Pune-based Force Motors will soon start building engines for Rolls Royce. These engines will be built at Force Motors Indian factory, and the company has just signed a joint venture with Rolls Royce. However, these engines are not for cars. Rather, they’re for ships, marine vehicles and generators. Essentially, the engines that Force Motors will build for Rolls Royce will be large capacity marine diesels. Specifically, Force Motors will build high powered MTU 1600 series diesel engines, in 10 and 12 cylinder Series configurations, and with power outputs between 545 to 1050 HP (400 to 800 kWm).
Prasan Firodia, the managing director of Force Motors said,
Rolls-Royce Power Systems has chosen to partner with us not only for production of engines but also for production and engineering of the whole genset system. This… comes after our successful cooperation with Mercedes and BMW.
Force Motors already builds engines for Mercedes Benz and BMW. These are high-end car engines that Force Motors assembles for these luxury automakers. The Indian utility vehicle maker is now well known for its high quality engine assembly operations that give global automakers major cost savings. This is also the major reason why Rolls Royce has chosen to move its engine building operations from Germany to India. The entire engine assembly plant will shift to India from Germany, making India the global manufacturing hub for Rolls Royce MTU engines.
Initial production will commence from the third quarter of 2019, with an investment of Rs. 300 crores. Sales and service for this engine in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be handled by the Joint Venture, in which Force Motors holds 51 % and Rolls Royce holds 49 %. For the rest of the world, Rolls Royce will handle sales and service. Andreas Schell, president and CEO, Rolls-Royce Power Systems said,
We are changing our strategy from deliver to India to ‘Make in India’. In Force Motors, we have found a reliable partner whose excellent production quality is proven by decades of experience in building engines for premium automotive brands. Once serial production capabilities for 1600 units have been established within the joint venture, we will have opportunities to add other applications, engines and power systems to the JV portfolio.