Currently reading: Jaguar Land Rover to continue AJ V8 production in-house
Future secured for supercharged engine, which had been uncertain after Ford announced Bridgend closure
Julian Rendell
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26 August 2020

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will take over production of the 'AJ' supercharged petrol V8 in Wolverhampton after Ford shuts its Bridgend plant next month, Autocar can confirm.

The future of the engine – which is used in everything from the Jaguar F-Type to the Range Rover (and set to be used in the new Land Rover Defender) – had been uncertain since last summer, when Ford announced the closure of the facility where it has been built since 1996.

It has now emerged that JLR will transfer the production equipment, and possibly some of the workforce, from Wales to the West Midlands in a ‘lift and shift’ operation.

A statement from the firm read: “Manufacture of the JLR-designed V8 petrol engines previously made at Bridgend will move to the JLR Engine Manufacturing Centre, with further detail to be confirmed at a later date.”

Ford says production at Bridgend is now focused on work for “third parties” (JLR), with assembly of the Ford Sigma and Dragon engines already having been wound down. Bridgend is understood to have been building the AJ at a higher rate than required in order to build up buffer supplies while the production line is moved.

Sources suggest the AJ, now in its third generation, will continue in production for three to five years. The timing is likely to coincide with the introduction of EU7, an inevitably more stringent next step of European Union emissions regulations.

At that point, JLR is expected to adopt BMW’s V8 as part of a wide-reaching powertrain deal, as demand for this engine type dwindles in Europe but stays buoyant in the US and the Middle East.

Strong demand for the current V8 in those markets is a key motivator for JLR taking over its production and continuing to build it.

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26 August 2020
My goodness - a bit of rare good news.

26 August 2020
eseaton wrote:

My goodness - a bit of rare good news.

And yet...  just wait for the whinging!

26 August 2020

That they are continuing with a superb engine.

 

Bad news if they go for a BMW one.

 

They need to start now on making an Ingenium V8 rather than using a BMW engine that gave them a poor reputation for reliablity when used in Range Rovers in the USA.

 

26 August 2020

Now that Jaguar/Land Rover/Range Rover have hopefully more "control" of the lump perhaps they can explore turbo charging it instead of it being supercharged, I'm confident turbocharging the AJ V8 would yield benefits performace, economy and emmisions wise, all 3 being a major problem in it's current supercharged form.

Landie 

26 August 2020
Landie wrote:

Now that Jaguar/Land Rover/Range Rover have hopefully more "control" of the lump perhaps they can explore turbo charging it instead of it being supercharged, I'm confident turbocharging the AJ V8 would yield benefits performace, economy and emmisions wise, all 3 being a major problem in it's current supercharged form.

Landie 

As long at they keep making the supercharged model so that I don't have to endure turbolag. If I'm buying a V8 I'm all in. Stuff emmissions and economy! 

Got to say I hope JLR didn't pay much for this engine. I can't see why buying BMW's lump in earlier wouldn't be a better option. Other than the fact it would need supercharging of course :-)

26 August 2020

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26 August 2020

So pleased you want to share your good news with us and not be a greedy little minx keeping it all for yourself!! 

26 August 2020

Good to see some companies still have balls. 

26 August 2020

I really dont see the point, they should have just (as the article states) built enough to satisfy demand, it really cant be hard to have a good guess at how many they need, and waited for the BMW lump to become available, they have just released a new Ingenium straight 6, that makes nearly as much bhp as the standard V8 anyway, if they gave it a bit of electic boost it could probably produce more.. Makes no sense, another waste of money from a company that is losing it hand over fist.. 

26 August 2020
Ingenium 6 doesn't fit in all models.

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