Ford has appointed UK-based Revolve Technologies as its sole European quality calibration modifier (QCM), giving Revolve access to the OEM’s engine technical information.
As engine designs become increasingly complex, optimizing for new applications is a challenge that requires access to complex datasets. Engines produced for hybrid vehicles using specially calibrated ECUs can offer improved reliability and fuel economy. Complying with Euro 6 emissions regulations in particular requires highly precise designs to meet the stringent emission requirements.
Revolve is one of only five companies in the world to partner with Ford in this way. Hybrid vehicle OEMs can now use Ford engines with optimized engine management parameters, based on full technical information obtained through the authorized and supported QCM route.
Previously, they had to purchase ECUs for each engine design from third parties with no access to the important Ford parameters that are essential to maximizing performance from hybrid engines.
“There are many new opportunities to take advantage of this new development, as we now have infinitely variable control over what can be offered,” said Bryn Slaney, Revolve’s engineering manager. “Niche OEMs and volume producers of hybrid and conventional vehicles will benefit.”
“By giving Revolve access to an ‘open/development’ ECU, they can start work with the base calibration of a current Ford vehicle, and then work with customers, adjusting calibration settings to suit the customer’s application or vehicle,” added Paul McDermott, sales director of Ford component sales.