Automotive Engineering International 2004-02-01

Automotive Engineering International 2004-02-01
    • North American concepts
      Cars and car-based crossovers took the concept-vehicle spotlight this year at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month.
    • Renault F1 opens up
      The company has provided unprecedented access to its new Formula One racecar and surprisingly detailed information on its engine.
    • Cleaner, safer, quieter
      Testing companies are working to improve equipment and procedures to better match real-world situations in an effort to help automotive suppliers and OEMs in development of future vehicles.
    • Microprocessor requirements soar
      Networks and emissions control are driving the switch to more powerful 32-bit chips.
    • Hondra brings the hydrogen economy closer
      The next generation of fuel-cell stacks from Honda offers more power from a smaller package, and a prototype solar-power refueling station delivers the hydrogen fuel.
    • GM hybrid story on SAE Congress agenda
      General Motors Corp. sees several avenues to a hybrid future, a transit bus leading the way.
    • Technology shifts to overdrive
      The benefits of advanced engine technologies cannot be fully realized unless the right mechanism is used to transfer power and torque to the wheels.
    • Platform flexibility
      Once-rigid platforms transform into "shared components" that cut costs and boost flexibility.
    • Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
      The top-of-the-range super sports car employs carbon-fiber body shell, floor assembly, hood, doors, and crash strcture as well as aerodynamic construction principles from Formula One.
    • Exhausting possibilities
      Eberspacher North America uses the lastest computer design and testing technology to quickly change the way automakers are fitting exhaust systems to their vehicles.
    • No amusement in '07 heavy-truck mandates
      Tougher standards for emissions and braking take effect in 2007, threatening another roller coaster ride for heavy-truck manufacturers.
    • Turning vehicles into generators
      Automakers and suppliers are scrambling to provide home-style ac electrical power in vehicles for work and convenience--as well as potential blackouts.