Automotive Engineering

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

NVIDIA Launches DRIVE Constellation

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 18, 2019 at 8:54 PM

While autonomous vehicles certainly need to be tested out in the real world, there is something to be said for running simulations of driving, given that simulations can not only run longer than any real-world fleet could (let’s face it: one the simulations starts running, there is no need to take breaks for fuel or snacks), and, what’s more, they can run faster, under more random conditions than is possible than if real cars are involved.

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The Transformation of the Auto Industry

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 18, 2019 at 7:12 AM

Karma Automotive came into existence five years ago, when Chinese supplier Wanxiang Group purchased the assets of Fisker Automotive—the company that had been founded by designer Henrik Fisker to produce high-end hybrids. (And it is worth knowing, just for contextual purposes, that Wanxiang had purchased developer and manufacturer of electric batteries, A123, out of bankruptcy in 2013—Karma Automotive vehicles need batteries, so. . . .) Karma Revero (Image: Karma Automotive) One of the ways that Karma marked its fifth anniversary was announcing that it has invested $7.5-million in its Irvine, California, facility, including a powertrain test facility.

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Take a Look at Additive Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 15, 2019 at 7:52 AM

Giving the growing increase in interest in additive manufacturing in the auto industry, our sibling publication Additive Manufacturing held a conference dedicated to that subject (i.e., additive manufacturing in the auto industry) at the 2019 North American International Auto Show.

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Painting a McLaren

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 12, 2019 at 7:58 AM

The new McLaren 720S Spider by MSO: No, we’re not going to talk about the performance of the car that’s powered by a 710-hp, 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8.

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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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Seven Generations of Corvette—So Far

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 11, 2019 at 7:51 AM

This is the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, the first model to be produced by General Motors. The first gen had a run until 1962.

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A New F-Series: Right-Sized

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 08, 2019 at 7:22 AM

Let’s face it: when most people think “Ford F Series” they have in mind the ubiquitous F-150.

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Rivian and Bollinger: Purposeful EVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 28, 2019 at 7:56 AM

At the LA Auto Show last fall, Rivian rolled out with two electric vehicles, the R1T, a five-passenger pickup truck, and the R1S, an SUV.

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VW Puts a V8 Diesel in Flagship Touareg

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 26, 2019 at 8:39 AM

You might think that diesels are to Volkswagen are pretty much something that spoken about in the hallways of HQ in Wolfsburg.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4x4

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 26, 2019 at 7:40 AM

The Wrangler is a machine. An exceedingly well-executed machine. Every element, from the exterior door hinges to the knurled surface on the gear shifter lever, is designed and built for purpose. And the purpose is transportation.

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Is the Minimó the Future of Urban Mobility?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 25, 2019 at 3:41 PM

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to wander around off the main thoroughfares in Barcelona, you’ve undoubtedly notices that the streets tend to be narrow and more oriented toward people rather than cars and certainly trucks.

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What You Need to Know About Electric Powertrains Made Simple(ish)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 25, 2019 at 7:17 AM

The issue of electric vehicles is one that is perhaps of equal concern to OEMs and suppliers as autonomy, with the difference being that while autonomy is something that is still being developed (yes, there are a multitude of “advanced driver assistance systems,” short of Waymo running Pacificas in Arizona or Voyage running a test fleet of minivans at The Villages in Florida, there are still safety drivers and engineers rolling around on public roads in vehicles), there is a growing number of EVs out there and a whole lot more to come.

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