Automotive Engineering

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

Kondo Method for Car Packing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 31, 2018 at 7:39 AM

Although the KonMari Method created by Marie Kondo has become phenomenally successful and equally useful, odds are it show up more in the context of dresser drawers and cabinets and closets than it does elsewhere.

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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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2019 Hyundai Veloster: Who Would Have Figured?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Hyundai develops the second generation of a car that competes with cars like the VW Beetle and the Fiat 500, yet which is visibly in a category of its own.

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2019 Honda Insight: Smart, Stylish Sedan—And It’s a Hybrid

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Honda’s unwavering commitment to the electrification of its lineup continues with the third-generation Insight.

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Chiron: Not 186,000 mps, but. . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 27, 2018 at 6:54 AM

Although we’ve never had the opportunity to drive one, reportedly the top speed of a Bugatti Chiron is 236 mph in normal mode and goes to 261 mph in Top Speed mode.

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VW I.D. R & 3D

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 26, 2018 at 6:52 AM

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak race car didn’t set the record for just electric vehicles. It set the record, period.

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When Major Suppliers Are There It Is Real

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 24, 2018 at 6:25 AM

BASF’s Coatings division to supply the surface-pretreatment and waterborne coatings for the NIO ES8, a seven-passenger electric SUV.

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The Genovation GXE: >220 mph and Street Legal

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 23, 2018 at 6:26 AM

A 2019 Corvette Grand Sport has a starting price on the order of $66,950. The Genovation GXE, which is predicated on the Corvette Grand Sport, will set you back some $750,000.

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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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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 High Country 4WD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 18, 2018 at 6:30 AM

What Is It? This is a heavy-duty crew-cab pickup that is powered by a Duramax 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel and a box sized (8-ft) and equipped (spray-on liner; moveable upper tiedowns) to handle the sorts of loads that are all about work and possibly recreation, if building full-size Egyptian pyramids happens to be your hobby.

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About Automobili Pininfarina

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 17, 2018 at 6:32 AM

In the Who’s Who of the Automotive Industry, Battista “Pinin” Farina, the man who created the design firm that carries his name, would undoubtedly have several pages, based on the remarkable designs the firm turned out (were such a volume to exist). Indeed, the Ferraris alone could fill up a book.

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From Chrysler to Citroën to Panhard & More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 16, 2018 at 6:30 AM

Back in 1997, a group of Chrysler engineers (yes, it was still just “Chrysler” back then) set out to develop an innovative vehicle.

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