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Pioneering for progress

The Mercedes-Benz C111 series of experimental vehicles was produced in the 1960s and ‘70s and comprised prototypes powered by rotary, diesel and petrol engines. The IV version featured a 372 kW ...
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High pressures

WHEREAS 2 000 bar was seen as the benchmark injection pressure for a turbodiesel engine five years ago, there is talk of 3 000-bar systems in the near future. But, why ...
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Intermodal navigation

BMW has teamed up with navigation-system provider INRIX to develop an intermodal navigation system for its i3 and i8 electric and hybrid models. This is the first in-car service that integrates ...
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The quest for speed

Nardo Ring in southern Italy is synonymous with high-speed testing. Although the facility includes various special-surface tracks, handling sections and off-road trails, it is the main circular track that’s captures the ...
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Nuclear-powered car?

Tired of stopping at fuel stations? Now imagine purchasing a car that is already fuelled for its entire life. It may be a pipedream for electric and fossil-fuelled cars, but not ...
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RiderScan Blind-Spot Mirror for Bikes

MOTORCYCLING is an inherently dangerous form of transport, making accident prevention extremely important. RiderScan has developed a single, convex mirror that fits on the inside of a touring-type screen to give ...
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Range Extender for EVs

Range anxiety is synomymous with electric vehicles (EV). This has resulted in many tongue-in-cheek comments as well as cartoon artists drawing pictures of electric vehicles towing petrol generators on wheels to ...
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Clever Steering

Stringent emissions and fuel-consumption targets are the main reasons why most automakers have adopted energy-saving electric steering-assistance systems in most new vehicles. It didn’t take engineers long to exploit the capabilities ...
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Cool Pistons

The specific power (kW/litre) that petrol internal-combustion engines produce has increased dramatically with the introduction of turbocharging and direct injection. This increase places extra strain on engine cooling because more heat ...
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Safe Cyclists

The recent on-road death of cyclist Burry Stander shocked South Africa (and especially the cycling community) and lead to outrage against motorists’ alleged lack of awareness and respect for cyclists. Volvo ...
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Pneumatically Actuated Valves

Imagine the possibility of infinitely variable-valve timing and varying-cam profiles on production engines. This would be possible only if the valves are activated without the use of a camshaft. Unlikely pioneer ...
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Smartphone Breathalyser

The link between the consumption of alcohol and road deaths is well documented. But often responsible consumers of alcohol aren’t sure whether they are close to or over the legal limit. ...
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