CAMARILLO, Calif.--()--Transonic Combustion, Inc., a company focused on developing a high efficiency fuel injection system for cars, announced today that Brian Ahlborn has joined the company as its new president and CEO. Ahlborn has over 25 years of experience in the automotive sector, most recently as the president of McLaren Performance Technologies and as vice president of Corporate Development at Linamar Corporation, a major tier one automotive powertrain supplier. Ahlborn previously worked at General Motors and for Deloitte & Touche’s automotive consulting practice. He also has prior experience as a vice president of a venture backed high tech startup. Ahlborn replaces Mike Cheiky, who brought the company out of his invention lab in 2006. Cheiky will remain on the board and will act as a technical advisor to the company.
“Brian’s experience in managing a high performance engineering group along with his work with a tier one automotive supplier makes him the ideal candidate to move Transonic forward and into its commercialization phase”
“Brian’s experience in managing a high performance engineering group along with his work with a tier one automotive supplier makes him the ideal candidate to move Transonic forward and into its commercialization phase,” said Cheiky. “His extensive international marketing know-how will allow us to progress with a global perspective.”
“Transonic Combustion has developed a fundamental improvement in the efficiency of the internal combustion engine, delivering dramatic results at a time when the global automotive community is searching for exactly this type of innovation,” said Ahlborn. “Building on this solid portfolio of core technology and working with our customers on near-term commercialization projects is an exciting and unique mission that I am very enthused to lead.”
Transonic Combustion is developing an advanced lean combustion process and associated gasoline fuel injection system which is projected to enable practical 100 mpg cars. Transonic’s patented combustion process remains stable well above a 200 to 1 air/fuel ratio and can support vehicle cruise power at a 100 to 1 air/fuel ratio. Transonic is working with some of the world’s top car companies and is funded by Venrock, Khosla Ventures and Rustic Canyon Partners. For more information on the company, go to www.tscombustion.com.