“Automakers have gone from bragging about big V-8s to (promoting) gas mileage on the highway,” says Mike Omotoso, senior manager of global powertrain for analysts LMC Automotive, in a USA Today article. The sudden focus on the smallest of engines reflects the marketing power of being able to advertise “eye-popping miles-per-gallon totals when gas prices surge, a sea change from a decade ago when bigger was better.” According to Steve McKinley, a vice president of Honeywell Turbo Technologies, automakers have been able to increase horsepower per liter by about 10% to 15% every three years for the past decade in small engines by increasing the efficiency of turbochargers.
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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Some Garrett History:
The heritage of the turbo business began in 1936 when young Cliff Garrett formed his company in a tiny, one-room office in Los Angeles. With encouragement and financial support from friends like Jack Northrop and Harry Wetzel, plus $5,000 he borrowed on his own, Garrett founded the company that would later become the Garrett Corporation. Number of employees: 1. Number of customers: 1.
Today, that business couldn’t be more different. Over time, the turbocharging business spun off to establish itself as a serious player in the engine boosting industry. Garrett product is produced by over 6,000 employees and serves the leading global engine and vehicle manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, DDC, Fiat, Ford,International Truck Co, Peugeot, Renault, Saab and Volkswagen.
Through names such as AiResearch, AlliedSignal, and the Honeywell of today, Garrett has sustained its reputation for revolutionizing turbocharger technologies generation after generation. From its long list of industry firsts to its leading-edge patented dual-ball bearing turbos for high performance vehicles, Garrett develops and manufactures the same cutting-edge boosting expertise that goes into all Garrett products. The fact that Garrett ® turbochargers are the preferred choice of leading original equipment manufacturers and many top race teams in CART, World Rally, American Le Mans, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Pikes Peak is a telling example.
Today, Garrett continues to redefine the art and science of boosting technology with advanced air management systems for the full spectrum of modern engines. With over 30,000 turbos produced EVERY DAY, you know the Garrett name is one you can trust.
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