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An Assessment of Mass Reduction Opportunities for a 2017-2020 Model Year Vehicle Program

An Assessment of Mass Reduction Opportunities for a 2017-2020 Model Year Vehicle Program

The Energy Foundation funded Lotus Engineering to generate a technical paper which would identify potential mass reduction opportunities for a selected baseline vehicle representing the crossover utility segment. Lotus Engineering prepared this document in collaboration with a number of automotive and regulatory experts and submitted it to the ICCT. The 2009 Toyota Venza was selected […]

Is It Time for An Open-Source Car?

Is It Time for An Open-Source Car?

In the Internet age, a company with limited funds and no track record can build a successful business with nothing more than a good idea and some powerful technology. It’s not easy, but it can be done. The same entrepreneurial spirit is coming to the auto industry. As cars become more and more like high-tech […]

Winning by design: the methods of Gordon Murray

Winning by design: the methods of Gordon Murray

This is a case study of the working methods of one particularly successful designer in a highly competitive design domain, Formula One racing car design. Gordon Murray was chief designer for the very successful Brabham and McLaren racing car teams in the 1970s and 1980s. His record of success is characterized by innovative breakthroughs, often […]

Smart materials spur additional design possibilities

Smart materials spur additional design possibilities

An on-demand air dam that deploys without mechanical assistance is just one example of an on-vehicle technology being put in motion through the use of a smart material. Temperature, stress, or a magnetic field can make a smart material change its shape, strength, and/or stiffness. That means a smart material can move without needing a […]

A Lesson in Lightness

A Lesson in Lightness

You could argue, with justification, that Audi’s new A2 is the car Mercedes set out to create when it conceived the A-Class. Spool back to the Vision A at the ’93 Frankfurt auto show. The Mercedes concept car’s frame is aluminum and, because it weighs just 1,574 lbs. (714 kg), there’s talk of 91 mpg […]

Aluminium Structured Vehicles: Myths and Realities

Aluminium Structured Vehicles: Myths and Realities

Technological further developments to realise steel space frame concepts

Technological further developments to realise steel space frame concepts

Dent Resistance of Automotive Panelling

Plastic Body Panels for Cars

Design-Oriented Translators for Automotive Joints

Design-Oriented Translators for Automotive Joints

Advanced Technologies for Design and Fabrication of Composite Automotive Components

Advanced Technologies for Design and Fabrication of Composite Automotive Components

Modal Test On The Pininfarina Concept Car Body, “Ethos 1″

Weighing up the advantages

Progettazione di telai automobilistici “Space Frame” in lega leggera con particolare riguardo a soluzioni di tipo modulare

Static-vibrational design of a bonnet with frame topological optimization

Polyurethane raw materials from Bayer – Driving ahead in automotive construction

Automotive door design with the ULSAB concept using structural optimization

Robust optimization of an automobile rearview mirror for vibration reduction

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