Hot Rod Power Tour/ Pump Gas Drags/ Drag Week - Antonov demonstrates potential of world's first two speed
05-08-2006, 12:52 PM
The world's first two speed supercharger drive system to enter series production will be demonstrated by Antonov, the automotive technology company, at the Engine Expo exhibition at Stuttgart in Germany next week.
While this first commercial application from Antonov's broad range of patented technologies will be demonstrated in two high performance vehicles - a Mercedes and Ford Mustang - the high volume potential for the device lies in its ability to enable engine downsizing, opening up the application of superchargers to mainstream vehicles.
Following the European events, the Mustang will be shipped to North America to feature in the Hot Rod Power Tour, which is presented by GM's performance division.
The initial release of the device into the buoyant US tuner market exposes the first production units to a tough performance engine environment and, in many instances, aggressive track racing conditions.
Commenting on this strategy, Brad Shantry, product development manager of Wheel-to-Wheel Powertrain, Antonov's North American distributor, said:
"The forced induction market is unquestionably growing. I feel that a centrifugal supercharger with a step-up drive will quickly become the icon product of the performance industry."
Information on Antonov plc is available from http://www.antonov-transmission.com
Information on Engine Expo is available from http://www.engine-expo.com/home.htm
Engine Expo is the world's showcase event for the powertrain and driveline manufacturing community bringing together the very latest technologies and developments. The event runs for three days from Tuesday 9 May to Thursday 11 May 2006.
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05-09-2006, 03:38 PM
Ill have to check that car out on the tour.
05-09-2006, 04:46 PM
Wheel to Wheel did most of the work on the Mustang. Pretty cool idea really. :thumb:
06-11-2006, 04:35 AM
How was the Antonov AR500 Mustang doing this tour?
06-11-2006, 07:15 PM
the Nova SS was sooooo badass. looked like shit, down to the mismatched seats, but damn did that thing have a setup
06-12-2006, 02:58 AM
For movies about the testdrive in the Netherlands at circuit Zandvoort. Testdrive with Ford Mustang AR500 and the Chevrolet 1.8 liter both with an combined superchager from Rotrex/Antonov 2-speed AMM set up module.
go to this link: Movies are with sound:
And see the results:
Antonov has given on the 16th and 17th may 2006 a demonstration with a Ford Mustang and a Chevrolet 1.8 ltr. Both cars where build with a combined Rotrex/Antonov AMM 2-speed step up supercharger.
On the URL above all movies who are made at race circuit Zandvoort (The Netherlands) concerning the driving performance off both cars.
Then folder ďfoto & film GalerieĒ
Then folder ďAVA 2006Ē
http://www.antonovforum.com (discussions about the Antonov technology)
http://members.lycos.nl/magpie69/Antonovpatents.htm (About all the Antanov patents and historie of the Antonov company and much more information).
Antonov Unveils First Two Speed Supercharger
Text & Photos courtesy Antonov plc
Worlds first enters series production
The worldís first two speed supercharger drive system to enter series production will be demonstrated by Antonov, the automotive technology company, at the Engine Expo exhibition at Stuttgart in Germany next week. The following week, the racing driver Peter Kox will demonstrate the technology at the Zandvoort race circuit in the Netherlands.
Demonstration of Antonovís first commercial product: the geared supercharger
Yesterday we had the opportunity to be some of the first to experience Antonovís two speed supercharger at Hollandís Zandvoort race circuit. A number of vehicles were present and whilst the Ford Mustang was the most thrilling the Chevrolet Lacetti (a rebadged Daewoo) was certainly the most impressive.
The Chevrolet has a 1.8 litre engine (just like my Golf 1.8). However, the torque and power felt
very different, in fact much like that of a 2.3 litre. For example, the car was able to break traction when going into second gear (even with four people in the car!) and we were also able to pull out through corners in third gear (instead of second) due to the large amount of torque at low revolutions.
This ability to provide decent performance with a smaller engine is becoming an increasingly hot topic with auto manufacturers, especially in the wake of high oil prices and tighter emissions controls. In fact, VW have recently announced a diesel engine with makes use of both a supercharger and a turbocharger in order to provide decent performance with a smaller engine at
all engine speeds whilst minimising emissions (such as the smog caused by turbo diesels accelerating at low turbo pressures).
We view the VW system as a highly complex and expensive solution as there have to be complex control mechanisms to decide when best to de-couple (or re-couple) the super charger to provide performance when required whilst preventing the supercharger from over-running and impacting economy.
We believe Antonovís two speed supercharger provides a far more elegant solution to the problem by offering an upwardly geared supercharger at low engine speeds and a lowly geared supercharger at high engine speeds in one simple unit. This allows the vehicle to give a far higher and smoother power curve as well as a very clean fuel burn throughout the engine cycle, thus
keeping emissions low. We are also reassured from our experience yesterday that the system is not only highly effective but also pleasant to drive; a key element for consumers.
The Ford Mustang, as demonstrated by Le Mans driver Peter Kox
was altogether a different beast; literally. The huge torque from the over 500hp engine made the ride a hairy one and is bound to make a significant impact when it joins the US Hot Rod Power Tour later this year.
The aftermarket Rotrex kit is believed to be receiving a good initial response from the US car tuning market.
We also had the opportunity to experience Antonovís prototype 6-
speed gearbox demonstrated in a Rover Streetwise. This was the prototype developed in conjunction with Rover Powertrain before Roverís collapse. Whilst it was noticeable that the shift quality was not as smooth as traditional automatics, these defects will be ironed out in the full production version being developed by Great Wall Motors of China.
Unfortunately the Mercedes CLK was not ready for testing; however, we expect to have it available in the UK for demonstration to investors in the coming weeks.
For more stories on the internet about the combine Rotrex/Antonov AMM 2-speed supercharger
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