That main thing that stood out to me was that the 1L was A4 paper sized! That's incredible. I would love to take a photo with a piece of paper sitting on top of the engine and pretty much covering it haha. That's cool lol
I'll have more confidence in that body once i see it being tested but so far everything going for it is good enough for anyone to buy it on impulse. Yes there are alternatives on the market but so far Ford has been doing a lot of things right lately on top of that the EcoSport is already sold and successful in other parts of the world.
The front bumper will still collapse in the crash as they're meant to crumple, what will test the Boron steel is a side crash test to see how much cabin intrusion there will be. If Boron steel is really that great, is it being used currently in a lot of Ford vehicles?
Fiesta and Fusion has it, I remember seeing cutaways a few years ago that displayed the various metals. Both models are doing very well in terms of safety. Plus this is some light weight steel which contributes to the better fuel mileage they get.
Both Chromoly and Titanium comes at an increase in cost so neither material will appear on an affordable model like the EcoSport. Not sure about titanium, but Chromoly steel is used when you need more strength than what mild carbon steel can provide. Not sure how it stacks against Boron steel.
That's getting into very technical details that most people won't really care all that much about. What's interesting is the engine since a modified version of it is in a Formula Ford racing car. Does that mean there's huge tuning potential for the one in the Ecosport?
Cost might just mean they use less of that special blend of metal since it can help them on the marketing front and with being sustainable for the fact it will shave off some weight thus contributing to improved MPGs
In regards to the engine, it could just literally be bare block and heads that are used. Doubt they'll share any other components than that. Translating that to power potential and tuning capabilities, far different.
Well they can't just hand out the Formula Ford racing car engine to everyone who buys an EcoSport. That's why it's a modified version, but still pretty powerful since the article says it can compete against cars with higher displacements.
We'll just have to wait for a shootout between the Ecosport and other cars in the same segment. Power isn't everything when it comes to cars, I'm more interested in the torque output and where most of it lies on the power band.
More for acceleration rate than anything since that's what matter most when merging onto freeways. But a comparison test outside of the typical drag race should be done, especially in terms of cargo space and practicality.
The EcoSport will just be featured in one of those more generic comparison tests like how it performs on rural roads, city driving, practicality etc. Nothing too performance oriented since it's not really designed for that.