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posted in September 2012
Engineers 'Hone' In on Solution for Tiny V-8 Engine
News 
9/27/2012  34 comments
It's one thing to build a scale model of a car. It's another to power it with a quarter-scale V-8 engine.
Machining the World's Smallest 4-Cycle Production V-8
DNTV 
9/27/2012  Post a comment
Design engineer Gary Conley explains why the V-8's cylinder liners required special machining processes.
Squeezing Cost While Raising Quality
Sherlock Ohms 
9/27/2012  11 comments
How do you reduce the cost of a part from $25 to $1? Easy, you raise the quality.
Slideshow: Sights, Sounds of an IndyCar Race
Blog 
9/26/2012  11 comments
Technology deep dives, trackside insights, scorching heat, pictures, memories, and a spectacular race that saw the season's points leader crash early and later return to the track, highlighted the last Speed2Design event of the 2012 IndyCar season.
The Expedition’s Difficult Dash
Made by Monkeys 
9/26/2012  21 comments
The 2011 Ford Expedition has a dashboard full of what one driver says are design flaws.
Next-Generation VLC Improves on XPRIZE-Winning Design
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/25/2012  23 comments
Altair ProductDesign will assist the Edison2 team, providing engineering services around structural optimization and suspension design to accelerate design of the production-ready VLC 4.0 vehicle.
Survey: Battery, Engine, Materials Are Top CAFE Techs
Engineering Materials 
9/19/2012  26 comments
A DuPont-sponsored survey to track the impact of the 2025 CAFE standards has found that automakers are focused almost equally on improving battery performance, breakthroughs in combustion engine performance, and lighter materials.
Slideshow: Fuel-Stingy Technologies Set Sights on 54.5 MPG
Automotive News 
9/18/2012  95 comments
From fuel injectors and air conditioning compressors to tires and power steering systems, we offer a potpourri of technologies aimed at boosting CAFE to 54.5mpg.
Chevy Volt: It's Not Time to Panic
Automotive News 
9/12/2012  77 comments
Is GM really losing $49,000 on each Chevy Volt?
Experts Split on New 54.5MPG Rule
Automotive News 
9/11/2012  94 comments
Experts disagreed last week on the long-term outcome of the government's recent 54.5-mpg rule, with consumer advocates hailing the new mandate, and engineering consultants warning that it would send costs skyrocketing.
Automakers Drive Carbon Composites
News 
9/11/2012  16 comments
The lightweight material isn't ready for high-volume automotive manufacturing, but three consortia are working to fast-track material and process development.
Lead-Acid Batteries Seek New Role in Hybrids, Plug-Ins
Automotive News 
9/10/2012  27 comments
Using a souped-up version of a chemistry that's been around since the days of Edison, a Detroit-area startup wants to slash the costs of batteries for hybrids and plug-in cars.
V-Band Clamp Nut Keeps Turbochargers Sealed
Features 
9/7/2012  10 comments
A unique internal thread form is helping the trucking and auto industries withstand extreme turbocharger heat and vibration.
Fixing This Car's Heater Is Easier Said Than Done
Made by Monkeys 
9/5/2012  63 comments
In order to fix the heater on this 1998 Oldsmobile, the owner had to nearly take the whole car apart.




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