EcoBoost wins UK Innovation award

Ford's internationally acclaimed 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has earned another major accolade - the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Award for Automotive Innovation 2013.

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-litre EcoBoost engine, International Engine of the Year in 2012 and 2013, is no bigger than a sheet of A4 paper, but delivers 125PS, and, in a Ford Fiesta, achieves 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions of just 99g/km. It was designed at Ford's research and development centres in Dunton and Dagenham in the UK.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive and one of the Award judges, said: "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."

The 1.0-litre 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 forthcoming Ford EcoSport SUV and the next generation Ford Mondeo.

It 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 a host of supercars including the 600+ horsepower Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and Pagani Zonda..

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