On September 10th, Aeristech and MAHLE Powertrain proudly attended the Niche Vehicle Network (NVN) R&D cheque presentation ceremony, officialising the Grant award for a collaborative project titled E-supercharging for Heavily Downsized Gasoline Engines project, at the Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2014.
We were pleased to showcase the exciting 5-month R&D project with partner MAHLE Powertrain, which will design, develop and validate to working prototype level the proof-of-concept demonstrator eSupercharger (Electric Supercharger) and (heavily downsized) engine integrated system. The Niche Vehicle R&D Program, sponsored by Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), aids the development and application of innovative technological solutions by facilitating specific collaborations between automotive technology companies, vehicle manufacturers and system suppliers. Aeristech’s Head of Mechanical Engineering Kevin Gray collected the cheque on our behalf at the NVN ceremony, pictured between Innovate UK’s Chief Executive Iain Gray and MAHLE Powertrain’s Mike Bassett.
Public support for the project is encouraging for Aeristech, its local suppliers, and especially niche vehicle manufacturers, and is expected to accelerate Aeristech’s growth and continuing development of strategic partnerships. The project will demonstrate benefits of adding a 48V electric supercharger (eSupercharger) to very heavily downsized engines. The 1.2 litre, 3-cylinder, MAHLE Downsizing demonstrator engine will form the basis for establishing the benefits offered by the 48V Aeristech eSupercharger and will be re-configured to integrate the eSupercharger. This enables the adoption of a revised turbocharger specification, giving higher power capability, whilst utilising the eSupercharger to mitigate any associated decrease in transient response. The programme aim is to achieve world leading levels of specific-power, specific-torque and transient response.