Innovative R2S® Turbo Technology Earns BorgWarner Its Third PACE Award in Four Years
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 15 - BorgWarner (NYSE: BWA) received a 2008 Automotive News PACE Award at a ceremony yesterday in Detroit for its R2S® regulated two-stage turbocharger system. Recognized around the world, the PACE awards acknowledge automotive suppliers for superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance. BorgWarner also received PACE Awards in 2005 and 2007.
"At BorgWarner, we are proud of our track record of innovation, from our roots at the birth of the auto industry to our most recent PACE Award," said Tim Manganello, BorgWarner Chairman and CEO. "Our passion for leadership in powertrain technology continues to drive our commitment to engineering break- through technologies that increase fuel economy, lower emissions and improve vehicle performance."
BorgWarner's R2S® regulated two-stage turbocharging system consists of two series-connected turbochargers: a smaller unit (referred to as the high- pressure turbocharger) and a larger unit (known as the low-pressure turbocharger). At low engine speeds, the smaller high-pressure turbocharger ensures spontaneous engine response without "turbo lag." With increasing engine speed, the larger low-pressure turbocharger gradually takes over more of the work, ensuring constantly increasing power and high output torque across a wide range of engine speeds. The combination allows car makers to offer low-fuel-consumption, efficient, downsized engines with the dynamic response and high peak output power of a larger engine, all with lower emissions. BorgWarner's R2S® technology has been awarded multiple patents, and more are pending.
The first large-scale passenger car production with an R2S® regulated two-stage turbocharging system was launched in 2005 on the BMW 535d, available in Europe, and in 2006 on Ford F-Series Super-Duty® trucks. To date, BorgWarner's R2S® regulated two-stage turbocharging system has also entered into series production on Fiat, Daimler and MAN vehicles.
The 14th annual Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Awards competition was open to suppliers that contribute products, processes, materials or services directly to manufacture cars or trucks. Following an extensive review by industry, academic and business leaders including a comprehensive written application and site visit to the BorgWarner facility in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany, BorgWarner's R2S® regulated two-stage turbocharging system won the PACE award in the Product - Europe category, which recognizes innovations that were developed or first commercialized in Europe, have significant market impact and act as "game changers" in the automotive industry.
This is BorgWarner's third PACE Award in four years. BorgWarner won a 2007 PACE Award for its variable turbine geometry (VTG(TM)) gasoline turbocharger and 2005 PACE Award for its DualTronic® wet-clutch and control-system technology for a new-concept automated transmission. In addition, BorgWarner and Porsche were presented with two special PACE recognitions in 2007 for their successful collaboration on the Porsche 911 Turbo for the VTG(TM) turbocharger and all-wheel drive technology.
Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The FORTUNE 500 company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 64 locations in 17 countries. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN. The Internet address for BorgWarner is: www.borgwarner.com .
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