Jaguar Land Rover unveils new Ingenium engines
Dubai, July 14, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover has unveild Ingenium, the new family of premium diesel and petrol engines designed, engineered and manufactured by the auto maker that delivers leading levels of torque, horsepower and refinement while reducing emissions and fuel consumption.
The company revealed more of the technical details of these new lightweight, compact low-emissions modular engines as it showcased some of its future technologies, said a statement.
The automaker developed its own new family of advanced technology, low-friction, high-performance petrol and diesel engines to meet growing customer demand for lower fuel consumption and cost of ownership, without comprising performance and the driver experience.
Jaguar Land Rover powertrain engineers at the company’s Whitley and Gaydon development facilities have based Ingenium’s foundation on extremely strong and compact aluminium blocks for both diesel and petrol versions.
These lightweight blocks share the same bore, stroke, cylinder spacing and 500cc cylinder capacity. This helps give Ingenium the configurability and flexibility around which smaller or larger engines can quickly and efficiently be developed to meet future regulatory and competitive requirements to support the development of this future powertrain technology, including the new Ingenium family.
Jaguar Land Rover has invested £40 million ($68.4 million) to expand and enhance its Powertrain Engineering facility at its Whitley Technical Centre.
All diesel and petrol Ingenium variants will be equipped with turbochargers that improve performance, particularly at low speeds, and that help reduce consumption and C02 emissions.
Ingenium’s modular design enables both petrol and diesel engines to share many common internal components and calibration strategies. This reduces complexity, raises quality and simplifies manufacturing, and allows Jaguar Land Rover to react more quickly to changes in global demand.
Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, group engineering director, said: “Customers around the world are increasingly demanding cleaner-running, more efficient vehicles that maintain or even enhance the performance attributes expected of a rugged all-terrain vehicle or a high performance car. Our Ingenium engines deliver this to a new level.
“Engineering and manufacturing our own engines improves our ability to react to changes in demand and improves our ability to react to changes in legislation and competitive technologies in the future.”
The engineers focused on reducing internal friction to deliver premium high-performance engines: outstanding low-end torque, effortless acceleration and class-leading emissions performance with low consumption.
In the first Ingenium engine to go into volume production, a 2.0-litre diesel known as AJ200D, friction is reduced by 17 per cent compared to the current engine, helping to make it one of the most efficient and responsive 2.0-litre turbo diesels in its segment.
The Ingenium engines feature six key technologies that combine to reduce friction, add refinement and improve performance - roller bearings on cam and balancer shafts, instead of machined-in bearing surfaces, computer-controlled variable oil pumps that save energy, computer-controlled variable water pumps that adjust the amount of coolant flowing through the engine, simplified cam drive system designed for modular application, crankshafts that are offset from the centre of the block, and electronically controlled piston cooling jets to improve efficiency in the oil pumping circuit.
All Ingenium engines will be equipped with advanced and efficient turbochargers, central direct high-pressure fuel injection, variable valve timing and start-stop technology.
The introduction of Ingenium unites the company’s light-weight chassis expertise with powertrains specifically designed and calibrated to complement reduced weight vehicles.
Jaguar Land Rover engineers are focusing on reducing vehicle weight by optimising every component in every system, powertrains included. Despite adding features and increasing power output, Ingenium engines weigh as much as 80 kg less than today’s equivalent engines.
Ron Lee, director of Powertrain Engineering, said: “Ingenium fulfils our commitment to offer our global customers some of the most advanced powertrains available in some of the lightest vehicles in the premium SUV and performance car segments.
“Being configurable and flexible are the two key strands of Ingenium’s DNA because we have future-proofed our new engines from the outset. Ingenium will be able to accept new advances in fuel, turbocharging, emissions, performance and electrification technologies when they are ready and accessible to be deployed." - TradeArabia News Service