|The Petronas E01e|
Bernama. Malaysia’s national automaker, Proton, has signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) with Malaysia’s national oil company, Petronas, to develop larger engines and natural gas engines for use by Proton.
The MOI will see both parties collaborating and exploring the possibilities of further developing Petronas engines—particularly the E01 engine—to Proton’s motor vehicles, and the subsequent potential commercialization of the engine.
In addition, the collaboration will also see Proton and Petronas working together in developing a Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) engine for Proton’s use.
Petronas developed the E01 as part of its involvement in Formula One racing. The first engines were completed in 1999 and were fitted in the official cars at the inaugural Malaysian Grand Prix.
The partnership will fulfil Petronas’ desire to further embark on the development and commercialization of the E01 engine technology, and for Proton, we get to introduce a larger engine capacity of between 1.8 to 2.2 liters and an environmentally friendly vehicle in our future cars.
Proton will be able to tap into Petornas’ ready-to-use engine technology capacity in the most cost efficient manner and within the shortest timeframe possible. It also allows us to further strengthen Malaysia’s capability in the auto arena.—Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohd Tahir, Proton’s managing director
Proton currently offers cars with engines of 1.2-, 1.5-, 1.6- and 2.0-liter displacements.
The E01e, as introduced in 2003, was a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated in-line four-cylinder, 16-valve gasoline engine with variable valve timing.
The aluminum-block engine delivered 150 kW (202 hp) at 7,300 rpm and 203 Nm of torque at 5,400 rpm. Originally rated for Euro-2 specifications, the engine was up to Euro 3 early last year.
In September 2005, Petronas signed an agreement with Chinese carmaker Nanjing Automobile Corp. and consultancy Brilliant Culture Group Ltd. for the use of Petronas E01 engine technology. Under that agreement, the three parties will explore the development of the E01 technology to produce engines between 1.8-liter and 2.2-liter displacement.