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02-16-2018 12:08 AM
2b2
SURPRISE: Ford's Future Engine Story

Ford plant in Windsor being transformed to build new engine
A new seven-litre, V8 truck engine, expected to be called the 7X, should be in production at the Windsor Engine plant's Annex site by the end of the year, was confirmed Thursday

Windsor Star
- Kelly Steele - February 15, 2018 | Updated


The $613-million investment Ford of Canada committed to its Windsor operations during 2016 contract negotiations with Unifor is starting to come to life.

A new seven-litre, V8 truck engine, expected to be called the 7X, should be in production at the Windsor Engine plant’s Annex site by the end of the year, it was confirmed Thursday.

“We are going to see equipment come in as early as March,” Tony Savoni, site manager for Ford operations in Windsor, said during a United Way announcement at the Annex off Seminole Street.

“Right now the teams are laying out our strategy for installation. This building will be full and we hope to be moving some parts by November,” he said.

The Annex site has been emptied, floors cleaned and painting done to prepare for the new equipment that will be used to build engines.


Savoni said the block and rod line should arrive in March and by July the crank line, head line and assembly line will be in place. Computer numerical control (CNC) equipment — highly automated machine tools — will be used to build the engines.

It “is the way of the future,” allowing for quick retooling and upgrading for future products, Savoni said. “Within those CNCs there’s some new technology that we are going to teach our people how to use.”

The investment shows faith in the Windsor workforce, he said. “We have a lot of hardworking people that come in here and they understand how to make a good, quality product and they have the pride that goes along with it.”

Engines should be coming off the line by the end of the year, but those will likely be put in test vehicles, he said.

The new V8 engine will replace the 6.8-litre, V10 engine used in Ford’s F-series trucks. Savoni wouldn’t say how many jobs the new engine will create.

Ford agreed to invest $613 million in its Windsor operations as part of its last contract with Unifor, settled in late 2016.

In March 2017, the company announced a $1.2-billion plan to transform its Windsor operations to which the federal and provincial governments are contributing $204.8 million. At the time, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the investment would create or maintain 800 jobs.

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02-08-2018 08:27 PM
2b2
Re: Ford's Future Engine Story

Ohhhhhhh, I was JUST looking for that^post - modified the post-title with "Achates" - for
ref.: The Electric Car Tipping Point - BostonConsultingGroup - JANUARY 11, 2018
from an AutolineDetroit / video



Alex On Autos ...on facebook
"Yesterday someone asked me why truck makers are bothering with mild hybrid systems. The reason is that pickup trucks can have a massive impact on fuel consumption in America. Let's do the math. If EVERY midsize sedan on sale in America got a 50% fuel economy bump to 45 MPG, those new cars would save 280 million gallons of gasoline vs the 2018 slate of mid-sized sedans. However if just GM, Ford and FCA improved pickup truck fuel economy by 20% (in theory a much easier goal), you'd save 283 million gallons of gasoline annually. (15k miles per year based on 2017 sales volume and EPA combined average). Hybrid sedans and hatchbacks have an impact on consumption, but tackling consumption in the truck, SUV and CUV segments will have a much bigger impact on this continent."
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01-31-2018 06:50 PM
70 Stang
Re: Ford's Future Engine Story

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Sorry, I missed it! Very interesting tech......can't wait to see how testing goes.
01-31-2018 05:55 PM
2b2
Re: Ford's Future Engine Story — "Achates"

^
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from a couple weeks ago
ACHATES is a 6 piston / 3 cylinder motor with roots in the WWII Luftwaffe long-range bombers
( ie HIGH MPG )

01-30-2018 09:48 PM
70 Stang
Re: Ford's Future Engine Story

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/r...un-at-reality/
08-28-2017 04:00 AM
jpd80
Re: Ford's Future Engine Story

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That reminds me, what's the hp on the Mustang GT4 race car, it uses a cross-plane version of the 5.2-liter Voodoo V8. Ironic since racing cars were the ones that commonly used flat-plane crank engines.
582 HP, 442 lb ft
There were emission issues with using the GT500 throttle body but
maybe adding PFDI can solve a few of those problems in the future.....

On the other side of that, let's assume that the GT350's throttle body makes both
of these engines 1) emission compliant and 2) around 40 HP less.
Then, we'd still have a 500 HP 5.0 and a 540 HP 5.2....Perfect for future HP Mustangs?
Link to story...
Quote:


This photo best illustrates exactly how well the GT350 cylinder heads paired with the Cobra Jet intake manifold work on a standard 5.0-liter Coyote engine. The additional 15 cubic inches and half a point of compression is what makes the additional 41 horsepower on the 5.2-liter.







And imagine a similar package on either the 6.2 or that future 7.0 V8...


Mmmm I can dream.
08-27-2017 07:49 AM
AM222
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Good thoughts but I'm wondering if PWTA gets Ford in the game for a 5.0 & 5.2 1-2 punch..
As nice as Voodoo is, I can't help wondering if we'll see ~500 HP cross plane crank 5.2 v8
somewhere down the track...
That reminds me, what's the hp on the Mustang GT4 race car, it uses a cross-plane version of the 5.2-liter Voodoo V8. Ironic since racing cars were the ones that commonly used flat-plane crank engines.
08-27-2017 06:03 AM
jpd80
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engine thread at BON has moved from PTWA (Plasma Transferred Wire Arc) to new v8...including for BRango...

I'm wondering about 2 variants/sizes like Fomoco has done with v6s, maybe 4.4 & 4.8?
maybe even more difference?
&
seems like more vehicles could use one in the near future -
Bronco, Ranger, F-150, Raptor, Mustang, Continental, Mark(Z2), STARsomething, Navis, Aviators

or is it too late except for trucks?
Good thoughts but I'm wondering if PWTA gets Ford in the game for a 5.0 & 5.2 1-2 punch..
As nice as Voodoo is, I can't help wondering if we'll see ~500 HP cross plane crank 5.2 v8
somewhere down the track...
08-26-2017 11:22 PM
Bloggin
Re: Ford's Future Engine Story

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Ice storms taking down power lines in colder months often accompanied by weeks without sunshine, kind of puts a big wet blanket on costly wind farm benefits.
Solar panels don't require direct sunshine but photons from daylight, so even in colder months where there is not much direct sunshine, there will be daylight for those weeks. Because if there was no daylight for weeks, there would be bigger ecological problems..lol

And you are right, wind power is not a good fit for parts of the country/world that is impacted by freezing rain. But photons penetrate through snow and ice and still make it to solar panels and charge battery packs.

Solar is big in Alaska. Below is part of a $7 million solar project in Alaska.

08-26-2017 03:52 PM
wingsnut
Re: Ford's Future Engine Story

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EVs, solar power, and power walls/packs take care of that. In a growing number of cities, solar, wind power and battery packs are the solution for power outages.

"The 129MWh battery, which is paired with a wind farm, is designed to improve the security of electricity supplies across South Australia.
Musk told reporters in Adelaide on Friday the project was not without technical challenges, given it would be the largest battery installation in the world “by a significant margin”.
Ice storms taking down power lines in colder months often accompanied by weeks without sunshine, kind of puts a big wet blanket on costly wind farm benefits.
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