A total of 16 Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) world speed records were set by Ford’s new 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which was used to power the Ford Focus. The records were set over distances from 0.6 miles to 2,550.5 miles. The records were accomplished by drivers, which include World Rally Championships icon Jari-Matti Latvala.
The event took place at the end of May at the CERAM test circuit in Mortefontaine, France. Three Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost cars – exactly the same as those available in Europe dealerships – were driven by Latvala and eight journalists from France and the U.S.
To qualify, every car had to be supervised by an official FFSA (Fédération Française du Sport Automobile) steward after having been chosen from the Ford manufacturing facility in Saarlouis, Germany. The “sub-1.0-litre class” world records were set by the three Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost models for times that covered one mile from a standing and flying start as well as for highest average speeds over distances from 10km (6.21 miles) to 4,104.7km (2,550.5 miles).
These cars also set highest average speed records during timed sessions that lasted one, six, 12 and 24 hours. The world record for the highest average speed over one hour is 118.7mph. Last February was when the 125PS Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost started selling in the UK. It currently makes up 25% of total Ford Focus orders.
The car can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 11.3sec and reach a top speed of 120mph. It returns 56.5mpg and emits 114g/km of CO2. The 1.0-litre engine is available in a 100PS version that offers best-in-class fuel efficiency of 58.9mpg and emits 109g/km of CO2.
Here are the 16 recors set by the Ford Focus: 1. Standing start 1 kilometre - 113.522 km/h; Standing start 1 mile - 79.402 mph; Flying start 1 kilometre - 176.168 km/h; Flying start 1 mile - 108.548 mph; Highest average speed over 10 km - 172.053 km/h; Highest average speed over 100 km - 187.579 km/h; Highest average speed over 500 km - 186.793 km/h; Highest average speed over 10 miles - 110.237 mph; Highest average speed over 100 miles - 118.412 mph; Highest average speed over 1 hour - 191.056 km/h (118.716 mph); Highest average speed over 1000 km - 164.361 km/h; Highest average speed over 500 miles - 102.656 mph; Highest average speed over 1000 miles - 103.357 mph; Highest average speed over 6 hours - 165.555 km/h (102.871 mph); Highest average speed over 12 hours - 166.784 km/h (103.634 mph); Highest average speed over 24 hours - 171.029 km/h (106.272 mph).
With parts commonality at 80%, the latest generation of the Focus is based on the new worldwide C-segment architecture of Ford Motor Company. With this platform, the brand hopes that it will support ten vehicles worldwide and account for a yearly production of 2 million units by 2012. The brand had committed previously to including a Focus model in the line-up of its next generation models.
The Paris event was a good venue to display how the Focus would look like once it will be officially presented in 2012. At this same event, Ford said that while the next generation of the Focus line-up will have three models, it wills stay that way and the brand has no plans on making a Coupé-Cabriolet version or even a three-door variant. The brand however did show the Focus ST which comes in an excellent design and can offer driving enjoyment especially with the Ford EcoBoost powerplant capable of 250 PS.
According to Kuzak, showing the three-core body style of the Focus marks a new milestone in Ford’s C-car strategy. A few months from now, he added, production of the Focus will begin at facilities located in Michigan and Saarlouis. With this, Ford hopes it will be able to achieve its plan of being able to deliver at least ten new versions coming from the same platform, he continued.
Kuzak said further that the reason why it would be expanding the range is that when the brand designed to have this five-door hatchback look like a coupe, it meant there would be no more room for a three-door variant. He added that the three-model range of the Focus actually gives a good mix of practicality on a daily basis and a dynamic and athletic appearance.
Kuzak also said that for those who want a vehicle that has a dynamic look but offers larger space, then the C-car range is still the answer especially through the C-MAX. This is a vehicle, he revealed, that is more than perfect for their needs. The new Focus was developed in Europe and according to Ford, it will be sold in at least 120 markets around the world.