Victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
June 22, 2017
Honeywell turbo technology was celebrated in the winner’s circle of the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for the 18 th consecutive year while helping Porsche Motorsport LMP Team to its third consecutive win as well.
Victory at the world's oldest endurance car race was anything but assured as the team experienced technical problems early and spent more than an hour in the pits. At one point in the scoring, it was in the 56 th place but was able to take advantage of setbacks suffered by others during the grueling event. In the end, the Porsche Motorport LMP Team won by about a minute, just ahead of Jackie Chan DC Racing car, owned by the famed action movie star.
This year marked the 50th race since 1923 and another example of our technology's long-term effect on the industry. “Honeywell has a long history of success in motorsports dating back several decades to the 1960s at Indianapolis and then across various types of racing all around the world,” said Honeywell Transportation Systems Chief Technology Officer Craig Balis. “Honeywell’s portfolio of leading-edge technologies coupled with the expertise of our engineers help teams meet the extreme demands of professional motorsports. The new gas and hybrid systems used at Le Mans -- the highest level of endurance racing in the world -- are signaling the opportunities to improve production vehicles for efficiency and emissions in the near future.”
Nearly two decades of success at Le Mans reflects upon Honeywell’s ability to provide turbocharging technology across a number of different powertrain configurations. This year, we supported all of the Porsche and Toyota factory-led teams competing in the top Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1) category and partnered with the Ford factory team, which finished second in the Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance (GTE) category.
Fueling the winning car was our gasoline DualBoost™ turbo technology with all-new compressor and turbine aerodynamics that provides 20 to 30 percent better transient response for improved acceleration out of corners and more steady state engine power from higher turbine efficiency. This is achieved in an overall lighter weight package that is 10 to 20 percent smaller than an equivalent standard gasoline turbo.