Carmakers now using BorgWarner's new low-friction timing chains

For improved fuel economy
Feb 4, 2014
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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Several carmakers now using BorgWarner's new low-friction timing chain

Engines from Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Hyundai and General Motors are now using BorgWarner's newly developed 6.35mm inverted-tooth silent engine timing chains, which were designed "to reduce friction, resulting in as much as 0.3% to 0.6% improvement in fuel economy based on customer testing."

"As automakers began downsizing engines to improve fuel economy, BorgWarner recognized opportunities to help further improve engine efficiency by reducing power-wasting friction in the engine timing system," said BorgWarner Morse TEC president and general manager Joe Fadool. "With our state-of-the-art testing and simulation capabilities, BorgWarner has developed a new, smaller-pitch engine timing chain that reduces friction while delivering lower noise and improved durability for these tough engine environments."

BorgWarner's low-friction engine timing chain reportedly combines inverted tooth silent chain technology with an optimized link back shape. Compared with conventional timing chains, BorgWarner's low-friction design supposedly reduces the contact area and friction as the chain slides along the arms and guides, where most friction losses occur.

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According to the company, it will also produce low-friction engine timing chains "for a variety of 0.66- to 2.0-liter gasoline engines for vehicles in Japan, China and Korea."

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