Ford is set to release the 10-speed transmission engine as early as this fall in its 2017 F-150’s. This new and improved engine will give the F-150 a similar amount of horsepower as with its current engine (roughly 365 horsepower), but with increased torque and fuel economy. This technological development illustrates the point we discussed in class, that cars are getting heavier and more powerful while still increasing their fuel efficiency. This new engine will also include new pistons, a new cylinder, new turbochargers and an electronically controlled wastegate. This engine will also now use two fuel injection systems, direct injection and port fuel injection. Doug Scott, Ford’s truck group marketing manager believes that this new engine will be able to “optimize efficiency, emissions control, cold start-ability and output, and performance of the engine” because of the two fuel systems.
engines transmissions [ed: the prof] was a joint project between GM and Ford and GM will roll out it’s first 10-speed transmission engine on the 2017 Camero ZL1. This shows how important developing new technologies to stay ahead of the competition is in the auto industry. Companies invest billions in researching how to make more powerful and efficient cars and because of the need to stay ahead of the competition. These constant improvements serve to increase the quality of all cars at an astonishing pace. Although there was nothing in this article about possible problems with the engine, I would be interested to know what the drawbacks of increasing the engines to 10-speed or if their are any problems.