“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.”
Hendy Power director Andy Smith said the awards, which were founded in the US in 1950 are the world’s oldest and most recognised for design excellence worldwide.
“The engine was first presented in 2018 and represents the way in which FPT sees innovation with this engine concept designed for Planet Earth,” said Andy. “It has been jointly developed by FPT Industrial’s team together with CNH Industrial Design Center.”
Cursor X is identified by its four Ms: multipower, modular, multi-application and mindful – 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 are all more than happy that the 2020 Good Design Award jury recognised our unique engine concept, said Egle Panzella, brand equity, sustainability, and heritage manager of FPT Industrial. “In the future we can imagine engine be part of the external body of the vehicle and it should be beautiful, not only performing. Cursor X is a new powertrain unit, capable of using any available and above all sustainable energy source. Cursor X can run on full battery. It can also be a natural gas plug-in hybrid powertrain and with the hydrogen fuel cell you have 800 km autonomy for long haul heavy-duty missions.”