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Ford engine plant builds number 10 million!

Ford engine plant builds number 10 million!

Ford’s 90-degree, overhead-cam Modular V8 has covered a wide spectrum since it was introduced in 1991–powering luxury cars, SUVs, pickups and high-performance sports cars.

A large number of those engines have come from a Ford plant in Romeo, Mich., which has now built its 10-millionth engine–a 4.6-liter V8 that is headed for a 2010 Mustang GT.

The Romeo engine plant was converted from a tractor factory. In 1991, it launched with a single-overhead cam, two-valves-per-cylinder version of the 4.6-liter Mod V8 for the 1991 Lincoln Town Car, rated at 190 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Today it cranks out two-valve and three-valve versions of the 4.6-liter V8, with output ranging between 225 hp and 292 hp. The plant will build a three-valve 4.6-liter V8 for the 2010 Ford Mustang that will be rated at 315 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.

Those engines roll down Romeo’s high-volume production line, which stretches more than 4,000 feet. The plant turns out about 140 engines per hour.

Romeo also has a niche production line, where over the years workers have hand-built some of Ford’s most-potent engines.

Today, the niche line builds the 540-hp supercharged 5.4-liter V8 for the Shelby GT500 version of the Mustang. Earlier, it built a similar engine for the Ford GT sports car, as well as V8s used in cars and trucks engineered by Ford’s SVT unit.

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