- All electric powertrains, alternative fuels and new efficiency enhancing technology grab nominations across several categories
- Can compressed natural gas take the fight to all electric power?
- Battle of the supercar engines fierce as Ferrari and McLaren once again do battle for honours
The International Engine of the Year Awards is universally recognised as the industry’s top accolade for the world’s best powertrain technology. Recent years have seen the international judging panel increasingly impressed with new, green technology of all types, and 2013 sees compressed natural gas (CNG) powered engines challenging hybrid and all-electric drivetrains for the first time in the history of the awards.
Fiat and Volkswagen have both launched CNG designs in the past 12 months, whilst Tesla is also vying to re-establish itself as the leader in all electric power with its new high-output Model S unit. General Motors is hoping that its 1.4-liter electric-gasoline range-extender, which scooped overall honours in 2012, will remain at the top of the judges points table, but new hybrid powertrains from Toyota and Mercedes are both seeking to take the crown.
Of particular note this year is the rise of ‘cylinder deactivation’ technology, an efficiency enhancing system that has been developed to very good effect by Volkswagen in its 1.4-liter ACT engine, and which makes its first appearance in the awards this year.
Dean Slavnich, editor of Engine Technology International and co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, says: “More than ever, 2013 has seen several new environmental technologies enter the market during the same year, and the awards nominations really do reflect the very broad range of technologies now available to consumers. The value of the awards is that it helps to bring clarity to consumers who can be reassured that any engine or technology worthy of a place on our shortlist is a very fine engine indeed. “
Although new green technology will continue to dominate engine development in future years, the awards also seek to acknowledge exceptional engineering within the larger capacity and high-performance categories. Alongside capacity classes and the specific awards for ‘Best Green Engine’ and ‘Best New Engine’, the category for ‘Best Performance Engine’ is always highly anticipated by the industry.
Fiat Group’s, 6.3-liter, V12 engine which is put to exceptional use in the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, produces a mighty 740ps and will seek to secure Ferrari another victory in the category. However, McLaren, Porsche and Mercedes-AMG, all have engines capable of stealing the crown from Maranello.
The 15th International Engine of the Year Award will be announced at a ceremony at Engine Expo 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany on 5th June. The event, one of the annual highlights of the automotive industry calendar, will see a total of twelve Awards given to those manufacturers who have been judged to have achieved excellence in powertrain engineering. For further information on the Awards, please visit: www.ukipme.com/engineoftheyear