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Allison Transmission Awarded U.S. Department of Energy Stimulus Grant for $62.8 Million for its Innovative Hybrid Truck Drive System   Print  
Wednesday, 12th August 2009

DOE grant will reinforce the company’s efforts to design and produce a cost- competitive hybrid drive system for commercial-duty trucks at its Indianapolis, Ind., manufacturing facilities

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, U.S.A. Allison Transmission Inc., the premier global provider of commercial and military duty automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems, has been notified that it will be awarded a $62.8 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Grant to continue its efforts to design, develop and manufacture a cost-competitive commercial hybrid truck drive system. President Obama made the announcement on August 6th in Elkhart, Indiana, during a speech in which he discussed a national investment in electric drive vehicles and component manufacturing facilities. The Allison Transmission DOE grant will further increase U.S. capacity to manufacture hybrid propulsion systems for the commercial truck market.


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Local automotive technology company adds to its staff as business continues to expand   Print  
Harwell-based technology company Zircotec has taken on new staff and is planning further expansion as business continues to boom Thursday, 6th August 2009

Harwell-based technology company Zircotec has taken on new staff and is planning further expansion as business continues to boom

Automotive technology company Zircotec continues to grow despite the current challenges faced by the automotive industry. The company has just recruited two new members of staff to its factory in Harwell and is seeking to take on further staff over the next few months. The company’s high tech ceramic coatings help to reduce heat across a number of applications and have proved popular in a wide range of industries, including automotive, marine, aerospace and industrial. The new recruits are working in Zircotec’s production department and are being involved in all aspects of preparing components for treatment and applying the coatings.


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ALCOA?S NEW 20 INCH FORGED ALUMINIUM WHEEL BLANKS USE AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE WEIGHT AND PERFORMANCE   Print  
Leading maker of forged aluminium wheels, Alcoa, is now supplying lightweight 20 inch diameter forgings for Solomon Alsberg?s range of exclusive quality alloy wheels. Thursday, 6th August 2009

First application to supply Solomon Alsberg in Russia with lightweight wheel forgings for premium custom market

Alcoa has extended the range of lightweight wheel forgings supplied to Solomon Alsberg for their exclusive high-performance alloy wheels. The aerospace-derived metallurgy of the Alcoa blanks allows Solomon Alsberg to create a wide range of ultra-stylish wheels that improve vehicle performance and dynamics as well as reducing fuel consumption and emissions.


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New Software Improves Tyre Management   Print  
Innovative ?Garage Management Software? allows race teams to monitor up to 240 tyres at once for pressure and temperature. Monday, 3rd August 2009

Innovative ‘Garage Monitoring Software’ allows race teams to monitor pressure and temperature of up to 240 tyres at once  

A new software option that offers race and tyre engineers the possibility to simultaneously monitor the pressure and temperature of over 240 tyres from a single location has been announced by BERU f1systems. With complete data from all the tyres available, engineers can quickly identify issues and select the optimum wheel set for the conditions.   


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ARPRO packaging protects navigation units on their longest journey   Print  
Alpine Electronics and Daimler are using ARPRO expanded polypropylene dunnage trays designed and manufactured by JSP to protect satellite navigation systems against shock and electrostatic discharge during delivery Wednesday, 22nd July 2009

Alpine and Daimler AG are using specially designed, reusable, recyclable ARPRO containers to protect sensitive navigation equipment prior to installation in vehicles worldwide

A new packaging solution is helping Alpine Electronics, producers of original-fit navigation systems for Mercedes-Benz vehicles, to protect the parts on their very first journey. Thirteen different types of unit, produced to exacting Mercedes-Benz specifications, are shipped up to 6,500 miles from Hungary and Japan to the carmaker’s final assembly sites around the world. During elements of these journeys, the systems are protected from shock, moisture and electrostatic damage in custom-designed dunnage trays made of ARPRO®.


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Educational motorsport project for under-18s proves to be a powerful teaching tool   Print  
XPart is helping to promote interest in the automotive trade among under-18s by supporting Team Lunar Racing Wednesday, 22nd July 2009

MG Rover parts specialist XPart is helping to promote interest in the automotive trade among under-18s by supporting Team Lunar Racing

Youngsters with an interest in becoming automotive technicians are being offered the chance to gain nationally recognised qualifications by building and supporting a professional race car. By participating in Team Lunar Racing, pupils learn the fundamentals of body and mechanical repairs while actively preparing cars for racing and working as a pit crew at the track. The team, led by teacher Paul Kneeshaw, races a mark 2 MG ZS 180 in the Britcar series and a mark 1 MG ZS 180 in the MG Car Club’s Peter Best Insurance Challenge, with parts supplied by XPart.


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MG race driver launches bid to enter British Touring Car Championship   Print  
Race driver Paul Luti is launching a bid to race an MG car in the 2010 British Touring Car Championship Tuesday, 21st July 2009

Race driver Paul Luti is launching his bid to be on the starting grid of the 2010 British Touring Car Championship with his new ‘racethemg’ website

MG race driver Paul Luti is launching his bid to enter the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) with a new website, ‘racethemg.com’, where would-be sponsors can read about his quest to race an MG ZS in the country’s most popular race series. 26 year-old Luti is currently competing in the MG Trophy Championship and is one of the first drivers to race the new MG TF LE500 car since the launch of the re-designed sports car in 2008. He is also a highly skilled MG Rover technician and racing instructor, whose family business, Dreadnought Garage, specialises in MG, TVR and Caterham service and repair. With local sponsors already showing an interest in the project, Paul is keen to extend the invitation to motorsport and MG enthusiasts in the UK and around the globe.


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New flexible ceramic material delivers lightweight heat protection and cost savings   Print  
Zircotec?s new lightweight flexible ceramic heat shield material offers a low-cost thermal protection solution to vehicle manufacturers Wednesday, 15th July 2009

Zircotec’s new lightweight flexible ceramic heat shield material offers a low-cost thermal protection solution to vehicle manufacturers

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XPart offers garages the opportunity to improve their service capabilities with TRW easycheck   Print  
Garages and franchise dealers can now access the TRW easycheck handheld diagnostic tool at preferential rates via XPart?s All-Makes product range Wednesday, 15th July 2009

Garages and franchise dealers can now purchase the ‘TRW easycheck’ service tool and web-based update packages at competitive rates from XPart’s 110-strong parts wholesaler network

Motor traders and franchise dealers can now add to their service capabilities by acquiring the new handheld electronic service tool, TRW easycheck, from XPart’s 110-strong parts wholesaler network at competitive rates. As one of XPart’s largest All-Makes suppliers, TRW Automotive Aftermarket already supplies 4,410 braking product lines to the parts distribution specialist. TRW easycheck covers: Braking - including Electronic Park Brake (EPB) and ABS, Automatic Climate Control Systems, Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS) including airbag and pre-tensioner systems, service interval data and service light reset.


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INNOVATIVE NEW POWERTRAIN MOUNTS USE MAGNETO RHEOLOGICAL FLUIDS TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE, SAFETY AND REFINEMENT   Print  
Delphi?s new MR Mount is the first technology that allows precise real-time management of all the relevant frequencies created by an automotive powertrain. Thursday, 9th July 2009

Now entering production for a prestigious European supercar, the new mounts use computer-controlled fluid to absorb more engine vibrations and help control powertrain movement during rapid direction changes

Paris, France – A ground-breaking new powertrain mount has been developed by Delphi Corporation (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ). Using magneto rheological (MR) fluid that can change its dynamic rate in real time, the new MR Mount prevents the build-up of resonance in a system by maintaining control of the mounted mass across all appropriate frequencies. As well as significantly reducing powertrain noise and vibration, the new mount can improve vehicle performance and stability and help isolate the occupants from torque step events such as those generated by start-stop operation.


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