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Theoretical swap ideas for Ford's 1.0 3 cylinder turbo

 

It’s so small!
It’s so small!
Photo: Ford
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Ford released this engine in the US back in 2014 as an option for the Fiesta; and it’s an engine that I’ve been thinking about ever since. Why? Because it’s so small! Ford touted it as being able to fit on top of a regular sheet of paper. An engine this tiny and cute doesn’t generate as much excitement as the Coyote 5.0 or even the twin turbo V6 EcoBoosts, but it really is an impressively engineered engine. Torchinsky, Sage of the Tail Lamps, did an article highligthing the engine back in 2014, which is probably how I first heard about it. Ever since then, I’ve been dreaming about what applications such a compact but powerful engine could be used in. Here’s a couple harebrained ideas I’ve had bouncing around in my head.

Econobox Engine Swaps 

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Of course, as a gearhead my main idea is to find a decently clean 80's econobox to restomod using the 1.0 Ecoboost and its accompanying 5 speed stick: the only transmission available in the Fiesta. I don’t know if they’re available as crate engines, but I figured a wrecked Fiesta with it would be my best bet. These lithe little cars don’t need a lot of power to move quickly, and a modern, efficient engine sounds like a great match for them.

Racing Applications 

A Formula car with a tiny engine!
A Formula car with a tiny engine!
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Ford Racing has pushed one of these engines to over 200 hp and lapped the Nurburghring in 7:22. That time is within a second of the 2009 Dodge Viper ACR, a car powered by a monstrous and thirsty 8.4L V10. Of course, the Viper is also an actual production car that must conform to regulations and whatnot, but it’s still an impressive feat! I would have guessed Catherman would already have models with this engine in them, but it doesn’t look like they do. In fact, I don’t know of any kit car manufacturer that is utilizing the 1.0 EcoBoost as a platform. Truly a shame.

Boats? 

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I’ll be frank, I know absolutely nothing about boats. But I do know they have engines, and that people LS-swap speedboats, so why not EcoBoost-swap a pontoon or a fishing boat?

Motorcycles! 

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I didn’t ride or really know anything about motorcycles when I first learned about this engine, but there’s plenty of bikes with engines of similar size. Building a motorcycle by utilizing a car engine poses some interesting challenges, primarily being packaging and power delivery. I haven’t worked on any motorcycle younger than 30 years old, so while I don’t know anything about newer bikes, my vintage machines all have wet clutches that share the engine oil between the engine and transmission. This is not the case on the EcoBoost, or really any modern car engine that I’m aware of. It looks like a fun challenge to tackle!

If you have any more ideas for applications for an engine like this, let me know! I’m interested in hearing them.

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