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One of the greatest engines of all time is alive and burbling

Despite reports as to its imminent demise it can be confirmed that the famous V8, used in many Solihull built Land Rover products, is alive and burbling and in production in the UK. MCT, the West Country based engineering and manufacturing specialist, has won a contract from Land Rover Ltd for the continuation of production to support the aftermarket requirement for original equipment engines. Production has been relocated from the home of Land Rover at Solihull to MCT’s plant in Weston Super Mare and, besides engine production, MCT also handle all the sourcing and procurement of components and sub assemblies and the testing and supply of the finished product.

For over 40 years this famous V8 engine, with displacements from 3.5 to 4.6, has powered the cream of British marques including Land Rover Defender, Discovery and Range Rover, Rover P5B, P6 and SD1, MGB GT, Triumph, Morgan and TVR.
It is also the standard British engine for all hot rod use and special versions powered the Formula 1 winning Brabham team. It’s not surprising therefore that in 2005 Engine Technology International magazine and its journalist Keith Read voted it “ the greatest engine of all time”.
This contract is worth £25m over the next 5 years and over 70% of the volume will be exported. It is one of several that MCT has won in recent months. Over the past 18 months MCT has refocused its core manufacturing and engineering skills to provide a centre of excellence in the provision of outsourced manufacturing services to various industrial partners and to exploit the emerging markets where engineering excellence is in great demand.
Originally established as a powertrain remanufacturer, MCT has now expanded the business to cover “Life Cycle Management” which covers new build requirements for low volume development and introduction period of a new programme, medium volume series production, low volume run-out and aftermarket requirements.
MCT has invested in world class technical skills to provide product life cycle management, supply chain management and overall project management. This enables it to take blue-sky research projects through the applied technology stage to low volume production thus encouraging innovation to bear fruit.
Current major automotive customers include Ford Motor Company, Land Rover, General Motors, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Subaru, Caterham Cars and LDV. In addition MCT is expanding into new sectors including marine drive systems and wind generating systems working with leading technology partners.
Peter Roberts, managing director MCT, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Land Rover Ltd against strong global competition. This shows that small and medium British manufacturing and engineering companies can compete for high-end added value projects because of our high quality skills, flexible manufacturing environment and know how. Focussing in these areas will ensure that the UK can consolidate and focus its manufacturing sector and achieve greater success.”
GDP Associates
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