Ford Claims International Engine Of The Year Title
The International Engine of the Year 2013 is Ford's 999cc three-cylinder turbocharged unit. This is, in fact, the second consecutive year that the panel of motoring journalists has awarded this engine its top prize. This time, Ford's 125ps petrol unit – that can be found in the Fiesta, Focus, B-MAX, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX - has a record breaking final-round tally of 479 points. In contrast, the Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI TwinCharger has 408 points which places it second - and the BMW 2-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder has 247 points in third. Ford's tiny engine is the “Sub 1-Litre” category winner too with 557 points.
Dean Slavnich Discusses International Engine Of The Year Winner
Dean Slavnich, Co-Chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards and Editor of Engine Technology International, said: “This is a truly remarkable engine and the fact that it secured first place in this category with such ease shows that our judges appreciate all the hard work that Ford’s powertrain engineers have put into this project.” He added: “Baby EcoBoost – Ford’s first-ever three-cylinder design – is still the engine to beat across the board. It’s economical in real-world conditions while the compact turbo helps ensure that the entire package can power with ease larger vehicles like the Grand C-MAX. Bravo Ford!”
The International Engine of the Year Awards recognises other power plants too. As such, the “New Engine” category winner is the Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI ACT that saves fuel by smoothly deactivating two-cylinders when they are not required (234 points). Furthermore, the “Green Engine” champion is the Fiat 875cc two-cylinder turbo CNG with 184 points. This environmentally focussed unit has rock-bottom emissions of 86g/km which is a record for the manufacturer. The “Performance Engine” winner is the Ferrari 6.3-litre V12 with 294 points. This, inevitably, deserves plaudits for propelling the F12 Berlinetta to 62mph in 3.1 seconds via 740PS/690Nm of torque. This unit is also the “Above 4-litre” victor with 270 points. Furthermore, the “1.4-litre to 1.8-litre” title holder is the BMW-PSA 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine (317 points). This has fantastic power delivery and fuel consumption for its class. Also, the “1.8-litre to 2-litre” winner is the BMW 2-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol (295 points). Why? Because it brings together numerous systems such as: twin-scroll turbo-charging, high-precision direct injection and variable valve control. Furthermore, the “2-Litre to 2.5-litre” victor is the Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo (368 points), the “2.5-Litre to 3-Litre” title holder is Porsche's 2.7-litre DI unit (259 points), and the “3-Litre to 4-Litre” champion is the McLaren 3.8-litre V8 (333).
Stephen Turvil, motoring.co.uk: 17th Jun 2013 15:16:00
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