Gunskirchen, Austria, May 7, 2014– BRP and AVL will collaborate on a research project to develop for the automotive market a one-cylinder four-stroke combustion engine that is adapted to range extender applications.
“We chose BRP as our partner because of the expertise that the company can provide by combining advanced development, design, industrial engineering, tool-making, prototyping and production all at one site,” Frank Beste, Senior Program Manager, AVL.
The aim of the cooperation between BRP and AVL in the field of hybrid motorisation is to assemble a range extender demonstration vehicle based on a Rotax one-cylinder four-stroke combustion engine. With its unique manufacturing capabilities, BRP’s Austrian facility can produce small volumes of powertrains, unlike most manufacturers in the automotive industry, which represents a good outsourcing opportunity for automotive OEMs.
BRP supports the project by providing components, manufacturing and assembling of prototypes, which would be suitable for potential serial production. The integration of the range extender into the vehicle will be executed by AVL.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work in collaboration with AVL and expand our reach in the automotive sector,” said François Tremblay, marketing director, Rotax propulsion systems, BRP. “AVL is the world’s largest independent company forautomotive powertrain systems, which helps BRP access this new market.”
About BRP-Powertrain BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG, the subsidiary of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) in Gunskirchen, in Austria, is a leader in the development and production of innovative 4- and 2 stroke high performance Rotax engines for BRP products such as Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles and roadsters as well for motorcycles, karts, ultra-light and light aircraft. In the last 50 years, the company has developed more than 350 engine models for recreational vehicles and produced over 7 million engines.
About AVL AVL is the world’s largest independent company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines.
About BRP BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski‑Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude outboard engines and Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft as well as inboard jet propulsion systems for boats. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3 billion from 105 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,100 people worldwide.