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.

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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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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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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Mazda and Partners Developing a New Battery

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 19, 2018 at 6:29 AM

Mazda engineers have been working hard through their SKYACTIV Technology initiatives to develop vehicular systems and components that are so efficient that it is possible to achieve the kinds of fuel efficiency (and consequent reduced emissions) necessary to meet regulations without full electrification.

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Range Rover Sport SVR Sets Low(ish) Speed Record

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 15, 2018 at 6:38 AM

This is an interesting record: a Range Rover Sport SVR, which can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph, was recently driven by Ho-Pin Tung, a Chinese-Dutch driver for the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team, on a road in the Hunan Province in China, and set a new record of an average speed of 42.8 mph.

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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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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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Hot Running Adapts

By: Michael Anderson - March 02, 2018 at 3:50 PM

As automakers embrace new plastics, hot runner technology evolves to keep up.

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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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