Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost racer beats Lamborghini time at Nurburgring
Ford’s award winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine continues to impress and has just scored one of the fastest lap times ever at Germany’s famed Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in a unique road-going Formula Ford race car. The one-off single-seat racer completed the lap in 7 minutes, 22 seconds to register the 11th fastest time ever on the circuit. No other three or four-cylinder car has posted a faster time at the legendary circuit.
This gets even more impressive compared to the list of supercars that it beats. The incredible time puts it ahead of a host of supercars including the 700 horsepower Lamborghini Aventador, 660 hp Ferrari Enzo and 602 hp Pagani Zonda. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost-powered Formula Ford boasts an unofficial top speed of 158.8 mph and a 0-62 mph time of less than four seconds.
In the press release today, Ford says that it took engineers several months to switch the Formula Ford’s usual 180 hp,1.6-liter EcoBoost power unit with a specially tuned 205 hp version of the company’s new global 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. The tiny but powerful three-cylinder Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost was recently named 2012 “International Engine of the Year”.