New Honeywell Technology earns 16th Consecutive Victory at 24 Hours of Le Mans
Honeywell turbo powers Audi to new lap record & its 17th consecutive podium finish
Honeywell turbos on all LMP1 boosted cars across diesel & gas hybrid powertrains
Honeywell Transportation Systems, the leading global developer of automotive turbochargers, is back in the winner’s circle for the 16th consecutive year at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, in France boosting Porsche to a record win with its new Gasoline DualBoost™ turbo technology.
Honeywell helped the Porsche 919 Hybrids, as well as perennial favorite Audi with its R18 e-tron quattro race cars, earn the top five positions at Le Mans in the top Le Mans Prototype 1 category (LMP1) and six of the top seven spots overall.
In total, Honeywell turbos were used on all boosted engines in the LMP1 class (12 of the 14 entries) for the famed endurance race.The new Gasoline DualBoost turbo technology used by Porsche was developed using best practices in aerodynamics and material sciences from Honeywell Aerospace as well as from existing DualBoost diesel applications enhancing production vehicles. Gasoline DualBoost technology provides 20 to 30 percent better response for improved acceleration out of corners and more steady state engine power from higher turbo efficiency. This is achieved in an overall lighter weight package that is 10 to 20 percent smaller than an equivalent standard gasoline turbo.
- Gavin Donkin, Vice President of product development for Honeywell Transportation Systems
DualBoost turbochargers use axial turbines more commonly seen in aerospace applications. Also, by using a dual-sided compressor, the new gasoline technology vastly improves time-to-torque and increases steady-state performance with a smaller footprint and a much lighter form factor.
Honeywell also helped Audi secure third, fourth and seventh place finishes using Honeywell variable geometry turbochargers (VNT) which help provide consistent power and fuel economy for diesel engines.
“As the world’s auto manufacturers continue revealing their plans for future production vehicles, it becomes more evident that turbocharged engines are a key component in the search for performance, fuel economy and the reduction of emissions,” Donkin said. “Using lighter, more robust components developed in motorsports helps save space and weight while delivering the top-flight performance that consumers and manufacturers demand.”