Ford Focus EcoBoost sets 16 world speed records
The Ford Focus 1.0L EcoBoost (known in Europe as the 125 PS) spent some time on the track this week and gained sixteen world speed records recorded by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), who will likely finalize and record those records in the next thirty days.
The FIA records were set in Category B, Group 1 (series production cars, 4-stroke engine) and class 5 (850-1000cc). Those records were set by drivers including World Rally Championships star Jari-Matti Latvala at the CERAM test circuit in Mortefontaine, France over two days - Wednesday, May 30 and Thursday May 31.
“This little engine punches way above its weight when it comes to performance,” said Latvala in a press release “The records prove the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost can be lots of fun – as well as a very frugal car.”
The three Focus 1.0L EcoBoost models were chosen from the factory line by a Federation steward at the plant in Saarlouis, Germany. Once on the track, they set the sub-1.0-litre class world records for times recorded in one kilometer and one mile from both a standing and flying start and for the highest average speeds recorded over several distances beyond 10km as well as for timed sessions of one, six, 12 and 24 hours.
The highest average speed recorded was 191.056km/h (118.716mph), which captured the world record for the highest average speed over one hour.
Records set include: