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.

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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Volkswagen Going High with Electric Vehicle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 01, 2018 at 6:21 AM

Volkswagen Group is on record indicating that it will be launching at least 30 battery electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025, which is not all that far away by any reckoning.

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Shiloh: Lightweighting without Compromise

April 23, 2018 at 1:57 AM

Lightweighting is an auto industry staple these days, and there are “significant” opportunities for further gains, says Shiloh Industries CEO Ramzi Hermiz.

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Engineering the 2019 Jeep Cherokee

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 16, 2018 at 6:13 AM

The Jeep Cherokee, which was launched in its current manifestation as a model year 2014 vehicle, and which has just undergone a major refresh for MY 2019, is nothing if not a solid success.

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Tofino: Another EV Under Development

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 30, 2018 at 6:39 AM

A car company based in Vancouver, Canada?

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Remember the Cardin Javelin?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 14, 2018 at 7:22 AM

Back in the early 1970s you could get a Pierre Cardin edition of an AMC Javelin.

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