Ford’s high-performance vehicles will soon be available with a new 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, which could have a power output of up to 177bhp. The tiny three-cylinder engine will probably feature twin sequential turbocharging to raise its output from 123bhp to as high as 177bhp – an unparalleled figure for this small engine.
Gunnar Herrmann, Ford’s vehicle line director for the Focus, where the three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine will make its debut in shortly, said, “It’s a stretch, but possible.” It’s believed that Ford already has a functioning prototype of a high-output version of this engine.
It is likely to have an electric supercharger that will take on the role of the small turbocharger, which transfers power to another turbocharger from the 1.6-litre Ecoboost engine. The 1.0-litre unit is expected to be used in a performance version of the Focus slotted some distance below the upcoming 247bhp Focus ST.
Herrmann confirmed too that by the year 2015, the 1.0-litre Ecoboost would already have totally replaced Ford’s normally aspirated 1.6-litre, four-cylinder motors in nearly all regions worldwide. He added that the 1.0-litre Ecoboost will displace the non-turbo 1.6-litre this year in the UK. He said that there may be resistance from customers who would be asked to move to a 1.0 from 1.6 but all doubts will stop when they get the chance to drive it.