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Ford gearing up to launch smallest car engine ever


June 8, 2011 - Washington

American multinational automaker Ford Motor Company is set to launch its smallest capacity engine, and it has less cylinders than any engine they've ever produced.

The new, three-cylinder, 1.0-liter EcoBoost will be introduced in all small Ford cars and will have an offset crankshaft for improved fuel economy, Discovery News reported.

To lower exhaust gas temperatures and drop weight, the new engine has split cooling system that allows the cylinder block to warm up before the cylinder head. As well, the exhaust manifold is cast directly into the cylinder head.

When designing the EcoBoost, engineers at Ford's Dunton Technical Center in the UK focused on improving thermal efficiency and reducing friction, specifically as the engine warms up because this is when higher levels of pollutants are emitted.

No specific figures have been released, however Ford says the new engine will perform equal to or better than most normal 1.6 litre gasoline engines.

Details about the EcoBoost will be revealed in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.

ANI

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