Car of 2100 A.D.
AEI gave readers a chance to speak out on what they thought people
in 2100 would be driving. We have chosen the best submissions.
Also, the AEI editors have included their best guess as to what
cars will be in 2100. We realize that this is a guess but the real
answer will not be known for 100 years.
V8 power for BMW's M5
The new 294-kW (400-hp) S62 engine developed by BMW's M GmbH
features Double VANOS variable intake and exhaust valve timing,
electronic drive-by-wire, and oil circulation boosted as a function
of lateral cornering force.
Northstar revised for 2000
Improvements to the powerplant include a roller-follower
valvetrain, improved combustion chamber, center-feed intake
manifold, coil-on-plug cassette ignition system, and a Siemens
Aston Martin's first V12
Available in both the DB7 Vantage Coupe and Volante, the flexible
all-alloy engine delivers 85% of its peak torque at just 1500
GM develops a global four
The all-aluminum engine family that debuted in Saturn's LS also
sees duty in a number of upcoming worldwide applications including
the new GM Europe Astra Coupe.
Elsewhere in this issue, we featured in detail some of the new or
significantly revised automotive engines for 2000. What follows are
brief summaries of other interesting production units from the
world's automakers covered recently in Automotive Engineering
The century club: driving the automotive industry for
As the 21st century dawns, AEI editors have compiled a partial list
of companies whose vision, ingenuity, and nuts-and-bolts grasp of
the mechanics of automaking have shaped the industry over the past
century. Spokesmen from these companies tell whyn they have
succeeded and how they plan to build on that success in the new
Air and fuel characteristics in a spark-ignition
Researchers are studying the interaction of air and fuel in the
intake system of a port-fuel-injected spark-ignition engine.
Economic Development: 'Heart'
Is Detroit still the heart of the automotive industry? Will the
massive incentive packages being offered to manufacturers by the
southeastern states ultimately shift the balance of power from the
Midwest to the Southeast? For our first issue of the new century,
AEI editors put these and other questions to industry and economic
development experts. Their answers may surprise you.
Ford exec sees great value in SAE
SAE Congress Chairman Will Boddie is working to ensure that this
year's premier automotive conference, slated for March 4-7 in
Detroit, appeals in new ways to engineers as well as senior-level