We recently started a new series called Focus on the Customer that takes you inside Ford and introduce you to some of the people behind the engineering and testing of the all-new 2012 Ford Focus. This week, Ford fuel economy engineer, Grant Weber talk about the technology and testing that he uses to help the all-new Focus deliver up to a projected 40 highway miles per gallon.
In this Focus on the Customer series, you’ll get to learn about what they do, and you’ll have a chance to ask them questions via a live chat. The first one feature Jorge Rivas who talked about the wind tunnel testing of the new Focus for minimized wind noise. You can click here to view the video and read the chat.
Join Grant here for the live chat at 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, November 12, 2010.
Grant has been with Ford for six years and had a summer internship with the company in 2001. For two and a half years, he has been a fuel economy engineer, and he worked on the 2011 Ford Fiesta before the 2012 Focus. His main focus as a fuel economy engineer is to ensure that the company is designing products that deliver outstanding fuel economy by utilizing effective and efficient technologies and solutions.
He splits his days between time at his desk, creating computer models to predict and analyze the fuel economy for our future products, and time in the lab, managing the test plan for our prototypes and analyzing fuel economy test data.
Grant says that he is a hypermiler, and he’s been known to do a First gear to Fifth gear upshift on frequent occasion with his manual transmission Focus.
He went on to say, “However, I recently got to drive a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0L, definitely not a car built for a hypermiler, and now have a deep appreciation for the American muscle car out on the open road.”
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