοίνωσε ότι με οδηγό τον Nick Tandy, γύρισε στο Nürburgring Nordschleife σε 7 λεπτά και 22 δευτερόλεπτα. Η μέση ωριαία ταχύτητα του ήταν 169 χλμ/ώρα και πέτυχε τον 11ο ταχύτερο γύρο στη Πράσινη Κόλαση, κάνοντας το να είναι κατά πολύ ταχύτερο από τα Ferrari Enzo, Pagani Zonda και Lamborghini Aventador.

Μηχανικά φορά τον 1.00αρη Ecoboost κινητήρα ο οποίος αποδίδει 205 άλογα. Το μονοθέσιο μπορεί να κινηθεί νόμιμα στον δρόμο αφού διαθέτει καλύμματα τροχών, φωτιστικά σώματα μπροστά πίσω, φλας, καθρέπτες και κόρνα. Τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα τα κάνει σε λιγότερο από 4 δευτερόλεπτα με τελική ταχύτητα 255,5 χλμ/ώρα.

Ο Roelant de Waard, αντιπρόεδρος πωλήσεων και Marketing της Ford Europe, δήλωσε:

Θέλαμε να αποδείξουμε ότι το μέγεθος δεν έχει σημασία, δείχνοντας στον κόσμο το πόσο έχουμε αναπτύξει τον 1.000άρη Ecoboost κινητήρα. Υπάρχει καλύτερος τρόπος από το να νικάς τα καλύτερα supercars στο Nordschleife την ώρα που χρησιμοποιείς πολύ λιγότερο καύσιμο;

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FORD’S 1.0-LITRE ECOBOOST POWERED RACE CAR LEAVES SUPERCARS IN ITS WAKE AT FAMED NÜRBURGRING CIRCUIT

  • A unique Formula Ford race car powered by Ford’s tiny 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine produces a supercar-beating performance at the legendary Nürburgring track in Germany
  • Unique road-legal racer records the 11th fastest lap ever at the Nürburgring’s famed Nordschleife circuit – 7 minutes, 22 seconds – higher on the list than such 600+ horsepower supercars as the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and the Pagani Zonda
  • 1.0-litre EcoBoost-powered Formula Ford boasts an unofficial top speed of 255.5 km/h (158.8 mph) and a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of less than four seconds
  • Fuel economy is equally eye-popping: unofficially 2.4 l/100 km (118 mpg) at 56 km/h (35 mph), and 5 l/100 km (57 mpg) at 120 km/h (75 mph)
  • The three-cylinder Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost was recently named 2012 “International Engine of the Year”. The turbocharged, direction injection petrol engine is now available in the Ford Focus and coming soon in the B-MAX, new Fiesta and C-MAX

COLOGNE, Germany, Sept. 4, 2012 – Ford’s tiny but feisty 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is the reason why a unique road-going Formula Ford race car has scored one of the fastest lap times ever at Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.

The one-of a-kind, road-legal version of the latest Formula Ford single-seat racer completed the lap in 7 minutes, 22 seconds to register the 11th fastest time ever on the circuit – a performance that puts it ahead of a host of supercars including the 600+ horsepower Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and Pagani Zonda.

“This little engine has people rubbing their eyes in disbelief,” said racing driver and course specialist Nick Tandy, 28, who completed the drive. “It’s simply astonishing that a 3-cylinder, one-litre engine can deliver that kind of performance.”

Ford engineers have led several months of work on the project to switch the Formula Ford’s usual 180 PS,1.6-litre EcoBoost power unit with a specially tuned 205 PS version of the company’s new global 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which was recently named “International Engine of the Year”.

The project team also modified the vehicle so it would be fully street legal for on-road use by fitting it with wheel covers, front and rear lights and indicators, aerodynamically designed wing mirrors and a horn. The car is fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox and was driven on road-legal tyres.

The car’s unofficial top speed is expected to be 255.5 km/h (158.8 mph) with a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of less than four seconds. The vehicle completed the 20.832 km (12.94 mile) Nordschleife circuit at an average speed of 169 km/h (105 mph).

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost powered Formula Ford car beat previously recorded fastest times of many supercars including the 700 horsepower Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, the 660 horsepower Ferrari Enzo and the 602 horsepower Pagani Zonda. No other three- or even four-cylinder car has posted a faster time at the legendary circuit.

“We wanted to prove that size doesn’t matter by showing everyone what an amazingly capable engine we have developed in the 1.0-litre EcoBoost,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president of Marketing and Sales, Ford of Europe. “What better way than by beating some of the best supercars in the world on the Nordschleife, while using a fraction of the fuel.”

In-house testing also showed the 1.0-litre EcoBoost-powered Formula Ford is capable of extremely frugal fuel economy, delivering 2.4 l/100 km (118 mpg) at 56 km/h (35 mph), and 5 l/100 km (57 mpg) at 120 km/h (75 mph).

While the 1.0-litre EcoBoost-powered Formula Ford car isn’t available to buy, the Ford Focus equipped with this engine is already proving a success with customers around Europe. About 30 percent of new Focus buyers in recent months have opted for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost.

In the Focus, the 100 PS version 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine delivers 4.8 l/100 km (58.9 mpg), and the 125 PS model achieves 5 l/100 km (56.5 mpg).* The engine also will be available in the all-new Ford B-MAX, and C-MAX  as well as the redesigned new Ford Fiesta coming later in 2012.

Earlier this year, a Ford Focus equipped with the 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost set 16 Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) speed world records at the CERAM test circuit in France.**

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* All fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures in g/km are from officially approved tests in accordance with EC Directive 93/116/EC. Fuel economy figures quoted are based on the European Fuel Economy Directive EU 80/1268/EEC and will differ from fuel economy drive cycle results in other regions of the world

** All records are subject to Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) homologation in Category B (series production cars), Group 1 (4-stroke engine), Class 5 (with engines of between 850-1000cc)

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