"Road-legal", kind of, the race car was built to demonstrate the capability of the three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. And capable it is.
When let loose on the famous Nürburgring circuit, it recorded a blistering lap-time of 7 minutes 22 seconds: the 11th-fastest time recorded there.
This time leaves plenty of expensive supercars in the little Formula Ford’s wake. Neither the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo nor Pagani Zonda have matched the lap-time of the three-cylinder powered Ford.
In fact, no other three- or even four-cylinder car has posted a faster time at the Nürburgring.
Now its Australia’s turn to witness the Formula Ford EcoBoost. The car is making a brief stopover as part of next week’s “Go Further” Ford event in Sydney.
The International Engine of the Year, the 1.0 litre EcoBoost unit is able to propel the Formula Ford from 0-100km/h in under four seconds, on its way to a top speed of 255 km/h.
Unlike most race cars however, the Formula Ford can also boast fuel economy of 2.4 l/100km at 56 km/h, and 5.0 l/100 km at 120 km/h, achieved during in-house testing.
“We built this road-legal race car to demonstrate the outer limits of the 1.0 litre EcoBoost in terms of performance and fuel efficiency,” Ford President and CEO, Bob Graziano said.
Despite the Formula Ford EcoBoost being fitted with lights, guards, a speedometer and road-legal tyres, Ford has no plans to offer it for sale to the public at this stage.