Automotive Engineering

This zone covers the materials, processes, equipment and expertise used in vehicle development, from turbochargers to transmissions.

Less Is More at Lotus

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 29, 2017 at 6:37 AM

If you want to get a sense of just how obsessed they are with reducing mass at Group Lotus for the cars that they hand-craft, just take a look at this, which is found on the interior of the new Elise Sprint: Yes, that’s the open-gate manual gearbox.

The Transparent Idea Factory

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 23, 2017 at 6:24 AM

We’ve previously seen how ZF is driving its innovation through the use of quick pitches, now Volkswagen has announced that it is working to not only capture new ideas in the areas of fleet management, car sharing, navigation and more, but will be providing the teams that are successful in their pitches with space in the Transparent Factory in Dresden.

Ford’s Approach to Additive Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 20, 2017 at 6:30 AM

Although 3D printing has become something that is hip an almost artisanal among the digital cognoscenti and within the maker movement, there is the set that contains 3D printing as a subset—additive manufacturing—which is something that is being pursued in earnest by a number of mass manufacturers in order to achieve parts and products the likes of which would be difficult if not completely impossible to produce with conventional methods.

Simulating Motorcycle Handling

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 17, 2017 at 5:50 AM

Although this may appear to be a rather sophisticated video game, it is actually what’s claimed to be the “world’s first vehicle dynamics grade” driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulator for doing things like creating chassis setups.

Bentley Bentayga Mulliner: Crystal & 600 hp

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 09, 2017 at 5:29 AM

For those of you who are not up on your 18th or 19th-century British history, you may not know that in 1897 HJ Mulliner established the coach building firm H.J.

Bose Goes Beyond Sound

March 07, 2017 at 1:48 PM

Introducing Arteon: Volkswagen’s Stylish Sedan

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 06, 2017 at 3:47 PM

Volkswagen is making a design-led advance into the market as it is launching the Arteon, a five-seat fastback sedan.

The Toyota Concept-i: Driving 2030

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 06, 2017 at 3:28 PM

Not all people think that the future of automobiles consists of undifferentiated pod-like structures that will contain people like just so much cargo. Ian Cartabiano and his colleagues at Calty are among them, so they’ve created Concept-i.

The Panamera. . .Wagon

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 03, 2017 at 6:17 AM

There are two things that are true of automotive journalists: they like station wagons.

Cars Then & Now & in Cuba

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 27, 2017 at 6:16 AM

This is the very first Chevrolet Camaro: It has VIN #100001.

Ford Copies Nature

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 24, 2017 at 6:35 AM

As Nature (yes, capital N Nature) has done a pretty good job of designing things, it is somewhat surprising that Man (ditto) doesn’t follow Nature’s lead more often when it comes to designing objects.

Hybrid—Not What You Think

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 23, 2017 at 6:23 AM

When you think “hybrid,” you probably think something like this: But that’s not what equipment supplier KraussMaffei thinks.