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Award-winning technology presented to top industry executives

Invited audience shown commercial potential of cost-effective hybrid system    3 December 2010: Torotrak plc (FTSE: TRK.L) picked up its Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LCVP) award yesterday on behalf of the Flybus consortium that is developing a flywheel-hybrid bus. As part of the prize, the company was given the opportunity…

Torotrak wins investor relations award

24 November 2010: Torotrak plc (FTSE: TRK.L) has received recognition from the Investor Relations Society at its annual Best Practice Awards. Competing against FTSE 100 companies, Torotrak came top in the “most improved annual report” category. The Investor Relation Society praised Torotrak’s ability to present its financial operations in a…

Low-cost hybrid system wins award for heavy goods vehicle CO2 reduction technology

Original- and retro-fit capability means potential for widespread application including some existing vehicle fleets 16 November 2010 The Flybus consortium led by traction drive specialist Torotrak plc (FTSE: TRK.L) has been announced as a winner of this year’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Technology Challenge. The Challenge this year identified technologies…

Flybus at the Euro Bus Expo

From November 2nd to 4th 2010, the Flybus mechanical hybrid system was displayed for the first time at the Euro Bus Expo at the NEC, Birmingham. Developed by consortium partners Torotrak, Ricardo and Optare, with support from Allison Transmission Inc., the display generated considerable interest from local authorities, fleet operators,…

Low-cost hybrid bus just around the corner

Construction of low-cost, high-efficiency hybrid “Flybus”demonstrator begins 29 October 2010  A project to demonstrate the viability of a cost-effective alternative to battery-hybrid buses has taken a step closer to fruition with construction starting of the first prototype vehicle. For a fraction of the cost of other systems, the “Flybus” system…

Technology Director Greenwood retires

Torotrak’s Technology Director, Chris Greenwood, retired on September 30th after 32 years in the transmission business. A founding father of Torotrak’s full-toroidal traction drive technology, Chris was involved at the very start of its development when, in 1978 and whilst employed by Leyland Vehicles, he undertook research and development into…

Novel supercharger strategy allows gasoline to compete with diesel powertrains

Unique variable-speed drive by Rotrak improves supercharger efficiency 22 September 2010…  Rotrak will present a uniquely efficient supercharger system in a paper at the 15th Supercharging Conference in Dresden on September 24. The joint venture company combines a Rotrex supercharger with a Torotrak full-toroidal traction drive to produce a mechanical…

FHSPV Flywheel Hybrid Project – System Testing Complete

The UK’s Flywheel Hybrid System for Premium Vehicles (FHSPV) project team is pleased to report that full system rig-testing is now complete.  The FHSPV project is a collaboration between Jaguar Cars, Ford Motor Company, Flybrid Systems, Torotrak, Xtrac, Prodrive and Ricardo. Together they are developing a high-speed flywheel-based hybrid system…

Torotrak establishes joint venture with Rotrex to speed introduction of variable drive compressor technology

New company Rotrak combines two proven technologies to increase the efficiency of downsized engines Variable drive specialist Torotrak has formed a 50-50 joint venture with centrifugal supercharger firm Rotrex. The company, which will be called “Rotrak”, will address the automotive industry’s need for affordable, effective engine downsizing technologies. “Rotrex is…

Torotrak’s work with Allison Transmission meets agreed technical and financial goals to date

Torotrak has received £3.75m from Allison Transmission Inc in accordance with the terms of its Licence and Exclusivity Agreement, signed in March 2009. This brings the total licence payments now paid under the Agreement to £8.44m. The initial payments have provided Allison with non-exclusive licence rights over Torotrak’s full-toroidal traction…