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The Automotive Archaeologist   Print  
Brendan Willcocks has been working with MG Rovers for 20 years Tuesday, 31st May 2011

Brendan Willcocks, business manager at MG Rover parts supplier XPart, is celebrating 20 years of service to MG Rover cars.  Whilst the demise of MG Rover in 2005 could have caused the link to be broken, XPart has kept the business alive, going to extraordinary lengths to keep these much loved cars on the road.


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Torotrak technology supports Volvo-led flywheel hybrid project   Print  
Volvo Cars is evaluating flywheel technology to determine its viability for production. Tuesday, 31st May 2011

High-efficiency variable transmission offers cost-effective solution for hybrids

Leyland, UK, 31 May 2011, Torotrak plc (LSE: TRK), the global innovator in gearless traction drive technology for vehicle CO2 reduction, confirms that its continuously variable transmission (CVT) technology forms part of the Volvo Car Corporation’s evaluation of flywheel technology as announced by them on 26 May 2011.


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Third generation of BWI MagneRide ride control technology debuts in new Range Rover Evoque   Print  
The third generation of BWI Group?s MagneRide is entering production on the Range Rover Evoque as its Adaptive Dynamics technology. BWI also supplies the passive dampers used in the Evoque?s standard suspension configuration Tuesday, 17th May 2011

BWI Group’s twin coil system enables exceptional dynamics and comfort without compromising all-terrain ability

The third generation of BWI Group’s MagneRide is entering production on the Range Rover Evoque as its Adaptive Dynamics technology. The addition of a twin-wire dual coil actuator to the system provides faster response and a greater range of damping control, to deliver very high levels of traction, stability and comfort both on and off the road. BWI Group also supplies the passive twin-tube dampers for the vehicle’s standard suspension configuration. BWI has a long history of supplying premium dampers for off-road vehicles.


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DELPHI TO PRESENT SIMULATION METHOD ENABLING MORE EFFICIENT-DESIGN PROCESS AND REDUCED DEVELOPMENT TIME   Print  
Delphi will present a paper titled ?Application of Hybrid Computational Aeroacoustics Method to An Automotive Blower,? at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday May 18, at the upcoming Vehicle Thermal Management Systems Conference and Exhibition being held May 15-19 at t Friday, 13th May 2011

Thermal Systems engineer to speak at VTMS conference next week

Gaydon – Delphi Automotive is working to improve the noise comfort for vehicle passengers and pedestrians around the vehicle through virtual product simulation tools, and the company will highlight this work at the upcoming Vehicle Thermal Management Systems Conference and Exhibition being held May 15-19 at the Heritage Motor Center, Gaydon, Warwickshire, U.K.


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Electric Power Steering reaches production milestone   Print  
Thursday, 12th May 2011

15 million EPS systems made by Nexteer Automotive since 1999, saving almost 5 billion litres of fuel

12 May 2011, Paris – This month the 15 millionth car equipped with Nexteer electric power steering (EPS) will be produced, marking the latest in a series of milestones for the company. Once regarded as a niche product for small cars, EPS has become the technology of choice for fuel-efficient vehicles as manufacturers strive to reduce their CO2 emissions, due to its lower energy consumption than traditional hydraulic systems.


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New double-clutch transmission for McLaren is the lightest and most compact in its class   Print  
The McLaren MP4-12C?s new Sequential Shift Gearbox is not only the lightest and most compact in its class, supplier Oerlikon Graziano says it also sets new standards for refinement and durability. Tuesday, 10th May 2011

Innovative ‘pre-cog’ feature allows near-instant gear changes

Torino – Italy, May 4th 2011 – The McLaren MP4-12C’s new Sequential Shift Gearbox (SSG) is not only the lightest and most compact in its class; supplier Oerlikon Graziano says it also sets new standards for the refinement and durability of a Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).


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BWI Group develops lighter, smaller Active Stabiliser Bar Systems   Print  
BWI has reduced the weight of its Active Stabiliser Bar System by 15%. The low mass and compact size allow OEMs to use the technology on smaller cars, including sports cars and smaller SUV?s Tuesday, 10th May 2011

Easier-to-package technology improves agility and comfort of road cars

New two-channel system allows vehicle manufacturers to adjust the front-rear balance in real time

Paris, 10th May 2011 – Global braking and chassis systems specialist BWI Group has developed a lightweight, more compact version of its proven Active Stabiliser Bar System (ASBS) that will make the many benefits of active roll control available to a far wider range of vehicles. Originally developed for large SUVs, the technology reduces the compromise between sharp handling and class-leading ride quality.


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DELPHI RENEWS SUCCESSFUL MOTORSPORT COOPERATION WITH PEUGEOT   Print  
Peugeot renewed its technical partnership with Delphi for its RCZ endurance race team. The cars use several largely-standard Delphi road car technologies including fuel injection systems and thermal systems. The team achieved a first and two seconds in it Friday, 6th May 2011

Collaboration between Delphi and Peugeot leads to endurance racing success using standard road car fuel injection, engine management and charge air cooling systems

PARIS – Following the success of Peugeot’s two RCZ race cars at the 2010 ADAC 24-hour endurance competition at the Nürburgring, Delphi Automotive and Peugeot have extended their motorsport cooperation.


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Demand for more effective driver assistance safety systems sustains interest in brake-by-wire   Print  
Electric brake systems? faster, more controllable responses and the simplicity of their packaging are receiving renewed interest from OEMs Friday, 6th May 2011

BWI demonstrates electric brake actuation’s potential for integrated control of braking, stability, traction and collision-avoidance systems

Kettering, Ohio, 6th May, 2011 – Global braking and chassis systems specialist BWI Group reports continued interest in electronic Brake-By-Wire technology. By eliminating the hydraulic connection between the driver’s pedal and the individual wheel brakes, an improved level of active safety is achievable through faster, more controllable responses. Anti-lock, traction control, stability control and collision-avoidance functions can all be integrated seamlessly and more effectively using an all-electronic system.


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Wonderfully-illustrated new book celebrates 50 years of XH558, the last flying Vulcan   Print  
The richly-illustrated new 50th Anniversary Book celebrates the first half century of XH558, the last flying Vulcan Wednesday, 4th May 2011

All profits go to support XH558 in her biggest flying season ever

The history of one of the world’s most popular aircraft, XH558 the last flying Vulcan, is celebrated in a lavishly-illustrated new book published to celebrate her 50th year. Researched and written by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, 50 Years of Vulcan XH558 uncovers her history from construction, through all her many roles, her retirement from RAF service and eventual restoration to flight.  Printed on art-quality paper, it is packed with rare photographs and fascinating facts, culminating in the nail-biting story of her restoration and an insight into the challenges of returning one of Britain’s greatest aircraft to the skies.


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