Antonov demonstrates potential of world’s first two speed supercharger drive system
The world’s first two speed supercharger drive system to enter series production will be demonstrated by Antonov, the automotive technology company, at the Engine Expo exhibition at Stuttgart in Germany next week. The following week, the racing driver Peter Kox will demonstrate the technology at the Zandvoort race circuit in the Netherlands.
While this first commercial application from Antonov’s broad range of patented technologies will be demonstrated in two high performance vehicles – a Mercedes and Ford Mustang – the high volume potential for the device lies in its ability to enable engine downsizing, opening up the application of superchargers to mainstream vehicles.
Following the European events, the Mustang will be shipped to North America to feature in the Hot Rod Power Tour, which is presented by GM’s performance division.
The initial release of the device into the buoyant US tuner market exposes the first production units to a tough performance engine environment and, in many instances, aggressive track racing conditions.
Commenting on this strategy, Brad Shantry, product development manager of Wheel-to-Wheel Powertrain, Antonov’s North American distributor, said:
“The forced induction market is unquestionably growing. I feel that a centrifugal supercharger with a step-up drive will quickly become the icon product of the performance industry.”
John Moore, chief executive of Antonov, said:
“Our tactic of selling to the world’s largest market for tuner products is strategically important, particularly while we are in discussion with vehicle manufacturers and tier 1 suppliers interested in high volume applications. It shows OEMs that we are confident enough to launch the variable drive into the industry’s toughest marketplace to prove this is fully developed and readily available technology. We have experienced strong interest and have already supplied units to OEM clients for assessment and development trials.”
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