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BMW to Supply Turbodiesel Engines for Carbon Motors Cop Cars

By KBB.com Editors on March 23, 2010 4:12 PM
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Carbon Motors Corporation, whose purpose-built Carbon 7 police cruisers are set to start prowling U.S. highways in the not-too-distant future has signed an agreement with the BMW Group to have it supply over 240,000 of its 3.0-liter, inline-six cylinder turbodiesel engines, including related cooling and exhaust system hardware plus six-speed automatic transmissions. Although Carbon Motors had previously stipulated the Carbon 7 would use an advanced turbodiesel powerplant, this was the first time BMW was named as the supplier. The announcement, which took place in Washington, D.C., brought together Ian Robertson, BMW AG Board of Management member and William Santana Li, chairman and CEO of Carbon Motors Corporation as well as a number of government dignitaries.

Expected to make 300 horsepower and an estimated 420 lb.-ft. of torque --both output figures slightly higher than the version now used in BMW's 335d and X5 35d models -- this well-proven and already fully certified workhorse offers up to 40 percent more mpg than an equivalent gasoline engine as well as a 40 percent drop in CO2 emission levels. "In the BMW Group, we have found a strong partner who has been operating successfully in the US for more than three decades," noted Li. "The BMW Group drive system makes it possible to accommodate the mission critical law enforcement needs for performance, efficiency, and driving dynamics. Efficient BMW diesel engines will benefit not only the environment, but - thanks to the fleet's lower running costs -- also the American taxpayer," said Li.

Carbon Motors Corporation was established in 2003. It's currently in the process of redesigning and refurbishing a brownfield site in Connersville, Indiana, that will serve as the home campus of Carbon Motors as well as the primary production facility for its bespoke Carbon 7, a police vehicle "Designed by Law Enforcement, Exclusively for Law Enforcement."

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