Ford V6 Engines - General Information
2.8 2.9 'COLOGNE' and COSWORTH V6
There is still a lot of tuning parts available for these Cologne family engines. For notes regarding the Essex V6 please click here.
Cylinder Heads.- ported and polished stage one though to big valve stage three specification.
Camshafts - cams and follower kits are still manufactured and available from Kent Cams
Block assemblies, big bore kits (Ultimax Engines ) - we can bore and stroke these engines up to 3.5 3.7 litre - this includes the Cosworth V6.
The 2.8 litre engines require additional machining to the nose of our
crank. This work will be carried out at no extra cost should you have
one of these engines. Please call for further information.
- We have been building these long-stroke Ultimax engines since 1990 -
Typical RND Engineering short block parts kit. Note baffle plate welded into the standard Cologne sump.
It is worth bearing in mind that
the people behind RND are the same as those who originally developed
the legendary Ultimax out of the 'Cologne'. The low-down 255 lbs/ft
plus torque and 210 BHP produced by these naturally aspirated
developments of these Ford V6 OHV engines is awesome - because the
power is available across such a wide rev band. From the standard 2.8
or 2.9 litre, we took these Capri, early TVR and 2WD and 4WD XR series
Sierra units right up to 3.7 litres. And we also offered supercharged
Ford 'Cologne' Ultimax V6 - bores and bottom end. These pictures are of the original 3.5 litre Ultimax engine, which we assembled back in 1990 as 'proof of concept'.
data are given below for the standard V6 Cologne as fitted to the
majority of road-going RWD Fords of the 1980s and 1990s, and various
TVR models of the same era.
Ford Cosworth 24v DOHC V6
version of the Cologne 2.9 litre. Note the aluminium twin cam heads
taking the place of the 6 valve cast-iron items on the 'cooking'
engine. Original image by John Brown.
By contrast, these are the
specifications for the Cosworth derivative of this same engine, which
featured aluminium DOHC cylinder heads in place of the cast iron 6
valve units on the base Cologne.
The Essex engine is now over 40 years old but we can still do a lot of performance
upgrades including boring and stroking to increase capacity as
well as turbocharging. Again, you will need to call us with your