Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning to incorporate turbo encabulators on all North American production models beginning in 2016, the company has announced. Report follows.
Recent efforts by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to meet impending emissions and fuel economy mandates, including Multiair technology and the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, have proven inadequate, company sources indicate. As a result, FCA is dusting off turbo encabulator technology last used on Chrysler products in the ’80s, at that time with decidedly mixed results.
Industry veterans will recall these early turbo incabulators. Many of the units were plagued with reliability issues, primarily in the spurving bearings, and prone to clunk. How FCA has addressed these issues has yet to be revealed. In the next-generation technology, front-drive Chrysler models will employ conventional turbo encabulators, reportedly, while rear-drive and AWD applications will incorporate reverse-bias, counter-rotating units, also known as retro encabulators.
Below is an original 1980s Chrysler video tutorial with a plain-language explanation of the crude analog encabulator units then in production.