COLOGNE, Germany - A Ford Focus powered by the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has covered more than 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) on a single tank of fuel; a feat eco-drivers Knut Wilthil and Henrik Borchgrevink are claiming as a new benchmark.
The Norwegian duo drove a standard 125 PS Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost 1,619 kilometres (1,006 miles) through Norway, Finland and Sweden – and say their average fuel consumption of 3.3 l/100 km (85 mpg) also sets a new benchmark.
Wilthil and Borchgrevink say no official record exists for either feat but they are confident that they achieved a new benchmark.
“These two have really pushed the limits to show what this little 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is capable of and set an incredible new benchmark,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “This underlines the impact Ford’s EcoBoost technology can have on the everyday lives of our customers.”
Starting 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of the Arctic Circle in Kautokein in Norway, Wilthil and Borchgrevink drove 28 hours over two days before finally running out of fuel in Oslo, Norway. The eco-drivers maximised fuel efficiency by driving at around 60 km/h (38 mph) and avoided braking where possible, or using the aircon – though temperatures on the journey ranged from 22 C to just above freezing. The drive was overseen by the Norwegian police.
“We had to use our brakes when there were reindeer in the road but for the most part we drove as fuel efficiently as we possibly could,” Wilthil said. “This fantastic 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was the main reason we chose the Focus and it has proved itself a world-beater.”
Small enough to fit into the overhead luggage compartment of an aeroplane, Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine’s – the International Engine of the Year for 2013 and 2012 – offers a combination of direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing that lowers fuel consumption without sacrificing power. The Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost provides a nominal fuel efficiency of 5.0 l/100 km (56.5 mpg) and Ford also offers a 100 PS version of the 1.0-litre car, with 4.7 l/100km (60 mpg) and 109 g/km. Ford will next year launch a new version of the Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost that will be the first non-hybrid petrol family car in Europe to offer 99 g/km CO2 emissions*.
*The stated fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 as last amended. Results in MPG also correspond to this European drive cycle and are stated in imperial gallons. The results may differ from fuel economy figures in other regions of the world due to the different drive cycles and regulations used in those markets