Run-flat tyres – an example of technology transfer from motorsports

Run-flat tyres, though seemingly a recent development, have been around since the 1930s although they were not as commercialized like today. From the 1980s onwards, most of the major manufacturers developed tyres that could continue to be used even when the air pressure was lost due to a puncture. This capability was initially required for […]

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All-electric Porsche Macan begins real-world testing, launch in 2023

After the Taycan, the next all-electric sportscar from Porsche will be the Macan. Developed with the usual secrecy, prototypes have been running around the proving grounds of the Porsche Development Centre and the next step is to take them into the outside world for road-testing. Real-world testing on public roads and in a real-life environment […]

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Italdesign and Williams Advanced Engineering offer complete range of services to design and develop high-performance EVs

Henry Ford believed in his company owning and managing every aspect of making cars – including even owning the plantations of rubber trees that provided rubber for his cars. But as the years went by, specialisation began and while carmakers focussed on designing and manufacturing cars, some activities were also farmed out to other companies. […]

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Renault’s E-TECH powertrain began as a prototype made from LEGO parts

The development of Renault’s E-TECH powertrains drew on the company’s experience in Formula 1 and also contributing has been a LEGO model. Yes, those little plastic blocks that can be attached together to form cars which have entertained children for over 70 years. The development story actually began at the end of the last decade. It […]

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Toyota to use motorsports to develop hydrogen-fueled engine (w/VIDEO)

Motorsports have long been used for the testing and development of many new technologies which have eventually been used for everyday cars. Engineers who work with racing teams have to do so under challenging conditions that also require speed due to competition, and this provides fertile ground for developing new solutions to improve performance. Toyota […]

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Headlights on Future Ford vehicles will be able to predict conditions ahead for greater effectiveness (w/VIDEO)

The built-in headlights in every car today have been around for about 100 years and over the decades, the lighting systems have evolved to make the illumination stronger, giving a better view of the road or ground ahead. From making headlights more powerful, the engineers have also been making them operate ‘intelligently so that optimum […]

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Yamaha offers newly developed 350 kW/476 ps electric motor for hyper-EV models (w/VIDEO)

Yamaha Motor has completed development of an electric motor which it claims reaches the industry’s highest class in output density. This unit, which can be used in hyper-EV models to provide exceptionally high performance, is available for ordering for commissioned prototype development from this month. This would be useful for companies which are not established […]

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Re:Move project creates zero emissions motorised sled for last-mile deliveries (w/VIDEO)

Back in the early 1980s, Honda launched a small hatchback called the City (the original one, not the popular model sold today) and an ‘accessory’ which owners could get with it was a Motocompo motorbike. This was a tiny two-wheel weighing about 45 kgs, and it was designed to fit into the boot of the […]

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Final real-world testing of next-generation Mercedes-AMG SL now underway

On this day of March 12 in 1952, Daimler-Benz AG sent out preliminary technical information and a picture of the new Mercedes-Benz 300 SL sportscar undergoing testing on a public road. It was the first public appearance of the new racing sportscar and drew a great deal of interest. Exactly 69 years later, Mercedes-AMG has […]

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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo in final stages of development, market launch by mid-2021

With the Taycan – Porsche’s first production all-electric sportscar – successfully launched and progressively entering various markets, including Malaysia, the carmaker is now busy following up with final development work of the Taycan Cross Turismo. Prototypes have already covered more than 998,361 testing kilometres, a distance that equals almost 25 times around the planet (measured […]

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