Auburn Hills, Michigan – BorgWarner has started research and development at its new engineering center in Itatiba City, Brazil. BorgWarner's 21,500ft2 engineering center provides capabilities for application engineering and research and development to create new technologies for the rapidly growing Brazilian automotive market.
The campus in Itatiba also includes a production facility to manufacture several environmentally friendly technologies for passenger cars and commercial vehicles such as turbochargers, viscous fans and fan drives, engine timing systems, and emissions technologies.
"We are strengthening our position as a leading supplier of advanced powertrain solutions engineered to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions, and increase performance," says James R. Verrier, president and CEO, BorgWarner.
BorgWarner's campus in Itatiba City is strategically located close to major development regions, 80km northwest of Sao Paulo. The new engineering center features two engine test stands to quickly develop and validate new technologies locally to meet the unique specifications of the Brazilian market.
For example, BorgWarner's turbocharging technologies are optimized for flex fuel engines that use Brazilian fuel containing either 20%, 25%, or 100% ethanol.
With the ability to further expand its testing capabilities with up to four engine test benches in the future, the new engineering center is an important element of BorgWarner's efforts to provide fuel-efficient technologies that reduce emissions and enhance performance for vehicles around the globe.