Developing an all-new engine is a big deal. Variants that extend an engine family are one thing. Making updates for better efficiencies or new applications is another thing. But starting from the block up to design and build an entirely new engine, well, that’s big. It’s creating something that may last 20 or 30 years into the future. That’s exactly the challenge that the team under Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development, faced when they started work on the 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V-8 turbocharged diesel engine.
Debuting in the next-generation, 2011 F-Series Super Duty® truck, the new diesel engine will deliver significant improvements in torque, horsepower and fuel economy while adding more fueling flexibility and meeting stringent new emissions requirements.
“This all-new diesel engine has been so extensively tested both in the lab and in the real world that we’re confident we’re giving our customers the most reliable and productive powertrain available today,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development. “Our Super Duty customers demand reliability and durability in their trucks so they can deliver the best results for their business and their customers. That’s exactly what this engine delivers.”
The diesel engine team made improvements and changes throughout the engine architecture to deliver on aggressive horsepower, torque, emissions and fuel economy targets. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke uses an “inboard exhaust” architecture, an automotive-industry first for a modern production diesel engine. It combines the best of proven technology with new, patented approaches backed by an extensive laboratory and real-world testing regimen to assure customer satisfaction.
Benefits of the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel engine include:
“The bar was raised for this new diesel and the Power Stroke team did a fantastic job meeting performance and durability targets,” said Adam Gryglak, lead engineering manager for the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine. “We integrated Ford’s best global practices in engine design, development and testing as we pulled together our co-located team, which included engineering, design, manufacturing and purchasing. This helped us get the job done efficiently and quickly while increasing our focus on the product’s capability, performance, quality and reliability.”
To build team spirit, Gryglak wanted something unique to inspire the organization. The new diesel was code-named “Scorpion,” so a mechanical scorpion designed from engine components graced all internal reports. The name also is a nod to one of Gryglak’s favorite rock bands.
The result of the team’s work is the new Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel engine, which will deliver significantly improved torque, horsepower and fuel economy while meeting more stringent federal emissions standards that begin in 2010.
To view an informative fact sheet on the all-new 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine, please click here.