Digital data is expanding to include equipment on the factory floor, making it possible for designers and manufacturers alike to model and simulate nearly everything before vehicles and their production lines exist in the real world.
SAE International's Ground Vehicle Standards activity is recruiting industry participants for a Cooperative Research Project (CRP) for Safe and Interoperable Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) for charging hybrid and electric vehicles.
The wheel rim consists of two aluminium (Al) parts, the inner Al carrier star with the Al brake disk and the outer Al rim well with the tyre. Unlike a conventional disc brake, the New Wheel Concept brake engages the Al disk from the inside. This allows it to have a particularly large diameter, enhancing braking performance.
Electrification was supposed to spell death for the manual transmission. The same has been said for manuals and automated driving systems. But BorgWarner is in the final stages of developing a new clutch-automation technology that allows electrification with a Manual transmission.
The Activac system debuted on 2017MY Ford F-150s powered by the second-generation 3.5-L EcoBoost V6. Weighing 1.82 lb, the vacuum-generation system, including hoses, replaced a 2.27 lb cam-driven mechanical pump.
Bruël & Kjær’s VSound Type 3115 vehicle sound-generating system—from both interior and exterior perspectives—enables virtual NVH prototype evaluation in the context of a real vehicle, without the need for a PC in the vehicle.
Constellium HSA6 from Constellium N.V. is a new generation of high-strength 6000-series alloys designed to help automakers meet growing demand for lighter-weight vehicles. It is in production for several 2017 and 2018 model year vehicles, including the Mini Countryman.