It may be a small engine. Yet the 1.0-liter, three-cylinder Ford EcoBoost motor is anything but little when it comes to performance. And it certainly isn’t a small fry when it comes to awards.
This is the impression given by no less than the judges at the 19th International Engine of the Year awards held in Stuttgart, Germany. The Ford compact motor garnered the International Engine of the Year, Best Engine Under 1.0-liter prize. And yes, this isn’t the first time the lump bagged the honor.
Ford’s small-ish mill has won the title a total of six times since the motor was first introduced in 2012. Back then, the 1.0-liter three-pot saw duty in the Ford Focus. Today, it powers such models as the Fiesta, and other various Ford nameplates. And it puts out anywhere from 100- 125-, and 140hp.
The International Engine of the Year competition is judged by a jury of 58 motoring journalists from 31 countries. They choose the best of the best from various categories, letting the world know that these motors (such as Ford’s mill) are tops in terms of performance, fuel effiency, the like. Ford’s EcoBoost family of engines, which displace up to 3.5-liters, give the power of much larger engines yet offer unparalleled fuel economy. Even cars like the Ford GT supercar use the said technology.