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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.

Toyota details its new Dynamic Force engine

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The Japanese OEM has revealed its all-new powertrain system which is set to be installed in 80% of Toyota vehicles by 2023. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the technology will feature a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter hybridized engine unit.

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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? 


Horiba MIRA and Nissan strike battery development deal

Horiba MIRA has announced a deal with Nissan to design the next generation of commercial battery systems for hybrid buses and trucks.

As Nissan continues to pioneer the EV movement in the automotive industry, Horiba MIRA will use the Leaf’s cell technology to develop battery packs that will range from 67kWh to 400kWh.

The battery will utilize nickel manganese cobalt oxide lithium-ion cells to double the energy density of previous generations. This means a smaller, lighter package with increased range.

First developed as part of a collaborative project with Dennis Eagle, the battery featured as part of the UVR project, which engineered a range of low-emission vehicles for waste collection applications.

The project applied the battery technology to three prototype variants, a lightweight IC engine, a CNG unit and a plug-in hybrid.

Dr George Gillespie OBE, CEO at Horiba MIRA, said, “This project brings Nissan’s latest Leaf cell technology into new markets, harnessing Horiba MIRA expertise to deliver this highly efficient battery technology.

“Efficient and cost-effective lithium-ion battery technology is key to accelerating the uptake of hybrid and electric vehicles, and this development takes us one step closer to hitting the UK targets for emission reduction in commercial vehicle sector.”

The batteries will be available from early 2018, and Horiba MIRA aims to reach volume supply from 2019.

Written by Sam Petters

20 September 2017


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