The Swedish company Leander Bros. is a serious competitor in the European Drag Racing Championship circuit, and this year the team is introducing a 3,500 hp entry into a specific segment of the circuit—the Funny Car segment. But don't laugh: There is nothing funny about this Funny Car.
A Mustang derivative, Leander's Top Methanol Funny Car entry reportedly goes up to 250 mph.
Engineers on the racing team are using IronCAD (www.ironcad.com) software in their race-car design efforts. "It has made it possible for us to evaluate more design concepts," says Ulf Leanders.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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