Brno has become one of the centers of development for the engineering division, and it is not just a coincidence. The team of engineers at Winning Steel, working on their hybrid transmission concept, has been the key.
It is the connection with Winning Group and especially the technical savvy of General Director Sebastian Wagner that has made possible the development of this unique technology. Support from management and especially mutual trust inspired the developers in the introduction of their brainchild into the segment of medium-sized trucks and suburban buses. This electromechanical hybrid is ideologically connected to its related sector of precision forged components within Winning BLW, and significantly strengthens the position of WG in the automotive market.
Keeping an eye on the future is the key. “The hybrid transmission technology can be further developed and broadened. A driver doesn’t have to sit in the vehicle as he does today; this technology is the ideal basis not only for adaptive cruise control, but also for autonomous operation. The philosophy of real electromobility can be seen in the development of hybrid transmissions”. This stems from the Brno team’s conviction that so-called pure electromobility is particularly applicable to passenger cars. Their initial focus on the professional truck sector is mainly based on the awareness of the physical limit of the battery. For that reason, they combine the internal combustion engine with the electrical section, and also ensure full automatization. The system functions independently of the operator, and that in turn reduces fuel consumption and minimizes emissions as well.
“At present, we already have a Czech patent in hand and we’ve also already submitted the application for an international patent. Our concept is now protected, and looking at it from the most ambitious perspective, we would not just stand by to support a large cooperation partner, but also we ourselves would become manufacturers of our own solutions. WG’s portfolio of precision gear components means that this vision is not unrealistic.”