German propulsion group Tognum, which includes MTU Friedrichshafen, has expanded its framework agreement with Sunseeker to supply the UK shipyard with MTU diesel engines until 2012.

The company’s Engines business unit will supply Sunseeker with V8, V10, V12 and V16 diesel engines from its Series 2000 range and V12 and V16 Series 4000 units covering an overall power range from 810kW-3,440kW (1,086bhp-4,613bhp). Furthermore, MTU will potentially supply 450 engines dependant on market forces, up to 2012.

The first engines will be delivered to Sunseeker by the middle of August.

“In view of the difficult situation in the yacht sector, this expanded framework agreement underscores the success of our many years of cooperation with Sunseeker,” says Rainer Breidenbach, Tognum Executive Board member with responsibility for the Engines business unit.

Tognum is a leading supplier of high-speed diesel engines and propulsion systems for marine vessels, as well as rail and heavy machinery. The company’s latest MTU model in the Series 2000 range, the 2000 M94, is said to produce the highest performance figures in its class as well as delivering an enhanced power-to-weight ratio.