The new Ford Focus has been smashing land speed records left, right and centre using little more than the new 125PS 1.-0-litre Ecoboost engine and a handful of drivers that included WRC star Jari-Matti Latvala.
Sixteen official FIA world records for average speed were broken in total, including both standing and flying starts as well as average speeds over set distances and time limits of up to 24 hours.
Sadly the Focus doesn’t pose much of a threat to the 1997 record of 763.035mph set by Andy Green in the turbo-fan powered Thrust SSC. All of these records were for the “sub 1-litre class” of FIA records, but the fact it broke so many records so easily only goes to show that Ford’s tiny Ecoboost engine is capable of performance as well as economy.
The three Focuses were completely standard and matched the specification you’d find on a dealer’s forecourt. They were plucked from the Saarlouis production line and run-in under the supervision of an official from the FFSA (Fédération Française du Sport Automobile). They were then taken to the CERAM test circuit in Mortefontaine, France for the record attempts where Latvala joined eight journalists behind the wheel.
Clearly this record attempt was an exercise by Ford to justify the 1.0-litre Ecoboost as a viable engine for the Focus, but from sales performance it would appear that customers have no qualms about downsizing to three cylinders. Since it went on sale in February the 1.0-litre engine is already accounting for 25 percent of Focus sales with customers obviously seeing the benefit performance equivalent to the 1.6-litre petrol combined with cheaper road tax and much better fuel economy.
|Standing start 1 kilometre||113.522 km/h|
|Standing start 1 mile||79.402 mph|
|Flying start 1 kilometre||176.168 km/h|
|Flying start 1 mile||108.548 mph|
|Highest average speed over 10 km||172.053 km/h|
|Highest average speed over 100 km||187.579 km/h|
|Highest average speed over 500 km||186.793 km/h|
|Highest average speed over 10 miles||110.237 mph|
|Highest average speed over 100 miles||118.412 mph|
|Highest average speed over 1 hour||191.056 km/h (118.716 mph)|
|Highest average speed over 1000 km||164.361 km/h|
|Highest average speed over 500 miles||102.656 mph|
|Highest average speed over 1000 miles||103.357 mph|
|Highest average speed over 6 hours||165.555 km/h (102.871 mph)|
|Highest average speed over 12 hours||166.784 km/h (103.634 mph)|
|Highest average speed over 24 hours||171.029 km/h (106.272 mph)|
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