Ford Motor Company’s innovative EcoBoost engine has won a Popular Mechanics magazine Breakthrough Award, accolades which are given periodically to various technical advancements that have an important impact on science and industry. The 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder engine, along with nine other products, was selected by the magazine’s editors for the annual awards. Other items chosen by the staff included an affordable 3D printer and a new, high-tech camera. The EcoBoost is one of the smallest displacement engines Ford has ever produced, and is its first 3-cylinder engine.
Spend five minutes getting to know the Ford EcoBoost engine in the video clip below. The engineer who does the narration and provides all the details gives a superb overview of Ford’s newest innovation. Even if you are not an automotive techie, you will thoroughly enjoy this clear, concise presentation. Drivers who have experience with the three-cylinder, 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine report that it is not only surprisingly powerful, but quiet.
With total power of 125 horsepower, and already on sale in Europe, the new engine has acquired a reputation for quiet operation, power, and smooth acceleration. Ford’s goal in creating the EcoBoost was to offer impressive fuel economy and efficient operation from a small unit.
Prior to the Popular Mechanics recognition, the EcoBoost was voted International Engine of the Year by a 76-member jury of journalists from 35 different nations in early 2012. In Europe, the engine is available on the B-MAX, the C-MAX, and the Focus. It features, among other innovations, an offset crankshaft, a split cooling system, and a variable oil pump. The Breakthrough Awards were created to reward innovative spirit and products that shape the future, according to editors at Popular Mechanics.
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