The Bugatti Veyron can fly down highways at more than 250 mph, but for those who shell out more than $1 million for the fastest street-legal car, its ability to stop canít be overlooked. Braking from top speed to a standstill in 10 sec requires more than its eight titanium brake pistons. Its rear wing acts as a brake, using two MTS Systems Corp. magnetostrictive position sensors to adjust the wingís height, with another maximizing angular adjustments for the air brake. The wing raises and assumes a 55 degree angle in just 0.4 sec. Sensors from MTS, based in Cary, NC, are housed in the hydraulic piston that moves the wing.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.