GKN Driveline is making hybrid tech found in the Porsche 918 Spyder and BMW i8 available for mass production.
GKN Driveline is making the hybrid technology used in supercars such as the Porsche 918 Spyder and BMW i8 available for affordable compact cars.
The company has developed an eAxle module that will enable manufacturers to offer buyers a plug-in hybrid option across its C-segment vehicles.
The new eAxle is an evolution of the system GKN designed for the Porsche 918 Spyder. The single-speed design minimises weight to just 20.9kg and is said to provide improved performance and a reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 50%.
GKN Driveline managing director of eDrive systems Rainer Link said: “GKN’s position as the only hybrid technology supplier that can also deliver complete all-wheel drive systems makes us an ideal partner on these programmes. Our vehicle integration teams can support automakers in the tuning of their vehicle’s eAWD mode, ensuring that the torque delivery results in the right front-rear balance and delivers the brand’s trademark driving characteristics.”