BOSCH’S OLDEST AND NEWEST AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY ON THE LONDON TO BRIGHTON AND FUTURE CAR CHALLENGE
Bosch demonstrated some of its oldest and newest automotive technology at the RAC Future Car Challenge and London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
On Saturday 5th November, Bosch showcased its very latest split-axle hybrid technology in the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, which took part in the 60-mile RAC Future Car Challenge, driven by Rory Reid from CNET.
The car uses hybrid technology developed in conjunction with PSA Peugeot Citroën. Bosch, which has celebrated its 125th anniversary this year, was responsible for the 20kW (37bhp) electric motor, many of the electronic controls and a specially-designed ESP® system utilising regenerative electric braking, which in turn helps to recharge the battery.
On Sunday 6th November, Peter Fouquet, President of Robert Bosch UK, took part in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in a 1904 Mercedes-Simplex touring car, which uses a Bosch magneto and spark plug. The 5.3-litre engine produces 32hp (24kW) at 1,200rpm. The vehicle weighs 1,250kg and can reach a top speed of around 60km/h.
The 107-year old vehicle was driven by Bernd Ostmann, editor-in-chief of Auto Motor und Sport and Doug Nye, motoring journalist and member of the Advisory Council of the British National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run celebrated 125 years of motoring with the country theme of Germany.
It was co-sponsored by Bosch as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations and was an important event for the company, which pioneered the first low-voltage magneto for stationary petrol engines.
Bosch’s magneto was developed for a vehicle engine in 1897 and the company developed the first commercially viable high-voltage spark plug in its magneto-based ignition system in 1902.