Quality control testing of the 2.3-liter Focus RS engine includes listening
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Closed in soundproof booths, highly trained Ford production workers listen carefully. EcoBoost 2.3-liter engines run as their tuned ears seek out a rattle that might indicate a damaged gear tooth or a whistle that might hint at a blocked oiling passage. Itâ€™s all part of an effort to ensure the engines areÂ ready for performance duty in the new 2016 Focus RS.
â€œThis team knows what a perfectly calibrated engine sounds like and they know the tiny sounds to listen for in case there is a problem,â€ Vice President, Quality, Ford of Europe Gunnar Herrmann said. â€œThink of it like a doctor who has the most advanced diagnostic technology but still uses a stethoscope to gather vital clues to a patientâ€™s health.â€
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