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Inside Tremec's SUPERCAR DCT

  • Magazine Article
  • 20AUTP02_04
Published January 01, 2020 by SAE International in United States
  • English

To polish the 2020 mid-engine Corvette's driving prowess, GM and Tremec engineers joined forces to create a new and better automated transaxle.

Explaining Corvette's move to one transmission for all buyers, global chief engineer Tadge Juechter notes, “Our customers began requesting a dual-clutch automatic transmission [DCT] several years ago. Following the introduction of the C7 Corvette in 2014, our take-rate for sticks [manual gearboxes] fell from 50 percent to less than 20 percent this year.” Searching the globe - read Europe - for a suitable DCT, Juechter's team found none with sufficient torque capacity to survive behind the lively LT2 6.2-L V8 planned for the all-new 2020 mid-engine edition of GM's reimagined sports car.

To solve that dilemma, discussions began with Tremec, the Mexico City-based manufacturer which has supplied GM, Ford and FCA with manual transmissions for two decades. While Tremec had the expertise to make the mechanical components packed inside a dual-clutch box, the automated half of the equation - mechatronic actuators to engage the clutches and shift the gears - was beyond their ken. Tremec filled that need in 2012 by purchasing Hoerbiger Drivetrain Mechatronics, a Belgium-based supplier of electronic dual-clutch actuators with a customer list including AMG-Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren.