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Aluminum welding: The next frontier for technicians

As progress has been made toward adopting aluminum for automotive structures, industry leaders have realized that, to keep aluminum vehicles safe, they must consider not just their manufacturing process but also their repair. I-CAR helps technicians learn the necessary new methods for working with aluminum.

Driveline and gearbox design via apps

Developers are starting to adapt complex design simulations into easy to use tablet apps. Could gear box designs using non-linear stress analysis, fatigue predictions, and CFD be coming to your smartphone?

Crash testing advances on many fronts

Traffic fatalities have declined significantly over the last several years, but the U.S. is on track to have its deadliest year since 2007, according to the National Safety Council. That’s shining the spotlight on crash testing, according to industry experts in a Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE.

Magnetostrictive position sensors

MTS Sensors has increased the scope of its GB-Series of highly accurate, programmable magnetostriction-based linear position sensors, which now exhibit strong corrosion resistance due to their stainless steel design.

New-generation Audi R8: the race driver’s view

It is possible to look at Audi’s new-generation aluminum/carbon fiber-constructed V10 R8 supercar in two ways: its entire technology comprises 50% of the latest R8 LMS (Le Mans Series) GT3 racecar; alternatively, the racecar comprises 50% of the road car. Oliver Jarvis, Audi’s motorsport team driver, provides insights to both cars.

Fiat 124 Spider returns after more than 30 years

With the flair and flavor of its Italian ancestor, the Fiat 124 Spider returns after a multi-decade absence sporting a powerful powertrain and the underpinnings of the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Motor driver IC for engines

Toshiba America Electronic Components has released a small-sized motor driver IC for brushed dc motors used in vehicle engine applications such as electronic throttles and valve controls.

2017 Lincoln MKZ gets exclusive 400-hp twin-turbo V6, torque-vectoring AWD

Still based on Ford's CD4 platform, the MKZ will pack a Lincoln-exclusive (at least for the short term) twin-turbocharged V6 packing an SAE-rated 400 hp (298 kW) and 400 lb·ft (542 N·m), the new Ford-GM “alliance”-engineered 9-speed automatic, and torque-vectoring AWD driveline.

Redesigned 2017 Infiniti Q60 gets new engine

Infiniti’s third-generation Q60 sports coupe packs a 400-hp (298-kW) performance punch when equipped with the new VR30 V6 twin-turbo engine, a lively compliment to the car’s sporty body styling.