[This post is sponsored by Ford]
Anybody who love motor racing or car in general would (should) know what Nurburgring is. Located 70 km south of Cologne, Germany, the infamous Nurburgring is a motorsport complex which is considered as the most demanding and difficult purpose-built racing circuit in the world. The original track was built in the 1920s and a new track which is used for the Formula One Grand Prix race was built in 1984 at the South end of the old track. The old Northside track (Nordschleife) is almost 13-mile long, whilst the GP track (GP-Strecke) runs for about 3 mile.
Because of this notoriority, many people and car manufactures are ‘driven‘, no pun intended, to ‘beat the clock‘ on the Northside track.
Ford didn’t seem to want to miss the opportunity in using this to show off their new ‘innovation‘. This new innovation is called EcoBoost engine. The spec says that it combines high power and a broad spread of torque, with reduced CO2 emissions and lower fuel consumption. In layman term, basically, it can run pretty fast in a relatively smaller engine size but doesn’t take too much petrol.
To prove this, they put 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine in a Formula racing car, and took it to Nurburgring. The result looks quite impressive. They did it in 7 minutes 22 seconds. Now, if you look at this list of Best Lap Times of all times, you can see that the time that Ford did had beaten most of the big guys, including the Porches, the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and even its own Ford GT!
The EcoBoost is apparently not the only one that Ford has managed to pull out of its hat. There are a couple of more innovations, such as among others the Active Park Assist (helping parking in a tight spot), the Active City Stop (automatically break for you when the car in front breaks suddenly), or the Hands-free Tailgate (open and close the tailgate door when you wave your foot under the bumper – perfect for when you have your hands full of shopping bags!), and there are still a few more. By the way, all these technologies are available today. Check them all out at Ford’s Go Further website.