Jaguar Land Rover engine plant set to employ 1,400

14 Feb, 2014 4:13pm Luke Madden

New Jaguar Land Rover plant to produce one engine every 36 seconds from 2015

Jaguar Land Rover’s new engine factory in Wolverhampton is ramping up ahead of producing its first engine in 2015. The plant – which is part of a £500m investment – will be staffed by 1,400 workers and is set to produce an engine every 36 seconds at full capacity.

The engines will be aluminium four-cylinder petrol and diesels of JLR’s own design and the new Jaguar XS saloon will be the first to get one of the new engines. Neither Jaguar or Land Rover has used an engine designed and built in-house since the late 90s. The first prototype engines will be produced in the spring.

Details on JLR's new Brazil engineering plant

Following their initial use in Jaguar’s new compact saloon, expect to see the engines used across most of the Jaguar line-up and Land Rover’s smaller models like the Evoque and Freelander. There were no details on power or engine capacities, other than the news that the manufacturing process is flexible so it’s easy to change engine capacity and add new technology into the design. Engineers are hopeful that the new units will be among the most powerful and fuel efficient on sale.

The plant itself is the size of 14 football pitches and consists of three buildings; a machining factory where the cylinder head, block and crankshaft are built, and separate petrol and diesel assembly houses. As it stands, the machining plant is 55 per cent complete, the diesel assembly 15 per cent complete and the petrol assembly about 5 per cent finished.

When the plant is fully operational machining will be done six days a week on a three-shift rotation, while the petrol and diesel assemblies will work five days a week.

At a preview of the factory, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “What you’re [Jaguar Land Rover] doing here epitomises what we need for the British economy… We need to make more things, invest in more things, train the next generation of young people and export things. That’s what is happening here.”

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loving tata

So the new JLR engines where promised to be the best in class, and now they are just hopeful that they will be among the best, I suspect they will be good, but I think Volvo's new range of engines have put the cat amongst the pigeons.

I like Jaguar Land Rover engine plant set to employ 1,400

Yes, Tata have had the courage to commit investment and take risks and this has allowed the heart of the company (the engineers and designers) at Whitley to blossom,

New product, basically from a clean sheet design, I would predict that they will start somewhere good and then develop over 5 years of production.

But isn't the next XJ be built in India? & will they revive the v12 for Jag?

So is Volvos, but the difference is Volvos is actually out now and was designed in house, I believe JLRs was designed by someone else, and despite all the talk for years, still isn't in production.

Jaguar will not revive the V12, because it's engine suppliers (Ford) don't build one.

No, Volvo have been continually developing engines.

Jaguar are just getting back into it, according to the text:

"The engines will be aluminium four-cylinder petrol and diesels of JLR’s own design and the new Jaguar XS saloon will be the first to get one of the new engines. Neither Jaguar or Land Rover has used an engine designed and built in-house since the late 90s. The first prototype engines will be produced in the spring."

That's why they will ilkely need a periood of development, for the engine and the whole production process over a period of years to really catch up with established engine makers like Volvo.

Ford builds the V12 engines used by Aston Martin in Germany. Since they are moving to Mercedes AMG engines in the future, this will probably stop.

Jaguar have been building their own engines since the1990s in Bridgend, South Wales. They are made in the Ford factory which is a 'plant within a plant' building the V8 and V6 petrol engines.

The new Hotfire 4 cylinder engines were designed by JLR. It's hard to introduce engines when the factory is still being built.

This is correct. JLR never stopped designing engines. Ford built the Bridgend Jaguar engine facility back in 90's. They are forced to buy their own engine designs from Ford.

The Syner-D project involved Ricardo engineers, but this is not Hotfire. Jag will use some of the development in Syner-D for its hotfire engines.

Actually JLR's V8 and the new supercharged V6 were developed entirely by JLR. They are just built at a JLR engine facility at Ford's Bridgend plant.

20 years ago, bit of a gap to catch up.
Latest development work done by Ricardo consultancy.

Some cars will be built in India for sale in those Asian territories. Freelander, XF and XJ. Most large makers have manufacturing dispersed around the world. Asia, South American, South Africa etc.

Good to see that the so reliable Landrover continous to thrive with the new owners. Used to drive a short wheel base old customs Landrover in Uganda many years back. Tough, reliable and got through just about any track (or no track at all...)

The current V8 and V6 were 100% JLR designed as well. The plant was may have been built 20 years ago but JLR's engine development didn't stop with the first AJ-V8. The engine facility at Bridgend is seperate from the Ford side and only builds JLR V8 and V6 engines along with the Volvo SI6 engine. The current JLR designed engines are only a few years old. JLR owns the rights to those engines for a reason. Yes, Ricardo has helped with some of the new 4 cylinder development. They also helped get AWD into the XF and XJ.

Great news for the UK car industry. Really looking forward to seeing the new smaller Jag, although just hope it's not a downsized XF

it is, It will have the look of teh next gen XF, in a smaller package, however, the design has been tweaked since the sign off to allow for bigger engines and a 4x4 system, amongst other things

The AJV8 and AJV6 were developed in the 1990s with Ford in charge and it is a Lincoln engine in the USA.

The engines are still just a development of the 1990s Ford (Lincoln) units. No clean sheet design since then.

Nope - it was the other way around. Ford used a derivative of the Jaguar V8 in AJ30/AJ35 guise in the 1990s.

The current 5.0 AJ133 and 3.0 AJ126 were a completely clean-sheet design in the late 00's and are completely unrelated to the earlier Jaguar V8 anyhow, sharing no parts with the earlier engine.