Focus EcoBoost sets 16 world speed records

Ford’s new 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in the Ford Focus has proved its surprising performance by setting 16 Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) world speed records* over distances from 0.6 miles to 2,550.5 miles – proving there’s more to this car than the chance of spectacular fuel economy.

Drivers, including World Rally Championships star Jari-Matti Latvala, set the records at the CERAM test circuit in Mortefontaine, France, over two days using three Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost cars identical to those sold in dealerships throughout Europe and selected at random from the production line.

“This little engine punches way above its weight when it comes to performance,” said Latvala, whose regular ride is a 304PS Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car. “The records prove the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost can be lots of fun – as well as a very frugal car.”

The three Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost models set the “sub-1.0-litre class” world records* for recorded times covering one mile from a standing and flying start; and for highest average speeds recorded over distances from 10km (6.21 miles) to 4,104.7km (2,550.5 miles). The cars also set highest average speed records* over timed sessions lasting one, six, 12 and 24 hours.

The highest average speed recorded was 118.7mph during the setting of the world record for the highest average speed over one hour.

The 125PS Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost already accounts for 25 per cent of total Ford Focus orders. The car is capable of 0-62mph acceleration in 11.3sec and a top speed of 120mph. It delivers 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km. A 100PS version of the 1.0-litre engine delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency of 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km.

The full list of records is as follows:

 Standing start 1 kilometre 113.522 km/h
 Standing start 1 mile 79.402 mph
 Flying start 1 kilometre 176.168 km/h
 Flying start 1 mile 108.548 mph
 Highest average speed over 10 km 172.053 km/h
 Highest average speed over 100 km 187.579 km/h
 Highest average speed over 500 km 186.793 km/h
 Highest average speed over 10 miles 110.237 mph
 Highest average speed over 100 miles 118.412 mph
 Highest average speed over 1 hour 191.056 km/h (118.716 mph)
 Highest average speed over 1000 km 164.361 km/h
 Highest average speed over 500 miles 102.656 mph
 Highest average speed over 1000 miles 103.357 mph
 Highest average speed over 6 hours 165.555 km/h (102.871 mph)
 Highest average speed over 12 hours 166.784 km/h (103.634 mph)
 Highest average speed over 24 hours 171.029 km/h (106.272 mph)