I don't claim to know the entire history but I did read a comment that when the rules actually allowed the Modular V8's to compete they dominated. This competition isn't about who can make the most ultimate power. It's more about making horsepower and torque per displacement (cu in) and over a broad power band. In other words - efficiency.
After seeing the amount of power that old 390 based motor laid down I might have to rethink my plan to swap the original 390 in my '68 Cougar for a Coyote. I just did an oil change on it today using 10w40 Mobil 1 and 4 oz of ZDDPlus zinc additive and filled the tank with 93 octane Sunoco and about 8 oz of Rislone gas treatment. It's running better now than it ever has as long as I've owned it and it still carries 50 PSI of oil pressure at idle. A better intake manifold, a set of long tube headers and a better rear axle ratio might be all it really needs.
This quote was taken from the Ford Media site's profile of Joe Hinrichs:
"In addition, Hinrichs leads all of Ford’s automotive skill teams including Product Development, Purchasing, Enterprise Product Line Management, Manufacturing & Labor Affairs, Marketing, Sales & Service, Quality & New Model Launch, Sustainability, Environmental & Safety Engineering, Information Technology, Customer Experience, and Government Affairs."
This was his job and he messed it up. Maybe he's not the wonder many think he is.
Ford's preference with suspension tuning on 2020 Explorer XLT apparently is to combine a busy ride with disconnected handling just like the previous generation Explorer.
The "unsettling discombobulation between the axles" Car and Driver described isn't a preference, it's an engineering flaw. The line workers at Chicago Assembly are not responsible for that.
...I own a plug-in hybrid. A good one. A sporty one. One that does a 105mph 1/4 mile. A CT6. It can’t hold a candle to my 3 in any measure but rear seat room and high speed cruise range. If you want to drive 300mi at 90mph, the Caddy will do it. Other than that, dynamically it doesn’t hold a candle to the 3.
You know, I didn’t wake up yesterday being a car fan. I’ve been a car fan for a very long time. And, as a long time fan I’ll tell you, BEVs are the next gen. ICE cars are obnoxiously sluggish in comparison and hybrids do nothing but make the input lag even worse.
Had the same thought myself. IMO he (Hinrichs) has to bear a lot of the blame for this mess. If this was such a critical launch, and if CAP has had a history of "issues", you would think it would have been under a lot of close scrutiny. Not to let the guy at the top off the hook. Ever get the feeling his attention to "fitness" as well as his lack of experience in a very complicated manufacturing environment had anything to do with this?
Watching the videos of the plant conversion, my first thought was .."Holy s**t-talk about opportunity for things to get screwed up" And I guess they have.
And again, how many experienced guys were shown the door over the last couple of years. "Attention to detail" is more than a buzz phrase.
I think his comments were entirely about product launches in USA and how Ford has botched quite a few rather badly and yet the products recovered and went on to be good sellers.
most in the US would be completely oblivious to the plight of Ford’s global arms, only that they lose money. To me, One Ford was all about the USA and actually hurt markets outside of it by removing that regional freedom...