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.
A demonstrator SUV has achieved a 35 mpg combined city/highway rating following a phase-two technology retrofit. Schaeffler's fuel efficiency demonstrator is based on a 2013 Ford Escape with a 24 mpg combined mileage rating when production-attired in AWD, a 2.0-L EcoBoost engine, and a six-speed automatic transaxle.
Oxford Performance Materials launched in December the first two grades of its OXFAB 3-D printing technology—OXFAB-N and OXFAB-ESD—suitable for aerospace and other industrial markets, including transportation, energy, and semiconductor applications. The company claims this is the first time PEKK is being used for 3-D printing in aerospace and industrial applications.
An advanced start-stop system using two different battery chemistries is now in the prototype phase, Johnson Controls officials announced during the first media day at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
3-D laser scanning from NVision helped a certified FAA repair station document its work on a passenger jet part with such precision that the station was able to obtain the necessary FAA approval for the repair in much less time than is usually required.