Automotive Powertrain

For about 100 years, internal combustion engines—spark- and compression-ignition types—have been dominant. But now, they’re joined by—or with—electric motors. And the ways and means to improve the performance of all types of engines are being driven like never before.

Questioning the Electric Vehicle Orthodoxy

By: Christopher A. Sawyer - November 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

According to “experts,” it’s all over for the internal combustion engine. Apparently, they haven’t been paying attention to what’s been happening behind the headlines.

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Chevy Develops eCOPO Camaro: The Fast and the Electric

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 30, 2018 at 8:09 AM

The notion that electric vehicles were the sort of thing that well-meaning professors who wear tweed jackets with elbow patches drove in order to help save the environment was pretty much annihilated when Tesla added the Ludicrous+ mode to the Model S which propelled the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.

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The Ford Flathead V8: The Key Role of Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 22, 2018 at 8:11 AM

Not only did Henry Ford make automobiles accessible to everyone through the production of the Model T, but what isn’t as widely known is that he did the same thing for the V8 engine: He didn’t make the first V8, which had first appeared decades earlier, but in 1932, with the introduction of the Model 18 (better known as the “Ford V-8), which had a V8 under the hood, Ford created a more powerful engine (65 hp!) for the masses.

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Ford Makes a Sharper Edge

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 15, 2018 at 6:19 AM

The 2019 Ford Edge ST is a variant of the midsize SUV that has been amped up by the folks at Ford Performance.

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BRABUS Increases G 63 Output Because That’s What It Does

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 11, 2018 at 9:40 AM

The “conventional” Mercedes AMG G 63 has a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine that produces 585 hp and propels the rather behemothian vehicle from 0 to 62 mph in a brisk 4.5 seconds.

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2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Momentum and R-Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 09, 2018 at 8:47 AM

Back in 2004, Volvo introduced a concept vehicle, called “Your Concept Vehicle,” in which case the pronoun essentially referred to women because as the company pointed out, the YCC was “the first car designed and developed almost exclusively by women.” Some would say that Volvo was ahead of its time—way ahead—with this idea.

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Really Fast VW Jetta

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 27, 2018 at 6:51 AM

People like cars that go fast—really fast, as in setting land speed records, as a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta did at the Bonneville Salt Flats, setting a record in the Southern California Timing Association’s Blown Gas Coupe class (no, we didn’t know there was such a thing, either), 210.16 mph, besting the previous record of 208.472 mph.

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 25, 2018 at 6:50 AM

The thing about the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is that it comes with a certain pedigree that most people are probably unaware of.

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Mercedes Unveils EQC, an Electric Crossover

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 04, 2018 at 1:30 PM

“A dawn for a new era of our company.” That’s how Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars, described the EQC at the vehicle’s official introduction at an event in Stockholm today. “It is the complete package,” he said, ticking of the boxes for design, usability, serviceability and convenience.

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Hennessey Engine: For Those Who Like Fast Metal

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 30, 2018 at 6:57 AM

For those who like shiny machined metal, following are photos of the Hennessey Special Vehicle team-developed engine that will go into the Venom F5.

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 28, 2018 at 6:16 AM

Mitsubishi Motors was, for the past several years, at least in the U.S., rapidly rolling toward irrelevance in the market, producing cars and crossovers that had a tough time of even evoking a “meh” from those who were actually able to find them.

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Engineering the 2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 27, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Stephen Frey and his colleagues had a great opportunity—and challenge.

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