This Week in Ford Racing November 11, 2009 This weekend at the NHRA Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif., Cunningham Motorsports will debut its first developmental version of the new Ford Pro Stock engine. Noted Ford Motor Company engine engineer...
This Week in Ford Racing
November 11, 2009
This weekend at the NHRA Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif., Cunningham Motorsports will debut its first developmental version of the new Ford Pro Stock engine. Noted Ford Motor Company engine engineer Mose Nowland led the development of the engine, and Cunningham Motorsports and Larry Morgan Racing provided real-world input to ensure the new engine has the features to lead the Pro Stock field. Two Cunningham Motorsports Ford Mustangs will compete in the NHRA season finale, marking the first time a Ford has competed with new Pro Stock parts in 15 years.
Ford Racing had the chance to catch up with Mose Nowland to weigh in on the engine's development:
MOSE NOWLAND, Ford Racing Engine Engineer
YOU HAVE ONLY BEEN IN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING THIS NEW PRO STOCK ENGINE SINCE LAST CHRISTMAS? "That's true. We actually started the design around December 18th of 2008, and we've worked feverishly on it ever since. Our suppliers have been very good about taking as little time as necessary for doing the tuning and the machining and the castings, things like that."
TO PUT THE DEVELOPMENTAL ENGINE ON TRACK IN UNDER A YEAR IS A BIG DEAL. "Yes, it is. It's kind of an expedited program and we needed to do that, because we saw great marketing opportunities for getting it out there when some of our competitors were backing away. We just felt that it was a wonderful opportunity to get those parts in the catalog and help our performance parts sales. In engine design and development times, we did do a very hasty job on this engine and I certainly hope that it pays off for us. We used a lot of past experience that we learned in engine design to just choose the features that we knew really worked so we could be quick about it and not have to do a lot of validation testing. The other thing that we did was look at features of some other engines that we've done and incorporated them. We knew who our suppliers would be. We knew just how we would acquire the pieces quickly."
CAN YOU GIVE DETAILS ON WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE DEVELOPMENTAL ENGINE IN POMONA? "The engine will be making its debut in a 2010 Mustang, and Cunningham Motorsports has two of them. One is driven by Jim Cunningham, and the other one is driven by Erica Enders, a young lady that is a very good driver in Pro Stock, and we have big hopes for her and Jim this weekend. We have to keep in mind, though, that the engine is in very early stages of development and this is basically a continuation of development and testing so that we can be better prepared for the 2010 Pomona Winternationals and the entire 2010 season."
YOU HAVE WORKED WITH FORD MOTOR COMPANY FOR OVER 54 YEARS. IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST MONUMENTAL EVENT IN YOUR TIME WITH THE COMPANY? "I would probably say there are two of them that just about equal each other. I was involved very heavily with design, testing and tuning the 427 LeMans engine which competed in the 1966-1967 LeMans races, in which we won both years, so that was a great trophy in my career. I think the second most interesting and impressive challenge I had was doing the same thing, building the prototypes and going on test trips for the Indy Twin-Cam that ran in the Lotus Ford driven by Jim Clark in 1966."
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