Hydraulics out, electric in, is the philosophy of automotive design and development specialist MarchantCain. The company, which developed the underbody diffuser for the Porsche 918 Spyder, is now also developing fresh active aerodynamic systems.
The web-based methodology can provide a quick way for companies to share design tools and shorten development cycles, but many companies remain cautious about moving to the cloud, though it’s being tried out by small and mid-sized suppliers.
GS-F is Lexus' newest sports sedan in its F lineup. The vehicle also features innovative torque vectoring differential with three modes, shock absorbers that have underhood manual-turn firmness adjustment, and bright orange 6-piston front calipers as an external styling performance treatment.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) had its latest 3-D printing technology at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, showing off a replica of a classic Shelby Cobra made via the rapidly propagating technology.
The GT will be produced as a production street car and will also serve as a new GT-class racecar platform for Ford's 2016 return to the 24 Hours of LeMans. The automaker also debuted new editions of the Raptor high-performance pickup and an R version of the recently introduced Shelby Mustang GT350.
Car put on display is based on electrical and mechanical components from a Renault electric vehicle "city car" simply as a proof of process. Much testing and refinement remain. Help is being provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and SABIC.
The plug-in hybrid concept “is the ambassador of a new design language developed by Volkswagen for the U.S." said Klaus Bischoff, VW Chief Designer. At its Chattanooga plant, VW will produce a version of it in 2016, followed by a long-wheelbase Tiguan in 2017.