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.

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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We Can’t Unwatch this McLaren

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 09, 2018 at 6:25 AM

While we generally can’t say enough (which brings us close to saying much, much too much) about McLaren Automotive design and its exquisite use of materials, this week the company launched a product that is something we wish we didn’t see: That’s the RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph, which the company debuted at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show.

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Vorsprung durch Technik & Composites

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 08, 2018 at 6:19 AM

Audi, not all that long ago, was pushing the utilization of aluminum in a massive way, pioneering the ways and means to deploy the light material in structural and closure applications.

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McLaren Senna: No Need to Say More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 15, 2018 at 6:42 AM

At the front of the McLaren Senna there are four aero surfaces: the front splitter, active aero blades, fixed aero blades, and slot-gaps positioned between the headlights and the daytime running lights.

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Buy a McLaren with Bitcoin

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2018 at 6:07 AM

We’re not exactly sure how much each of the 10 vehicles crafted by McLaren Special Operations, 10 MSO X cars that are inspired by the McLaren 570S GT4 race car, vehicles that were built to order by McLaren Newport Beach, retailed for, but we have a couple of clues that indicate that it would be fair to say “a lot.” That is, while consulting the website for McLaren Newport Beach we saw that they had on offer a 2016 675LT.

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Adient: Lighten Up and Fly

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2018 at 8:51 AM

Seating supplier Adient is assiduously working to reduce the weight of seats.

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Röchling Advances Systems for Structures and Sensors

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 08, 2017 at 11:29 AM

From battery protection to keeping sensors clean—Röchling is developing useful tech.

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“Drive Me to the Moon. . . .”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 08, 2017 at 6:32 AM

While this snappy hounds-tooth checked seat may look like something that might have been in one of Frank Sinatra’s pads back in the day it is actually the Recaro Rallye, which is said to be the world’s first shell seat: there is a seat shell of fiberglass-reinforced resin formed to the contours of a body.

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Quick Look at an Advanced Wheel

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 07, 2017 at 5:42 AM

Although aftermarket wheels are not something we generally look at here, ADV7.2 CF.2 Advanced Series from ADV.1 that was introduced last week at SEMA deserves a glance at the very least for the simple reason that it is an exemplary exercise in materials engineering.

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Engineering a Superbike

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 27, 2017 at 6:36 AM

When it comes to remarkable vehicular engineering, it is often hard to find something that is more superbly executed than a motorcycle, particularly something that is in the superbike category.

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Light Bike

October 11, 2017 at 3:41 PM

The Hummingbird is a carbon-fiber intensive, hand-built, folding bike that weighs a mere 6.9 kg.

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Light Vehicles and How They Got That Way

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 11, 2017 at 12:47 PM

The approach that is clearly being taken by engineers to create vehicles is to use the right materials in the right places. The time of a single dominant material is gone and unlikely ever to return.

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