The engineering story behind HSV E Series 2

Published: 09 September 2009
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The engineering story behind HSV E Series 2

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The HSV Engineering story behind E2 began not long after the release of E Series in August 2006.

The VE architecture gave the HSV Engineering team a wonderful platform to work from and in the three years since, a number of refinements, revisions, updates and upgrades via the release of Grange, Maloo, Tourer and model year changes have bought HSV to the release of E Series 2.

E2 introduces a number of driver enhancements, as well as an increase in the power output for the HSV GTS to 325kW, but not at the expense of fuel economy.

Chief Engineer Joel Stoddart said one of the goals of the E2 development program was to improve fuel economy.

“We have achieved up to 4.5% improvement in fuel economy, with an auto ClubSport R8 now returning 13.9 litres per 100km,” he said.

Specific driver enhancements include;

-Competition Mode ESC allows enthusiastic driving, while still providing a high level of support from ABS, Traction Control and Stability control systems. ESC will be compulsory in all passenger vehicles sold in Australia from 2011.

-Intelligent Launch Control comes standard in all manual transmission HSV E2s and removes the guess work from ‘off the line’ starts. Launch Control provides the ability to accelerate from a standstill to the cars maximum potential.

-Extended Cruise Control provides additional confidence for the HSV E2 driver where their vehicle will not exceed the speed they have set the cruise control to. This is particularly important on downhill sections of road, greatly improving safety and minimising the risk of exceeding the speed limit.

In addition to Extended Cruise Control, HSV’s Chief Engineer Joel Stoddart said HSV’s E2 safety story extended to the introduction of stunning new Daytime Running Lamps (DRL).

“The introduction of DRLs not only make the car stand out more than ever on the road, but are also a safety feature,” Joel Stoddart said.

“According to the latest research out of Europe; DRLs have led to a greater than 25% reduction in road accidents.”

Joel Stoddart said his team were particularly proud of the new HSV E Series 2 GTS.

“The King is Back,” he said. “To return the GTS to the top of HSV’s performance pedigree is something the team is really pleased about.”

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