Ricardo Engine Build for McLaren
Just as the McLaren Production Centre where the MP4-12C sports car is assembled by craftspeople is a pristine environment not only by automotive assembly standards, but surgical suites come to mind, as well, the M838T engine for the car—a 592-hp, twin-turbo V8—which is assembled for McLaren by Ricardo, Inc. (ricardo.com), is similarly clean. In fact, according to Ricardo, the assembly facility at its Shoreham Technical Centre site in the U.K. is “a near clean-room production environment.”
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
Topology optimization cuts part development time and costs, material consumption, and product weight. And it works with additive, subtractive, and all other types of manufacturing processes, too.
Honda is an engine company.