Thursday December 15, 2016 0 comments
LOVELAND -- VanDyne SuperTurbo Inc. and Texas-based Fallbrook Technologies Inc. announced that Fallbrook's NuVinci continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmission has been selected for use in the SuperTurbo for commercial vehicle applications.
VanDyne said it will install a drive in two programs: a development program with a major diesel engine OEM and the company's vehicle demonstrator, a Class 8 truck tractor, which as announced previously, is being co-developed with Allison Transmission Inc.
NuVinci CVP technology is a platform technology for a new class of continuously variable transmission (CVT) that utilizes spheres instead of gears or belts and can be deployed in a wide variety of applications to improve performance and/or system efficiency.
For the past two years, VanDyne has been testing a NuVinci variator in conjunction with a project for a major diesel engine OEM.
"After two years of joint research, development and testing with the engine OEM, Fallbrook's NuVinci technology has proven itself," said Mark Herbst, VanDyne president and CEO.
"NuVinci technology's high efficiency and ability to shift ratios extremely rapidly, together with the availability of a production-ready variator from Dana led us to incorporate it into our next generation design."
Dana Inc. is a Tier-1, world-class automotive manufacturing supplier licensed by Fallbrook to develop and manufacture NuVincitechnology applications for light vehicle transmissions.
Dana markets its planetary variator under the brand name VariGlide. More information is available at www.dana.com.
The SuperTurbo utilizes Dana's VariGlide variator coupled with a high-speed traction drive to control turbocharger speed and allow for bidirectional torque transfer. Mechanically coupling the SuperTurbo to the engine either through the crankshaft or power take-off (PTO) eliminates turbo lag and enables turbo compounding, improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.
"This project is a prime example of efficient development through collaboration," said William G. Klehm III, Fallbrook's chairman and CEO.
"We are delighted that Dana's excellent engineering and development progress with continuously variable planetary transmission technology will enable VanDyne to demonstrate its next generation variable speed SuperTurbo Drive sooner than might otherwise have been possible."