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BRP invests in Roadster technology

December 21, 2010
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BRP and the Automotive Partnership Canada program have invested $11.3 million with the Centre de technologies avancées BRP – Université de Sherbrooke (CTA) to develop new hybrid technology for the Can-Am Spyder Roadster, BRP announced Monday.

BRP put $5.1 million into the project, and the partnership gave the remaining $6.2 million. The project’s goal is to develop new hybrid technology that can be used with the Roadster’s compact size.

“Creating a three-wheel vehicle as opposed to a hybrid car poses significant design challenges that require a very high degree of innovation,” professor Alain Desrochers, leader of the project, said in a press release. “These challenges include the lack of space to accommodate hybrid motorization, cooling problems, aerodynamics, vehicle weight and noise. Everything must be studied and modified.”

A group of about 30 people from the university and BRP will produce three generations of prototypes over the next four years. “The final product must pass the test in terms of performance, reliability, durability and economic mass production,” said BRP in the release.

“Our mandate is ambitious and complex,” said Mihai Rasidescu, president and general manager of the CTA. “Our goal is to develop completely new electric hybrid technology for a three-wheel vehicle that uses 50 percent less fuel and reduces CO2 emissions by 50 percent while maintaining its speed, power and performance.”

The CTA is a partnership between BRP and the Université de Sherbrooke mandated to develop cutting-edge technologies for recreational vehicles.

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