The U.K.-based supplier is working with research group WMG and AGC AeroComposites to develop new composite press-forming processes for automotive and aerospace manufacturers. Patented technology makes it possible to achieve one-minute Takt times for thermoplastic components.
The 2016 Honda Civic features selectively-tempered “soft zone” technology in the B-pillars and rear frame rails, allowing zones within a single frame piece to have more ductile properties than the surrounding ultra-high-strength hot-stamped steel. The technology minimizes parts count and saves 15.6 lb (7 kg) compared to the previous-generation Civic.
GE Aviation is combining the expertise from its turboprop facility in the Czech Republic, along with ground-breaking technologies courtesy of its military and commercial jet engines, to pursue new turboprop engines.
Texas Instruments has introduced the first fully integrated LED matrix manager for adaptive automotive headlight systems, in a scalable solution that reduces board space by 73% and controls up to 96 high-brightness LEDs.
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.
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.
Toshiba America Electronic Components has unveiled its newest CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras. The CSA02M00PB is claimed to be the industry’s first 2-megapixel CMOS image sensor to be equipped with LED flicker (pulsed LED) mitigation circuit to minimize image flicker caused by LED light sources.
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.
GM recently announced that its fuel-cell engineering team is working with the U.S. Army TARDEC to develop a prototype pickup truck with a commercial hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain that is capable of meeting U.S. military duty cycles. The vehicle will be put into daily use and driven by soldiers for 12 months.
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.
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.