While Lutz helped shepherd the Chevrolet Volt from concept to production in his final years at GM, he is well aware of the fact that internal combustion engines will remain the dominant powertrain technology for years to come. With that in mind, any technologies that can provide a cost effective way to make engines more efficient and cleaner running have an opportunity to succeed in the market place.
Transonic is developing a fuel injection and control system that can operate seamlessly with a wide variety of fuels. The system can also operate at extremely lean air/fuel ratios without producing excessive amounts of NOx emissions. Stay tuned for more on Transonic Combustion.
[Source: Transonic Combustion Inc.]
Robert Lutz to Join Transonic Combustion's Board of Directors
Camarillo, Calif. and Bloomfield Twp., Mich., May 24, 2010 – Transonic Combustion, Inc. announced today that automotive product development revolutionary Robert Lutz has joined the company's board of directors. Lutz brings to Transonic's leadership team a legendary career in the global automotive industry, including senior leadership positions at four of the world's leading automakers.
"For the foreseeable future, the internal combustion engine will remain the dominant propulsion system for automobiles," Lutz said, "and there is still a lot of room to improve its efficiency. Customers and manufacturers want better fuel economy, lower emissions and a great vehicle experience all at an attractive price. Transonic's new supercritical fuel injection technology can greatly improve engine efficiency and potentially become the new industry standard."
"Bob brings to Transonic's board of directors a lifetime of automotive experience and a passion for personal transportation," said Brian Ahlborn, president and CEO, Transonic Combustion. "He joins our board at just the right time, as our technology development and customer traction are progressing rapidly. As our mission is to bring significantly improved efficiency to internal combustion engines, Bob will clearly insist that this is done with the same excellence that has characterized his career."
Lutz recently retired from nine years as vice chairman of General Motors Corp., where he revolutionized the company's product development efforts. He held the post of CEO of Exide Corp. from 1998 to 2001, before returning to GM. Previously with Chrysler Corp. for 12 years, Lutz held the posts of vice chairman, president, chief operation officer and executive vice president. Previously, he served for 12 years with Ford Motor Co., three years with BMW and eight years with GM.
Lutz currently serves as chairman of The New Common School Foundation, is a member of the board of trustees for the U.S. Marine Corps University Foundation and vice chairman of the board of trustees for the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California-Berkeley, an honorary doctorate of management degree from Kettering University and an honorary doctorate of law degree from Boston University. In 2006, the Society of Automotive Engineers Foundation named him the recipient of its 2006 Manufacturing Leadership Award.
Transonic Combustion is on course to directly supply global automotive manufacturers with its high efficiency fuel injection systems. Transonic's TSCi™ fuel injection system has demonstrated extraordinary fuel economy and lower emissions while running gasoline effectively within modern diesel architecture engines, with the long-term promise of running zero-net bio renewable fuels.
About Transonic Combustion
Founded in 2006, Transonic Combustion's TSCiTM fuel injection systems provide global automotive manufacturers with high efficiency fuel delivery technology for their modern engine platforms. The company is backed by Venrock, Khosla Ventures, Rustic Canyon, and Saints Capital. Transonic operates from Camarillo, Calif. and Detroit across four facilities totaling more than 70,000 square feet. For more information, visit tscombustion.com.