Eaton Corp., a power management company that operates test tracks and testing facilities at its 600-acre proving grounds in Marshall, near Battle Creek, is introducing a new, lighter supercharger called TVS2 that boosts vehicle engine performance and efficiency.
“This latest innovation within our boosting portfolio delivers on the key areas that our customers have the most interest in, including efficiency, weight reduction, improved engine performance, and the ability to better package supercharger devices within existing and future architectures,” says Brian Contat, product director of boosting for Eaton’s vehicle group.
Contat says the TVS2 provides for increased torque at low engine speeds, delivering a smoother acceleration. He says combining the TVS2 with a turbocharger on gasoline engines can yield torque output greater than 177 pounds per feet.
The new supercharger is 25 percent lighter than the previous generation of the product. Contat says the TVS2 has a turbo-system that requires the supercharger to operate in a high-pressure environment that can withstand an increased airflow range. The TVS2 design also includes a new backflow port that reduces noise without impacting airflow or efficiency.
Eaton supplies superchargers to vehicle manufacturers including General Motors, Volvo, and Audi.
Ireland-based Eaton has more than 102,000 employees and generated $22.6 billion in revenue in 2014. The company serves such markets as automotive, aerospace, electrical, and hydraulics.