Hot twin-turbo three-pot engine will be used in sporty Fords
22 February 2012

Ford’s extraordinary new 1.0-litre turbocharged engine could soon be available in high-performance Fords, with a power output as high as 177bhp.

The tiny three-cylinder engine is likely to feature twin sequential turbocharging to boost its output from an already impressive 123bhp to as much as 177bhp – an unprecedented figure for such a small engine.

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“It’s a stretch, but possible,” said Gunnar Herrmann, the vehicle line director for the Focus, in which the three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine will shortly make its debut.

Ford is believed to have a functioning prototype of a high-output version of this engine already. It is thought to be using an electric supercharger in the role of the small turbocharger, which hands over power to another turbocharger from the 1.6-litre Ecoboost engine.

The 1.0-litre unit is tipped for use in a performance version of the Focus positioned some distance below the forthcoming 247bhp Focus ST.

Herrmann also confirmed that, by 2015, the 1.0-litre Ecoboost will have entirely replaced Fordís normally aspirated 1.6-litre, four-cylinder motors in most regions of the world.

In the UK, the 1.0-litre Ecoboost will supplant the non-turbo 1.6-litre this year.

“We know there might be some resistance from customers asked to go from a 1.6 to a 1.0,” said Herrmann, “but only until they drive it.”

Andrew Frankel

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22 February 2012

[quote Autocar]The 1.0-litre unit is tipped for use in a performance version of the Focus positioned some distance below the forthcoming 247bhp Focus ST. [/quote]

I would guess that will be a Zetec-S then unless they are going to create a more snappy badge title for the car.

Better still though a Fiesta ST (and they can't say the pricing will be an issue in that part of the model range).

22 February 2012

177bhp from a one litre? Imagine the turbo lag! It sounds interesting, but I can't see an engine like this being particularly durable.

22 February 2012

[quote Fidji]

177bhp from a one litre? Imagine the turbo lag! It sounds interesting, but I can't see an engine like this being particularly durable.

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In theory, if the tech details in the piece are correct, it won't be laggy. In fact the response could be very crisp.

If they are going to electrically spool the first turbo up, response should be immediate.

22 February 2012

Teg, you ***! You *** beat me to it again!

[quote TegTypeR]

I would guess that will be a Zetec-S then.

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The current Zetec S in the Focus is a similarly powered 1.6, and that seems like a very small capacity for 182bhp.

[quote TegTypeR]Better still though a Fiesta ST [/quote]

Not long ago, that was a 2.0! If they made a 2.0 Fiesta based on this engine, then technically it would be a 1998cc V6 with 354bhp. Yes please...

22 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

In theory, if the tech details in the piece are correct, it won't be laggy. In fact the response could be very crisp.

If they are going to electrically spool the first turbo up, response should be immediate

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You're right! I forget that these twin-turbos aren't actually too bad when it comes to lag. Still, I can't see this engine being reliable! Think of the stress that little engine is being put under! Poor little thing!

22 February 2012

[quote Fidji]

177bhp from a one litre? Imagine the turbo lag! It sounds interesting, but I can't see an engine like this being particularly durable.

[/quote]

Aren't the blocks as stiff as diesel's?? Hence why it can take so much boost pressue?

22 February 2012

[quote Fidji]177bhp from a one litre? Imagine the turbo lag! It sounds interesting, but I can't see an engine like this being particularly durable.[/quote]

BMW get 193 bhp from a 1 litre, 4 cylinder non turbo motorcycle engine that has been in production for over 3 years although at about 13,000 rpm with maximum revs being 14.200 rpm.

22 February 2012

Ford seem to be getting interesting once again...

22 February 2012

[quote Maxycat][quote Fidji]177bhp from a one litre? Imagine the turbo lag! It sounds interesting, but I can't see an engine like this being particularly durable.[/quote]

BMW get 193 bhp from a 1 litre, 4 cylinder non turbo motorcycle engine that has been in production for over 3 years although at about 13,000 rpm with maximum revs being 14.200 rpm.

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Don't get all 'motorbikes' on me!

Anyway, I wouldn't want a Focus with a motorbike engine. The noise would be horrific. I find motorcycles annoying in terms of the sound they make. They drive me mad!

22 February 2012

[quote Lesia44]Ford seem to be getting interesting once again[/quote]

I agree. I just hope they move away from this kinetic(?) design language. The facelifts and recent high-specced versions of their cars are generally okay and improving slowly but asthetically not a match for the mk1 Focus or mk2 Mondeo. Especially the interior- do Ford not realise that Nokia 6310 is no longer in fashion?!

As for the predicted reliability issues, I don't accept the theory from (largely) non-qualified forum users compared to the development budget and expert engineers Ford has had at its disposal!

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