Honeywell Turbos Power the Five Fastest Cars at 24 Hours of Le Mans; Boosts Porsche for Honeywell's 16th Consecutive Victory
June 18, 2015
Honeywell turbochargers are back in the winner’s circle for the 16th consecutive year at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans in France boosting Porsche to a record win with its new Gasoline DualBoost™ turbo technology. Honeywell helped the Porsche 919 Hybrids and perennial favorite Audi with its R18 e-tron quattro race cars earn the top five positions in the top Le Mans Prototype 1 category (LMP1) and six of the top seven spots overall. In total, Honeywell turbos were used on all boosted engines in the LMP1 class (12 of the 14 entries) for the famed endurance race.
The new Gasoline DualBoost turbo technology used by Porsche was developed using best practices in aerodynamics and material sciences from Honeywell Aerospace and existing DualBoost diesel applications enhancing production vehicles. It provides 20 to 30 percent better response for improved acceleration out of corners and more steady state engine power from higher turbo efficiency. This is achieved in an overall lighter weight package that is 10 to 20 percent smaller than an equivalent standard gasoline turbo.
“As the supplier of choice for so many entrants, the competitive environment at 24 Hours of Le Mans is truly a test of the reliability and performance capabilities of our turbo portfolio,” said Gavin Donkin, Vice President of Product Development for Honeywell Transportation Systems. “Porsche’s success with all three of its cars finishing in the top 5 is a strong proof point supporting DualBoost technology for gas. This is just the starting point for this technology, which we are developing for future production vehicle applications.”