The winners of the 20th annual International Engine of the Year Awards have been announced, with Ferrari winning the coveted International Engine of the Year accolade for the third consecutive year. The awards have continued to grow since it started in 1999, with a total of 13 different categories presented as part of the automotive engineering honours this year.

Global automotive recognition  

The International Engine of the Year Awards is organised by UKi Media & Events, and is largely recognised as one of the most significant automotive engineering accolade in the world. Presented at Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany, the awards showcase the best in automotive engineering, and credit manufacturers for powertrain innovation.

Judged by an expert group of automotive journalists from around the world, the panellists used subjective driving impressions and technical knowledge to help choose the winners. The judging criteria also took into account important powertrain characteristics, including: performance, fuel economy, smoothness, noise and driveability.

Diverse range of awards

Ferrari’s turbo-charged 3.9-litre V8 collected a total of four awards, including: Engine of the Year, Best in 3-Litre to 4-Litre Class, Best Performance Engine, and  Best of the Best, which is a special honour for 2018. For this exclusive accolade, 68 international judges voted for their top engine from all the winners from over the last 20 years of the awards.

Other noteworthy awards included the Sub 1-Litre engine category. Ford’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) funded, high-tech Ecoboost engine narrowly missed out on first place, finishing second behind Volkswagen’s 999cc three-cyclinder Turbo unit.

A new addition this year was the Green Engine category, designed to highlight the increasing popularity of pure-electric propulsion alternatives, which saw Tesla acheive first place. The popular Californian based company’s lithium ion batteries powers it’s Model S, X and new mass-market family car, Model 3.