Whats the first thing that comes to mind when we talk about a car? Mostly the answer is looks but it is obvious that the successive answers stand on the lines of mileage, speed, pick up, braking, etc. One thing that connects all this, one thing that acts as the heart and soul of any car is the engine. While all of the engine manufacturing is limited due to the unimaginable complexity of the design dynamics, the rarity of models makes every new entry even more auspicious. Developing a new engine is hence, no ordinary feat. While countries like Japan and USA are prominent in automobile engine manufacturing, these designs are lately more focussed on aspects dedicated to Indian demographic. The engines are more fuel efficiency oriented rather than sheer acceleration and performance attributes. This can be observed in most entry level vehicles, which are priced at under 10 lakhs. This trend was started by Fordís EcoBoost engine and the trend was also observed in the Volkswagenís GT TSI. Talking about latest advancements of engines in India, in the first quarter of 2014, two of the major automobile companies announced new engines that are expected to take their companies to hopefully even higher levels, if there are any. These engines are the Tata Motorís Revotron engine and the General Motorís EcoTec. Lets see the other engines in the market as of now.
Though Ford introduced EcoBoost internationally in 2009, it reached India in 2013 powering its latest success EcoSport. EcoBoost engine is to Ford what VTEC engines is to Honda. Improving the fuel economy by 20%, this turbo charged engine's block is of cast iron instead of aluminium which assures up to 50% faster warm-up. The flywheel is fitted in a slight unbalanced alignment so so as to neutralize the natural vibrations produced by the 3-cylinder engine. This nullifies the usage of a balance shaft as with the three pot engines.
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is capable of delivering power output in two states, namely, 99bhp and 123bhp. The family of EcoBoost powerplants includes 1.0-litre, 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre, 2.0-litre, 2.3-liter (debuted in the 2015 Mustang) and high performance 3.5-litre V6 engines. And the demand is nowhere near to end. Recently, as of September 2013, the automaker rolled out its 2 Millionth EcoBoost engine.
Tata Motors Revotron:
With the increasing small displacement turbocharged engines, Tata has also announced its own fleet of Turbocharged engines named