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New ultra-light forged wheel range uses Alcoa blanks to ensure minimum weight with optimum strength   Print  
Eco Super Light wheels will be available in 19, 20, 21 and 22 inch diameters to fit a range of powerful sports cars Wednesday, 26th May 2010

New manufacturing technique reduces vehicle weight by around 16kg compared with cast 19 inch wheels.

A new range of premium forged aluminium wheels that use Alcoa blank technologies is being launched by Solomon Alsberg. The blanks allow these wheels to be substantially lighter, reducing both unsprung weight and total vehicle weight. Available in sizes from 19 to 22 inches, the new Eco Super Light range is expected to prove popular for a wide range of demanding applications, from race cars to high performance road cars, where its low mass and substantially reduced rotational inertia will improve handling, sharpen steering response, improve acceleration and reduce both fuel consumption and vehicle emissions.

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The role of variable drives in CO2 reduction will be presented by Torotrak at the FISITA World Automotive Congress   Print  
Wednesday, 26th May 2010

Torotrak CEO to present in Budapest, June 1st

The latest developments in the use of variable drive technology to reduce CO2 emissions will be presented at the FISITA World Automotive Congress by traction drive specialist, Dick Elsy, CEO of Torotrak. Elsy’s paper, called ‘The role of variable drive technology in realising fuel economy and emissions improvements’, will describe applications across a wide range of vehicle main drives and provide examples of new applications in supercharger drives and variable drives for Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS).

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Technology from championship-winning rally cars provides military vehicles with improved safety and capability   Print  
Computer control of the differentials allows Prodrive?s ATD to substantially improve stability at high speed and traction at low speed (also available without captions) Tuesday, 18th May 2010

Prodrive technology helps soldiers extract maximum capability from their vehicles across a wide range of operational scenarios

Technology used to win the gruelling World Rally Championship could help drivers of military vehicles negotiate demanding terrains at higher speeds and with increased stability and safety. British motorsport specialist Prodrive developed the torque control technology that helped Subaru secure six World Rally titles and has now adapted the system to give military vehicles increased capability while also making them easier and safer to drive.

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New torque control technology offers improved safety, manoeuvrability and productivity for off-highway vehicles   Print  
Computer control of the differentials allows Prodrive?s ATD to substantially improve both braking and hill climbing performance on slippery surfaces (also available without captions) Tuesday, 18th May 2010

System derived from championship-winning World Rally Cars is cost-effective and easily installed on new and existing vehicles

A new torque control system, derived from technology developed to win the gruelling World Rally Championship, has been shown to substantially improve the productivity, safety and running costs of large off-highway vehicles working on low-grip surfaces. Developed by motorsport and engineering consultancy Prodrive, the system adds electronic control to the vehicle’s existing differentials to deliver a substantial improvement in performance at a cost-effective price.

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Torotrak establishes joint venture with Rotrex to speed introduction of variable drive compressor technology   Print  
?Combining Torotrak?s proven variable speed traction drive with Rotrex?s centrifugal compressor technology will overcome the compromises that affect current pressure-charging systems,? says Torotrak chief executive Dick Elsy Thursday, 13th May 2010

New company Rotrak combines two proven technologies to increase the efficiency of downsized engines

Variable drive specialist Torotrak has formed a 50-50 joint venture with centrifugal supercharger firm Rotrex. The company, which will be called “Rotrak”, will address the automotive industry’s need for affordable, effective engine downsizing technologies.

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Federal-Mogul Extends Its Range of Powder Metallurgy Materials For Bushings and Guides   Print  
Federal-Mogul?s expertise in powder metallurgy allows them to develop new materials that are precisely matched to the increasingly demanding requirements of turbocharger and EGR components for downsized engines Wednesday, 12th May 2010

High-performance materials help improve turbocharger durability in demanding downsized engine applications

Southfield, Michigan, May 12, 2010 … Federal-Mogul Corporation (NASDAQ:FDML) is extending its materials range for bushings and guides designed specifically for use at the very high temperatures increasingly found in turbochargers and Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) components.  Turbocharging is already almost universal on diesel engines and will become even more common in gasoline applications as engineers improve fuel consumption and emissions by designing downsized engines that have higher specific outputs.  The new materials will allow Federal-Mogul to produce components that meet the very tough durability targets imposed by the increasingly severe conditions seen in this new generation of downsized, low CO2 engines.

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New, highly integrated EV powertrain simplifies the development of next-generation electric vehicles   Print  
The three major elements of the new Zytek EV powertrain are the inverter and power electronics (top), the transmission (middle) and the aircooled motor (right).This configuration has been created for a new city car concept. The modular design allows other Wednesday, 12th May 2010

Zytek technology will help take electric vehicles into volume production

An all-new Electric Vehicle powertrain is being developed by Zytek Automotive, a UK technology specialist with more production EV experience than any other company worldwide. Building on the knowledge gained from more than 15 years of niche EV design, manufacture and operation, this new third generation unit is a clean-sheet-of-paper design that will significantly simplify the introduction of next-generation electric vehicles, from niche models to high-volume global programmes.

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Volcanic ash disruption highlights need for OEMs to reinforce contingency plans for extended supply chains   Print  
Emergency logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical reports a surge in requests for time critical deliveries as a result of the closure of UK air space Tuesday, 4th May 2010

With the recent closure of UK air space still causing disruption to automotive supply chains, Evolution Time Critical has been active in facilitating urgent deliveries to car makers from distant international suppliers

Repercussions from April’s volcanic ash disruption continue to cause problems for vehicle manufacturers, many of whom operate extended supply chains with Tier 2 components suppliers often situated in distant locations. Emergency logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical reports a surge in requests for time critical deliveries both during the closure of UK air space and in the following week, as airlines struggle to cope with a backlog of thousands of tonnes of cargo as well as thousands of stranded passengers. The company’s managing director, Brad Brennan, has observed that the episode clearly demonstrates the need for more extensive contingency planning among car makers, in order to prevent costly line stoppages.


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XPart introduces new and improved Classic Mini parts from MG Rover original tooling   Print  
As demand for genuine Classic Mini parts grows, XPart is introducing a range of new and improved front and rear bumpers and bonnet bars for the much-loved British icon Thursday, 29th April 2010

Parts specialist XPart is launching a new range of OE quality front and rear bumpers and bonnet bars for the Classic Mini with a superior finish

As demand for genuine Classic Mini parts grows, XPart is introducing a range of new and improved front and rear bumpers as well as bonnet bars for the much-loved British icon. The bonnet bars will be made from stainless steel using MG Rover original tooling, while the stainless steel bumpers will be manufactured using modern production methods in order to produce smoother ends and a cosmetically enhanced finish.

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Federal-Mogul?s Electrical/Electronics Systems Protection Portfolio Eliminates Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) issues   Print  
Federal-Mogul?s EMI shielding products feature a specially-designed self-wrapping construction made with a combination of metal wires and high-temperature polymers that can be easily installed on wire harnesses, while allowing the protected assembly to be Tuesday, 27th April 2010

Aircraft Interiors Expo,
Hamburg, 18-20 May
Stand 6B100

Company’s innovative, lightweight, flexible and durable shielding products can help aircraft manufacturers reduce electromagnetic interference

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan, 27 April 2010…. As aerospace manufacturers continue to develop aircrafts with significantly increased use of electronic controls and equipment, there is a growing need to ensure that the electrical/electronics architecture is protected against electromagnetic interference (EMI). 

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