Performance and Durability Yield Championships and Valuable Data on WRC and WTCC Circuits
PLYMOUTH, Mich., Aug 7, 2013 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Turbo Technologies continues to push its motorsport turbo applications to the absolute limit on roads and racetracks around the world in 2013 in seeking repeat championships and capturing something even more valuable for its customers.
As the global leader in turbocharging technologies, Honeywell continues to drive the innovation supporting optimized solutions for nearly all vehicle manufacturers of passenger and commercial vehicles around the world. And while much of the workload takes place with great precision in the rigidly-controlled domain of engineering, it is the grueling surfaces of the World Rally Championship and the demanding circuits of the World Touring Car Championship that provide an invaluable amount of real-world data.
“Performance and durability are two of the most important features in the design of Honeywell turbochargers for the passenger car,” said Jeff Lotterman, Honeywell’s director of Motorsport and European Advanced Technology. “There are few arenas which can allow us to test our designs and results quite like the WRC and WTCC. It requires excellence of execution with the pressure of performing under immovable deadlines which differ greatly from the lab.”
Honeywell has worked to develop compressed bearing systems which have resulted in space savings in the engine compartment while advances in lightweight components have reduced weight and added fuel savings – critical in racing environments just as it is for passenger vehicles. And while the Honeywell turbocharger in your car is not the exact same as the one in the title-winning Chevrolet Cruze driven by 2012 WTCC series champion Rob Huff, or the Citroen DS3 piloted by WRC champ Sebastien Loeb, the two share much of the same technology.
“We have been able to try a lot of different technologies in our wheels, rotors and housings and used our years of racing experience to find the best options for our passenger cars,” said Lotterman. “Racing in the WRC and the WTCC provides many unique challenges for our turbochargers and we have solved a number of our design concerns through findings gathered from our racing programs.”
As the turbo supplier to many of the top teams in the WRC and WTCC, Honeywell turbochargers continue to provide the performance and reliability these teams need with a 1.6-liter global racing engine while competing at the highest levels of motorsport. These racing programs allow Honeywell to test and work under extreme conditions where the turbochargers are operating at maximum temperatures on a nearly continuous basis. Building for two of the world’s most demanding racing series has yielded a number of improvements that have been carried into production for passenger vehicles.
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