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McLaren details the 4.0-liter V8 Senna

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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.

Ford Ranger returns to the USA with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine


Fitted with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine taken from the Focus RS, the 2019 Ford Ranger marks the OEM’s return to America’s mid-size truck segment. Paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, Ford promises torque comparable to a V6 and the efficiency of a four-cylinder.

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The next issue of Engine Technology International will bring you an extended HCCI technology feature, but will this innovative powertrain development ever jump from concept to mainstream production?


Magna develops dual-clutch transmission for BMW

Tier 1 supplier Magna Powertrain has designed an all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT) for BMW as the OEM attempts to fall in line with stricter emissions legislation. The DCT will be used in the auto maker’s large-volume transverse (UKL) vehicle platform.

The third-generation DCT, the Getrag 7DCT300, is lighter than its predecessor, while also providing better fuel consumption and more dynamic shifts. Additionally, on-demand actuation means only 30W of the total vehicle consumption is required in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle).

“Reducing CO₂ emissions is becoming more important in the global automotive market,” said Swamy Kotagiri, president at Magna.

“Our highly efficient DCT technology is one of the solutions to address that concern. With our electrified hybrid transmissions, our eDrive portfolio, and our powertrain system integration ability, we are in a perfect position to support our customers in achieving their CO₂ emissions goals.”

Magna’s dual-clutch transmission allows for the inclusion of a compact electric motor within the transmission housing, meaning no impact on the installation length of the transmission.

The power of the electric motor can be scaled for various applications from a 48V mild-hybrid to a plug-in hybrid. BMW Group’s UKL platform is used in the BMW X1, 1 Series and 2 Series tourer.

Written by Sam Petters

1 February 2018


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