Thursday, September 2, 2010
FPV ANNOUNCES SUPERCHARGED V8 ENGINE PROGRAM
Ford Performance Vehicles today announced a new range of supercharged V8 engines for its Australian-made performance car range.
To be launched in early October, the new FPV GS and GT model ranges will both be powered by all-new lightweight 5.0 litre supercharged Ford V8 engines producing 315kW and 335kW of power respectively.
Both engine configurations are more powerful, more fuel efficient and cleaner than any engines previously offered by FPV.
Developed locally by Prodrive in a $40 million program, the new FPV engines are based on the 'Coyote' Ford V8 first introduced in the American Ford Mustang at the beginning of this year.
"The new supercharged V8 engine program represents FPV's biggest-ever investment in the Australian market, and has been the most extensive and exhaustive development program we've ever undertaken," Prodrive Asia-Pacific Managing Director Bryan Mears said today.
"The outcome is phenomenal … these engines are brilliantly responsive, their performance is sensational, and they will take our next generation of FPV models to a level that's simply unmatched by anyone else."
FPV's first-ever supercharged engine, the new V8 is a sophisticated all-aluminium design with double overhead cams and 32 valves configuration, and is fully EuroIV compliant.
Its lightweight and compact size - the supercharged Coyote engine is 47kg lighter than the outgoing 5.4 litre Boss 315kW engine - also offers packaging benefits which enhance the handling performance of FPV's new GS and GT ranges.
The base of the new FPV V8 engine is imported from America in component form and each one is hand-assembled locally by FPV, utilising extensive Australian-made componentry.
"It's important to emphasise just how Australian these engines are," Bryan Mears said.
"Although the basis of the engine is imported, all the components utilised in the supercharged configuration are locally sourced, and the engines are completely hand-made by the team at FPV in Melbourne."
Heart of the Australian engine specification is a Harrop Engineering-developed supercharger utilising Eaton TVS technology.
FPV began its development of the new GS and GT engines in 2007, initially with a 5.4 litre XR8 'mule' engine fitted with a supercharger and custom manifolds. This was used for cooling system development and initial engine calibration strategy development before the first of three levels of prototypes were built around the 5.0 litre 'Coyote' Mustang engine.
Each of these prototypes advanced development of the engine, at first with hand-made componentry to trial various configurations, until a final specification was locked in, utilising pre-production parts and then final production components.
Engine power levels, torque curves and emission outputs were all refined throughout this process.
"One aspect of the program that was very important to us was the aural output of the engine … it is at the heart of the FPV brand that the engine sounds right as well as means business, so we put enormous effort into that," Bryan Mears confirmed.
"You're going to love the outcome!"
Finally, verification prototypes then embarked on an exhaustive 170,000 kilometre durability program around Australia, before the engineering program was signed off in July 2010.
FPV will offer customers two engine specifications when the new GS and GT ranges go on sale in October.
The GS-spec engine produces 315kW of power at 5750 rpm and 545Nm of torque, from an incredible 2000 to 5500rpm!
Official fuel consumption and emissions figures* for the 315kW engine are as follows:
GS Manual Sedan - 13.6 l/100km, 324 g/km CO2
GS Auto Sedan - 13.7 l/100km, 325 g/km CO2
GS Manual - 14.0 l/100km, 333 g/km CO2
GS Auto Ute - 14.2l/100km, 335 g/km CO2
The GT-spec engine produces 335kW of power at 5750-6000 rpm and 570Nm of torque between 2200 & 5500rpm. Its official fuel consumption and emissions figures* are as follows:
GT/GTP Manual Sedan -13.6 l/100km, 324 g/km CO2
GT/GTP/GTE Auto Sedan -13.7 l/100km, 325 g/km CO2
* Combined cycle; tested to ADR81/02
For further details or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Ford Performance Vehicles
(03) 9226 6666