LONDON, England – Ford’s innovative 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has won yet another major award, picking up the 2012 Dewar Trophy for outstanding British technical achievement in the automotive industry. The prestigious award is presented annually by Britain’s Royal Automobile Club.
The award was recently presented to Graham Hoare, from the Ford Dunton Technical Centre, and members of the EcoBoost engineering team, during a ceremonial lunch at the Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall, London.
The Dewar Trophy, which has a lineage of winners dating back to 1906, recognises the best of British engineering in the automotive industry. Previous winners have included Rolls-Royce in 1907 for its 40.5hp engine; Dunlop in 1957 for work developing disc brakes and modern tyres; the British Motor Corporation and Alec Issigonis for the original Mini in 1959; Jaguar in 2003 for its groundbreaking all-aluminium chassis; and the JCB Dieselmax land-speed record team in 2006.
Awarding the 2012 Trophy to Ford of Britain’s EcoBoost team was a unanimous decision made by experts on the Dewar Technical Committee. The Ford team was recognised for setting themselves challenging targets and bringing together a significant number of advanced technologies to push the boundaries of engine design.
“Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine sets extraordinary new standards of efficiency, refinement and driver appeal – and brings them to the mass of British drivers who buy and drive affordable cars,” said Steve Cropley, Dewar Committee member and motoring journalist.
“Ford of Britain’s engineers at Dunton have produced an outstanding downsized powertrain that delivers exceptional economy while achieving the high torque and relaxed driving characteristics normally associated with a diesel and the smooth, free-revving qualities of a petrol engine, that has won acclaim from everyone who has driven it,” said John Wood MBE, Chairman of the Dewar Technical Committee.