Jaguar Land Rover is to be a partner in a new centre working on the development of low carbon turbocharged engines at the University of Bath.
The £800,000 centre is carrying out its work in collaboration with Ford and Jaguar Land Rover, as well as turbocharger manufacturer Cummins Turbo Technologies.
It has been set up as part of the UK’s drive to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles by 2020 and to help deliver more environmentally-friendly fossil fuel technology before new fuel sources become widely available.
The new centre in Bath aims to develop new downsizing technologies that can be applied to both petrol and diesel engines, allowing them to reduce fuel consumption while still giving the performance of a large engine.
Dr Chris Brace, an automotive researcher from the powertrain and vehicle research centre, within the university’s department of mechanical engineering, said: “By incorporating turbocharging into smaller engines, we can maintain power while significantly decreasing the size of the engine and the amount of fuel required to run it.
“Working with leading vehicle manufacturers is essential to the knowledge transfer of this project - by improving the relationship between research and end users we hope to accelerate the uptake of downsizing technologies.”
The research will be carried out primarily through the new turbo centre in Bath, with additional work taking place through the project partners.
The project, funded by the three industrial partners, with match funding from the university, will be completed in January 2013.