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Zytek electric A-Class demonstrates fast route to premium-quality zero emissions family car   Print  
The 55kW E-Drive fits neatly onto the existing engine mounting points with just three additional connections (water, high voltage electrics and low voltage electrics). Performance is said to be brisk. Tuesday, 8th September 2009

High quality demonstrator developed by Zytek in just ten weeks using uprated version of proven electric drive system

A fully engineered, electric version of the Mercedes A-Class has been developed by Zytek in just ten weeks. Designed to demonstrate the capability of the company’s proven, production-ready 55kW E-Drive electric powertrain, the five seat electric family car is said to provide the refinement, quality and driveability expected from a world-class premium brand. The programme is a Zytek in-house activity and is entirely independent of Mercedes-Benz.


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New simulator development company unveiled by top British racing driver   Print  
Darren Turner, who is an official works team driver for Aston Martin Racing, has launched Base Performance which offers simulator, race and road car development and driver training programmes for the motorsport and automotive industries Tuesday, 8th September 2009

Double Le Mans winner, Darren Turner, launches ‘Base Performance’, providing unique expertise to maximise simulator, vehicle and driver performance.

A new organisation offering specialist support to improve the development speed, accuracy and value of ‘driver-in-the-loop’ simulators has been formed by top race and development driver Darren Turner. With extensive experience of Formula 1 simulators and road and race car development, Base Performance will allow race teams and vehicle manufacturers to quickly develop and optimise simulators into workable tools, in order to achieve better results.


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XPart expands battery range to include motorcycle, commercial vehicle, leisure and marine   Print  
XPart has increased its battery range by 280 percent, offering batteries for a variety of applications at competitive prices Tuesday, 8th September 2009

Parts distribution specialist XPart has increased its battery range by 280 percent, offering batteries for a variety of applications at competitive prices

XPart has expanded its range of OE-quality batteries to include motorcycle, commercial vehicle, leisure and marine, increasing the number of battery part numbers available to motor traders by 280 percent. The new competitively priced range will also include nearly 50 percent more car batteries, and will be available to order from all XPart wholesalers and AutoService centres, with same day delivery.


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XPart helps MG race drivers find replacement parts   Print  
XPart is giving MG race drivers unique access to its trade helpline in order to help them locate the parts they need Monday, 7th September 2009

Parts distribution specialist expert XPart is giving MG race drivers unique access to its trade helpline in order to help them locate the parts they need

XPart is helping MG race drivers find vital replacement parts for their cars by giving them unique access to its trade helpline. The company aims to help keep MG ZS, ZR, F and TF cars on track and counter any perceptions of lack of availability in motorsport circles. Currently, race teams and drivers can use XPart’s online search facility for MG parts or contact their local XPart wholesaler. Gaining access to the company’s trade helpline offers an additional layer of support to help teams find the parts they need.


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All seeing buses and coaches improve safety   Print  
Innovative camera system improves safety for seeing around corners, manoeuvring, lane changing and parking. Inset shows the view the driver can see in the cab. The blue areas are the fields of vision for the cameras. Tuesday, 1st September 2009

Innovative camera system improves safety for seeing around corners, manoeuvring, lane changing and parking

A device to see around blind corners and provide a “top view” will help drivers to manoeuvre buses and coaches more safely. Alpine’s Multi Camera technology is linked with a navigation database offering the ability to see all aspects of the vehicle and its surroundings, eliminating dangerous blind spots.


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All seeing commercial vehicles improve safety   Print  
Innovative camera system improves safety for seeing around corners, manoeuvring, lane changing and parking Tuesday, 1st September 2009

Innovative camera system improves safety for seeing around corners, manoeuvring, lane changing and parking

A device to see around blind corners and provide a “top view” will help drivers to manoeuvre trucks and buses more safely. Alpine’s Multi Camera technology is linked with a navigation database offering the ability to see all aspects of the vehicle and its surroundings, eliminating dangerous blind spots.


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Allison reaches 10,000 automatic transmissions in Buenos Aires   Print  
Agrale bus in Buenos Aires, equipped with  the Allison S2100 transmission Friday, 28th August 2009

10,000th bus equipped with Allison transmission is supplied in major Latin American metropolis

Sao Paulo, Brazil – Allison Transmission, the premier global supplier of commercial duty fully automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems, has reached the important milestone of fitting 10,000 transmissions to city buses in the capital of Argentina. Buenos Aires – which has one of the most modern public transportation fleets in Latin America – requires the use of automatic transmissions in all city buses due to safety, ease of operation, reliability and efficiency benefits. Equipping its buses with Allison transmissions allows safe, smooth and reliable passenger transportation every day.


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Greyhound orders new buses equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions as part of plan to redefine leisure travel   Print  
Greyhound Lines, Inc. has ordered 174 Prevost X3-45 buses equipped with Allison?s B500 fully automatic trans-missions as part of an eventual entire fleet replacement programme Friday, 28th August 2009

Allison Transmission supports Greyhound – North America’s largest provider of intercity bus transportation – to deliver improved passenger comfort, fuel efficiency and reliability

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – In its continued commitment to offer the best in leisure bus transportation, Greyhound Lines, Inc. has ordered 174 Prevost X3-45 buses equipped with Allison’s B500 fully automatic transmissions. The new premium touring buses, designed to provide a smoother and more comfortable riding experience, are fuel efficient, environmentally-friendly and easy to operate and maintain. Greyhound plans to replace its entire nationwide fleet with more fuel-efficient buses over time. One hundred and two have already debuted on its routes from New York to Montreal, Toronto and Boston.


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BERU f1systems launches US operations   Print  
Steve Stover is heading up BERU f1systems? operations in the US Thursday, 27th August 2009

New dedicated sales and engineering support in the US for motorsport customers

BERU f1systems is launching a North American operation to support customers and expand sales of its renowned performance engineering solutions. With an initial emphasis on the company’s core professional motorsport market, UK-headquartered BERU f1systems seeks to increase local customer support for its tyre pressure monitoring systems – including its new revolutionary infra-red technology, composites,  wiring harnesses and strain gauging equipment, among other components and systems for which it is known in international motorsport categories including NASCAR, ALMS and IndyCar.


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Radical new chair uses recyclable ARPRO? to provide ultra-modern look and huge range of customer choices   Print  
ARPRO?s combination of strength and resilience allows the two halves of the Snap chair to simply snap together Wednesday, 26th August 2009

Innovative furniture designer Karim Rashid has used ARPRO to create a fabulous range of chairs for Antwerp-based furniture brand FEEK. Each chair is made from a light-weight steel frame supporting two ARPRO pieces that snap together to form the seat and backrest. Customers can choose the colour of each side individually and the complete chair is recyclable.


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