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KinerStor project aims to demonstrate viability of low cost flywheel hybrid systems

Following the recent announcement of part funding by the Government-backed Technology Strategy Board, the partners in the KinerStor project have today announced further details of their collaborative programme to demonstrate the viability of low-cost flywheel hybrid systems   The KinerStor project will be led by Ricardo and will comprise a…

Flybus project aims to cut fuel costs and emissions for new and existing buses    

Torotrak-led team targets twenty percent fuel saving using mechanical hybrid system The government-backed Technology Strategy Board is to help fund a new £1-million British-led ‘green research’ programme involving a flywheel-based mechanical hybrid Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for fitment to buses and commercial vehicles. Transmission specialist Torotrak (Development) Ltd, the…

Carraro DriveTech previews new transaxle concept incorporating Torotrak’s variable transmission technology

Innovative transaxle delivers significant improvements in fuel economy and emissions, together with better productivity and control for agricultural and off-highway applications A highly innovative toroidal infinitely variable transmission (IVT) that claims to be the most efficient of its type has been unveiled at Agritechnica by Carraro DriveTech. The Italian company,…

Mechanical hybrid paper to challenge conventional thinking at SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress (Oct 6th)

New approach based on F1 technology claims lower cost solution than electric hybrid powertrains, with smaller package and simplified integration As manufacturers strive to reduce CO2 emissions from buses and urban commercial vehicles, numerous trials have been carried out using electric hybrid powertrains with regenerative braking. Such systems have a…

Green development work paying off for Torotrak

Research and development into green technologies is reaping rewards for transmission technology specialist Torotrak (Development) Ltd following the announcement of new UK initiatives into low carbon vehicles. The company, which has developed new generation transmissions for the car and commercial vehicle sectors and has been involved in state-of-the-art Kinetic Energy…

British technology firm lifts the gloom

Torotrak plc, a leading British transmission technology company, is bucking the general economic trend after announcing increased revenues for the fifth consecutive year. Figures published today show that the Leyland-based firm, which specialises in the design and development of infinitely variable and continuously variable transmissions, increased its sales by a…

Industry heavyweight strengthens the Torotrak engineering team

In line with its continuing business growth and to ensure world class support to its increasing customer base, British transmission technology specialist Torotrak (Development) Ltd has strengthened its existing management team with the appointment of a new Engineering Director. Roger Stone, who has more than 30 years’ experience in design…

Landmark deal a major coup for British automotive engineering industry

In a deal described as a major coup for the British automotive engineering industry, Torotrak plc has secured a landmark global licensing agreement with the world’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of medium- and heavy-duty automatic gearboxes for the commercial vehicle sector, Allison Transmission, Inc. Under the agreement, announced today…