Ford's 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine is indeed a small wonder but have you ever wondered that it could be small enough to fit inside a medium sized carry-on suitcase?
Ford has actually transported the EcoBoost engine from Detroit to Los Angeles in such a carry-on suitcase much to the surprise of the airport security officials. So compact is the motor that it sat comfortably in the plastic tray inside which laptops and electronic gadgets are normally placed for the security check!
The footprint of the 1.0 litre EcoBoost is less than the area of an A4 sheet paper and the secret behind this is the fact that the cylinders are placed just 6.1 mm apart from each other! The use of cast iron which has a better resistance to heat than the aluminium has enabled the engineers to place the cylinders so close.
Also helping the compact footprint of the motor is an unusual undersquare configuration of the cylinders (stoke exceeding bore). The motor despite its size belts out 123 bhp, thanks to one of the smallest turbochargers in the world which spins at 2,48,000 rpm, providing a boost pressure of 1.2 bars.
Ford Fiesta is likely to be the first car in the US to be powered by the 1.0 litre EcoBoost and in India, the engine will make its debut along with the much awaited Ford EcoSport SUV.