Technology

Nine-speed auto transmission is the limit, says ZF CEO

Nov 09, 2012

How many gears is too many? It seems nine is the limit according to renowned transmission manufacturer, ZF. The CEO recently spoke about the number of gears a transmission could have before it becomes excessive....

Ford Focus previews carbon fibre technology to be used on future vehicles

Oct 10, 2012

In the ongoing fight to reduce vehicle weight and thus reduce its carbon footprint and average fuel consumption, Ford Europe is previewing carbon fibre technology that will be adapted on future Ford vehicles. The company...

Ford and GM co-developing 9- and 10-speed transmissions

Sep 30, 2012

A seven-speed automatic is fairly common these days, while some companies like BMW and Lexus are even using eight-speed transmissions. It seems Ford and GM are now co-developing a range of nine- and 10-speed automatic...

Video: Fascinating Hyundai hyper-matrix 3D presentation

Sep 21, 2012

A very interesting presentation has been shown at EXPO 2012 in Hyundai Motor Group’s pavilion in Korea, with a stunning display of thousands of oscillating cubes that double as colour screens. In a huge room,...

Video: Michelin shows how low rolling resistance tyres work

Sep 18, 2012

Michelin has released an interesting new advertising campaign which involves giving us all a quick hands-on demonstration of why its tyres are supposedly better than the rest. Of course, being an advertisement there is going...

Dyno-Shaft pocket-size personal dyno reads engine power

Nov 26, 2011

Now this is a neat little gadget we’d love to get our hands on. It’s called the Dyno-Shaft and it is effectively a pocket-sized personal dynamometer that can be used at home, by anyone, without...

BMW electric turbocharger patent application filed

Nov 03, 2011

Speculations surrounding BMW developing an electric turbocharger have now been confirmed. A BMW electric turbocharger patent application has been made in Germany. The system could be used to assist conventional turbochargers in spooling up. Some...

Toyota FT-86 iPhone app released

Oct 22, 2011

For all the Toyota FT-86 fans out there, Toyota hasn’t unveiled the Toyota FT-86, but it has released a Toyota FT-86 iPhone app. The app allows users to contribute images and share ‘spotting’ experiences of...

Video: BMW carbon fibre SGL manufacturing process

Aug 28, 2011

BMW has released an interesting video outlining the carbon fibre manufacturing process used by partner company SGL Automotive Carbon Fibres. BMW is looking to incorporate more carbon fibre material into its future lineup. The company...

What is: Dual-Clutch Transmission

Aug 05, 2011

You may have heard the term before in various cars, but what is a dual-clutch transmission (DCT) exactly? What does it do and is it any good? There are three main transmission setups that offer...

Polycarbonate plastic windows for future cars and F1?

Jul 19, 2011

Everyone remembers the late and great Ayrton Senna and his final drive. Sad it may be, but incidents like this are not exclusive to Senna. The FIA Institute has announced it is looking into developing...

What is: Direct Injection

Jul 17, 2011

Direct injection is becoming an increasingly popular technology within the automotive industry, but what is direct injection exactly? How long has it been around and what cars is it available on? And, more importantly, is...