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.

Happy Birthday, Bentley

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 10, 2019 at 3:23 PM

Bentley celebrates its centenary with a concept car

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About the Audi R8 LMS GT2

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 05, 2019 at 9:30 AM

For weekend racers who are exceedingly serious, Audi has a new R8 variant

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Plastics and the Environment

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 03, 2019 at 2:25 PM

A materials processor acknowledges it is important to contribute to the circular economy.

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Clever Structural Engineering for EV Motorcycle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 06, 2019 at 6:18 AM

Although the Vector is an innovative, electric, high-performance café racer, it also happens to be extraordinarily well-designed.

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The NIO PAL by LAYER: A Scooter You’d Covet

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 10, 2019 at 6:14 AM

If you think about electric scooters for urban transport you might have in mind some mangled and abandoned objects that you’ve seen littering the sidewalks in major metropolises.

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Aston Martin: Past Is Prologue

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 19, 2019 at 6:04 AM

Aston Martin cars finished 1-2 in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans (with, interestingly enough, Caroll Shelby being one of the two drivers in the winning car), something that the company is celebrating 60 years later with the DBS 59, a variation of the DBS Superleggera.

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A Professional Grade Bed for the GMC Sierra

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 12, 2019 at 6:58 AM

Staying with yesterday’s carbon fiber theme. . .GMC has announced that the Sierra Denali 1500 and the Sierra AT4 1500 will be available in early June (in limited numbers, initially, with wider availability next year) with a carbon fiber bed.

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Carbon Fiber and Recycling

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 11, 2019 at 6:00 AM

One of the key drivers for the use of carbon fiber composites is that the materials are both strong and light.

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Nanoparticles Advance Aluminum Alloy Welding

April 03, 2019 at 12:47 PM

Aluminum alloy AA 7075 is almost as strong as steel but weighs only a third as much—a dream material to use for lightweighting, you might think.

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Pininfarina Times Two

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 11, 2019 at 4:02 PM

Pininfarina--the Italian car design firm and specialty vehicle creator owned by the Mahindra Group, an India-based conglomerate—has been on a roll the last several days.

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Carbon Fiber Creations

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 04, 2019 at 11:46 AM

It is more “go” than “show,” although when it comes to interior trim the composite material provides a technical touch.

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McLaren 600LT Spider: A Study in Composite Rigidity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 16, 2019 at 1:03 PM

McLaren Automotive is busy building—hand assembling at its McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England—members of its Longtail (LT) vehicle lineup, including the new 600LT Spider.

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