My earlier posts introduced the grand opening of the Silicon Valley Research Center in January, some IoT topics, and design thinking activities at CSI-North America. This month I’d like to introduce another one of our very active research laboratories - the Automotive Products Research Laboratory (APL) located in the Detroit Research Center of CSI- North America, in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
You probably know that the Hitachi Group is one of the proud sponsors of Team Penske, but did you know that the Chevrolet cars, equipped with Hitachi’s fuel injection technology, have won 7 out of the 8 races so far in the 2016 season? That’s not a coincidence. Hitachi’s Direct Injection technology has powered the Chevrolet to four consecutive IndyCar Manufacturers’ Championships (2012-2015) !
The team at APL works closely with Hitachi Automotive Systems to design and develop the fuel delivery system currently running in all Chevrolet powered cars for the Verizon IndyCar Series.
The design proposed by APL for the direct injection (DI) fuel system is used in the Chevrolet 2.2 liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 race engines in the IndyCar. These engines create between 550-700 horsepower, depending on track setup. In addition to the structural design, APL contributed to the optimization of engine performance through spray and combustion analysis to optimize the engine performance and meet the required performance criteria.
Left: Mr. Helio Castroneves of Team Penske
Right: Dr. George Saikalis, CTO, Hitachi America
Tackling customer challenges, designing solutions for customers, Chevrolet is another great example of collaborative creation being pursued at CSI- North America.
If you would like to learn more about Hitachi’s automotive research activities, please contact us through http://www.hitachi-america.us/rd/contact_us/.