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Formula Ford laps in the Nurburgring in 7 minutes, 22 seconds [video]

Accelerates from 0-100 km/h in less than four seconds

A Formula Ford has lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 22 seconds.

Driven by Nick Tandy, the specially designed model averaged a speed of 169 km/h (105 mph) and posted the ‘Ring's 11th fastest lap. This means the car was faster than supercars like the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and the Pagani Zonda.

In order to get these impressive results, engineers installed a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine that develops 205 PS (151 kW / 202 hp). They also made the car fully street-legal by installing "wheel covers, front and rear lights and indicators, aerodynamically designed wing mirrors and a horn."

Thanks to these modifications, the Formula Ford can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than four seconds and hit an estimated top speed of 255.5 km/h (158.8 mph).

According to Roelant de Waard, Ford Europe's vice president of Sales and Marketing, "We wanted to prove that size doesn't matter by showing everyone what an amazingly capable engine we have developed in the 1.0-litre EcoBoost. What better way than by beating some of the best supercars in the world on the Nordschleife, while using a fraction of the fuel."

Source: Ford
Published Sep 4, 2012 6:48 pm By Michael Gauthier

FORD'S 1.0-LITRE ECOBOOST POWERED RACE CAR LEAVES SUPERCARS IN ITS WAKE AT FAMED NÜRBURGRING CIRCUIT

  • A unique Formula Ford race car powered by Ford's tiny 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine produces a supercar-beating performance at the legendary Nürburgring track in Germany
  • Unique road-legal racer records the 11th fastest lap ever at the Nürburgring's famed Nordschleife circuit - 7 minutes, 22 seconds - higher on the list than such 600+ horsepower supercars as the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and the Pagani Zonda
  • 1.0-litre EcoBoost-powered Formula Ford boasts an unofficial top speed of 255.5 km/h (158.8 mph) and a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of less than four seconds
  • Fuel economy is equally eye-popping: unofficially 2.4 l/100 km (118 mpg) at 56 km/h (35 mph), and 5 l/100 km (57 mpg) at 120 km/h (75 mph)
  • The three-cylinder Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost was recently named 2012 "International Engine of the Year". The turbocharged, direction injection petrol engine is now available in the Ford Focus and coming soon in the B-MAX, new Fiesta and C-MAX
COLOGNE, Germany, Sept. 4, 2012 - Ford's tiny but feisty 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is the reason why a unique road-going Formula Ford race car has scored one of the fastest lap times ever at Germany's famed Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.

The one-of a-kind, road-legal version of the latest Formula Ford single-seat racer completed the lap in 7 minutes, 22 seconds to register the 11th fastest time ever on the circuit - a performance that puts it ahead of a host of supercars including the 600+ horsepower Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and Pagani Zonda.

"This little engine has people rubbing their eyes in disbelief," said racing driver and course specialist Nick Tandy, 28, who completed the drive. "It's simply astonishing that a 3-cylinder, one-litre engine can deliver that kind of performance."

Ford engineers have led several months of work on the project to switch the Formula Ford's usual 180 PS,1.6-litre EcoBoost power unit with a specially tuned 205 PS version of the company's new global 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which was recently named "International Engine of the Year".

The project team also modified the vehicle so it would be fully street legal for on-road use by fitting it with wheel covers, front and rear lights and indicators, aerodynamically designed wing mirrors and a horn. The car is fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox and was driven on road-legal tyres.

The car's unofficial top speed is expected to be 255.5 km/h (158.8 mph) with a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of less than four seconds. The vehicle completed the 20.832 km (12.94 mile) Nordschleife circuit at an average speed of 169 km/h (105 mph).

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost powered Formula Ford car beat previously recorded fastest times of many supercars including the 700 horsepower Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, the 660 horsepower Ferrari Enzo and the 602 horsepower Pagani Zonda. No other three- or even four-cylinder car has posted a faster time at the legendary circuit.

"We wanted to prove that size doesn't matter by showing everyone what an amazingly capable engine we have developed in the 1.0-litre EcoBoost," said Roelant de Waard, vice president of Marketing and Sales, Ford of Europe. "What better way than by beating some of the best supercars in the world on the Nordschleife, while using a fraction of the fuel."

In-house testing also showed the 1.0-litre EcoBoost-powered Formula Ford is capable of extremely frugal fuel economy, delivering 2.4 l/100 km (118 mpg) at 56 km/h (35 mph), and 5 l/100 km (57 mpg) at 120 km/h (75 mph).

While the 1.0-litre EcoBoost-powered Formula Ford car isn't available to buy, the Ford Focus equipped with this engine is already proving a success with customers around Europe. About 30 percent of new Focus buyers in recent months have opted for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost.

In the Focus, the 100 PS version 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine delivers 4.8 l/100 km (58.9 mpg), and the 125 PS model achieves 5 l/100 km (56.5 mpg).* The engine also will be available in the all-new Ford B-MAX, and C-MAX as well as the redesigned new Ford Fiesta coming later in 2012.

Earlier this year, a Ford Focus equipped with the 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost set 16 Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) speed world records at the CERAM test circuit in France.**

 

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EJ
That engine is an engineering feat...kudos to Ford. However, I thought in order to be street legal, you had to have pedestrian-friendly bumpers (at least in the US)? Are they talking street legal in Germany?
Sep 5, 2012 11:53 am
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sideskraper
Low volume approval for licencing exists in many parts of the world (SVA in the UK for example). The resulting car here, in effect, is not very different from a Caterham or Westfield.
Sep 5, 2012 6:52 pm
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sideskraper
That is very impressive. And it would be extraordinarily terrifying. Hitting the ring with only mechanical grip and not even a car's body to provide any aerodynamic grip is a very brave endeavour. Respect to the driver. What really interests me though is: A STREET LEGAL FORMULA FORD CAR? Yes please!
Sep 4, 2012 8:26 pm
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memexe
While the new 1 liter Ford engine is indeed a big technological achievement, the small form factor and the the little weight involved, makes it easy for the little 202HP car to outrun big engines and bigger "footprint" sports cars. I wonder how's the reliability of the new engine in endurance races.
Sep 4, 2012 7:50 pm
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sideskraper
I would say it's pretty good as it's a street car engine, not a race specific engine.
Sep 4, 2012 8:22 pm
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EJ
I would like to know the compression ratio on that engine in its 202hp form.
Sep 5, 2012 11:53 am
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sideskraper
Gigantic turbo and few of the restrictive exhaust components that exist in normal road going vehicles, allowing it to breeaaaaaaaaaaatttttthhhhhh.
Sep 5, 2012 6:50 pm
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