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Automotive differential: why is it important?

The automotive differential has been with us for more than 100 years. Here’s why it’s important. Remember the famous car-chase scene from the 1968 movie Bullitt? Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) chases ...
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Buying Alloy Wheels – Consumer feature

WHEEL rims manufactured from metals other than steel have been around for a very long time. In the 1920s, for example, Bugattis were already using aluminium to save weight at the ...
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Turbo Takeover

RED-HOT turbos, shattered turbine wheels and huge repair costs are enough to instil fear in any prospective buyer. This was especially true in the case of a certain Bavarian turbodiesel sedan ...
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Fuel-cell patents for all

In a surprise move, Toyota has released 5 680 fuel-cell related techno-logy patents to be used by competitors royalty-free until 2020 to accelerate development of hydrogen cars. This follows the launch ...
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Pressure-sensing glow plugs

During extreme cold-start conditions, the heating of air during the compression stroke in the combustion chamber of a diesel engine may not be sufficient to allow ignition. Therefore, carmakers employ electrical ...
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Cost-effective injection

Petrol-engine downsizing employs turbocharging and direct fuel injection that houses the injector inside the combustion chamber. It’s easy to forget, however, that the majority of engines produced still feature port injection ...
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Volvo and connected cycle helmets

Cycling is popular everywhere, but it remains a relatively unsafe sport when practised on public roads. In the October 2014 issue, we reported on smartphone applications that share users’ positions with ...
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Fwd Le Mans Racer

After a 16-year break from the top category in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), Nissan will again compete for honours in the LMP1 class this year. The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo ...
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Computer says GO!

In the age of computer simulations, do we still need to physically test cars? We investigate if it is possible to predict the 400 m acceleration time of an Audi RS4 ...
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EV Special: Yokohama leads the way

In a world where resources dwindle and carbon emissions must be curbed, Nissan and the city of Yokohama have come up with “smart city” mobility solutions Loadshedding. It’s a dreaded word ...
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Engines: David vs. Goliath

SUSPEND your disbelief and imagine a 463 kW Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG lining up against a 92 kW Ford Fiesta 1,0 EcoBoost at the lights in an unlikely drag race. The outcome would be ...
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Reducing a vehicle’s wind resistance

Reducing a vehicle’s wind resistance to aid performance and efficiency has never been more important. Read more... ...
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