Honeywell Turbos Boost Audi to Record Victory at Le MansBy Honeywell Turbo Technologies, PRNE
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
LE MANS, France, June 17, 2010 - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that its variable geometry turbo
(VGT) technology was featured on the Audi R15 TDI at this weekend's 24 Hours
of Le Mans, helping Audi claim a clean sweep of the podium stand (first,
second and third place), while breaking the distance record for the race.
The victorious Audi team of Timo Bernhard (Germany), Romain Dumas
(France) and Mike Rockenfeller (Germany), completed a total of 397 laps in
the 24 hours, covering a record-breaking distance of 5,410 kilometers.
"Congratulations to Audi on such an historic achievement. Their success
proves the increasing value of advanced turbo technologies in contributing to
performance and engine efficiency," said Alex Ismail, President and CEO of
Honeywell Transportation Systems. "Our variable geometry turbo technology is
already under the hood of millions of passenger cars worldwide and will play
an increasing role in the future as automakers develop high performing
smaller engines that consume less fuel and emit lower levels of harmful
Honeywell has partnered with Audi Motorsport for the past three years to
integrate its variable geometry turbo technology into all of Audi's R15 TDI
V10 Le Mans car engines in order to increase engine efficiency. This year,
they were able to increase efficiency 20 percent over Audi's previous (and
larger) Le Mans engine model (Audi R10 V12 TDI). Variable geometry
turbochargers are standard in all Audi TDI engines in production vehicles.
VGT turbos help optimize power-efficiency by using moveable vanes around
the turbine inlet to match turbo boost precisely to the needs of the engine.
At lower engine speeds, the variable nozzle turbine vanes close to restrict
the exhaust air flow through the turbine, thereby increasing turbine power
and boost pressure. At higher engine speeds, the moveable vanes open to
maximize the exhaust gas flow, thereby avoiding turbo over-speed and
maintaining the required boost pressure.
"At Le Mans we're dealing with temperatures above 1,000 degrees
centigrade, which have not been encountered with production engines so far,"
explains Ulrich Baretzky, Head of Engine Development at Audi Sport. "As a
result of downsizing, production development will enter into similar
temperature ranges. This makes VTG another good example of how the technology
transfer between motorsport and the production side of the house works at
Honeywell Turbo Technologies is the leading automotive turbocharger
developer in the world, and is a business unit of Honeywell Transportation
Systems, which also consists of Consumer Products Group and Friction
Materials. As a leading automotive supplier, Honeywell Transportation Systems
enhances vehicle performance, efficiency and appearance through
state-of-the-art technologies, world-class brands, and global solutions
tailored for its automotive customers around the world.
Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100
Diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide
with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings,
homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty
materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on
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Michelle Dumetier of Honeywell Turbo Technologies, +33-(0)-1-55-46-22-21, michelle.dumetier at honeywell.com; or Nicolas Muzi of Weber Shandwick, +32-(0)-2-894-90-44, nmuzi at webershandwick.com, for Honeywell Turbo Technologies
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