ENGINE EXPO LIVE NEWS: Naturally aspirated engines coming to an end, says Van Der Lee

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Van Der Lee Turbo Systems has said it expects the industry to cease production of naturally aspirated engines in the near future.

Speaking on the first day of Engine Expo – the exhibition dedicated to powertrain design and technologies currently underway in Stuttgart, Germany – Jules Cobben, project engineer at Van Der Lee Turbo Systems, said, “The naturally aspirated engine won’t exist for much longer. You can see it in the industry. Even Ferrari, which is known for its naturally aspirated engines, is now moving toward the turbocharged powertrain. And BMW with the M Series now uses the turbocharger.”

With naturally aspirated engines reaching the outer limits of efficiency, Van Der Lee’s Turbo technology is gaining momentum. With OEMs continually looking to enhance performance and efficiency while simultaneously solving emissions issues, the Dutch company aims to meet turbo system demand with short time-to-market production.

“While the IC engine may disappear from automotive, turbos will remain in marine applications. And aviation is just starting with turbochargers,” adds Cobben.

Thanks to the implementation of state-of-the-art quality processes like ISO/TS 16949 and APQP project management, Van Der Lee Turbo Systems promises high standards and guaranteed quality during development from first concept to series production.

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