The German sports car manufacturer Porsche has teamed up with the Schaeffler Group to create a concept Cayenne that focuses on "Friction Reduction in the Powertrain" to not only free up a few extra ponies, but also let the premium SUV roll a little easier and more efficiently. However the best part is that the once over given to the Cayenne CO2ncept-10% by Schaeffler reduces both emissions and fuel consumption by 10%, all without the aid of a heavy gas/electric hybrid module. This just goes to show that there is still a lot more that we can get out of the internal combustion engine by thinking outside the box as opposed to putting more into it.
Porsche and the Schaeffler Group have taken a V8 powered Cayenne and increased the sport utility’s efficiency by a tenth thanks to revised camshaft timing, a low friction valve train, free spinning bearings and by replacing hydraulic components with more traditional mechanical units. According to Dr. Robert Plank, Manager of Corporate Engineering for the Schaeffler Group "This project is a good example of the successful cooperation between automobile manufacturers and suppliers…This is not the end of the line though. CO2ncept-10% is the sum of its components, and these components are only a few from the Schaeffler Group’s portfolio that allow similar levels of energy efficiency optimization to be reached for vehicles from other segments."
Press release after the jump.
The Schaeffler Group will present the CO2ncept-10% vehicle at the ATZ/MTZ Congress focusing on "Friction Reduction in the Powertrain" to be held on December 9-10 in Esslingen. CO2ncept-10% is an advance development project that was carried out jointly by Porsche and the Schaeffler Group and involved the use of novel and optimized components to achieve an overall reduction of ten percent in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
CO2ncept-10% is a CO2 demo vehicle based on a Porsche Cayenne with a V8 engine. This vehicle is equipped with several new components as well as tried and tested and optimized parts, all part of the Schaeffler Group’s powertrain and chassis product range. These components contribute greatly to significantly reducing fuel consumption compared to production vehicles. During this joint advance development project, the Schaeffler Group was responsible for designing and verifying the components while Porsche was in charge of system coordination and validation for the entire vehicle. Overall, this concept allows vehicle fuel consumption to be optimized by approximately ten percent, both theoretically (determined from complex simulation calculations) and experimentally (verified by Porsche in extensive bench testing). The calculation standard used was the standardized New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
The engine accounts for 5.8% of the optimization of fuel consumption and the associated CO2 emissions. Most of this (4.1%) results from the modification of the VarioCam Plus valve control system through the replacement of hydraulic cam phasers by electromechanical cam phasers and the use of optimized switching tappets on the intake side. An additional 1.7 percent could be achieved due to the minimized frictional loss through the cross-system optimization of components in the valve train, belt drive and chain drive.
The double-row angular contact ball bearings installed in the front and rear axle differentials generated another 1.1 percent of fuel savings. These TwinTandem bearings replace the previously used tapered roller bearings and reduce frictional resistance considerably compared to the conventional production transmission. The reduction amounts to 35 percent in the front axle transmission and 42 percent in the rear axle transmission.
Fuel consumption can also be reduced in the chassis. Replacing the hydraulic roll stabilizer with an electromechanically controlled equivalent and using smooth-running wheel bearings brought about a consumption benefit of 3.2 percent. "As in the case of the cam phasers, the electrically operated components make such an important contribution because they require energy only when their operation is requested," explains Dr. Robert Plank, Manager of Corporate Engineering for the Schaeffler Group. "In hydraulically controlled systems, the pumps have to maintain pressure permanently, resulting in much higher energy requirements."
"This project is a good example of the successful cooperation between automobile manufacturers and suppliers. This cooperation reduces development times, avoids extensive redundancies and makes an important contribution to competitive ability," says Dr. Robert Plank. "To us, the CO2ncept-10% is impressive proof of a continuing optimization potential that is also closely related to volume production. This is not the end of the line though. CO2ncept-10% is the sum of its components, and these components are only a few from the Schaeffler Group’s portfolio that allow similar levels of energy efficiency optimization to be reached for vehicles from other segments."