Honda CR-Z Hybrid R Concept Car to Use BorgWarner EFR Turbo

BorgWarner recently announced that it will supply its EFR turbochargers to Honda Performance Development (HPD) to install them on three projects, namely the 2011 ALMS LMP2 engine, the CR-Z Racer and the CR-Z hybrid R concept car, respectively. Of course, performance will be significantly improved with BorgWarner's technology, but Honda will also try to maintain a low level of fuel consumption.

BorgWarner's new turbochargers use last-generation components, including Gamma TiAl (titanium aluminide) turbine wheels, ceramic ball bearings, stainless steel turbine housings and internal wastegates activated by BorgWarner's compact brushless actuator, as the company said in a statement.

First of all, twin EFR turbochargers will be installed on the 2.8-liter V6 LMP2 engine that will be used in the 2011 American Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Intercontinental Cup competitions.

Second of all, BorgWarner and Honda will install an EFR turbocharger on a race version of the CR-Z equipped with a 1.5-liter engine, but the Japanese manufacturer will also pay special attention to fuel efficiency. BorgWarner says that the overall power will be increased by 50 percent, without support from the hybrid function. The final project can be seen live between December 3rd - 5th, in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

"BorgWarner's EFR turbocharging technology delivers increased thrust capacity, quicker boost response, greater efficiency and improved durability—everything professional race car drivers desire," said Roger Wood, Executive Vice President, BorgWarner. "BorgWarner is pleased to collaborate with Honda Performance Development to put our advanced technologies to the test in the one of the most challenging environments: on the race track."
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram
About the author: Bogdan Popa
Bogdan Popa profile photo

Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories