Honeywell notches its 13th consecutive Le Mans 24 Hour victory as engine downsizing and turbocharging continue to prove successful for both racing and mainstream vehicle production
ROLLE, Switzerland, June 24, 2013 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Turbo Technologies again boosted Audi to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was the 14th consecutive year Honeywell turbos supported the winner of the world’s most famous endurance race.
Audi won its fourth consecutive overall victory competing in the Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1) category representing the leading edge of racing technology. The #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro ran captured the checkered flag while all three of Honeywell-turbocharged Audi entries finished in the top five of the race.
“This victory again shows the capacity for durability and performance that Honeywell puts into each of its products,” said Gavin Donkin, Honeywell Turbo Technologies vice president for Advanced Technologies and Innovation. “This year’s race provided a number of challenges and condition changes throughout the 24 hours and we could not be more pleased with how our Honeywell turbochargers responded to each and every one.”
This year’s event presented a stern test as hours of hard racing were interspersed with many slow speed laps behind the safety car. Then as a final measure, heavy rains plagued the circuit for the final 90 minutes of the event which allowed the second-place car to close to within five minutes of the leader.
Honeywell turbochargers have been equal to the task throughout the last 14 editions of the famed race, helping power Audi to 12 victories in 14 years at Le Mans. In addition, Honeywell turbos were on the winning Bentley Speed 8 in 2003 and the victorious Peugeot 908 in 2009.
More impressively, Honeywell has provided turbocharged solutions for multiple engine types among Audi victories helping power six-, eight-, 10- and 12-cylinder configurations ranging from 3.6 to 5.5 liters and using both gasoline and diesel fuel.
Honeywell takes the data gathered at Le Mans and applies the lessons learned to the same turbochargers that are available in many passenger cars and trucks around the world. Using lighter, more robust components in construction helps save space and weight while delivering the top-flight performance that consumers and manufacturers demand.
As the world’s auto manufacturers continue revealing their plans for 2013 and 2014 consumer vehicles, it becomes more evident that turbocharged engines are a key component in the search for performance, fuel economy and the reduction of emissions.
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