BorgWarner Supplies High-Performance Friction Technology to Audi

BorgWarner’s Advanced Friction Plates Improve Performance and Shift Feel for Audi’s New Dual-Clutch Transmission

Auburn Hills, Michigan, January 6, 2015 – BorgWarner supplies its high-performance friction technology for Audi’s new dual-clutch transmission. Featuring an innovative friction plate design, BorgWarner’s advanced technology significantly improves shift quality, helps increase fuel economy and reduces noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) for smoother shifts and a fun-to-drive experience. Designed for longitudinal engines, Audi’s new dual-clutch transmission is suitable for both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) applications and was introduced on the Audi A6.

“We are pleased to supply Audi’s new dual-clutch transmission with our state-of-the-art friction technology,” said Robin Kendrick, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Transmission Systems. “BorgWarner’s advanced friction materials allow transmission designers to develop clutch systems with high-torque density, low-lube strategy, improved durability and reduced NVH. Drivers benefit from improved shift feel and increased fuel economy.”

Engineered to withstand the higher temperatures and pressures inside Audi’s dual-clutch transmission, BorgWarner’s high-performance friction materials provide reliable operation for the transmission’s lifetime. The innovative friction material resists oil degradation and glazing, even with the use of modern low-viscosity oil. BorgWarner’s specifically developed grooves are integrated into the friction lining and are responsible for routing the oil and for cooling. The groove design helps meet the highest standards in transmission technology and minimizes losses at the clutch in the open state. In this way, BorgWarner’s high-performance friction technology improves performance and helps to increase the fuel economy of the dual-clutch transmission while simultaneously enabling smoother shifting.

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