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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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Allison continues to expand global network of trusted distributor and dealer partners   Print  
Transdiesel Australia Pty Limited, based in Victoria, Australia, is geared up to serve Allison customers and enhance direct coverage for the off-highway and the growing on-highway truck markets in addition to supporting Allison?s hybrid programme in the a Tuesday, 16th February 2010

Distributors and direct dealers join the extensive Allison network, growing Allison’s support for valued customers around the world

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, U.S.A. – Allison Transmission, Inc., the world’s leading supplier of commercial duty fully automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems, added a total of 11 new distributors and direct dealers to its global channel network of trusted partners in the past year.  Additionally, Allison’s distributor partners further expanded their capability through additional approved service dealers to increase their customer support reach within their given territories.  “OEMs and truck owners and operators around the world increasingly recognise the superiority of Allison’s engineering, service and product reliability.  Our 2009 network expansion reflects the growing demand for automatic transmissions worldwide and proves Allison’s full commitment to customer service,” says Thomas D. Eifert, executive director of Allison customer support.


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Torotrak Plc ("Torotrak" or "the Company") Interim Management Statement   Print  
Dick Elsy, Chief Executive, Torotrak Plc Tuesday, 16th February 2010

Torotrak (LSE: TRK) is today providing an Interim Management Statement for the period 1 October 2009 to 15 February 2010.  This provides a brief update on trading since the half-yearly report for the six months to 30 September 2009 which was released on 24 November 2009.

Encouraging progress continues to be made across our key business segments and our target remains to break even on a profit after tax basis for the full year to 31 March 2010.


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Upgraded powertrain extends military vehicle?s operational life   Print  
Thanks to a new powertrain, including Allison?s latest fully automatic transmission, the Brazilian Army has been able to extend the life of its vehicles. Monday, 15th February 2010

he introduction of a new engine and the latest fully automatic transmission technology has seen a military vehicle produced by Engesa that was a success in the 80s and 90s back in front line action.

Considered by many to be out of action – as the last units were, for many years, parked in the battalion storage of the Brazilian Army – the armoured Engesa EE-11 Urutu may yet be ready for service again. Destined for troop transportation, the EE-11 despite weighing 13 tons, is a highly capable amphibious vehicle. Together with its carrying capacity, these features made the Urutu very popular among many national armies in South America. With a new powertrain, it is set to strike again.


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Federal-Mogul?s High Precision Electro-Erosion Machining (HPEEM) Process Manufactures Robust and Affordable Bushingless Steel Pistons   Print  
Cross-section of HPEEM process showing the electrode positioned in Monosteel pinhole, the electrolyte flow path and profiled surface highlighted in orange. Monday, 15th February 2010

Innovative Process Delivers Reliability to Customers, Gains in Market Share

Southfield, Michigan, February 15, 2010 …Today’s vehicle manufacturers are driving the development of engine technologies that provide lower emissions, improved fuel economy and longer life – without compromising performance.  Federal-Mogul Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML) is meeting these increasingly complex challenges through new product and process innovations.  A recent example is an innovative non-contact metal shaping process to manufacture, with extreme precision, bushingless steel pistons that perform under higher cylinder pressures found in today’s cleaner, higher performance heavy-duty diesel engines.  HPEEM is Federal-Mogul’s solution to achieve an extremely high-level of manufacturing precision that enables engineers, with minimal cost and capital investment, to design components with increasingly stringent manufacturing tolerances that improve overall engine reliability and performance.


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Spring clean your car with regular servicing   Print  
The XPart AutoService centre network offers MG Rover and New MINI owners a high-quality service option at affordable rates. Monday, 15th February 2010

Motorists planning a spring service for their car following the recent cold snap can visit an XPart AutoService centre for a free vehicle health check to make sure their car is in good working order after the winter

As the country emerges from the recent bouts of harsh weather to enjoy the spring sunshine, motorists are advised to make sure their car is in good working order before setting off on long journeys. Car engines tend to suffer over the winter due to the extreme cold as they strain to reach optimum operating temperature. Additionally, grit on the roads can damage tyres and bodywork, and fluids levels can run low if not properly topped up during the winter months. With modern cars engineered to rely increasingly on Electronic Control Units (ECUs), many faults are now impossible to repair without the use of sophisticated diagnostic equipment, making regular servicing ever more important to efficient running.


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BLOODHOUND Project selects Zircotec as exclusive supplier of thermal barrier solutions   Print  
Key applications cited for coating include protection of the composite body panels surrounding the titanium afterburner nozzle petals, which are normally exposed to airflow on a Typhoon fighter. Monday, 8th February 2010

Thermal management specialist Zircotec is to develop and supply a range of protective thermal barrier solutions for use on 1,000mph land speed record project
 
Thermal barrier specialist Zircotec has been selected as an exclusive supplier to the BLOODHOUND Project, a land speed record attempt hoping to achieve 1000mph. Technical Product Sponsor Zircotec will work closely with the team’s engineers to protect an array of materials including steel, aluminium, titanium and composites using its plasma sprayed ceramics to shield the driver, structure and sensitive electrical systems from heat.


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