FPT Industrial engine concept scoops top award

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Cursor X, the innovative multi-power, modular, multi-application and mindful 4.0 power source concept by FPT Industrial, was one of the recipients of the prestigious 2020 Good Design Award.

First presented at Tech Day 2018 and developed by FPT Industrial’s team together with CNH Industrial Design Centre, Cursor X is strongly identified by its four Ms: four main features that shape the architecture, logic and operational mode of the power unit of the future.

Multi-power: any energy, any mission

The Cursor X concept would adapt to provide the most suitable solution for the customer’s business and mission, whether based on Natural Gas internal combustion, hydrogen fuel cell electric generation, or on battery-stored energy.

Modular: one engine, customised performance

The power source concept would be the same size as an internal combustion engine, with a modular architecture that allows easy assembly, vehicle integration, servicing and full scalability.

Multi-application: endless possibilities

Thanks to its wide range of options, the Cursor X is designed to supply energy for traction, auxiliary systems, implements and PTOs to any kind of industrial vehicle or machine – from delivery vans to buses, from small dozers to crawler excavators, from specialty tractors to combines.

Mindful: introducing a new era

The power source concept has been designed to have self-learning capability and to provide a significant amount of information for further hardware and software design developments. It could be equipped with processors and sensors that recognise anomalies, analyse wear and tear and predict maintenance needs.

“We take an enormous pride in receiving the 2020 Good Design Award”, says David Wilkie, head of the CNH Industrial Design Centre. “Designing a concept engine is really something special. It is completely reimagining the engine as we know it. Creating a clean robotic appearance that reflects the technology within. A wireless approach inspired by connectivity and how it can be applied to engine management. Beautiful yet functional. The award is a testament to the conceptual work done and to our ‘Leonardesque’ commitment to realising innovative, ideas to illuminate our future. With Cursor X we can tune the powertrain solution to achieve a unique set-up for each mission, each vehicle, each machine. Thanks to its modular approach, the Cursor X is ready to become the protagonist in every mission, inspiring the next era.”

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