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Honda details the production process behind the industry's first FWD 10-speed automatic transmission

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Introduced to the US market in 2017 with the launch of the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan, Honda Precision Parts of Georgia (HPPG) was the first Honda plant in the world to produce the new 10-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel-drive vehicles.

Jaguar details the technology behind the I-Pace

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Ahead of it public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, McLaren has released further information on the Senna. Fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful IC engine ever produced for a road car – the limited release hypercar will develop 800ps and 800Nm.

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As OEMs continue to announce plans to end production of diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new diesel PHEV C-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Will this powertrain development give TDI a new lease of life? 


Porsche GT3 gets Williams flywheel

Williams Hybrid Power has confirmed that its energy storage system will feature in the upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, which will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Specifically developed for racing, the GT3 R Hybrid boasts an electrical front axle drive with two electric motors each developing 60kW – thus supplementing the familiar 480bhp provided by the four-liter flat-six ‘boxer’ petrol engine at the rear of the 911. The electric flywheel power generator from Williams is mounted inside the cockpit beside the driver, delivering energy to the electric motors on the front axle.
The rotor of the flywheel generator is capable of spinning at speeds of up to 40,000rpm, with the generator being charged whenever the driver applies the brakes. Such is the design of the technology that the flywheel generator is slowed down electromagnetically in the generator mode and able to supply up to 120kW to the two electric motors at the front axle from its resource of kinetic energy. This additional power is available to the driver after each charge process for approximately six to eight seconds.
The innovative energy storage system was originally developed for use in Formula One by the AT&T Williams team but Williams Hybrid Power is now focused on applications in road vehicles. The technology will also be developed for larger, infrastructure applications by Williams F1 at its new research facility in the Qatar Science and Technology Park.
Ian Foley, MD of Williams Hybrid Power said, "We are delighted to see our technology being adopted by one of the world's leading engineering companies and most prestigious automotive manufacturers in one of their racing cars. Partnering with Porsche on this project has been a very positive experience and we are grateful to them for choosing to work with us."

12 February 2010


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