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The Ingenium engine assembly line inside the Wolverhampton factory.
The Ingenium assembly line at Jaguar Land Rover’s state-of-the-art Engine Manufacturing Centre, near Wolverhampton. The facility was built from scratch to produce the engines © Jaguar Land Rover

Designing and manufacturing world-class engines

Jaguar Land Rover has designed and built from scratch a world-class engine family with the creation of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the UK.

Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, with a history going back almost 70 years. The company has been named as a finalist for the 2016 MacRobert Award in recognition of the worldclass innovation behind the most significant decision the company has ever made: to design and manufacture its own engines for the first time in a generation.

In 2011, it was announced that Jaguar Land Rover would invest £1.5 billion a year for the next five years in new product development. The design, development and creation of a new family of Ingenium engines supports the company’s aim to be completely self-sufficient in the design and manufacture of all engines by 2020. Starting with little more than a blank sheet of paper and an empty field, the Jaguar Land Rover team has developed an entire suite of world-leading Ingenium engines that meet the growing demand for lower fuel consumption and cost of ownership, without compromising vehicle performance and driver experience, and delivering commercial robustness for the company now and into the future. The first diesel Ingenium engine was launched in January 2015, and the petrol engine is due to launch later this year.


The Ingenium engines are the result of almost 200 innovative ideas, which led to more than 100 new patent applications. These were combined to deliver significant emissions and weight reductions alongside improved performance and fuel economy. A key aspect of this was to deliver the lowest engine friction, using the latest engine system technologies. Despite adding features and increasing power output, Ingenium engines weigh up to 40 kg less than other equivalent engines.

In order to build the Ingenium engines, Jaguar Land Rover built an entire manufacturing facility from scratch, which presented an opportunity to create a world-class manufacturing environment

In order to build the Ingenium engines, Jaguar Land Rover built an entire manufacturing facility from scratch, which presented an opportunity to create a world-class manufacturing environment. In 2012, building work started on the £500 million, 98,000 m2 state-of-the-art Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) just outside Wolverhampton, and work is currently underway on an 85,000 m2 expansion worth in excess of £450 million. The EMC also has impressive green credentials with one of the largest solar panel roofs in the UK, which can generate up to 30% of the site’s electricity needs.

Benefit to society

Filling a brand new factory with skilled staff presented its own challenge, and Jaguar Land Rover took a new approach to creating job opportunities and upskilling the local community. Every EMC employee undertakes an intensive two-week immersive training programme called the Powertrain Way, which has successfully introduced bus drivers, bricklayers and beauticians to new careers in engineering. Wolverhampton has the second highest unemployment rate in the UK, and the EMC is already providing a large number of opportunities in the region. The facility opened in 2014 and already has almost 1,000 employees, with a further 5,500 in the supply chain. More than 40 people have enrolled on an apprenticeship programme, and last year Jaguar Land Rover opened an Education Business Partnership Centre working with local schools to encourage children to pursue STEM subjects.

For more information, visit Jaguar Land Rover

MacRobert Award Finalist 2016: Jaguar Land Rover


Other publications relating to Jaguar Land Rover include 'Driven to an electrifying future', Ingenia 79 and 'Charging into the future', Ingenia 85.

This article has been adapted from "Designing and manufacturing world class engines, Jaguar Land Rover", which originally appeared in the print edition of Ingenia 67 (June 2016).

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