One-litre Ford laps Nurburgring in 7:22

STREET LEGAL: The little Formula Ford Ecoboost on its way to lapping Nurburgring in 7:22.
STREET LEGAL: The little Formula Ford Ecoboost on its way to lapping Nurburgring in 7:22.

Ford claims to have proven that size doesn't matter with a one-litre powered car racing around the famed Nurburgring circuit faster than a Lamborghini Aventador or a Ferrari Enzo.

The "Blue Oval" have produced a unique Formula Ford race car with the company's one-litre EcoBoost petrol power plant to lap Nurburgring's 20.832 kilometres in 7 minutes 22 seconds at an average speed of 168kmh.

That remarkable time is faster than the Aventador's 7:25, the Enzo's 7:25.21 and the Pagani Zonda F Clubsport's 7:24.65, all which pack more than 600 horsepower.

It all means that the one-litre Formula Ford posted the 11th fastest lap ever at "The Ring" for a road-legal car.

Yep, that's right, a road-legal single-seat Formula Ford. To achieve that status Ford fitted it with wheel covers, front and rear lights and indicators, aerodynamically designed wing mirrors and a horn. The 205hp engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and was driven on street-legal tyres.

"We wanted to prove that size doesn't matter by showing everyone what an amazingly capable engine we have developed in the 1.0-litre EcoBoost," Roelant de Waard, vice president of Marketing and Sales, Ford of Europe, said.

"What better way than by beating some of the best supercars in the world on the Nordschleife, while using a fraction of the fuel."

Ford says fuel consumption is just 2.4 litres per 100km at 56kmh, increasing to 5.0L/100km at 120kmh.

Ford reveals it took engineers several months to switch the Formula Ford's usual 180hp, 1.6-litre EcoBoost power unit with a specially tuned one-litre version. The tiny 1.0-litre EcoBoost was recently named 2012 ''International Engine of the Year''.

Racing driver and course specialist Nick Tandy, 28, who completed the drive, was very impressed with the engine's performance.

''This little engine has people rubbing their eyes in disbelief, it's simply astonishing that a 3-cylinder, one-litre engine can deliver that kind of performance.''