Ford’s Romanian unit, which also has under its control the Craiova assembly plant and engine factory, has just completed a new milestone – 400,000 engines produced since May 2012.
The lucky engine 400,000 is an EcoBoost, with the engine capacity of one liter and a power of 125 horsepower – the same engine that has gathered for three years in a row the prized Engine of the year award. The celebratory engine was delivered to the Ford factory in Saarlouis, Germany, to be housed in a Focus compact car. Back in May 2012 the engine production was also started with the award winning 1-liter engine and the plant also builds the EcoBoost 1,5-liter engine since April 2013 – at a cadence of around 700 engines per day. The engines manufactured at the Craiova facility are then shipped to equip Ford vehicles all around the world: Germany, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan and Thailand. “We are deeply proud of the Craiova factory achievement. The engine plant here plays a vital role in the global flexibility of Ford’s engine production system,” commented John Oldman, the head of engine production at Ford Craiova.
The engine facility at Ford Craiova uses around 800 workers and a system of two or three shifts – depending on demand – supplying the assembly facilities with EcoBoost engines. In order to properly celebrate the milestone, the team at Ford Craiova enlisted local rally pilot Simone Tempestini – who represents Romania in the World Rally Championship – for a Ken Block Gymkhana-style feature.