Award for megazap that lets Audi flex its tech

Award for megazap that lets Audi flex its tech

AudiSQ7TDIAudi has always been a brand that’s willing to push the technical envelope. and while there have been occasions when crossed fingers and steamed it open, or simply ripped the top off it

It has occasionally managed to miss the mark, but over the years has held on to an enviable strike rate when it comes to technology – and pulled another innovation gong overnight at UK motoring magazine Autocar awards overnight.

The latest Audi SQ7 TDI has won the Autocar Innovation Award 2016 for the electric performance boosters, handling improvers and the a 48-volt electric sub system allow two big new tricks to be developed for the sporty-spec diesel SUV, without impacting any other electricity-fed features.

““The newly developed V8 engine of the Audi SQ7 TDI uses an electric powered compressor – that is a world first,” said Audi technical development expert Dr. Stefan Knirsch.

“This compressor supports the work of the two turbochargers especially at low-end revs and guarantees maximum dynamics with no turbo lag. The high-performance basis is the 48 volt electrical subsystem, which also provides the energy for the electromechanical active roll stabilisation.

This system is incredibly advanced, with no real competitor in the German performance arms race between BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

Roll reduction by reducing the already-minimal sideways roll and yaw – less suspension work is needed, and firmer, sportier and more engaging driving dynamics are achieved. Of course, higher lateral acceleration equates to faster corner, and that to a faster SUV.

The electrically-powered compressor means less actually engine power lost, and the more generated. Symbiotic power-mongering at its finest. The 48-volt electric subsystem makes this all possible – a standard car electric system sits at 12-volts running only battery, with this pushed up to a maximum of around 14.4kW when the engine is running. The 48-volt system uses a completely seperate 48-volt lithium ion battery that sits under the luggage floor the SQ7 TDI’s boot.

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