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First fire of new prototype 3-cylinder TGDI engine for China’s Changhe

In the presence of visiting dignitaries from Changhe and the company’s majority shareholder BAIC Group, a new prototype engine was fired-up for the first time at a ceremony held at Ricardo’s Shoreham Technical Centre, UK.

The new 3-cylinder 1.0 litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) engine prototype is the culmination of 11 months of work by Ricardo engineers at the company’s facilities in Shanghai, the Czech Republic, Germany and the UK, as well as a team of Changhe resident engineers who have been based at Shoreham.

Ricardo and Changhe engineers have worked together to design and develop this family of engines with extremely competitive power, torque and fuel consumption values. We were particularly pleased to be able to host the senior visitors from BAIC and Changhe at the ‘first fire’ event, which took place less than a year from the project start and within days of the final crucial component—the cylinder block—being delivered.

—Ricardo Asia president Gary Tan

Production is currently scheduled for the spring of next year.



To develop a family of new smaller more efficient ICEs in 11 months is a feast?

Could be used in future PHEVs?

Henry Gibson

With hydraulic hybrid technology only one piston is needed and it does not need a crankshaft or flywheel. See NOAX CHIRON almost 20 years old. Supercharging is good; in fact perhaps Bladen Jets turbines should be used. ..HG..

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