Honeywell Turbo Technologies Takes on Challenge to Help Shrink Engines
As the world's leading developer of turbochargers, Honeywell is helping automakers improve fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions without sacrificing power
Confronted with a global recession, sluggish sales, a worldwide credit
crisis and volatile fuel prices, the world's automakers are focused on building
cars that will both appeal to drivers and make economic sense.
In most cases, that means finding ways to squeeze higher levels of performance
from smaller, more efficient engines. As the world's leading developer of
turbochargers, Honeywell is playing a critical role as car companies strive to
improve fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions without sacrificing the
power that drivers still crave.
"Turbochargers provide an enormous benefit because they enable
manufacturers to shrink engine size and weight, while maintaining
drivability," said Alex Ismail, president and CEO of Honeywell's
Transportation Systems business.
In fact, compared to engines without turbochargers, state-of-the-art
turbocharged-engines deliver between 20 and 40 percent improvement in fuel
efficiency, and 25 percent improvement in torque and acceleration, Ismail
"In Western Europe, where more than 60 percent of vehicles are now
turbocharged, drivers get 40 miles per gallon (mpg) on average compared to
about 25 mpg in the U.S., where turbo penetration is just 5 percent," he
said. "We see excellent opportunities to expand turbo penetration in North
America as well as in India, China, Eastern Europe, and other developing
regions of the world."
Automakers throughout Europe, Asia, and North America are using turbochargers
to gain more power from smaller engines. For example, Turbo Technologies
expects to launch its new micro turbo on the extremely small engine that will
power the diesel version of the Tata Nano, which is scheduled to roll off the
assembly line in 2010. Billed as "the people's car," the Nano will sell
for about $2,500 and get more than 50 mpg.
As a key component of the Ford EcoBoost technology, a Honeywell turbocharger
will help the V-6 engine on the 2010 Lincoln MKS perform like a large V-8, with
355 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque, while achieving 25 mpg on the
highway. Ford plans to equip 90 percent of its North American fleet with
EcoBoost engine or transmission technology by the 2013 model year.
While turbo-diesel passenger cars and light trucks are already common in
Western Europe and other regions in the world, they're rarely seen in the U.S.
Developing a high-performance, competitively priced gasoline turbocharger has
been a top priority for Turbo Technologies engineers in recent years.
"Our progress with gasoline technologies and the major contracts we've
received from Ford, BMW, and other key customers are proof that our significant
research and development investments and hard work are paying off today, and
will continue to deliver value for Honeywell and our customers down the
road," he added.
For more information, visit Honeywell Turbo Technologies website.