Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre received funding from the UK government to develop further the small EcoBoost engine and help bring new generation low-CO2 engine technologies to market.
Ford stated the ACTIVE (Advanced Combustion Turbocharge Inline Variable Valvetrain Engine) project is one of a number of initiatives supported by the APC (Advanced Propulsion Centre), which has been set up by the Automotive Council, as the focus of a joint industry and government strategy that will help the UK accelerate its leadership in advanced propulsion development and production.
The ACTIVE project is a multi-million pound investment by UK government and industry and is part of £1 billion that the APC will channel into the UK automotive industry over the next decade.
Ford explained ACTIVE is centred on the company’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, the International Engine of the Year in 2012 and 2013 and which is eligible to win the award for an unprecedented third consecutive year in 2014. The project will accelerate the introduction of future-generation low carbon technologies, including advanced turbocharging, advanced combustion system development and variable valvetrain technology, targeting substantial CO2 savings.
Project work will be carried out at various partner locations throughout the UK with key activities coordinated from Ford Dunton, said the company’s British arm. Eleven partners included in the consortium are Ford, Continental, Schaeffler, UEES (Unipart Eberspacher Exhaust Systems), University of Bath, Loughborough University, University of Bradford, University of Nottingham, BP, Cambustion and AP Raicam (Automotive Products).
ACTIVE brings Ford’s global R&D resources and some of Europe’s top Tier 1 suppliers to the UK to develop advanced technologies with engineers at Ford’s Dagenham and Dunton Engineering Centres and four of the UK’s leading automotive research universities. Ford added it will also engage the existing UK supply chain; presenting opportunities for participating UK based component and equipment suppliers to further develop their businesses.
Ford ended by stating engineering and development of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was centred at Ford Dagenham and the popularity of the engine has seen more than 34 percent of UK Ford customers select this as their gasoline engine of choice in its various applications, which currently include the Ford Fiesta, Ford B-Max, Ford Focus, Ford C-Max and Ford Transit Connect.