Interested in buying a Ford Focus? We recommend you wait for the ST model and really get a thrilling car that doesn’t seem to have any practical downsides.
There’s a selection of smaller petrol and diesel engines but you won’t guess what the next recommendation would be in terms of powerplant choice.
It’s the 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine. Yet another petrol powered engine with a turbocharger is recommended because of the same kind of versatility.
That engine may sound like a relatively small engine for a car the size of the Focus but thanks to some engineering witchcraft it produces 125 horsepower and 125 lb-ft torque.
Those figures make for reasonable performance, low insurance groups and quite impressively low fuel consumption and emissions.
That’ll be 56.5 mpg and a no more than 114 g/km but, believe it or not, that’s no longer the most important kind of statistic to look into.
Recently, Ford had a bit of fun with the Focus as the Blue Oval sent its test drivers for some performance tests. In doing so they set a few records.
Let’s make it clear that we’re talking about World Records, complete with Guiness approval and that no less than ten have been broken by the 1.0 EcoBoost Focus.
They’ve got the lot for the category, breaking just about anything regardless of sprint or endurance quality.
Here’s the list: Km Time Trial, Mile From Standstill and both of these from a rolling start as well.
After that, the Ford Focus 1.0 holds the record for average speed over 10, 100, 500, 1000 km, 10, 100, 500 and 100 miles.
Timing-wise the same applies with the record being covered for 1, 6, 12 and 24 hours. The latter was achieved at an average speed of 171 km/h (that’s about 106 mph).