To reduce the risk associated with high-speed police accidents and the potential for fuel leaks that accompany them, Ford has announced that it is developing a fire suppression system as a factory option for the 2005 Crown Victoria Police Interceptors. Built in conjunction with Aerojet, a U.S. military supplier, the system determines the optimal time for deploying the fire suppression material by measuring post-impact vehicle movement using advanced electronics and on-board sensors. More information can be found at www.cvpi.com, which is dedicated to improving communication between law enforcement personnel, independent experts, component suppliers, and Ford employees.
A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automaker’s future.
The complexity of diesel engines means optimizing their performance requires a large amount of experimentation. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a very useful and intuitive tool in this, and cold flow analysis using CFD is an ideal approach to study the flow characteristics without going into the details of chemical reactions occurring during the combustion.
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