Volvo divulga detalhes sobre novos motores diesel e transmissões automáticas de oito marchas

Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA) e Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA)
A fim de eliminar a dependência das plataformas da Ford, a Volvo anunciou informações sobre as tecnologias Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA) e Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), que estarão disponíveis nas próximas gerações de seus veículos.

O VEA se caracteriza por uma nova tecnologia em motores diesel, chamada i-ART. Este sistema usa bicos injetores únicos em cada cilindro. Cada um dos bicos possui um pequeno computador no topo, capaz de monitorar a pressão do combustível.

Assim, em vez de um sensor de pressão único, esta nova tecnologia obtém um feedback de cada um dos bicos injetores de combustível, permitindo ao i-ART, de forma contínua, controlar e ajustar a injeção de combustível por ciclo de combustão para cada cilindro, maximizando a economia de combustível e a performance do motor, além de reduzir as emissões de poluentes.

Derek Crabb, vice-presidente de engenharia da Volvo Car Group, diz que a pressão do combustível no sistema pode atingir 2500 bar. A Volvo diz que seus motores de quatro cilindros podem oferecer a força de motores de seis cilindros, e, eventualmente, com algumas modificações, rivalizarem com a performance de um V8. Mais detalhes sobre os novos motores e transmissões da Volvo você pode conferir no press release abaixo.
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Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA) e Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA)
Volvo Car Group launches world-first injection technology in the new VEA engine family

Volvo Car Group's new engine family VEA (Volvo Engine Architecture) will be launched this autumn with world-first i-ART technology that helps to cut fuel consumption in the new diesel engines.

By featuring pressure feedback from each fuel injector instead of using a traditional single pressure sensor in the common rail, i-ART makes it possible to continuously monitor and adapt fuel injection per combustion in each of the four cylinders.

"Increasing the rail pressure to an exceptionally high 2,500 Bar, while adding the i-ART technology, can be described as the second step in the diesel revolution. It is a breakthrough comparable to when we invented the groundbreaking lambda sensor for the catalytic converter in 1976. It's another world-first for Volvo," says Derek Crabb, Vice President Powertrain Engineering at Volvo Car Group.

He adds: "Each injector has a small computer on top, which monitors injection pressure. Using this information, the self-adapting i-ART system makes sure that the ideal amount of fuel is injected during each combustion cycle."

The combination of higher injection pressure and i-ART technology gives the customer an engine with improved fuel economy, considerably lower emissions and high performance output as well as a powerful sound character.

Launched autumn 2013

Volvo Car Group will launch the Volvo Engine Architecture in autumn 2013. With VEA, Volvo will also introduce a new 8-speed automatic gearbox that contributes to a refined drive and excellent fuel economy.

Diesel common rail and petrol direct injection are standard in the upcoming modular range of diesel and petrol engines.

Several levels of turbo charging open up for the flexibility to cover the whole range from fuel-efficient derivatives through to high power and torque variants. In order to cover all customer requirements, certain engines will also gain added performance via electrification or other spearhead technology.

"The new powertrains will boost driving pleasure through their agile, yet smooth, responsiveness and the seamless character of the new 8-speed automatic," says Derek Crabb.

V8s are dinosaurs

"We will create smaller, more intelligent engines with so much power that they will turn V8s into dinosaurs. Our four-cylinder engines will offer higher performance than today's six-cylinder units and lower fuel consumption than the current four-cylinder generation. On top of that, electrification will bring us up into power figures in today's V8-territory," says Derek Crabb.

The engines will be built at Volvo Car Group's high-tech engine plant in Skövde, Sweden.

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