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Torotrak-Allison transmission project progresses to next stage

Concept proven, timing to market could meet new legislation for truck fuel economy Leyland, 24 November 2011 – Gearless traction drive company Torotrak PLC (LSE: TRK) is progressing to the next stage in its programme with Allison Transmissions Inc, the world’s largest supplier of automatic gearboxes for mid- to large-size…

Flywheel hybrid vehicle delivers up to 22.4% fuel economy improvement

Improvements in fuel economy of up to 22.4 percent (in the new ARTEMIS test cycle, which represents typical real-world usage today) have been demonstrated by a research vehicle fitted with a flywheel hybrid system including stop-start. Developed by a consortium of British companies as part of the Government-supported Flywheel Hybrid…

Flybus to start testing first flywheel hybrid bus

Completed prototype system appears at Low Carbon Vehicle exhibition  6 September 2011 The Flybus consortium has reached a significant milestone with the successful integration of prototype hardware into an Optare Solo Midibus. The Flybus system, which should cost significantly less than current electric hybrids, uses a Ricardo Kinergy flywheel as…

Torotrak previews first variable supercharger installation in a passenger car

Continued progress in applications of Torotrak technology in engine downsizing, flywheel hybrids and commercial vehicle transmissions Leyland, UK, 29 July 2011, Torotrak plc (LSE: TRK), the gearless transmission company, today revealed “Rotrak-1” at its annual general meeting, closing a year of substantial commercial and technical progress. This is the third…

Q + A with Roger Stone, Torotrak’s engineering director

Q. What is Torotrak’s IVT technology all about? A. At the heart of our system is a full-toroidal traction drive, called a variator, that transmits torque using a specially developed traction fluid between loaded rollers and discs, giving a simple and robust Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). When configured with an…

Q + A with Roger Stone, Torotrak’s engineering director

Q. After a long and distinguished career in the motor industry including roles with Ricardo, Lotus, Ford, Rover Group and more recently Gates Corporation, what attracted you to Torotrak? A great deal of time, money and high quality engineering have been invested in Torotrak’s technology over recent years and this…

Torotrak technology supports Volvo-led flywheel hybrid project

High-efficiency variable transmission offers cost-effective solution for hybrids Leyland, UK, 31 May 2011, Torotrak plc (LSE: TRK), the global innovator in gearless traction drive technology for vehicle CO2 reduction, confirms that its continuously variable transmission (CVT) technology forms part of the Volvo Car Corporation’s evaluation of flywheel technology as announced…

Appointment of John Weston as Chairman

Torotrak (LSE: TRK), leaders in the commercial application of gearless traction drive technology which delivers fuel efficiency and emission improvements in vehicles, announces the appointment of John Weston as Chairman with effect from 1 June 2011, when John Grant will retire from the board. John Weston brings to Torotrak considerable…

Innovative prototype transmission from Torotrak 
drives Tata Pixel concept car

High-efficiency infinitely variable transmission supports Tata’s vision of future city-car mobility Geneva, 1 March 2011 Transmission technology company Torotrak plc (TRK.L) has supplied a prototype transmission to its key customer and licensee, Tata Motors Ltd, for use in the Tata Pixel concept car revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.…