Automotive Materials

Whether it is steel, aluminum, glass, plastic, magnesium , or something else, you’re going to find it in a car or truck and you’re going to find it here. Even wood. Really.

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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Constellium Advances Aluminum Structures

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 29, 2018 at 11:48 AM

As designers and engineers look for weight reduction and design flexibility, aluminum can be an option. And this company can provide it for structural applications.

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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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Building Taxis with Adhesives

June 28, 2018 at 1:09 PM

Dow estimates the overall weight save compared to a conventionally built vehicle is on the order of 30 percent.

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The F-150 and Aluminum

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 15, 2018 at 2:47 PM

As the launch of the 2019 Ram 1500 and the forthcoming release of the 2019 Chevy Silverado are heating things up in the full-size pickup truck segment, it is worthwhile to call out some materials engineering data related to the Ford F-150, the vehicle that, with the 2015 model year, arguably made a major shift in the segment because it was the vehicle that made the unthinkable a reality: a truck that uses aluminum for its body, box and other components.

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Steel and Impacts on the Environment

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 06, 2018 at 2:50 PM

According to the U.S. EPA, “Gases with a higher GWP [global warming potential] absorb more energy, per pound, than gases with a lower GWP, and thus contribute more to warming Earth.” The people at the SMDI want you to know that over its entire lifecycle, steel has a lot less GWP than aluminum. 

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SABIC Creates Amazing Class 8 Fairing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 01, 2018 at 6:05 AM

If you look at the top of the cab of that Mack Anthem Class 8 truck you’ll note the way it arcs back to the trailer.

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“Beyond Petroleum”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 30, 2018 at 6:44 AM

The company now known as “BP” goes back to 1901 when British entrepreneur William Knox D’Arcy obtained a 60-year concession to search for oil and gas in Persia.

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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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How Real Is Additive Manufacturing?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 21, 2018 at 6:31 AM

There is a lot of discussion about how 3D printing/rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing is revolutionizing manufacturing, including automotive manufacturing.

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The 2019 Ram 1500 Up Close

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 14, 2018 at 6:46 AM

The pickup-truck segment in the U.S. market is somewhat like the vehicles themselves: big.

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Cullinan: SUV, Car, Diamond

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 10, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Rolls-Royce has revealed the Cullinan today, which is its take on an SUV, except that it also describes the vehicle as an “all-terrain high-bodied car.” The face of the Cullinan is said to feature “the prominent brow of a Saxon warrior.” [Ahem.] One of the points that the company makes regarding the new vehicle is that it has, in its estimation, a three-box design, which generally means for those of us on this side of the Atlantic a trunk, or on the other side a boot, but either way there doesn’t seem to be that third box (but the company points out that there is a “rear partition wall” that separates the rear passengers from whatever cargo there might be packed away in the 560 liters (19.78 cubic-feet) of space behind that wall.

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