Faurecia equips popular GM pickups with innovative technology for fuel economy and CO2 reduction
Faurecia will equip two of GM’s foremost pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra, with its breakthrough innovation called Resonance Free Pipe™ (RFP). Among the primary benefits to the customer, the RFP reduces weight and packaging complexity by eliminating resonators.
We are excited that GM has recognized the value of the RFP, and we are proud to launch it on such a prominent program. As the industry continues to rapidly evolve, we continue to innovate with game-changing technologies, like the Resonance Free Pipe, in order to lead the way in sustainable mobility.
The RFP, which uses micro-perforated patches placed along the tailpipe to cancel resonances, offers a lightweight alternative to a resonator, and it is best-suited for pickup truck and light commercial vehicles. With its simplified design, the RFP provides 3 to 5kg of weight-savings (more than 50% of the typical tailpipe weight) in a more compact package. Removing the resonator from the architecture of the exhaust system, the RFP also enables up to 10 liters of packaging flexibility.
The technology is produced in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Silao, Mexico.
The Resonance Free Pipe received the Altair Enlighten Award, the industry’s only award for lightweighting, in July 2018 and is a finalist for the 2019 Automotive News PACE Awards.