GKN has reportedly developed a small soft magnetic composite (SMC)-based e-pump for a potential application in electric race cars.

The pump is only 55 mm in diameter and weighs only 370 grams, 10% lighter compared to benchmarks that are currently in use, the company says. It delivers seven liters per minute at four bar and contains a large variety of PM parts - from conventional sintered steel for the G-rotor set and housing to the SMC-based e-motor parts and a 3D-printed housing.

GKN says that the pump is a fully working prototype with all components developed and produced in cooperation with three of the company’s engineering competence centers.

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