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Developed by the powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine for super duty trucks, the all-new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke unit promises 250ps, 440 lb-ft of torque, and an anticipated 5175kg of towing capacity.


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BorgWarner starts production of Vistronic fan drives in Brazil

BorgWarner has begun producing its electronically controlled Visctronic fan drives at its new plant in Itatiba City, Brazil.
According to the supplier, by operating only when needed and precisely controlling the fan speed when engine cooling is required, the fan drive provides efficient engine cooling and improved fuel economy and reduced emissions for trucks, buses and off-highway applications, as well as lowering noise, vibration and harshness.
“With our Visctronic fan drive, we help vehicle manufacturers comply with increasingly tight emissions standards,” said Daniel Paterra, president and general manager, BorgWarner Thermal Systems.
BorgWarner’s Visctronic fan drives use specially calibrated software to communicate with the engine’s electronic control unit, constantly responding directly to the engine’s cooling needs. By disengaging and rotating at minimum speed when no air-cooling is needed, the technology reduces power consumption. When the engine requires more cooling, the fan drive automatically re-engages to provide efficient air-cooling at precisely the right time.

 

8 May 2014


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