Automotive LIghtweighting

The auto industry has made gains via engine downsizing, charging technology, multi-speed transmissions, variable valve and stop/start installations. The “less is more” philosophy evident over the past five years was in some respects the easy route compared to what lies ahead. Ongoing efforts to improve fuel economy/lower emissions need to emanate from extensive mass reduction efforts—all the while ensuring that safety capabilities are maintained and the constant shift toward global platforms continues.

Polestar 1 Crash Tested in Sweden

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 02, 2018 at 6:31 AM

This is the carbon fiber body of the Polestar 1, a low-volume hybrid that provides 600 hp and, perhaps so as to be a good global citizen, an electric-only range of 93 miles.

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Carbon Fiber Oil Valve

October 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Although the use of carbon-fiber reinforced composites tends to be focused on body panels or structures, there are other places where the material can provide benefits, such as in an oil control valve.

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Genesis Design and Creating the G70

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Talent and technology are certainly important, but not more so than having an essential focus on what is to be accomplished. The 2019 Genesis G70 is an example of how things can be done.

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Rimac C_2 Tour de Force

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 07, 2018 at 6:35 AM

The high-performance Genovation GXE got us to thinking about other cars with what can be described only as exotic technology and brought to mind the Rimac C_2 which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this year by Rimic Automobili, which is located in Croatia.

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Lighten Up: Altair’s Enlighten Award Presented

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2018 at 5:04 PM

Although Altair is a company that provides advanced computer-aided engineering (CAE) software and high-performance computing applications, it has a particular interest in innovative automotive lightweighting, which has led the company, for the past six years, to provide the Altair Enlighten Awards to OEMs and suppliers that have come out with products that show notable achievements in weight savings.

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McLaren Senna: Remarkable Numbers

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 18, 2018 at 3:52 PM

This is the first McLaren Senna delivered in North America, a car that was delivered to Michael Fux, who is described as an “entrepreneur, philanthropist and renowned car collector known for his eclectic taste”: The car’s emerald green body color is actually called “Fux Green” by McLaren Special Operations, which provided bespoke options on the vehicle for Mr.

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Creating a Record-Setting Porsche Hybrid

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 29, 2018 at 10:22 AM

Thirty-five years and 31 days after Stefan Bellof set a lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife race circuit, it was bested today by Timo Bernhard, who lapped the 12.94-mile course in 5 minutes, 19.55 seconds in the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, a time that was better than the late Bellof’s by 51.58 seconds.

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Additive Manufacturing Requires More Than Scanning to a Point Cloud

By: Lawrence S. Gould - June 05, 2018 at 2:11 PM

After scanning to a point cloud, additive manufacturing requires some part design features not common in subtractive manufacturing.

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Something to Make Elon Musk’s Day

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 24, 2018 at 6:43 AM

Earlier this week the 100th Bugatti Chrion was built in L’Atelier, the facility in Molsheim, France, a car with a blue matt finish—the first ever for the car—on the carbon fiber body.

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Simulating Long-Fiber Composites

By: Lawrence S. Gould - May 02, 2018 at 11:38 AM

Long carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastics may get increased use thanks to simulation capabilities.

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Chasing the Light: On the Matter of Mass Reduction

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 02, 2018 at 10:27 AM

Automakers the world over are reducing vehicular mass, whether they’re making supercars that cost hundreds of thousands or pickup trucks that sell in the hundreds of thousands. Here’s a look.

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The Devil is in the Details for Lightweighting

By: Christopher A. Sawyer - May 02, 2018 at 10:16 AM

The aluminum F-150 increased anxiety levels at GM and FCA, but the Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500 engineering teams responded with mixed materials and detail engineering for their new vehicles.

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