Automotive Engineering International 2004-02-01

Automotive Engineering International 2004-02-01
  • North American concepts
    Cars and car-based crossovers took the concept-vehicle spotlight this year at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month.
  • Renault F1 opens up
    The company has provided unprecedented access to its new Formula One racecar and surprisingly detailed information on its engine.
  • Cleaner, safer, quieter
    Testing companies are working to improve equipment and procedures to better match real-world situations in an effort to help automotive suppliers and OEMs in development of future vehicles.
  • Microprocessor requirements soar
    Networks and emissions control are driving the switch to more powerful 32-bit chips.
  • Hondra brings the hydrogen economy closer
    The next generation of fuel-cell stacks from Honda offers more power from a smaller package, and a prototype solar-power refueling station delivers the hydrogen fuel.
  • GM hybrid story on SAE Congress agenda
    General Motors Corp. sees several avenues to a hybrid future, a transit bus leading the way.
  • Technology shifts to overdrive
    The benefits of advanced engine technologies cannot be fully realized unless the right mechanism is used to transfer power and torque to the wheels.
  • Platform flexibility
    Once-rigid platforms transform into "shared components" that cut costs and boost flexibility.
  • Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
    The top-of-the-range super sports car employs carbon-fiber body shell, floor assembly, hood, doors, and crash strcture as well as aerodynamic construction principles from Formula One.
  • Exhausting possibilities
    Eberspacher North America uses the lastest computer design and testing technology to quickly change the way automakers are fitting exhaust systems to their vehicles.
  • No amusement in '07 heavy-truck mandates
    Tougher standards for emissions and braking take effect in 2007, threatening another roller coaster ride for heavy-truck manufacturers.
  • Turning vehicles into generators
    Automakers and suppliers are scrambling to provide home-style ac electrical power in vehicles for work and convenience--as well as potential blackouts.
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