The British team behind Ford’s low fuel consumption 1.0L Ecoboost engine has been recognised with a Royal Academy of Engineering award.
The research and development team based at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre in Basildon, Essex, has won the newly established Colin Campbell Mitchell Award, named after one of Scotland’s most accomplished marine engineers.
The engine is able to deliver better performances than traditional 1.6L engines with better fuel economy and CO2 emissions 20 per cent lower than conventional engines, performance that earned it the title of International Engine of the Year for both 2012 and 2013.
Dame Ann Dowling, president of the academy, said: “The team behind the Ford EcoBoost engine provides an excellent example of how engineering research and ingenuity brings benefits to both society and industry.
“The market success of the Ecoboost engine is not only contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions globally and helping to meet climate targets, but also highlights the international impact of UK engineering.”
The engine includes a number of radical technical innovations covered by over 120 patents that allowed Ford to overcome the issues other engines of this size and configuration had in the past.
On top of a £6,000 cash prize, the team, led by chief programme engineer Dr Roland Ernst, will be presented with their award at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Thomas Hawksley Prestige Lecture at Institution of Mechanical Engineers on Wednesday 10 December 2014.
Ernst said: “On behalf of the Ford-Team I would like to express delight with this honour. We all worked very hard to achieve the best and are now thankful for this reception.”
The other team members are Dominic Evans, Steve Johnson, James Saward, Dr Mark Cary and Mike Rowland.