|Operation of the TwinForce dual turbo, direct injection engine. Click to enlarge.|
FEV Engine Technology will showcase its work with Ford on the new turbocharged, gasoline direct injection engine concept—TwinForce—at the upcoming SAE World Congress. This is the first time that an OEM concept car will be displayed as a feature technology in a supplier exhibit at SAE.
At the North American International Auto Show in January, Ford introduced the Lincoln MKR concept car with a V-6 TwinForce engine that suggests the future direction for Ford’s gasoline engines.
Based on the Ford Duratec 35 all-aluminum production V-6, the concept TwinForce engine adds two turbochargers and direct injection to deliver increased power while maintaining fuel economy.
The E85-capable engine offers the performance of a 415 hp (309 kW) V-8 with 15% better fuel economy than a V-8 with similar power, according to Ford. The concept TwinForce also produces 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque. Ford claims that it would take a V-8 with at least six liters of displacement to match those performance levels.
Ford says TwinForce technology will appear on future Lincoln and Ford vehicles, but has yet to announce timing. The company already has several direct-injection four-cylinder engines on the market, including the 1.8-liter in the Ford Mondeo and, from partner Mazda, the 2.3-liter turbocharged engine that powers the Mazdaspeed6.
The TwinForce technology used in the Lincoln MKR represents Ford’s first application of direct injection on a V-6 engine. Its development was led by Ford Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering, the same group leading the production design and development of this technology in a pilot program intended to speed the time to market with the new engine.
FEV will also highlight:
A developmental gasoline/E85 turbocharged direct injection engine that also features variable compression ratio to better exploit the higher octane of high-ethanol blends;
A UPS hydraulic hybrid, the result of a FEV/EPA/UPS joint project;
A diesel-powered Chrysler Sebring demonstrating FEV’s advanced diesel engine integration capabilities;
A new diesel exhaust aftertreatment concept, coupled to a GEP engine, that offers the potential to retrofit existing state of-the-art engines for future emissions standards compliance;
Advanced transmission testing capabilities; and
FEV’s benchmarking capabilities, illustrated by a Lexus IS 350 Engine.