From Motorsport to “Green”: Magneti Marelli Illustrates in Washington D.C. the Technological Transfer Aimed at “Sustainable” Automobiles
MILAN, October 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Magneti Marelli, the global automotive systems and components supplier, illustrated
the possible “green” technological links between motorsport and “road” during the course
of a workshop promoted in Washington D.C., organized by the Italian Embassy and the
Italian Ministry for the Environment within the 2012 Global Cleantech 100. Aim of the
event: to encourage the meeting between Italian companies active in the “green economy”
and American investors.
An unusual combination until recently, high performances and eco-sustainability today
are travelling on increasingly converging paths, driven by the growing need to reduce
costs, fuel consumption and emissions, making the “bridge” between the motorsport world
and the “road cars” world even more strategic, in a technological osmosis capable of
adding value to both areas.
Motorsport represents for Magneti Marelli a technological laboratory for the
development of new competences and technologies that also feed and inspire new solutions
for sustainable mobility.
The example of the KERS was illustrated during the workshop. KERS is a system for the
recovery of kinetic energy under braking developed for Formula 1, which then generated
technological spin-offs for mass-produced hybrid and electric engine systems.
In view of the new 2014 F1 regulations, Magneti Marelli is already working on
developing the ERS system, which combines the recovery of kinetic energy and the energy
coming from exhaust gases, both aimed at feeding electric motor-generators.
Thus new scenarios are opening up to hybrid solutions in motorsport, with important
opportunities in terms of engine performance, consumption and efficiency even as regards
An opposite journey – from mass production to competitions – was traveled by the GDI
high-pressure injection technology, which has been adopted for some time now on
mass-production vehicles for engine downsizing purposes (less fuel consumption, same
performances): today, it is also used on the racetrack and during rallies and, starting in
2014, it will make its debut in Formula 1. At present, Magneti Marelli Motorsport is
already testing GDI injectors and pumps with gasoline pressure values of up to 500 bar.
Moreover, Magneti Marelli is already working on developing a two-way WI-FI data
transmission system from vehicle to infrastructure (for example: machine-pits) that allows
the exchange of a large volume of data at high speeds.
These technologies have an important spin-off in the area of connectivity, of
infotainment systems for mass-produced automobiles, and of smart traffic and vehicle
These three examples of technologies illustrated in Washington D.C. may allow up to a
35% reduction in fuel consumption, performances being equal, in the motorsport area, and
consequently to create systems capable of significantly reducing consumption and emissions
on standard vehicles too.
Magneti Marelli designs and produces advanced systems and components for the
automotive industry. With its 83 production units, 12 R&D centres and 26 application
centres in 18 countries, over 34,000 employees and a turnover of 5.9 billion Euros in
2011, the group supplies all leading carmakers in Europe, North and South America and the
Far East. Its business areas include: Electronic Systems, Lighting; Powertrain, Suspension
Systems and Shock Absorbers, Exhaust Systems, Aftermarket Parts & Services, Plastic
Components and Modules, Motorsport. Magneti Marelli is part of Fiat Spa.
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