Development of the FWD car engine
Friday, 20 Jul 2012
Mr. Yoshio Akiyama
Manager, No. 1 Engineering Department, Mitaka Plant, Fuji Heavy Industries
Needless to say, the engine is the heart of the car. This makes it all the more appealing. The top-class engineers who build such engines are endowed with a common appeal. It is not simple or flippant but something more profound. Of course he possesses this charm.
This man thought deeply and for a long time in the course of building the Subaru 1000 engine. A lot of time and painstaking technology are needed in order to complete an engine, and the severity of this work comes across when speaking with this engineer. At the same time, one feels a sense of stature and solidity.
“We worked hard to build the Subaru 1000 engine. Whenever I work on an engine, I strive to build an engine that is reliable and fits well with the car as a product. I also have to build an engine that can rival other cars. In this case, I was especially motivated because we were building an FWD engine. First of all it was necessary to build an engine that was as light and compact as possible. Secondly, we had to maintain high output and high durability. For this reason, we developed a horizontally opposed aluminum alloy engine. I have confidence in it, and I’m sure you will see why when you drive the car.”
(Born in 1920, 46 years old (in 1966))