|The first 3.6-liter diesel comes off the line.|
Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Centre in the UK has developed and begun manufacturing of a new high-end twin-turbo 3.6-liter V8 diesel engine. Ford will announced vehicle applications for the new engine later this year along with further technical details.
The company invested more than £12.2 million (US$21.3 million) in the development and manufacture of the V8, bringing the total spent at Dagenham to £644.2 million (US$1.123 billion) since it became Ford’s diesel center of excellence.
Dagenham is the source for half of Ford Motor Company’s diesel engine requirements globally. Around one in four engines in Ford Motor Company vehicles worldwide were built in Britain—either at Dagenham or the Bridgend engine plant, in Wales.
Ford will build the V8 on the same production line which has turned out 110,000 units of the 2.7-liter V6 engines for Jaguar, Land Rover and PSA Peugeot Citroën. Both V6 and V8 engine blocks are loaded onto cradles prior to assembly, which enable operators and the line itself to switch between the different units seamlessly.
The new V8 boasts a power output of more than 266 hp (196 kW) and develops up to 640Nm of torque. Dagenham Diesel Centre is gearing up to production volumes of up to 25,000 units a year. The cylinder heads for the V8 will be machined in Dagenham’s adjacent original engine plant, where V6 machining already takes place. Both engines are made from lightweight compacted graphite iron, offering strength, durability and quietness.