Ferrari turns 70 years this year, and there’s no better way for the boys at Maranello to celebrate the occasion than bagging three major trophies in this year’s Engine of the Year awards. They also won the coveted “International Engine of the Year” title for the second year running.
The 3.9-litre V8 turbocharged engine that powers the 488 GTB, California T, and GTC4 Lusso T, was the biggest winner of the award, winning the ‘Performance Engine’ and the ‘3.0 to 4.0-litre’ categories. Also, for the past six years, Ferrari dominated the “Above 4.0-litre Performance Engine” category, making them the most successful brand for any high-performance sports car manufacturer.
In the smaller displacement sector, particularly the three-cylinder category, Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost, BMW’s 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid, and Peugeot’s 1.2-litre PureTech all won their respective categories. Honda also walked home with the “best new engine” category with the 3.5-litre hybrid engine in the NSX.
This annual awards ceremony is run by Engine Technology International Magazine with a panel of 58 international motoring journalists. And if you’ve paid close scrutiny to this, no diesel engines realised something, the diesel engines came out empty handed. How times have changed. Below is the full list of winners:
New engine – Honda 3.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid.
Green engine – Tesla electric powertrain.
Electric powertrain – Tesla electric powertrain.
Performance engine – Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8
Below 1.0-litre – Ford 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder
1.4 to 1.8-litre – BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol-electric hybrid
1.8 to 2.0-litre – Porsche 2.0-litre turbo flat-four
2.0 to 2.5-litre – Audi 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder
2.5 to 3.0-litre – Porsche 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six
3.0 to 4.0-litre – Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8
Above 4.0-litre – Ferrari 6.3-litre V12