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Federal-Mogul?s Breakthrough in Crankshaft Seal Design Offers Fuel Savings and Reduced CO2 Emissions   Print  
Cross-section of a MicroTorq seal showing the double hinge construction that gives the seal its outstanding ability to accommodate shaft movement and generate very low contact friction. Thursday, 18th March 2010

New MicroTorq™ seals can directly replace existing seals to provide significant improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions

Southfield, Michigan, March 18, 2010… Federal-Mogul Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML), a leading global supplier of technologies that enhance safety and improve powertrain efficiency, has developed an innovative new seal design, called MicroTorq™, that reduces friction by up to 70 percent versus conventional lip-type seals.  The new seal can provide an improvement in vehicle fuel economy of up to 0.49 percent and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 1-2 g/km compared to traditional seal designs.  The seals are also easier to install, more accommodating of shaft misalignment or eccentricity, and require less package space.  The many benefits can be achieved relatively simply, even on existing engines as the new MicroTorq seal can be utilized without changing the design of adjacent components.


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ALCOA SUPPLY WHEELS FOR ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE   Print  
The exclusive diamond-turned, ten-spoke design is one of the key visual differentiators chosen by Aston Martin for the V12 model. Tuesday, 16th March 2010

Distinctive lightweight forged aluminium wheels reduce unsprung weight to enhance steering, braking and suspension behaviour

Cleveland, OH (March 16, 2010) - Alcoa Auto Wheels is providing advanced lightweight wheels for the V12 Vantage – billed by Aston Martin as its most exhilarating sports car.

"The forging technology behind these wheels enables significant weight savings directly benefiting handling performance, ride quality, acceleration and braking,” explains David Yates, marketing manager for Alcoa Europe. “Our forging process results in a superior metal structure that also improves strength and durability, allowing finer wheel detailing and lighter weight.”


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World class powertrain specialist joins Torotrak research team   Print  
An expert in powertrain tribology and advanced CFD techniques, Dr Quanbao Zhou joins Torotrak following a distinguished career at Jaguar Land Rover. Tuesday, 16th March 2010

New chief engineer for research and development will help to open new markets for Torotrak technologies

Torotrak has appointed Dr Quanbao Zhou as chief engineer, research and development in the face of growing demand from clients for engineering application work across a diverse range of market sectors. An international figure in powertrain tribology  and advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics  (CFD), Dr Zhou’s experience in friction and parasitic loss reduction will be of particular benefit as Torotrak expands its range of full-toroidal traction drives to include smaller units, suitable for variable-speed supercharger drives, mechanical kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS) and other applications where size, cost and efficiency are critical.


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Frost & Sullivan presents prestigious award to emergency logistics specialist   Print  
Emergency logistics provider Evolution Time Critical has been recognised for its market leading expertise by global market research organisation Frost & Sullivan Tuesday, 16th March 2010

Emergency logistics provider Evolution Time Critical has been recognised for its market leading expertise by global market research organisation Frost & Sullivan

Evolution Time Critical has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2010 European Logistics Vertical Market Penetration Leadership Award. The award recognises Evolution’s market leading position in the provision of emergency logistics and is presented each year to a company that has demonstrated strong vertical market business growth coupled with a deep understanding of customer needs and excellent performance. It is based on the findings of Frost & Sullivan’s extensive research into best practice among 250,000 companies in over 300 different industries worldwide.


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Claire Luti flies the flag for female technicians with MG TF award   Print  
XPart technician Claire Luti was awarded the ?MG TF personal technician award? for her expert knowledge of diagnostics for the Birmingham-built MG TF by Richard Hales, MG Motor?s Regional Operations Manager Monday, 15th March 2010

XPart technician Claire Luti has been awarded the MG Motor ‘MG TF personal technician award’ for her expert knowledge of the MG TF

Claire Luti has been awarded the MG Motor ‘MG TF personal technician award’ for her expert knowledge of the MG TF. Claire, an XPart and MG Motor UK Ltd Authorised Repairer technician, successfully completed two years’ training at MG Motor UK’s Cecil Kimber College based at MG Birmingham. Claire completed her training in January 2010, and is among the first technicians in the country to be recognised in all areas of service, diagnostics and repair of the new MG TF. The skills and knowledge gained through her recent training will prove invaluable to MG TF owners keen to entrust their car to a technician proficient in servicing all TF models.


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Fred Henderson shortlisted among top five North Eastern garages in national Golden Garages competition   Print  
Durham-based garage and XPart AutoService centre Fred Henderson has been named among the North East?s top five garages in the national ?Golden Garages? competition Monday, 15th March 2010

Customers are invited to show their support of Durham-based garage Fred Henderson as voting for the ‘best garage in the North East’ continues until 24th March

Durham-based garage and XPart AutoService centre Fred Henderson has been named among the North East’s top five garages in the national ‘Golden Garages’ competition. Customers from all over the North East region voted for Fred Henderson to appear among the top five due to its excellent customer service and expertise in car service and repair. With the second round of voting drawing to a close on 24th March, customers are being invited to show their support of Fred Henderson as the garage stands to win the title of ‘best garage in the North East’. The Golden Garages competition is run by government-supported body Motor Codes, and aims to promote the high level of technical skill and knowledge found among the country’s best garages.


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DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES ON NEW VEHICLES AT GENEVA SHOW   Print  
Wednesday, 10th March 2010

New Volvo S60 features world-first active safety system with Delphi’s new Electronically Scanning Radar

GENEVA – Delphi Automotive is supplying innovative technology to a large number of new vehicles introduced at this year’s Geneva Auto Show. From clean diesel systems to active safety technology, Delphi is working to help drivers stay safe and remain connected while lessening the environmental impact of the vehicle they drive.


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XPart supported MG race teams gear up for 2010 season   Print  
Paul Luti has shaved an impressive 20kg from the total weight of his MG TF LE500 and fitted a sophisticated data logging system to the car Monday, 8th March 2010

MG racing ace Paul Luti and student team Lunar Racing are preparing for a competitive season’s racing after a winter of fine tuning and rigorous modifications

The MG racing community is set for an exciting start to the season as MG TF race driver Paul Luti and student race team Lunar Racing put the finishing touches to their cars. Luti will be racing in the MG Trophy Championship and will also make an appearance in his popular ZT 520 at MGLive! at Silverstone in June, while Lunar Racing plan to compete in the Peter Best Insurance and the Britcar Production championships. With parts support from MG Rover parts specialist XPart, the teams are all set for a good season’s racing.


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New epicyclic drive technology from Infinitrak joint venture eliminates gears to enhance refinement, durability, cost, weight and packaging   Print  
Infinitrak?s epicyclic traction drive eliminates gears and integrates the thrust bearing function to save cost, reduce noise, improve durability and increase the range of ratios available within a given package space Thursday, 4th March 2010

First application will be in a forthcoming compact and cost-effective Infinitely Variable Transmission developed by Infinitrak for the Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) market

Infinitrak, the US based joint venture company owned by transmission innovation specialist Torotrak and OPE market leader MTD, has developed a new type of epicyclic drive that replaces gears with traction spheres, combining the functionality of a thrust bearing and an epicyclic drive stage. The first application of the traction drive epicyclic will be in a compact and affordable Infinitely Variable Transmission, developed by Infinitrak for the outdoor power equipment (OPE) market.


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World?s most exclusive and technically advanced road bike ready to roll   Print  
The world?s most exclusive and technically advanced road bike, Factor 001, is now available following a period of rigorous development and fine tuning Tuesday, 16th February 2010

The ultimate riding experience is just around the corner for a few hundred privileged customers as the world’s first bike designed and hand built by Formula One engineers receives its finishing touches

A revolutionary new bicycle designed by Formula One engineers at BERU f1systems to deliver the ultimate riding experience is now ready to roll. With smooth, clean lines and a dramatic stance, Factor 001 has been designed to offer a highly responsive ride free from the need to comply with race regulations, and optimised to offer maximum acceleration and stability. Lightweight and robust with a carbon monocoque frame, it will deliver an elite training system for just a few hundred discerning customers worldwide, with the option for riders to record up to 100 channels of biometric, environmental and physical force data.


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