Burgoon, Borner, Cate, Rankin and Wagner Win 2017 Louis Schwitzer Award

PR Newswire — May 19, 2017

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The 51st annual Louis
Schwitzer Award has been presented to engineers Don Burgoon, James Borner, Darin
Cate, Paul Rankin and Mark Wagner from PFC Brakes for the PFC carbon disc brake
system. Featuring a patented mounting mechanism, the carbon disc and pad
assembly provide a uniform matrix which reduces vibration and tire wear.
Considered the founder and visionary for PFC brakes, Don Burgoon (1955 – 2015)
received the award posthumously along with the rest of the team during a
ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“The spirit of innovation drives progress. If you glance in the rearview mirror,
you’ll see that past award winners have improved performance, efficiency and
safety for generations of racecar drivers. The engineers we acknowledge today
will take their place in history, inspiring new innovations in the future,” said
James R. Verrier, President and Chief Executive Officer, BorgWarner. “We are
proud to sponsor the Louis Schwitzer Award and congratulate the engineers who
worked tirelessly to bring this technology to the racetrack.”

The PFC carbon disc brake system consists of a carbon disc and pad assembly made
from single continuously wound strands along with a patented mounting mechanism.
The material and manufacturing process of the disc and pads provide a uniform
matrix which reduces unwanted vibration and tire wear by improving the overall
balance of the assembly. The disc is mounted to the hat with a novel, yet
simple, retaining mechanism consisting of a double rolled ring and locating
bobbins. The patented hat assembly greatly reduces stress, bending moments and
distortion while the friction behavior exhibits excellent modulation, cold bite
and uniform heat distribution.

Presented by engineers to engineers, the Louis Schwitzer Award recognizes
individuals for innovation and engineering excellence in racing technology
associated with the annual Indianapolis 500. The award memorializes Louis
Schwitzer, who won the first auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS)
in 1909 and designed the “Marmon Yellow Jacket” engine that powered the Marmon
Wasp to victory at the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911. After working in the
automotive industry for many years, Louis founded Schwitzer Corporation, which
produced innovative cooling fans, water pumps and turbochargers. Schwitzer
Corporation joined BorgWarner in 1999. Throughout his career, Louis achieved
numerous technological accomplishments, supported higher education, led the IMS
technical committee and maintained a strong association with SAE.

BorgWarner continues Louis Schwitzer’s legacy of technology leadership as the
official turbocharger supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series. The engine of
every car in the Indianapolis 500 will be boosted by BorgWarner’s line of EFR
(TM) (Engineered For Racing) turbochargers. Built for reliable and powerful
performance, EFR turbochargers feature Gamma-Ti (titanium aluminide) turbine
wheels, ceramic ball bearings and stainless steel turbine housings.

A $10,000 award is sponsored by BorgWarner and presented to the winning
engineers by the Indiana Section of SAE International.

About BorgWarner
BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a global product leader in clean and efficient
technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles. With
manufacturing and technical facilities in 62 locations in 17 countries, the
company employs approximately 27,000 worldwide. For more information, please
visit borgwarner.com.

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