• ETC
  • Nov 16, 2012
We can't even begin to imagine all of the weird stuff that the Transportation Security Administration has seen through the screen of the airport x-ray machine (or worse, when they find when they get to snap on those latex gloves and actually rummage through your belongings). But we have to imagine that this, right here, was worth a second look or two as it ran through the TSA line.

What you see nestled into this carry-on-size suitcase is Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, making the journey from Detroit to Los Angeles for the 2012 LA Auto Show. According to the Ford communications team member who forwarded these along, the TSA had no issues with sending the diminutive engine through the x-ray machine, though much like a laptop, the engine did have to be sent through the scanner in its own plastic tub.

Why is the 1.0-liter engine heading for LA? Because Ford will be offering it in the States pretty soon. We'll be finding out early next week exactly what car will be fitted with the 1.0-liter mill, though our best guess is the Fiesta, since it's due to be refreshed for the 2014 model year anyway, though Ford recently gave us the opportunity to sample this engine under the hood of a Euro-spec Focus hatchback.


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      Amge55
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Fifth Gear crew made a point to show this engine was about the size of an A4 paper. They drag it against the 1.6 liter Focus and the 1.0 liter actually won. I'm not a big Ford fan, but this is looking to be a gem they've come up with!
      k.naz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have a Formula Ford-like production car similar to the Ariel Atom with this engine in it, and it will sell like hotcakes.
      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok, thats a little paranoid to take the engine with you for fear your car would be stolen from the parking garage...
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      More like diminutive block casting. Putting on the oil pan and heads alone would double the size and it still wouldn't be an engine yet. And of course this engine uses a turbo and intercooler too.
      mkoesel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reminds me very much of the underside of a 4x8 Lego block. I think this will go into the fiesta for sure. The question is, will it replace or compliment the N/A 1.6L? Given that Ford seems to want to offer the 1.6L Ecoboost only as a compliment to the N/A 2.5 (Fusion, Escape, Transit Connect), I am suspecting the same will hold for the 1.0L Ecoboost with respect to the N/A 1.6L. We shall see.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think of how many near-supercars out there have made a living on the Ford Duratec family of engines. It looks like Ford will not lose its place among engine suppliers any time soon.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford racing promised about a year ago that they would start making available a smaller displacement, ecoboost line of crate engines, complete with plug-in-play ECU. I hope that they follow through on this promise, and I hope it includes this little engine. There is a growing market of back yard engineers who want to build cars not for performance, but for efficiency. A little 1.0 liter ecoboost would do well in a kit car like the Factory 5 818, for example.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of big(ish) displacement high horsepower engines, but have always been more impressed by efficiency and than raw horsepower. This and Fiat's award winning TwinAir fascinate me.
      Mark_H
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like this little motor although, no, I haven't driven one. Can't help but think these little three cylinder motors will be a larger and larger part of our automotive future, whether turbocharged, as part of a hybrid drivetrain, what have you.
      Titanium Welders
      • 2 Years Ago
      That thing is so damn cute.... look at those lil dimples!
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      But, but, but there's no replacement for displacement!?!? Isn't that what we have been hearing in this country for decades now as domestic automakers were trying to pawn-off outdated technology to us consumers as the rest of the world feasted on more efficient, cleaner designs? I am so glad that Ford is really taking a lead in trying to shrink down the size of their engines and a 1L int he USDM is something that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago and yet I am sure it will offer up similar performance to past engines that were considerably larger and thirstier.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Geo used to have a 1.0 liter 3-pot. When you would open the hood and look inside, you could see the parking lot below there was so much empty space. You almost questioned where the rest of it went. I'm confident that Ford's will be a much better offering than Suzuki's. While I agree with your sentiment in the first sentence, let's be encouraging to our fellow patriots to see the wise ways of new technology. Rather than stick them in the eye for their outdated views.
      samagon0
      • 2 Years Ago
      BS. while I believe the size of the engine block fits, the weight would exceed the overhead bin requirements that the airlines give it. sure they might have gate checked them, but this is one of the stupidest bids for attention I've seen in a while.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @samagon0
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