These are the best engines in the world

The International Motor Year Awards distinguish the best engines in the world, based on their performance, efficiency and technological level. On this occasion, the Ferrari 3.9 V8 biturbo engine has once again won the absolute victory, while the Jaguar I-Pace electric drive system has been the biggest surprise, rising with victory in three categories. In addition, winners of Audi, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Mercedes, and Porsche engines have also been chosen. What categories exist The first thing you should know is that, this year, the mechanics of the awards have undergone a great change to adapt them to the increasingly complex reality of propulsion systems. And in fact, the name of the awards itself has changed, going from being called ‘International Motor Awards of the Year ‘ to receive the official title of “International Motor Awards and Propulsion System of the Year ” (or, in English, International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards). In addition to the name, the categories in which the winners are framed have also changed. During the first 19 editions of the awards, these were distributed according to the displacement. Thus, there was a prize for the best engine of less than 1.0 liters, another for the best between 1.0 and 1.4, etc. To respond to the arrival of the first electric, a specific electrical category was created. However, the generalization of hybrid, plug-in and electric models gradually deprived that segmentation of meaning. The best engines in history The new system is technologically neutral, the categories being based exclusively on power steps. There are seven steps (less than 150 hp, 150 hp to 250 hp, etc.), covering the entire spectrum of possible powers. In addition, there are still special categories. Specifically it is four: better hybrid, better electric, better new propeller (put on sale between June 2018 and June 2019) and better sports propeller. From among the winners of the seven power categories, an absolute winner is chosen, which is made with the ‘International Motor Prize of the Year “. Finally, you should know that Autofácil participates in these awards represented by the only Spanish jury, his technical manager Álvaro Sauras, so we decided to add our opinion on the result along with the review of the champion in each category, as well as reveal what our winning bet was and the reasons that justified it Less than 150 hp: Ford 1.0 Ecoboost Who thinks that downsizing was a useless and passing fad, ignores the big engines that face in this category, most of them are small miniatures capable of running smoothly, and delivering torque and power figures, totally improper. its small displacement.The Ford’s small three-cylinder, 999 cc turbocharged engine is awarded its first award under the new category system, which adds up to the 10 award nes that already accumulated in those with which it managed to be done in the past eight years. To win in this category, the 1.0 Ecoboost has had to be imposed on no less than 73 rivals, including the brilliant 1.2 Puretech of PSA, the 1.5-cylinder BMW 1.5 or the version equipped with a 1.8-liter engine of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive. Although his main victory is to beat the winner of last year’s points: the 1.0 L three-cylinder Volkswagen Group and its direct rival. The 1.0 Ecoboost is an old dog, but Ford keeps updating it. The last improvement he has received is a cylinder deactivation system. This device, developed by Ford in collaboration with Schaeffler, is capable of activating or deactivating the central cylinder, performing the maneuver in only 14 milliseconds, allowing the small Ecoboost to circulate in two cylinders up to 4,500 rpm, reducing fuel consumption up to in 6%. Autofácil’s opinion In Autofácil we also strongly support this propeller. It seems to us a winner for its low vibrations, its good performance and its ability to propel with dignity and brilliance cars as diverse as a Ford Fiesta or a Ford Mondeo. The only reproach we can make is that we would like him to spend a little less when ‘the nuts are tightened ‘. For that reason we think …


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