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New Land Rover Engine has CGI Cylinder Block

July 27, 2010
SinterCast process in use at Tupy for V8 diesel
SinterCast reports that Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled its fourth, commercial-scale engine in compacted graphite iron (CGI), a 4.4-liter V8 turbo diesel. The engine is in series production at the Tupy foundry in Brazil, a longtime SinterCast customer. Tupy also cast the predecessor model, a 3.6-liter V8 turbo diesel that Land Rover launched in 2006, in CGI. SinterCast develops and licenses process control technology for producing CGI, an alternative to gray iron and aluminum for forming strong but lightweight automotive components. Its customers worldwide set volume records for CGI production in 2009. Land Rover’s new 4.4-liter turbo diesel delivers 230 kW (308 hp) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque, representing 15% and 10% improvements respectively. Despite the larger displacement and the significant power increases, the new engine provides a 10% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the 3.6-liter predecessor. The engine satisfies Euro 5 emissions requirements. It is expected to be available in dealer showrooms during autumn 2010. "We are pleased that Jaguar Land Rover's positive experience with the 2.7, 3.0, and 3.6 liter SinterCast-CGI engines since 2003 has established CGI as the material of choice for this new engine," stated SinterCast president and CEO Dr. Steve Dawson. "We look forward to expanding our collaboration with Jaguar land Rover, Ford, and Tupy as we continue to support the development and production of high performance and environmentally friendly CGI diesel engines."