Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost named once again the world’s best small engine image

The tiny 3-cyl unit was named the “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” for the fifth consecutive year at the 2016 International Engine of the Year awards.

Ford has been a front runner of the downsizing trend and the little punchy 998 cc three-cylinder turbo is the perfect example of the automaker’s successful EcoBoost technology. And this unit has just been voted the best one in its class at the International Engine of the Year Awards for the fifth year in a row, outperforming similar engines such as VW’s 999cc three-cylinder turbo or BMW’s i3 647cc two-cylinder electric-gasoline range-extender.

Available with 100 PS, 125 PS and 140 PS, and even 180 PS in the Ford Fiesta R2 rally car, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is powering eleven Ford models throughout the brand’s European range. In fact, one in five new Blue Oval cars sold in the region last year were equipped with the tiny unit, including almost two in five Fiestas. In 2014, the engine became the first one to be named the overall International Engine of the Year for a third time in a row, while on its debut in 2012 it was also rewarded with the “Best New Engine” tile.

“It’s a fantastic testament to how down-sizing and greater fuel efficiency needn’t mean sacrifice in other areas like power, refinement and drivability, and can even help enhance these elements,” said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the 18th International Engine of the Year edition and editor-in-chief of Engine Technology International magazine.

However, the big prize was grabbed by Ferrari with its 669 PS 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 on the 488 GTB, an engine which received four awards.

Here are all the winners:

International Engine of the Year: Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8 (Ferrari 488 GTB (669ps))
Sub 1-Litre: Ford 998cc three-cylinder turbo
1-Litre to 1.4-Litre: PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo
1.4-Litre to 1.8-Litre: BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid (BMW i8 (362ps))
1.8-Litre to 2-Litre: Mercedes-AMG 2-litre turbo
2-Litre to 2.5-Litre: Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo (Audi RS3 (367ps), RSQ3 (340ps))
2.5-Litre to 3-Litre: Porsche 3-litre six-cylinder turbo
3-Litre to 4-Litre: Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8
Above 4-Litre: Ferrari 6.3-litre V12
Green Engine: Tesla full-electric powertrain
New Engine: Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8
Performance Engine: Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8