The turbocharged unit from McLaren and a naturally aspirated unit from Ferrari were both recognised at Engine of the Year awards - though this is the third straight year Ferrari is winning this award.
The lightweight and highly efficient unit that powers the 12C and 12C Spider have won under the '3.0-litre to 4.0-litre' category, making the British marque the first new winner for five years. The M838T engine, designed and developed in collaboration with Ricardo, was recently upgraded to produce 616bhp and 600Nm of torque without hindering efficiency or emissions.
The benchmark century sprint is completed in a brisk 3.1 seconds despite returning 8.55km/L while emitting 279g/km of CO2
. McLaren claims the figures keeps in line with McLaren’s commitment to class-leading fuel efficiency and are much better than most high performance sports cars.
Commenting on the M838T engine, one of the international judges, Dan Carney, a U.S. based freelance journalist, "McLaren's V8 seems to manufacture power on an industrial scale despite its compact size. As car makers struggle to avoid fuel consumption penalties in super sports cars, more of them will develop engines like McLaren's."
Accepting the award in McLaren Automotive in Stuttgart, Germany was Mark Vinnels, Programme Director – New Vehicle Projects and Richard Farquhar, Head of Powertrain Programmes from McLaren Automotive.
Meanwhile their rivals from Maranello clinched the Engine of the Year award under above 4.0-litre category - for the third successive year. The winning engine this year is the naturally aspirated 6,262cc V12 which also won the Best Performance Engine. These awards were previously grabbed by Ferrari's 4.5-litre V8 housed within the 458 Italia and its convertible counterpart the past two years.
Jean Jacques His, head of Ferrari's powertrain department, commented, "Winning both these categories for the third year running is a fantastic result for everyone at Ferrari. It is testimony to the efforts of a relatively small group of engineers who constantly strive to achieve ambitious technical objectives. Three figures suffice to demonstrate the results of development - 120bhp more and 30 percent lower emissions than the previous V12 that equipped the 599 GTB Fiorano, along with a 30 percent increase in longitudinal acceleration."
The Co-Chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, Dean Slavnich, commented, "The V12 takes over from the V8 to make it six International Engine of the Year Award wins for Ferrari in three years, a brilliant feat."
The Engine of the Year awards are recognised as the industry's top accolade for the world's best powertrain technology, judged by an international panel consisting 86 motoring journalists from 35 nations.
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