Press Release – Torotrak – Allison Nov 24 2011
Torotrak-Allison transmission project progresses
to next stage
Concept proven, timing to market could meet new legislation for truck fuel economy
Leyland, 24 November 2011 – Gearless traction drive company Torotrak PLC (LSE: TRK) is progressing to the next stage in its programme with Allison Transmissions Inc, the world’s largest supplier of automatic gearboxes for mid- to large-size commercial vehicles. The programme has moved through an important milestone that has proved the transmission’s required performance on concept hardware. The next phase of the multi-stage programme will develop prototypes of a fully representative production design.
Having completed an extensive process of knowledge transfer to Allison personnel, Allison Transmissions will lead the programme towards production of transmissions while Torotrak provides ongoing specialist technical support and engineering consultancy.
“Torotrak’s completion of a substantial proof-of-concept programme with Allison allows the programme to enter the next phase, proceeding to production-representative hardware,” said Jeremy Deering, Commercial Director, Torotrak. “Torotrak has re-shaped its engineering delivery structure over the last six months to provide the most relevant support as programmes such as Allison’s move closer towards commercialisation. Helping develop the production supply chain for important variable drive components, such as the discs, rollers and traction
fluid, is as important to success as is the disciplined engineering staged approach and forensic attention to detail in planning. We are engaged with a number of suppliers with a view to establishing relationships to support Torotrak licensees.”
The timing of the programme means Torotrak’s technology could be part of the commercial vehicle industry’s response to the growing legislative pressure to improve fuel economy. In the US, new regulations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency require heavy trucks to achieve fuel consumption and CO2 emissions savings of around 20 percent from the 2018 model year onwards. Affecting vehicles built and sold in 2017, commercial vehicle manufacturers must move quickly to ensure they have solutions in place.
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