While many might consider the 125hp 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in the European Focus to be inadequate, Ford has set about breaking records and proving it has much more to offer than you might expect.
With the Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost going on sale a few months ago, it’s already gained a following for its fuel efficiency. However, the car also offers surprising performance, as proven by establishing 16 FIA speed world records over distances ranging from 1km (0.6 miles) to 4104.7 km (2550.5 miles).
Eight journalists from France and the US were joined by WRC star Jari-Matti Latvala to drive at the CERAM test circuit in Mortefontaine, France. They drove three cars over a two-day period.
“This little engine punches way above its weight when it comes to performance,” said Latvala. “The records prove the Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost can be lots of fun – as well as a very frugal car.”
To be eligible, each car was run-in under the supervision of an official FFSA steward, after being selected from the Ford manufacturing facility in Saarlouis, Germany. The three cars set the “sub-1.0-liter class” world records for times recorded covering both 1km and 1-mile from a standing start and a flying start; and for highest average speeds recorded over distances ranging from 10km (6.21 miles) to 4104.7km (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 191.056km/h (118.716 mph) during the successful attempt on the world record for the highest average speed over one hour.
The full list of records is as follows:
All records are subject to FIA homologation in Category B (series production cars), Group 1 (4-stroke engine), Class 5 (with engines of between 850-1000cc).