Search The Virtual Driver
Tagged for Your Convenience
1940 Ford Coupe 1961 F1 season 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 2012 Ford Explorer 2012 Jeep Wrangler 2012 Toyota Camry 2012 VW Beetle 2012 VW Passat 2013 Chevys 2013 Ford Explorer 2013 Ford Focus Electric 2013 Ford Fusion review 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2013 Hyundai Sonata SE 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2013 Infiniti JX AWD 2013 Lexus ES 350 2013 Lexus GS 2013 Mercedes GLK350 2013 NAIAS 2013 Nissan Altima 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2014 Detroit Auto Show 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2014 Kia Forte 2014 Lexus IS 2014 Mazda CX-5 crossover 2014 Mazda3 2014 Mercedes S-Class 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 2014 NAIAS 2014 Toyota Corolla 2014 Toyota Highlander 2015 Camaro 2015 Chrysler 200 2015 Ford F-150 2015 Ford Mustang 2015 Lincoln Navigator 2015 Mini Cooper 2015 Mustang affordable carbon fiber airbag technology Alan Mulally Alfa Romeo 4C ALMS AMG SLS E-Cell AP Racing Radi-CAL ArmorAll AROnline Atlanta Motorsport Park Audi Audi bicycle Audi R18 Austin Powers Autocade automotive porn automotive safety systems Avro Vulcan barn finds Battle of Britain Beverly Rae Kimes Big Bang Theory BMW BMW 2 Series Active Tourer BMW 3 Series BMW i3 BMW i8 BMW i8 luggage BMW X4 BMW1 Series Bob Lutz BorgWarner Breitling watches British Motor Heritage Bryce Hoffman Buick Regal GS Buick Verano Cadillac ATS Cadillac CTS-V Cadillac CUE Cadillac XTS CAFE standards Camaro Z28 Camaro ZL1 Car Spy book Carroll Shelby Cars in Context Television Cars in Context TV Caterham Caterham Seven Center for Automotive Research CES Chevy Cruze diesel Chevy Sonic Chevy Volt Chicago Auto Show China Auto 2012 Chip Foose Chrysler Clarion C-Max Hybrid CNG Cobra Jet Mustang Controlled Power Technologies Corvette C7 Corvette sinkhole Craftsman CTX tractors Dale Jr Dallara GP2 hillclimb Dan Wheldon De Lorean Detroit Auto Show Detroit Electric diesel engine Dodge Dodge Avenger Dodge Challenger domestic energy donuts drag racing DRB-Hicom driver alert Ducati 899 Panigale Ducati Monster Ducati Museum Eagle GB Edsel Ford electric bike electric vehicles EPA Evanta F-150 SuperCrew federal bureaucracy Federal-Mogul Ferrari Ferrari dog kennels Ferrari F12 FEV Fiat 500 Abarth Fiat 500 furniture Fiat-Chrysler Ford Ford Explorer Sport Ford F-150 EcoBoost Ford F-150 Tremor Ford Fiesta ST Ford Focus ST Ford Fusion Ford Mustang Ford S-Max Ford Transit Connect Formula One rules Forza Motorsport Fq hybrid braking Frankfurt Motor Show Geneva Motor Show Global RallyCross GM GM recalls Goodwood Festival of Speed Group Lotus HANS device Harley-Davidson Harley-Davidson Breakout Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two Harley-Davidson SuperLow Harley-Davidson Switchback healthcare Honda ATVs Honda endurance engine Honda motorcycles HondaJet Husqvarna hybrids Hyundai Hyundai Accent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra GT Hyundai Genesis Coupe Hyundai Veloster Indy 500 IndyCar Infiniti Infiniti Q50 Infiniti QX56 J.D. Power and Associates Jabuar Jaguar C-X16 Jaguar E-Type Jaguar F-Type Jaguar luggage Jaguar XJL Jeep Cherokee Jeep concepts jet prropulsion Jim Clark John Krafcik Kia Forte Koup SX Kia Rio Kia Sorento Kia Soul Lamborghini Land Rover LR2 Le Mans lead-acid batteries Lexus GS350 F Sport Lexus LS LExus LX 570 Lincoln MKC Lincoln MKX Lincoln MKZ Lincoln Motor Company Lola LMP1 Lotus Lucire Lyonheart K Maserati Tipo 250F replica Mazda Mazda chair Mazda2 McLaren McLaren MP4-12C Spider McLaren P1 McLaren P1 interior Mercedes Mercedes 4Matic Mercedes comic book Mercedes GL Mercedes GLA Mercedes pickup trucks Mercedes van Mercedes-Benz furniture metal matrix composite brakes Michael Schumacher Mike Hawthorn Mini Countryman Mini Coupe Mini Roadster Mini Vision Mitsubishi muscle cars MyFord Touch NAIAS nanoslide coating NASCAR NASCAR heating scandal Niki Lauda Nissan BladeGlider Nissan Leaf Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Skyline history Nissan Smart mirror Nissan Versa Note Nnissan Quest Nurburgring OnStar FMV Peter Wright Peugeot 108 Pininfarina Pope Benedict XVI Porsche 917 Porsche 918 Spyder Porsche P1 EV Porsche Panamera powertrain technology Prius c Prius v racing Ram 1500 Ram ProMaster Range Rover Renault F1 engine Renault Twingo restomod Ricardo Engineering Roger Penske Rolls Royce Bespoke Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Rush movie Saab safety technology Santa SBU V3 Scion FR-S Sir Malcolm Campbell Siri smart Speed sport sedans Sportster Subaru BRZ Suzuki SX4 Team Lotus TechShop touchpad technology Toyota Toyota 4Runner Toyota Prius c Toyota Tacoma Toyota Venza Toyota VenzaMcLaren MP4-12C Triumph Speed Triple TRW TRW touchpad U.S. Air Force Museum UAW Udvar-Hazy Center unionization vaporware Vehreo fabric Visteon Volkswagen Volvo Volvo Drive-E Volvo S60 R-Design VW VW Beetle Convertible VW Beetle TDI VW GTI VW Jetta Hybrid VW MQB VW Passat TDI VW Touareg TDI winter driving XPEL Yamaha anime
Friday
Mar212014

Audi's Le Mans AWD

When Audi won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its all-wheel drive e-tron quattro LMP1 cars, it had traditional rear-drive racers on track, just in case. Not so in 2014. It’s all-wheel drive or nothing.

The rules governing both the 24 Hours and the World Endurance Championship limited use of all-wheel drive to speeds above 120 km/74 mph, eliminating the technology’s low-speed traction advantage. This rule has been dropped for 2014, and Audi has adopted a new Motor Generator Unit (MGU) to take advantage of the change. The MGU and its integrated differential sits between the front wheels where it captures kinetic energy under braking. This energy is transferred to a flywheel storage device located in the cockpit next to the driver. Under acceleration, the flywheel returns the stored electrical power to the front wheels.

“We’ve developed the entire hybrid drive from scratch again for 2014,” explains Dr. Martin Mühlmeier, Head of Technology at Audi Sport. “Specifically, it’s become even lighter and more efficient than before.” It also uses a new engine/drive system strategy. The electronic powertrain controller has new computer code to take full advantage of the championship’s new efficiency regulations. — CAS

 

Friday
Mar212014

Volvos Magnetic Solution

Volvo Car Group and the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket), recently completed a project that used magnets embedded in the roadway to help self-driving cars accurately determine their position. Unlike GPS and in-car camera systems, the magnets are unaffected by poor weather and physical obstacles. “The magnets create an invisible ‘railway’ that literally paves the way for a positioning inaccuracy of less than one decimeter (3.937 in.). We have tested the technology at a variety of speeds and the results so far are promising,” says Jonas Ekmark, preventive safety leader at Volvo Car Group.

The team created a 328-ft. track at Volvo’s test facility just outside of Gothenburg, Sweden. Round, 1.6 x 3.9-in. ferrite magnets were located nearly eight inches below the surface, and the test car was equipped with several magnetic field sensors. The idea was to determine detection range, reliability, durability, cost and effect on road maintenance. Though not a prerequisite for autonomous driving, the team discovered that the technology is relatively inexpensive and easy to implement, reliable, and may have unforeseen benefits. These include preventing run-off road accidents, more accurate and less costly winter road maintenance, and increasing current road space by making roads narrower. The next step in the program comes with tests in real-life traffic. — CAS

 

Friday
Mar212014

F1 Braking System Changes

By Christopher A. Sawyer

As anyone who watched the Australian Grand Prix might have noticed, braking isn’t a straightforward affair in the 2014 F1 season. The connection between the brake pedal and the brakes isn’t direct as the switch to hybrid powertrains has required a shift to brake-by-wire technology, and a resizing of the brake components. In addition, minimum weight has increased to 691 kg (1,523 lb.), and aerodynamic downforce has been reduced, which has increased braking distances and increased the time spent braking.

Click to read more ...

Friday
Mar072014

Nissan Smart Rearview Mirror

When Nissan was done introducing the revised Juke and hawking the BladeGlider concept to the press at Geneva, there was time for reflection… on its new rearview mirror design. The Smart mirror has a built-in LCD monitor, and is housed within the structure of a conventional rearview mirror. This was made possible by the development of a high-performance narrow-angle camera and specially shaped LCD monitor. A standard wide-angle camera lens would, when its image was adjusted to the monitor’s size, produce a low resolution, low quality image. The special 1.3 megapixel narrow-angle camera, on the other hand, produces a high quality image ideal for the LCD monitor’s 4:1 aspect ratio. (Conventional monitors have aspect ratios of 4:3 or 16:9.) It is mounted above the rear window.

Click to read more ...

Friday
Feb072014

Porsche P1

Though the 1948 Type 356 is the first sports car to bear the Porsche name, it wasn’t the first Porsche. That honor belongs to this, the 1898 Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model, a.k.a. the Porsche P1. Designed and built by Ferdinand Porsche, the P1 took to the streets of Vienna, Austria on June 26, 1898, it makes its way into the Porsche Museum in unrestored condition 116 years later.

Powered by a compact electric drive system that weighs 130 kg (286 lb), the P1 had an output of 3 hp that could, for short periods, be increased via overloading to 5 hp. This gave the vehicle a top speed of 22 mph, and a range of 50 miles. Vehicle speed was controlled by a 12-speed switching mechanism. The P1 proved itself in competition in September 1899, when it won a 25-mile race for electric vehicles by 18 minutes. Most of Porsche’s competition failed to finish due to technical difficulties, while the P1 carried Porsche and three passengers. It also had the lowest measured energy consumption. — CAS