BorgWarner has begun research and development at its new engineering center in Brazil, the Auburn Hill-based automotive supplier announced today.
The new center is located within BorgWarner’s 226,000-square-foot campus in Itatiba City, about 50 miles northwest of Sao Paulo.
“With our new engineering center, we are strengthening our position as a leading supplier of advanced powertrain solutions engineered to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions, and increase performance,” says James R. Verrier, BorgWarner’s president and CEO.
The 21,500-square-foot engineering center features two engine test stands to develop and validate new technologies locally to meet the unique specifications of the Brazilian market. Verrier says the company’s turbocharging technologies, for instance, are optimized for flex fuel engines that use Brazilian fuel containing either 20 to 25 percent ethanol or 100 percent ethanol.
Verrier says the new engineering center is another important element of BorgWarner’s efforts to provide fuel-efficient technologies that reduce emissions and enhance performance for vehicles around the globe.