Ford’s award-winning 3-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost motor has seen development in recent times, with the addition of cylinder-deactivation; the first of its kind.
Never before has an automotive manufacturer implemented this type of tech on such a small engine, as many previously had concerns about the motor not being able to perform sufficiently. The problem Ford faced was how to retain ultimate drivability when required, whilst simultaneously improving fuel efficiency.
They came up with a solution that is able to de- and reactive a single cylinder in a mere 14 milliseconds.
This, seemingly easy, solution took many months along with endless testing to perfect for real-world driving situations. The system will shut down a cylinder whenever the motor requires less than optimal performance – in traffic for instanse – and then reactivates it whenever the driver requires more power. Ford recom this technology can increase efficiency by up to 6%.
Just to understand how advanced this tech is, when the engine spins at 4, 500 rpm, s the valves are opening and closing roughly 40 times a second. This system has to know precisely when to shut down, and restart the cylinder without interrupting the engine’s natural rythem.
This initiative was a global collaboration between Ford’s finest engineers. Engineering this type of sollution into a car with a small engine, and then making that tech working in perfect sync without the driver even noticing is no mean feat.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost in available in no less than 11 Ford models internationally. These include the Focus, Fiesta, EcoSport, Transit and Mondeo.
Ford say 1 out of every 5 cars is sold with the EcoBoost unit, and as much as every 2 in 5 Fiesta buyers opt for the 3-cylinder.
And let’s also not forget that the 1.0-litre EcoBoost has a higher specific output than a Bugatti Veyron!