The Hyundai Elite i20 and the Ford EcoSPort are not what you would call rivals in the traditional sense of the word. However, due to the competitive nature of the Indian car market, the two clash due to their similar price points. So what happens when these two go head-to-head in a drag race? The video below by Dream Cars on youtube shows you what happens when the diesel versions of the EcoSport and the i20 battle each other in a race with no corners in sight.
In both races, the results are rather surprising as the EcoSport and the i20 stay neck and neck for most of the race before the i20 edges ahead at the end. While the races themselves were rather surprisingly close, which may be down to driver skill, the outcome, with the Hyundai winning the race at the end was somewhat expected. If you don’t believe us, considering that the EcoSport definitely has the power advantage in the race, here are a few facts that should change your mind.
The Hyundai Elite i20 is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces 89 Bhp and 220 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the Ford Ecosport’s 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine cranks out 99 Bhp and 205 Nm of torque. While the EcoSport produces more power, the important thing to note is that the Hyundai weighs just 1,066 kilos compared to Ford’s rather bulky 1,320 kg (an extra 254 kg). The Hyundai’s power-to-weight ratio is an impressive 83.4bhp/tonne compared to the Ford’s 75bhp/tonne, which gives the i20 a big advantage over the EcoSport, especially when it comes to drag racing.
While both the Hyundai and the Ford sport turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engines, that’s where the similarity between the powerplants ends. The Hyundai Elite i20 features the more modern tech on its engine, which features double overhead cams and a variable geometry turbocharger. The Ford EcoSport, on the other hand, sports a more old-school single-overhead cam engine with a fixed geometry turbocharger. This means that the Hyundai’s engine revs faster and builds up boost faster, cutting turbo lag, which allows it to access its power more easily compared to the Ford, giving it a distinct advantage in a race.