BorgWarner Engine Timing Systems Will Drive Fiat Powertrain Technologies’ New Two-Cylinder TWIN-AIR Engines


AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — BorgWarner (NYSE: BWA) will produce engine timing systems for Fiat Powertrain Technologies’ (FPT) new two-cylinder TWIN-AIR engine, including the 65-horsepower naturally aspirated, and the 85- and 105-horsepower turbocharged variants. The only two-cylinder car engine available in Europe, the new TWIN-AIR engine achieves the lowest emissions for a gasoline-powered car, emitting just 95g/km of CO2. Due in part to its small size, low-weight and low-friction design, the new engine increases fuel economy 12 percent compared with FPT’s 1.2-liter engine and delivers up to 25 percent higher horsepower in its 85-horsepower version. Debuting in the Fiat 500 this fall, the engine is expected to be available in several other small car models.

“BorgWarner’s engine timing system delivers a combination of low weight, low friction and low noise in a compact package, making it ideally suited for FPT’s groundbreaking engine technology,” said James Verrier, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Morse TEC. Initially powered by gasoline or compressed natural gas, the two-cylinder TWIN-AIR engine also has the potential for hybrid applications with start/stop technologies.

To achieve its goals of lower emissions and better fuel economy, FPT significantly downsized the 0.9-liter TWIN-AIR engine compared with its 1.2-liter engine, which has similar performance characteristics, making it 23 percent shorter and 10 percent lighter. Through modeling, simulation testing and tuning, BorgWarner’s engineers developed a complete engine timing system with best-in-class small-pitch silent chain for excellent noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performance, timing precision and durability with virtually no maintenance. The total weight of the system is minimized using durable low-weight materials. Dedicated tensioner tuning, an optimized layout and an enhanced design minimize friction to help improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.

BorgWarner Morse TEC is a leading global designer and producer of engine timing systems that are quiet, durable, precise and cost effective. Engines equipped with BorgWarner variable cam timing (VCT) technology operate independently of oil pressure to deliver more horsepower, better performance, and improved fuel economy over traditional cam phasing devices in the marketplace today. HY-VO® chain systems, which are available for front wheel drive transmissions, four-wheel drive transfer cases and hybrid power drives, transmit power between shafts efficiently, quietly and economically with considerable weight savings over gear technology.

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 60 locations in 18 countries. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN. The Internet address for BorgWarner is:

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Source: BorgWarner Inc.

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