Torotrak Group V-Charge technology was present in force at the Dresden Supercharging Conference (24/25 September 2015) – and very much in tune with the issues being discussed both formally and informally. Director of Business Development, Tobias Knichel, reports back on the Torotrak team’s experience in Germany
The annual Dresden conference has become a firm favourite for anybody who is serious about supercharging technologies, so it was no surprise that attendance this year was again a ‘who’s who’ of the industry, with representation from vehicle manufacturers to match.
Given the fact that this 20th running of the event opened its doors the day after Volkswagen CEO, Martin Winterkorn resigned amid the fallout from the company’s admission that it had manipulated diesel emissions testing in the US, there was a danger that VW’s activities would be the major topic of conversation. As it turned out, that was far from the case; there was a good deal of comment about real driving emissions (RDE), but very much in respect of the role of supercharging, not software.
Discussions about multi-stage boosting dominated, with recognition that this was one technology that met the requirements of multiple sectors, from passenger car to off-highway. Torotrak Group has been championing the effectiveness of V-Charge since 2012 and it’s reassuring to see that V-Charge is in an ideal position for this industry trend.
Dresden was also an opportunity to take part in the debate about the respective benefits of mechanical and electric supercharging. It was very interesting to note that a lot of experienced industry people are still concerned about the ability of vehicle electrical architectures to fully support e-boosting. For this reason it appears that mechanical supercharging still has a place in modern boosting strategies, and is even more compelling when it is variable.
With the tone of the conference overwhelmingly positive – despite automotive industry share prices coming under significant pressure – the signs for supercharging are reassuringly healthy. One of the points that struck home to illustrate this was the showing during a presentation of the cover of an Auto Motor und Sport magazine from 1981, its headline posing the question, ‘Is boosting the right technology for the future?’; 34 years later, the response from the audience was crystal clear: yes it is!