The 123-hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that is available for the European Ford Focus may be designed for fuel efficiency, but that doesn't mean it can't provide performance. Three examples of the 1.0-liter Ford Focus recently set 16 World Speed Records in testing in France.
The EcoBoost Ford Focus hatchbacks were entered in the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile's sub-1.0-liter class, and competed in three types of events: standing start acceleration, flying-start runs, and average speeds over a certain amount of time or distance. Cars were picked at random from the Ford factory in Saarlouis, Germany, and the engines were carefully broken-in by officials from the Féderation Française du Sport Automobile. Those steps are meant to guarantee fairness and ensure that these records represent what a normal three-cylinder Ford Focus could achieve.
Among the average speed records set: one kilometer standing start, at an average speed of 113.522 km/h; one mile standing start, at an average speed of 79.402 mph; one kilometer flying start, at 176.168 km/h; and the one mile flying start at 108.548 mph. The Ford Focus 1.0-liter models also recorded extremely high average speeds for several endurance tests: 106.272 mph over 24 hours, 103.357 mph over 1000 miles, and a testing-best of 118.716 mph over one hour.
The cars were driven by eight European journalists, as well as Ford Fiesta RS rally car driver Jari-Matti Latvala, over the course of two days at the CERAM test circuit in northern France.
"The records prove the Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost can be lots of fun, as well as a very frugal car," Latvala said in a statement.
Ford says a 2012 Focus equipped the 123-hp, EcoBoost engine can run from 0 to 62 mph in 11.3 seconds and manage a top speed of 120 mph. It is rated for the equivalent of 47 mpg. There also is a cheaper, "100PS" version of the engine that produces 99 hp and returns the equivalent of 49 mpg.