Ford can now offer customers such as sports car manufacturers a ‘one-stop shop’ for engines, after signing a formal agreement with Revolve Technologies Ltd, its newly named trusted engine partner.
Until now, engine customers have had to buy the electronic control unit (ECU), for each engine, from a third party supplier which has no formal link with Ford, and no access to Ford’s data. The new agreement means the Revolveteam can now supply a fully programmed ECU, using Ford’s data.
“By having a trusted engineering partner, we don’t have to share our information with customers, which means we maintain our security while protecting the safety and security of those customers’ vehicles,” said Paul McDermott, sales director of Ford Component Sales.
And for customers wanting an engine to conform to Euro6 emissions regulations, buying from Revolve is the only option, as third party suppliers simply cannot meet the emissions levels. “It is becoming increasingly difficult for third parties to control our engines as they become more complicated in order to meet emissions regulations,” said Paul. “We can now offer a one-stop shop, which means we can keep existing customers and help both us and Revolve attract new ones.”
Revolve has been appointed by Ford as a Quality Control Modulator (QCM), giving access to Ford technical information that no other company in Europe has. “We are the only QCM in Europe, and one of only five worldwide,” said Revolve’s Business Development Director, Alec Pell-Johnson, a former Ford engineer.
Revolve’s Business Development Manager, John Willis, another former Ford engineer, also added that there were many new opportunities. “We now have infinite control over what we can offer. It is mainly to niche OEMs, but some of them buy in volume.”
“Ford Component Sales can now give Revolve access to an ‘open/development’ ECU,” said Paul McDermott. “They can start work with the base calibration of a current Ford vehicle such as a Mustang and then work with our customers, adjusting calibration settings to better suit the customer’s application or vehicle. This should make it easier for our customers and make Ford a more attractive partner to vehicle manufacturers looking for an engine supplier."