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News   November 10, 2006   by Auto Service World

Turbo-charged Environmentalism


Working in close partnership with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc., BorgWarner Turbo & Emissions Systems has advanced its AirWerks program by providing a turbocharger for a 2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid vehicle.
This venture was started with the intent of highlighting the feasibility of forced induction for hybrid vehicles, such as the Toyota Highlander. Early testing has shown that vehicle power and performance has increased by close to 20%, largely due to the addition of the turbocharger.
“The Aftermarket team of BorgWarner Turbo & Emissions Systems continues its dedication to the advancement of our turbo technology,” says Jack Lorimer, Director of the North American Aftermarket. He adds,
“This distinctive AirWerks performance project offers additional opportunities to build on our extensive knowledge of turbocharger aerodynamics.”
Boost is provided by an AirWerks K24.2-2671 hybrid turbocharger, which was developed specifically for this unique application.
The K24.2 turbo features a forged billet compressor wheel, a ni-resist turbine housing, and a water-cooled bearing housing to help increase turbo component longevity.
Bill Smulo of G2 North Hollywood performed the turbo fabrication, installation, and tuning effort.
The AirWerks forced-air technology program from BorgWarner Turbo & Emissions Systems focuses on aftermarket applications from passenger car to light duty trucks.
BorgWarner Turbo Systems is a full-service supplier of turbocharger systems for gasoline and diesel OEM Applications, enhanced engine performance, reduced exhaust emissions, and improved fuel economy. BorgWarner Turbo & Emissions Systems is a business unit of the globally active automotive supplier BorgWarner Inc.


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