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The 5 Best Engineered

While the cars we drive to work and to the shops are themselves fine examples of automotive engineering, for the pinnacle of technical excellence you need to turn to racing and sports cars in their many forms. Check out five examples of the very best.

The Red Bull RB7 racing car. In the 2011 Formula One season, this was the dominant car, by far the best racing car on the circuit, winning both the individual driver’s title and also the constructor’s championship.

The RB7’s achievements were the result of continual development and innovation such as the introduction of its exhaust-blown diffuser, the addition of floor holes and special electronic engine maps that squeezed every ounce of power from the car’s 2.4 litre engine. Often these technical improvements had to be refined in the one to two week window between races.

The Bugatti Veyron Supersport. In just a few short years, with its stunning styling and awesome performance, this magnificent road car has become a legend. For those brave enough and with the space to do so, the Veyron can unleash a top speed of no less than 267mph, reaching the 60 mile an hour mark in just 2.4 seconds from a standing start. Recognised as the fastest road car ever made, to buy one of these phenomenal vehicles you would have to part with £1.6 million!

The McClaren F1 road car is widely regarded as the ultimate super car, eclipsing the likes of legendary names such as Ferrari and Lamborghini. It first went into production some twenty years ago and some say it is still the most beautiful car ever built. With a top speed of just 241mph it may not match the Veyron for pace, but with a price tag as high as £2.5 million, when it comes to cost it leaves the Veyron standing.

The Audi R18 e-tron Quattro is the first of a new breed of hybrid that is making inroads into the world of motor sport, this year winning the world’s most famous endurance car race – the Le Mans 24 Hour. To achieve success in a race that can last for over 3,000 miles, Audi engineers and drivers have to balance the quest for speed with the careful management of fuel, tyres, engine, transmission and brakes.

The Citroen DS3 WRC may be the nearest amongst this list to the vehicle that you and I drive, but in the hands of its driver, eight time world rally champion, Sébastien Loeb, it’s anything but. Unlike the other cars, which are designed to be driven on the road or flat race circuits, the DS3 has to combine speed, endurance and robustness to withstand the battering it gets from hurtling along narrow unmade forest tracks, being flung round hairpin bends, and the impact of landing after taking off over hump-back bridges!

Automotive Racing History

Does the thought of watching a great car race make your heart accelerate? Do you live to enjoy the thrill of speed? Maybe you just appreciate the design of great sports cars. Whatever the case may be, you can be sure that somewhere along the line, you have heard about or seen some great and historic Ford race cars!

Automotive racing has been a very popular sport ever since the first automobiles were designed over 100 years ago. Actually, it was because of car racing that many of today’s automakers exist. Automotive designers would try to create faster and more efficient vehicles by testing their ideas in races against other designers. Henry Ford entered one such event with his unique, early “Model T” design and won, investing the prize winnings into the company that would become the Ford Motor Company. From this humble beginning, many historic Ford race cars would be born.

Ford racing would become a company to contend with as they produced one winning design after another. Here are just some of the historic Ford race cars:

*In 1903, Barney Oldfield drove the Ford 999 to victory at the Indiana Fairgrounds, and set a new speed record of 60 mph.

*In 1909, the Ford Model T shows its endurance as it wins a cross-country race from New York to Seattle.

*In 1949, the first national NASCAR race was won by Ford driver Jim Roper in a new car model called the Lincoln.

In the 1960’s, Ford would reach the height of racing, as they would produce several cutting edge designs, including:

*In 1963, the Ford-Lotus design would win the Milwaukee 200, driven by Jim Clark.

*In 1964, Ford would introduce a new style of Indy car engine known as the DOHC V-8.

*In 1966, the Ford model Mark II’s would place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 24 hours of Lemans race.

*In 1967, Ford would introduce a new engine in the Dutch Grand Prix, called the Ford-Cosworth DFV V-8.

*In 1968, Ford would introduce a sporty design of its popular Ford Mustang by showcasing the Cobra Jet Mustang at the NRHA Winternationals, winning its first event.

The 1980’s would see a resurgence of the popular Ford Mustang as the Miller Mustang would win two races in 1981. Ford would also become competitive with the Thunderbird model as driver Bill Elliott would win a record 11 NASCAR races in 1985. In 1988, Bill Elliott would continue winning in the Ford Thunderbird by taking the NASCAR Winston Cup championship.

Ford continues to produce new and innovative ideas as they design cars for the future. In the early 2000’s, the Ford Taurus model challenged the field, being driven by the Rousch racing team including some of today’s championship drivers like Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch. If the future is anything like the past, Ford will continue to produce many historic Ford race cars.

Ushering in a Revolution in Automotive HMI Design

Introduction

The increasing numbers of electronic systems in a car have ushered in a revolution which has transformed the car into a safe, luxurious and intelligent machine. One thing that has not changed however is the importance of human interaction with the car. This interaction defines the user experience and is a key marketing differentiation between different vehicles.

The systems measuring and tracking interactions of the user as well as providing feedback are collectively known as Automotive Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems. From the user’s perspective, this interaction maybe conscious – when he deliberately provides input to a system, or subconscious – when the system measures his intent without his knowledge.

Capacitive Sensing – Ushering in a revolution in Automotive HMI

Even with the inherent barriers in the adoption of new HMI technologies in the automotive environment, engineers are constantly trying to improve HMI systems to make them more intuitive, look cooler, and be more accurate. At the heart of this change are innovative human interaction sensing technologies which are enabling this evolution. One such technology is capacitive sensing which has revolutionized the design and implementation of HMI applications.

Very simply, a capacitive sensor is composed of a pair of adjacent electrodes.

When a human being (or any other conductive object) comes in proximity to these electrodes, there is additional capacitance between the electrodes and the object which can be measured to detect the object’s presence.

Using this technology, it is easy to build touch sensors acting as buttons, sliders, trackpads etc. Alternately capacitive sensing can also be used for proximity sensing where no contact is required between the sensor and the user’s body. This can be achieved by increasing the sensitivity of the sensors. Further, such sensors are non-line of sight; therefore, a single sensor is enough to detect approach in 3 dimensions.

Such a technology becomes even more powerful in conjunction with programmable mixed signal controllers. Such devices enable the measurement of capacitance intelligently enabling the detection of human proximity in terms of range, direction of approach, gesture recognition etc. They also enable the possibility of integrating other functions like controlling motors and LEDs to provide feedback to the user based on touch/proximity.

Center console design models:

The Brick Design Model

Center consoles have been traditionally designed using the brick design model. In this model, each center console component is a complete unit comprising of controls/switch panel as well as the actual electro mechanical box.

For example a center console is composed of a number of independent components comprising the HVAC, Audio, and Navigation units. Each individual component is a complete system comprising the controls, electronic components and mechanical actuators etc.

The limitations of such a design is that each system is developed in a silo, and the car manufacturer has only limited control in being able to provide a uniform look and feel. The designers also have limited freedom to design center consoles with restrictions on styling. There is also an increased cost adder to allow for tooling costs associated with additional grooves and harnesses. Due to an increased number of mechanical components, there is also an increased chance of failure.

The integrated design model

In the integrated design model, the control for all elements of the center console are unified into a single front panel with the actual electro-mechanical systems connected through a data bus. The distribution and integration of the control panel enables HMI designers with greater flexibility in styling as well as greater control over uniform look and feel. Such a design also reduces tooling charges and increases reliability. Because of integration and reduction of controls, such designs also reduce the total cost of systems.

The integrated design model is largely made possible because of capacitive touch sensing. Designers can integrate a flat panel with capacitive sensors, and have greater freedom to play around with curves thereby provide a better overall styling of front panels. Due to the reduced number of mechanical components and fewer grooves (which trap dust etc), such designs also enhance reliability and reduce system costs.

Revolutionizing Automobiles

Wheel has marked the era of innovation. With the furtherance of innovation cars & automobiles have come into existence. But at the same time men should not contaminate the environment because of their sheer innovation rather they should keep an attitude of gratitude towards the mother nature. There is no paradox held here that indiscriminate and prolonged innovation harm mother nature rather the mankind should find out the other way- eco-friendly automotives.

Truly that date marked the era of innovation when man first invented wheels. Gradually the day came when men were riding on automotives geared up by sophisticated engines and fuels. That was the turning point of man’s history and lives. Men kept on running with the rolling wheels and eventually the year 1769 became the date to remember which remind men that the inception of automotives was laid in this particular year. Men kept on taking the strides to meet the challenges heading and following them. The struggle was to make a better one which meet their needs and lifestyle. Different versions of automobiles came, made news and went away. That’s how technology manifest itself.

Men never became complacent otherwise the development in any sphere of the life could not have happened. They learnt to make progress with the rolling wheels and came up with something that marked the growth of the civilizations on the technical and analytical fronts. Yes the growth was conspicuous and the automotive industry felt the revolution. The revolution that sharpened the automotive parts for better efficiency is illustrated by the automobiles. History has witnessed the phase changes in the automotives with every new one replacing the defunct and obsolete one. That is how science grow by leaps and bounds.

The automotives are now on the way to achieving. Driven by high end engineering, today’s automotives reveal the man’s elevated thoughts technically and analytically. In every part of automotives the innovation can be clearly seen. The importance of automotive’s invention is so pronounced that there are different era that mark the difference in automotives that reigned over those years. Automotives not only meet your needs but also reflect your status. Evidently the more expensive automotives you have the more richer you are. Yes that’s the tag that is associated with automotives. The automotives glorify your status and lifestyle.

All the stuffs like ball joints, bushing kits, control arms and drag links have come into existence to accelerate the modernity of the automotives. These essential automotive parts are the heart and soul of the vehicles which keep the automotives in the alive state. The vehicles are now have become the substance of the commonalities. But the most important is how less they are going to pump out smoke into the atmosphere rather we should resort to CNG vehicles and the similar one. It is high time that we as a responsible citizen of the respective countries contemplate over the issue and come to an environment friendly conclusion. This path may lead us to drive eco-friendly automotives that do not harm anybody or to a lesser amount.

Lets save the mother nature and be obliged to her for the kindness and blessing she has showered on us. Resort to the eco-friendly automotives thereby enhancing innovation to the fullest as well as saving the environment from getting contaminated. Lets put our creativities and abilities to progress on both the aspects; making the latest of the designs in automotives and also saving the mother nature who is constantly saving us.

Engine Assemblies

Marshall Engines is an aftermarket automobile engine remanufacturing company. Founded by Norris Marshall in 1982, the brand started commercially remanufacturing engines for cars and light trucks. Currently, it specializes in remanufacturing car, light truck, diesel, high performance, marine and fleet engine assemblies-with the addition of other aftermarket automotive parts.

“Automotive racing history”

The brand has nearly 200 production offices and numerous sales personnel under its wing. With branches covering the northern America (from Mexico to Canada), the brand’s production capacity has a capability of remanufacturing 100 light truck, marine, commercial and high performance car engines per day.

The brand lives up to founder Marshall Norris’ vision of giving “customers quality remanufactured engines at a fair price.” That is why Marshall Engines is known for being the first company to adapt QS-9000 quality standards created by Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors. The brand is also known for being a leader when it comes to introducing the world’s first dyno-tested and documented production of remanufactured engines.

With the quality of replacement engines that the brand produces, juxtaposed to the affordable value of its prices, Marshall Engines’ customers have garnered over four billion miles worth on the two hundred thousand remanufactured engines that the brand has made since 1982.