- Drivers including Ford’s World Rally Championships star Jari-Matti Latvala set 16 records in a Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost 125PS at CERAM test circuit in France
- The Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost 125PS is capable of 0-62 mph acceleration in 11.3 seconds and a top speed of 120mph. It delivers fuel consumption of 56.5 mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km**
BRENTWOOD, Essex, 7 June 2012 – Ford’s new 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in the Ford Focus has proved its surprising performance by setting 16 Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) world speed records* over distances from 0.6 miles to 2,550.5 miles.
Drivers including World Rally Championships star, Jari-Matti Latvala, set the records at the CERAM test circuit in Mortefontaine, France, over two days at the end of last month. Latvala and eight journalists from France and the U.S. drove three Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost cars identical to those sold in dealerships throughout Europe.
“This little engine punches way above its weight when it comes to performance,” said Latvala, whose regular ride is a 304PS Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car. “The records prove the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost can be lots of fun – as well as a very frugal car.”
To be eligible, each car was required to be run-in under the supervision of an official FFSA (Fédération Française du Sport Automobile) steward, after being selected from the Ford manufacturing facility in Saarlouis, Germany.
The three Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost models set the “sub-1.0-litre class” world records* for recorded times covering one mile from a standing and flying start; and for highest average speeds recorded over distances from 10km (6.21 miles) to 4,104.7km (2,550.5 miles). The cars also set highest average speed records* over timed sessions lasting one, six, 12 and 24 hours.
The highest average speed recorded was 118.7mph during the setting of the world record for the highest average speed over one hour*.
The 125PS Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost went on sale in the UK in February and already accounts for 25 per cent of total Ford Focus orders. The car is capable of 0-62mph acceleration in 11.3sec and a top speed of 120mph. It delivers 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km. A 100PS version of the 1.0-litre engine delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency of 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km.
The full list of records is as follows*:
|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)|