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Hearing Brigade

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. It’s all part of an effort to ensure the engines are ready for performance duty in the new 2016 Focus RS.

Ford Performance knows the 350-horspower engine powering the 2016 Focus RS will see some extreme duty, so trained workers put the engine through stringent quality checks before it is installed in the company’s hottest hatch.
Ford Performance knows the 350-horspower engine powering the 2016 Focus RS will see some extreme duty, so trained workers put the engine through stringent quality checks before it is installed in the company’s hottest hatch.

“This team knows what a perfectly calibrated engine sounds like and they know the tiny sounds to listen for in case there is a problem,” Vice President, Quality, Ford of Europe Gunnar Herrmann said. “Think of it like a doctor who has the most advanced diagnostic technology but still uses a stethoscope to gather vital clues to a patient’s health.”

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