26. 二月 2018

FEV and Hilite Partnering on Series Production of Two-Stage, VCR Connecting Rod

VCR connecting rods optimize internal combustion engine compression ratios.

Aachen, February 2018 – The FEV Group and automotive parts supplier, Hilite International, are partnering to develop and manufacture a two-stage, variable compression ratio (VCR) connecting rod. The goal of this partnership is to leverage synergies in the development of the product and devise a cost efficient solution for serial production.

This collaboration is mutually beneficial for both parties. FEV will provide the development and systems expertise, while Hilite, a systems supplier with vast experience in production, has the know-how to produce large quantities of components. 

According to Professor Stefan Pischinger, President and CEO of the FEV Group, “we have found Hilite to be a strong partner for the final phase of development for the VCR connecting rod, as they have established themselves as a systems supplier within the market.” On the subject of the cooperation, he adds, “VCR connecting rods are an important technology for the future of the internal combustion engine to considerably reduce CO2 and exhaust emissions in real operation. FEV’s solution has the advantage that it can be incorporated into nearly any engine without an entire redesign.”  

David Wei, CEO of Hilite, based in Marktheidenfeld, Germany, gives a positive assessment of the partnership, which initially is scheduled for a period of two years. 

“We supply our customers with advanced and efficient solutions,” said Wei. “By collaborating with FEV and combining our expertise, we will now be able to offer our customers this value proposition in the area of VCR.” 

The VCR technology meets the challenges of downsizing and the associated increase in combustion pressure by enabling optimal adjustment of the compression ratio at any time. This innovative approach is a reasonable complement to the wide variety of future powertrain solutions for affordable, personal mobility. The optimized internal combustion engine will continue to play a major role alongside purely electric drives – in particular, for long-distance travel – and in hybrid vehicles. That claim is even more valid when considering that the properties of future, renewable fuels (referred to as “e-fuels”), encounter favorable conditions within a VCR engine.

The two-stage VCR connecting rod developed by FEV is already being used in multiple demonstration vehicles. The company also has prototypes for heavy-duty and large engines, which have already proven their performance in a comprehensive series of tests.

About Hilite
Since it was founded in June 1999, Hilite International has grown into a global automobile parts supplier. The focus is on the development and production of systems and components for improving fuel consumption and reducing emissions. The company demonstrates its comprehensive experience and vast expertise with advanced products for engines and powertrains.


Hilite has just under 1,600 employees at eight locations in Europe, North America, and Asia.

关于FEV
总部位于德国亚琛的FEV集团是一家独立的国际领先、拥有自主整车及动力总成软硬件开发能力的服务供应商。可以提供从概念设计到最终量产的全部咨询、开发、测试等服务。

整车开发提供的服务包括:车身和底盘设计,包括驾驶性和NVH在内的车辆整体性能调校。FEV还可开发新型车辆照明系统,为自动驾驶和车联网提供解决方案。动力总成电气化服务涵盖动力电池系统,电动机和逆变器。此外,FEV还开发高效汽油和柴油发动机、变速箱、EDU和燃料电池系统,以及车辆集成,使其适合用于认证使用。可替代燃料也是开发的另一个重点。

我们还提供定制测试台架、测量技术和软件解决方案,从而可以有效地将上述所需的必要开发步骤从道路转移到测试台和计算机仿真环境中。

FEV集团目前在五大洲建立40余处客户导向的研发机构,拥有###EMPLOYEES##多名技术专家,为全球客户提供上述服务。"进军中国“是FEV集团二十多年重要战略目标之一。从2004年起,相继在大连、北京、上海、武汉、重庆、广州等地建立分公司或办事处,为中国客户提供德国制造服务。

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