Borg Warner EFR Turbos Boost CR-Z & Honda 2011 LMP2 LeMans Engine

Late last year automotive component conglomerate Borg Warner announced that they are working with Honda Performance Development (HPD) to provide their new EFR turbo to the HPD 2011 LMP2 LeMans engine program as well as a race team that will be ran a Honda CR-Z hybrid race car in the 24 hours of Thunderhill (they came 2nd place in their class by the way).  In the LMP2 car the team will run a twin turbo V6.  We aren’t sure what horsepower numbers they’re aiming for but either way I’m sure they will be tough to beat.  Perhaps if the Audi R18 comes stateside they may give them a run for their money but I don’t see that happening.  We’ll give you more on this story as it develops.

Press Release:

BorgWarner Collaborates with HPD on New Turbo Development

Dec. 1, 2010 (PR Newswire) —

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — In collaboration for U.S. performance applications, BorgWarner will supply Honda Performance Development, Inc.(HPD) with its new EFR turbochargers for two racing platforms: the 2011 ALMS LMP2 engine and HPD CR-Z Racer as well as the CR-Z hybrid R Concept car. Designed for powerful performance, BorgWarner’s new “Engineered For Racing” or EFR Series turbochargers offer an unprecedented package of advanced technologies, including Gamma TiAl (titanium aluminide) turbine wheels, ceramic ball bearings, stainless steel turbine housings and internal wastegates activated by BorgWarner’s compact brushless actuator.

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“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.”

Twin EFR turbochargers will boost the HPD 2.8-liter V6 LMP2 engine for customers participating in the 2011 American Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Intercontinental Cup competitions. A Honda Performance Development (HPD) exclusive for racing applications, the internal wastegate of the EFR turbochargers will be activated by BorgWarner’s compact brushless actuator, which delivers high operating torque, quick response in as little as 150 milliseconds, and performance in temperatures up to 284 degrees F (140 degrees C). Engine production is scheduled to begin in November 2010.

A race version of the CR-Z, the 1.5-liter 2011 HPD CR-Z Racer will demonstrate a fuel efficient way to add performance. BorgWarner’s EFR turbocharger efficiently increases the engine’s horsepower by 50% (not including hybrid assist).  The HPD CR-Z Racer will make its racing debut at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, December 3rd – 5th.

BorgWarner Turbo Systems is a leading global supplier of turbochargers for diesel- and gasoline-powered passenger cars, light trucks and commercial vehicles. A pioneer in turbocharging technology, BorgWarner Turbo Systems continues to lead advancements in the industry with innovations designed to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and optimize vehicle performance.

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 60 locations in 18 countries. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, Deere & Company, PSA, and MAN. The Internet address for BorgWarner is:  

BorgWarner will supply new “Engineered For Racing” or EFR Series turbochargers for two racing platforms from Honda Performance Development (HPD): the 2011 American Le Mans Series LMP2 engine and CR-Z Hybrid race car.

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