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10 million V8s and counting


V8 motors may be an endangered species, but Ford sure has built plenty of them

The Blue Oval brand’s Romeo Engine Plant has just made its 10 millionth engine, a 4.6-litre V8 for a 2010 Mustang GT.

Romeo builds V8s for the ’Stang and the F-150 pick-up, among other Ford and Mercury models. The V8s built there in 2008 had a combined horsepower of 90 million.

Romeo, formerly a tractor factory, built its first engine in 1990 – a 4.6-litre, two-valve V8. Today the 1000 employee plant makes V8s and many of their major components including cast iron blocks, crankshafts, cylinder heads, connecting rods, camshafts and aluminium blocks.

It has two lines – a high-volume Line (HVL) and a niche line, where workers meticulously hand-build 5.4-litre four-valve supercharged V8s for the Shelby GT500 Mustang.

The HVL builds 4.6-litre two-valve and three-valve V8s and 4.6-litre two-valve Flex Fuel V8s, delivering 140 engines an hour.

The engines are shipped to plants in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri and Canada where they’re fitted to the F-150, Mustang, Econoline van, Explorer SUV, and Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis cars.

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