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VM Motori Awards CGI Block and Bedplate Contracts for New 3.0L Diesel to Tupy

Independent engine manufacturer VM Motori SpA of Italy has awarded the Tupy foundry of Brazil, the world’s leading CGI producer, a series production contract for the cylinder block and bedplate of its new A 630 DOHC 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. The CGI cylinder blocks and bedplates began series production at the Tupy Joinville foundry during mid-2010 using the SinterCast process control technology.

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VM Motori CGI Cylinder Block and Bedplate. Click to enlarge.   Fully Assembled 3.0 Liter V6. Click to enlarge.

Following pre-machining of the cylinder blocks and bedplates at Tupy, final machining and engine assembly is performed in a purpose-built manufacturing facility at VM Motori in Cento, Italy. The Euro 5 compliant engine is capable of 240 hp (59 kW/liter) and 550 N·m (406 lb-ft) of torque and will be available in the 2011 model year vehicles in the European market.

Technical features of the engine include a chain-driven, double overhead camshaft with four valves per cylinder. Each valve is driven by finger followers. Each cylinder has a central direct injector with cooled EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) as an integral part of the cylinder heads. The vacuum pump is incorporated into one of the camshafts for greater efficiency and the oil pump is a rotary vane type.

Additionally, the engine’s packaging means that it can be fitted into tight engine bays.

The new V6 cylinder block and bedplate represent Tupy’s sixteenth and seventeenth CGI components to be launched into series production, while VM Motori becomes Tupy’s seventh CGI customer, according to Luiz Tarquínio, President and CEO of Tupy.

Tupy’s main customers include Chrysler, Cummins, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, Audi, Perkins, International Truck and Engine, Mack Trucks, MAN, Diesel, Iveco, Kubota, John Deere, Bosch, Ambrake, Peugeot and other premier automotive and diesel engine manufacturers.

SinterCast is the world’s leading supplier of process control technology for the reliable high volume production of Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI). With at least 75% higher tensile strength, 45% higher stiffness and approximately double the fatigue strength of conventional grey cast iron and aluminium, CGI allows engine designers to improve performance, fuel economy and durability while reducing engine weight, noise and emissions, according to the company.

SinterCast produces a variety of CGI components ranging from 2 kg to 17 tonnes, all using the same proven process control technology. The end-users of SinterCast-CGI components include Aston Martin, Audi, Caterpillar, Chrysler, DAF Trucks, Ford, Ford-Otosan, General Electric Transportation Systems, General Motors, Hyundai, Navistar, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, MAN, MAN Diesel, Porsche, PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Renault, Rolls-Royce Power Engineering, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo and Waukesha Engine.

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