Honeywell Turbo Leads the 2016 Field for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Race
June 14, 2016
In addition to the purpose-built LMP1 race cars, Honeywell is also excited to provide its turbo technology to the Ford factory team returning to compete in the Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance (GTE) category. Based upon the all-new Ford GT supercar, four Ford GT race cars will compete against other established manufacturers in the class, which highlights vehicles available for public sale.
Honeywell supplies turbo solutions supporting the individual strategies and configurations of its customer teams while competing under the most grueling racing conditions. In this year’s race, Honeywell technology will be paired with gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrain designs. With more than 60 years of industry leadership in turbocharger innovation and the internal resources and expertise of its Aerospace business to draw upon, Honeywell provides technology that wins races and influences future production vehicles.
“Le Mans is an iconic race because it demands power, fuel economy and durability under grueling operating conditions that challenge the driver, the car and the team. Honeywell has proven itself at Le Mans as a contributor to the last 16 champions and an amazing number of entrants in various categories,” said Gavin Donkin, vice president of product development for Honeywell Transportation Systems. “This year, our racing turbos will help Porsche achieve and maintain peak horsepower, enable Audi to increase fuel efficiency and make Toyota’s first turbocharged car even more drivable than its naturally aspirated predecessor.”
The race cars will cover more than 3,300 miles in a 24-hour period and will spend 75 percent of the race at full throttle. With each of the circuit’s 38 turns, the ability to get back to full power is the key at corners like Tertre Rouge, which leads to the 215-mph Mulsanne Straight and again at the Mulsanne Corner, where drivers slow to 70 mph to negotiate the sharp 90-degree turn that leads to the challenging Indianapolis and Arnage sections of the track.