ERJ staff report (LMH)
Freudenberg, Germany - Freudenberg has said that its seals, used in the new BMW 3 series, support the concept of combining more performance with less consumption, or 'downsizing.' Freudenberg has combined its solutions for sustainable mobility in a single range: "Low-Emission Sealing Solutions" (LESS).
LESS solutions used in the BMW 3 series include friction-reduced simmerrings from the energy-saving simmerring or power-optimised PTFE Simmerring ranges. The gasoline and diesel engines also feature Freudenberg Sealing Technologies encoders, which help to optimise the combustion process and support the standard Start-Stop system.
The new BMW 3 series will be delivered to BMW dealerships in early 2012. The latest version of this BMW model will be powered by a series of four-cylinder engines. These engines will have all the dynamics and the feel of a six-cylinder engine, yet the fuel-efficiency of a four-cylinder engine, due to their turbochargers, Freudenberg said in a 10 Nov news release. In future, only BMW's top-of-the-range cars will be equipped with classic six-cylinder in-line engines.
With its 245-hp, two-litre, four-cylinder SI engine, the new sedan will accelerate from 0 to 100 km per hour in less than six seconds and can reach speeds of up to 250 km per hour on the freeway, Freudenberg said. On average, the new BMW 3 series will consume only 6.4 litres of gasoline. The four-cylinder diesel engine in the new 320d will consume two litres less fuel over 100 km.
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Press release from Freudenberg Sealing Technologies