Company helps create Corvette’s signature sound for
(NYSE: TEN) announced it is supplying key emission control technologies,
including electrical valves, for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray,
one of the most highly anticipated vehicles debuting in 2013. Considered
one of the key performance features of the car, the Corvette’s exhaust
system delivers a unique signature sound.
Most notably, the Corvette’s standard exhaust system is the first
vehicle to utilize Tenneco’s electrical
valve technology for sound tuning. The electric valves are designed
to work in concert with the vehicle’s Active Fuel Management (AFM)
system, a fuel-saving four-cylinder mode versus eight-cylinder mode. The
valves open and close to control the Corvette’s exhaust sound as it
switches between the two engine modes.
In addition to the valves highlighted in the AFM system, the exhaust
system features an option which includes two additional electrical
valves in the tailpipes, tuned specifically for enhanced sound quality.
These valves remain closed during normal driving conditions and open
during harder acceleration, creating lower backpressure, more engine
power and most importantly, Corvette’s signature sound.
“The Corvette is one of America’s iconic automobiles, and Tenneco could
not be more excited and pleased to partner with Chevrolet to provide a
combination of performance attributes, including improved fuel economy,
power and the vehicle's signature sound,” said Tim Jackson, Tenneco’s
chief technology officer. “Additionally, the program gives Tenneco an
opportunity to demonstrate our advanced exhaust technology on one of the
highest performance vehicles available in the market.”
Tenneco is a global supplier to General Motors, providing both ride
performance and clean air technologies for GM passenger cars and light
and medium-duty trucks.
The company manufactures the electric valves at its Valencia, Spain
facility, while the other system components will be produced at its
Seward, Nebraska and Elkhart, Indiana facilities. Final assembly of the
exhaust system takes place at Tenneco’s Smithville, Tennessee plant.
Tenneco’s global emissions technical centers in Edenkoben, Germany and
Grass Lake, Michigan provided electric valve engineering and systems
Tenneco is a $7.4 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters
in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 25,000 employees worldwide.
Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and
marketers of clean air and ride performance products and systems for
automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the
aftermarket. Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx™
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