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Fuel Cell Production Spurs Supplier Opportunities

The head of General Motors’ global fuel-cell business is bullish about ongoing opportunities for suppliers in the emerging hydrogen-power space, as GM and partner Honda Motor Co. began...

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Propulsion

Honda Showcases Electrified Future of Motorsports

Honda North America has long had a presence in racing and motorsports at every level in the United States. The company has continually supported programs aimed at the highest levels of...

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Automotive

A Formula for Real-World Experience

On a hazy, cool day in late May, a massive throng of thousands of collegiate engineers and hundreds of volunteers descended on Michigan International Speedway to put the teams’ engineering,...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

3D, No Waiting!

Few will dispute that additive manufacturing — commonly called 3D printing — has endured a development path of fits and starts. But as niche applications, an ever-increasing array of material choices — and the...

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Transportation

Hydrogen Storage in a Box!

Until recently, there was only one practical solution for storing gaseous hydrogen for onboard vehicle use: the cylindrical storage tank. Spiral-wound, carbon fiber cylinders are the proven form factor for...

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Manned Systems

Recaro Pioneers Seating Shells Made with CF Recyclate

The green flag is about to drop on an auto-racing first: a seat shell infused with recycled carbon fiber.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Liebherr Reveals ‘Hybrid’ CFRP Cylinders and Parallel-Pump Concept

Reducing weight from components and systems is a major trend in passenger vehicles to boost fuel efficiency and driving range.

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Nanotechnology

Launching Aerospace Battery Tech for EVs

Advanced materials and energy storage company Nanoramic Laboratories is in the early stages of a 30-month project to develop a low-cost/fast-charge Li-ion battery for electric vehicles using its...

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Materials

All-Composite EV Wheel Heads to Production

Designed for EV and niche applications, the first commercially viable, low cost, lightweight, all-composite wheel moves to the next phase of development with a pilot production run. The...

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Materials

Carbon Fiber Research Eyes Roof Frames, Doors

It’s not just for exotic “supercars” and motorcycles anymore. The performance-enhancing attributes of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics continue to be explored by global automakers as they...

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Materials

Lightweighting Tour-De-Force: 2021 Ducati Superleggera V4

According to Ducati, the 2021 Superleggera V4 is its most powerful, fastest and most advanced production bike, ever. This is no mean claim from the Bologna-based manufacturer...

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Materials

Altair Honors Lightweight Advances

Fitting for an industry that collectively is accelerating electric-vehicle launches, Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire electric motorcycle won the Full Vehicle category of the 8th annual Altair Enlighten...

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Materials

2019’s Best Automotive Plastics Innovations

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, now in its 49th year, is considered the “Oscars” for those developing polymer and...

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Volvo’s Polestar Powerhouse Plug-In Hybrid

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s why Polestar, Volvo’s new electric performance subsidiary, used its first vehicle as a rolling showcase of the brand’s...

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Propulsion

The Ford GT

As part of its sponsorship of this year’s annual auto-palooza known as the Woodward Dream Cruise, Ford invited media to sample its Ford GT supercar along Detroit’s famous avenue. With its sold-out production run of 1,350...

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Automotive

Mass-Reducing Innovations Honored by Altair

The 4th generation Jeep Wrangler, which eliminated 92 kg (203 lb) compared to the previous-generation vehicle, and Ferrari’s Portofino, which is 80 kg (176 lb) lighter yet 35%...

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Nanotechnology

Gordon Murray Reveals Lightweight T.50 Supercar: V12, Ground-Effects Fan, $2.5-Million Pricetag

It will be the aural signature of Prof. Gordon Murray, Formula 1 racecar and environmental-efficiency vehicle creator: the sound of a bespoke...

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Manned Systems

2020 GMC Sierra to Debut New Diesel Along with Expanded 10-Speed, Towing Tech and Carbon-Fiber-Bed Applications

The 2020 GMC Sierra will be the first model year to provide the light-duty truck the option for GM’s new 3.0L Duramax...

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Electronics & Computers

Ford and Its Suppliers Take Top Honors at the 48th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition

Ford Motor Co. took home top honors at this year's 48th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, winning the Grand Award for...

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Aerospace

High-Altitude Pseudo Satellites: New Battle for Inner Space, Part II

A new development applicable to the production of the Airbus Zephyr lightweight, solar unmanned aircraft is the Airbus Spider radar payload, a novel commercial...

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Energy

Meritor Pursues Lightweighting Strategies for Drivelines

As with passenger vehicles, reducing the weight of systems and components in commercial vehicles is a key strategy to improve fuel efficiency. In the commercial-vehicle sector, the...

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Transportation

Gordon Murray Calls New IStream Superlight Chassis Concept a Paradigm Shift

High-profile automotive engineer and designer Prof. Gordon Murray is utterly confident of the potential for his company’s latest iStream Superlight...

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Materials

Prodrive Process Expands Carbon Fiber’s Manufacturing Potential

Motorsport and advanced-engineering company Prodrive recently revealed what it confidently sees as a breakthrough process for recycling carbon fiber. It says the...

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Propulsion

With 2019 Sierra, GMC Puts Brand Differentiation Behind It—literally 

That the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup uses GM’s same T1 fullsize-truck architecture as the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado was of course preordained. The new...

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Nanotechnology

Linking Embroidery and Carbon Fiber to save Weight and Cost

The story of carbon fiber’s use by the automotive industry in medium- to high-volume manufacturing has for decades moved through chapters of high expectation and low...

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Materials

BMW’s Back at Carbon Fiber with Award-Winning Motorcycle Swingarm

BMW rocked the composites world late last year when it announced it was selling its stake in the heralded Moses Lake, WA carbon-fiber production joint venture called SGL...

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Power

Volvo’s Polestar Unveils 600-Hp Performance Hybrid

Polestar, Volvo Car Group's performance brand, unveiled its first car, the 600-hp (448-kW) Polestar 1 performance hybrid. Available in mid-2019, it is the first of three vehicles from...

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Test & Measurement

2016 SAE Congress: Clemson University and Toyota Unveil UBox Concept

A concept vehicle engineered by Clemson University graduate students features a curved glass roof with a multi-material support structure produced by a novel...

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Power

Bentley's Technology Future: Stone Trim, Smaller SUV and EVs

Bentley’s design, engineering and R&D programs are expanding as never before in the company’s near 100 year history. Not satisfied with introducing the super-premium...

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