Content tagged with Automotive
posted in May 2012
Slideshow: Scenes From the Indy 500
5/31/2012  5 comments
We got a chance to tag along and capture some of the sights and technical essences of modern racing and bleeding-edge automotive electronics during the Indy 500.
Video: KV Racing's Tech Director Talks Track
5/30/2012  3 comments
KV Racing's Eric Cowdin talks about the importance of electronics and engineering when it comes to getting a top finish at the Indy 500.
MCU Market Boosted by Driver Aid Features
5/29/2012  22 comments
A study predicts rapid growth in the automotive driver assistance market. This will be good news for microcontroller providers.
EVs Second to Natural Gas for Fiat
5/25/2012  25 comments
Almost every automaker has had to 'pick a side' when it comes to alternative fuel options and ways to divest from a reliance on gasoline. Fiat is looking to back compressed natural gas or liquid propane as an interim solution.
Indy Aerodynamics the Difference Between Victory & Defeat
5/24/2012  29 comments
At this year's Indy 500, team engineers will be focusing on the airflow of their race cars, not just the engines.
Video: Engineering Ferrari
5/23/2012  26 comments
Take a tour of Ferrari's museum and plant, the "Ferrari citadel."
Indy Electronics Drive Cars to Be Lighter & Faster
5/22/2012  15 comments
IndyCar chassis run with specialized electronics, with features geared for safety, reliability, and data acquisition.
Auto Composite Production on Fast Track
Engineering Materials 
5/21/2012  9 comments
A consortium formed to fast-track high-volume manufacturing of carbon fiber composites for cars has invented a system for automating their production.
Indy 500 Drivers Sweat the Tech Details
5/18/2012  16 comments
This year, when Indy teams search for a competitive edge on the track, they're going to have to dig deeper into the mechanical aspects of the car than ever before in the history of the race.
Why Is EV Battery Development So Hard?
Automotive News 
5/17/2012  39 comments
Why aren't we getting better performance out of the current crop of EV batteries? The answer is simple. Battery development is hard, slow work.
EV Race Car Uses Green Composites Under the Hood
Engineering Materials 
5/15/2012  38 comments
The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV prototype race car, which will compete in the all-electric FIA Formula E World Championship Series, uses recycled and plant-based composites in underhood components.
Nylon 12 Replacements Include Bioplastics
5/14/2012  13 comments
The worldwide nylon 12 shortage is forcing automakers and suppliers to look at alternative materials with chemical, heat, and salt resistance for quick connectors, multi-layer flexible tubing, and assemblies. Many of the replacement candidates are bio-based polyamides.
Indy Engines Still Pack a 700HP Punch
5/11/2012  39 comments
This year, when the Indy cars line up in the grid, they'll be using engines with less displacement than that in a Volkswagen Golf or a Toyota Camry.
Johnson Controls Standardizes on Siemens PLM
5/11/2012  7 comments
Johnson Controls automotive division is deploying Siemens PLM to globally integrate its design processes.
Engine Shakeup Stumps Service Crew
Made by Monkeys 
5/10/2012  101 comments
When the engine isn't running right, sometimes you have to wait until it breaks before you learn why.
NHTSA to Brake Unintended Acceleration
Automotive News 
5/9/2012  61 comments
The debate over unintended acceleration, having lingered around the periphery of the auto industry for more than two decades, may be about to receive a fatal blow.
Slideshow: Smarter Cars Paving Road to Intelligent Highways
Electronics News 
5/8/2012  44 comments
Experts say that the intelligent highway will save more lives than seat belts, airbags, and electronic stability control. For sheer lifesaving capacity, nothing in the history of the auto industry will come close to it.
At Indy 500, Rules Make It Tough to Gain Competitive Edge
5/7/2012  17 comments
A miniscule engineering adjustment may make all the difference at this month's Indianapolis 500.
Composites Stabilize Diesel Train Engine Enclosures
Engineering Materials 
5/4/2012  11 comments
A prototype diesel train engine housing made of a new polyurethane-based glass fiber sandwich material saves 35 percent weight and 30 percent cost over its steel and aluminum counterpart.
Slideshow: Long Beach Grand Prix
5/2/2012  12 comments
More than 200,000 spectators lined the downtown streets of Long Beach, Calif., in April as 26 drivers battled for dominance in the 2012 IndyCar circuit.
Slideshow: Plastics Drive Auto Lightweighting
Engineering Materials 
5/1/2012  29 comments
Solutions for automotive lightweighting were on display during NPE2012 in Orlando, Fla.

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