Το νέο Ford Fusion/Mondeo δεν ξεκίνησε ακόμη τις πωλήσεις του, με την Ford να ετοιμάζει ένα infographic με το οποίο μας συγκρίνει τον 2,0-λιτρο turbo EcoBoost κινητήρα του Fusion απόδοσης 237 ίππων με αυτόν ενός διαστημικού λεωφορείο απόδοσης 19, 5 εκατ. ίππων. Τι κοινό έχουν αυτοί οι δύο κινητήρες θα αναρωτιέσαι και για ποιον λόγο έγινε η σύγκριση; Απλά για να μας πει η Ford ότι ο Ecoboost κινητήρας της καταναλώνει λιγότερο καύσιμο.
Και αφού πιάσαμε την κατανάλωση καυσίμου η Jaguar Land Rover ανακοίνωσε ότι μέσα στα 5 χρόνια, χάρις στο project LifeStraw, έχει μειώσει κατά 5,2 εκατ. τόνους τις εκπομπές CO2 των εργοστασίων της και των αυτοκινήτων ενώ ένα αντίστοιχο video έβγαλε και η Honda.
[Πηγή: Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Honda]
Rocket Ship Superalloy Technology Aids Ford Fusion 2.0-Liter Turbo Durability
• Modified superalloy used in Space Shuttle main engine helps performance and durability of Ford Fusion 2.0-liter EcoBoost® turbo
• Material supports upper limit of temperature extremes for commercial turbochargers; used on Fusion and Focus ST EcoBoost turbos
• Integrated exhaust manifold casting combines cylinder head with exhaust manifold to aid cooling, direct more energy to the turbo faster
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 16, 2012 – Enthusiasts will say the all-new Ford Fusion equipped with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost® turbo engine is a rocket ship. Fusion engineers will tell you parts of its engine depend on technology from one.
To prolong turbo life and combat thermal fatigue, powertrain engineers for the new Ford Fusion, in conjunction with a team at supplier BorgWarner, went to the upper limits of commercially available turbo materials when deciding on the turbine wheel for the turbocharger fitted to 2.0-liter EcoBoost variants.
The same material has been tried and tested in outer space, as a version of it was used on the Space Shuttle main engine’s high-pressure fuel turbo pump and the blades of its high-pressure oxidizer turbo pump.
The upper temperature limit for the turbine wheel used on the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine in Edge and Explorer is 970 degrees Celsius (1,778 degrees Fahrenheit). But in the sporty 2.0-liter EcoBoost for Fusion and Focus ST, the addition of tungsten and cobalt gives the alloy an upper temperature limit of 1,050 degrees Celsius (1,922 degrees Fahrenheit).
The benefit of using such high-temperature alloy is that Fusion 2.0-liter drivers can enjoy enthusiastic and spirited driving for the life of the car without degrading turbo reliability or its mechanical integrity.
Fusion owners can highlight the fact that the BorgWarner K03 turbocharger features both water and oil cooling; when the engine is running, it is primarily oil-cooled, but after the engine is turned off, the water cooling system creates a thermal water siphon to help draw heat away from the turbocharger.
As a bonus, they might explain their Fusion 2.0-liter turbo’s performance is further strengthened by an integrated exhaust manifold design that combines the cylinder head and exhaust manifold into one casting; this allows the creation of smaller internal passageways (reduced plenum volumes) that direct more exhaust gas energy into the turbo more quickly than a separate head and manifold assembly.
The Fusion turbo, they also can claim, is designed to run safely at speeds up to 190,000 rpm, and is the same turbo used in the new, high-performance Ford Focus ST.
More information regarding the Fusion 2.0-liter can be found at http://www.ford.com/cars/fusion/2013/.
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JAGUAR LAND ROVER: 50 GLOBAL PROJECTS OFFSET 5.2 MILLION TONNES OF CARBON DIOXIDE IN FIVE YEARS
Over the last five years, working with ClimateCare, Jaguar Land Rover has invested in 50 carbon reduction projects in 17 different countries. Some of the first projects they supported, distributed more than 180,000 new, fuel-efficient stoves in Uganda, Ghana and Cambodia – dramatically reducing emissions and improving indoor air quality. This had a direct impact upon the health of approximately 1m people in these countries.
According to the World Health Organisation, 1.2 billion people live in areas where water is scarce and they are forced to rely on unsafe sources of drinking water. The LifeStraw project will provide thousands of people in Kenya with access to safer drinking water through a simple purification unit.
As part of its sustainable business approach, Jaguar Land Rover has made a commitment to offset 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2014. To date, the company has offset 5.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide through initiatives such as the LifeStraw programme.
Mike Wright, Jaguar Land Rover Executive Director; “We take our responsibilities for meeting our environmental innovation targets very seriously; including reducing tailpipe emissions and improving the life cycle impact of our business. We are working positively towards a lower carbon future.”
“Since 2007, we have been investing in carbon reduction projects across the world and we are pleased to announce support for our 50th carbon dioxide offset project: ‘LifeStraw’, a simple water purification unit which helps to bring safe drinking water to Kenya.”
The Jaguar Land Rover carbon dioxide offsetting portfolio of development projects focuses on renewable energy as well as innovative, low carbon technologies and energy efficiency.
Wind power projects currently constitute 30 per cent of JLR’s project portfolio and are responsible for creating 1.3m tonnes of emissions reductions. JLR’s support of these projects is helping to provide a vital alternative to fossil fuels, while boosting investor confidence in renewable energy.
Projects have been supported in four continents, from those generating renewable energy through technologies including waste products, biomass, wind energy and hydro power to those encouraging low carbon development and energy efficiency. In all, JLR support has directly reduced emissions by more than 5 million tonnes.