The saying that there’s no replacement for displacement, usually reserved for domestic American sports cars knocking smaller imported cars with little engines, has been broken completely. By Ford. What you might not have known is that Ford actually builds spec race cars in the Formula style. Usually Ford uses a 1.6 liter race engine, which doesn’t sound like much, but the weight of a Formula Ford car could put a grasshopper to shame.
But Ford recently decided to give itself a challenge and see what would happen. This Formula Ford doesn’t have the usual 1.6 liter engine. Instead, it has a grand total of 1.0 liter of displacement, across three cylinders. The only time we think of things with three cylinders ever being fast are some rare motorcycles. Nowadays’ when we hear three cylinder, it usually means some city car designed by an environmental nerd.
Not this 1.0 liter three cylinder. Unofficial top speed of the 1.0 liter Ecoboost in the Formula Ford is 158.8 miles per hour. Zero to 60 mph happens in less than four seconds. And you can keep having fun for a long time; fuel economy is 118 miles per gallon at 35 mpg. The mighty 1.0 liter that could then, especially since the engine received the 2012 International Engine of the Year award. From just 1.0 liter of displacement Ford has cranked out 202 bhp. Run the simple math over in your head, and you get 202 bhp per liter. Mind blown.
Even better? Ford has made the car road legal to test it on the Nurburgring. It is now the 11th fastest car to ever run the Green Hell, beating the Ferrari Enzo, Pagani Zonda, and Lamborghini Aventador with a time of 7 minutes and 22 seconds.