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201319 Feb


Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost powered road-going Formula Ford race car has scored one of the fastest lap times ever at Germany’s famed Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit.


The unique road-legal version of the latest Formula Ford single-seat racer completed the lap in 7 minutes, 22 seconds to register the 11th fastest time ever on the circuit – a performance that puts it ahead of a host of supercars including the 600+ horsepower Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and Pagani Zonda.




“This little engine has people rubbing their eyes in disbelief,” said racing driver and course specialist Nick Tandy, 28, who completed the drive. “It’s simply astonishing that a 3-cylinder, one-litre engine can deliver that kind of performance.”


Ford engineers have worked for several months on the project to switch the Formula Ford’s usual 180 PS, 1.6-litre EcoBoost power unit with a specially tuned 205 PS version of the company’s new global 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. 




The project team also modified the vehicle so it would be fully street legal for on-road use by fitting it with wheel covers, front and rear lights and indicators, aerodynamically designed wing mirrors and a horn. The car is fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox and was driven on road-legal tyres.


The car’s unofficial top speed is expected to be 255.5 kmph (158.8 mph) with a 0-100 kmph (0-62 mph) time of less than four seconds. The vehicle completed the 20.832 km (12.94 mile) Nordschleife circuit at an average speed of 169 kmph (105 mph).




The 1.0-litre EcoBoost powered Formula Ford car beat previously recorded fastest times of many supercars including the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, the Ferrari Enzo and the Pagani Zonda. No other three- or even four-cylinder car has posted a faster time at the legendary circuit.


“We wanted to prove that size doesn’t matter by showing everyone what an amazingly capable engine we have developed in the 1.0-litre EcoBoost,” said Roelant de Waard, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Ford of Europe. “What better way than by beating some of the best supercars in the world on the Nordschleife, while using a fraction of the fuel.”

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