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Renault Trucks with Allison transmissions make lighter work of bulk LPG deliveries for BP   Print  
Four new Renault Trucks equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions have been delivered to BP Gas to increase efficiency, cut vehicle component maintenance and replacement costs, and improve driver comfort on deliveries to domestic, commercial, in Thursday, 28th May 2009

Four new tankers support efficient operations, save costs and improve comfort for deliveries to remote locations

BP Gas is benefitting from the arrival of four new Renault Trucks equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions. The 18-tonne rigid Midlums were specified as part of a fleet replacement programme to increase efficiency, cut vehicle component maintenance and replacement costs, and improve driver comfort on deliveries to domestic, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers in Scotland and the North of England.  Working out of three BP LPG gas depots in the north of the UK – Cairnhill in Aberdeenshire, Carlisle and Evanton in Rosshire – the new tankers allow the logistics team to maximise bulk capacity via a chassis which can adeptly handle steep, windy, single track roads from the Lake District to the Scottish Highlands.


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Online tyre shoppers urged to make safety their first priority   Print  
Motorists buying tyres online risk compromising their safety on the roads by selecting tyres with an inappropriate speed rating and load index for their car Thursday, 28th May 2009

Motorists shopping for tyres online could be putting their safety at risk by not selecting the most appropriate tyres for their car

As online shopping continues to boom, motorists looking to online retailers for their next pair of tyres are putting their safety at risk by selecting tyres with a lower speed symbol than recommended for their car. Traditionally, many motorists bought tyres at their local garage when they were due to be replaced, however, with instant price comparisons, loyalty point schemes and fitting offered at multiple tyre fitting centres around the country, buying tyres online is becoming an increasingly attractive option. With safe vehicle handling largely dependent on using the right type of tyres for the car, TyreSafe is urging motorists to consider that selecting tyres of the recommended size, load index and speed symbol is essential to safe driving.


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New Affordable Ceramic based Thermal Barrier Coating for Performance and Classic Cars   Print  
Zircotec offers a 30 percent lower cost derivative of its high performance ceramic thermal barrier. Wednesday, 20th May 2009

Zircotec has developed a new lower cost derivative of its high performance ThermoHold® based thermal barrier coatings.

Performance and classic car owners wishing to use plasma sprayed thermal barriers but previously dissuaded by cost now have an option from Zircotec. The firm’s new Primary coating offers a twenty five percent exhaust surface temperature reduction and costs thirty percent less than its premium Performance offering.


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Additional PR contacts for Prodrive ? Automotive Technology   Print  
Wednesday, 20th May 2009

Market Engineering has been appointed to support the Prodrive media team in handling the growing interest in its automotive technology business. Effective immediately, journalists can contact Claire Dumbreck or Richard Gotch of Market Engineering, the leading specialist PR and marketing agency for automotive technology companies.


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Tyre safety campaign achieves record interest   Print  
During April?s Bike Tyre Safety Month, TyreSafe recorded the highest number of visits to its website to date Tuesday, 19th May 2009

During April’s Bike Tyre Safety Month, TyreSafe recorded the highest number of visits to its website to date, as the organisation continues to promote the importance of tyre safety

The latest tyre safety campaign to be held by safety organisation TyreSafe has achieved record interest, as the organisation’s website experienced its busiest month to date in April with 26,700 visits, a 185 percent increase from April 2008. TyreSafe’s Bike Tyre Safety Month reached out to all motorcyclists, new and experienced, to raise awareness of the importance of tyres in road safety. Top tips for bike tyre safety maintenance together with key tyre safety advice were shared with bikers via a dedicated page on the TyreSafe website, where visitors were also offered the opportunity to register for the organisation’s newsletter and receive a free tyre valve extension. The campaign received support from a wide range of organisations, such as the Motorcycle Industry Association, the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the British Motorcyclists Federation.


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Low Cost EMC Testing now available to OEMs and Component Manufacturers in the UK   Print  
Two vehicle size EMC chamber offers 75 percent lower cost testing Monday, 18th May 2009

Two vehicle EMC chamber offers 75 percent lower cost testing and allows investigation of increasingly critical car to car EMC issues

Vehicle and component manufacturers needing to undertake EMC testing now have a low cost solution from in-car electronics specialist Alpine.  The firm’s nine metre by six metre by six metre chamber (crucially large enough for two cars side by side) is available for static vehicle and component bench testing at affordable rates; some 75 percent lower than comparable test houses in the UK.


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New multi-speed Electric Vehicle transmission substantially improves performance, range and battery life   Print  
The red region shows the most efficient speed range for a traction motor. By keeping the motor operating in, or close to, this region, a new multi-speed transmission developed by Vocis could increase the range of electric vehicles by up to 10 percent, wit Tuesday, 12th May 2009

The development of a novel transmission that will make a substantial contribution to the acceptance of electric vehicles is previewed at EVS, the Electric Vehicle Symposium (Norway, 13-16 May)

A novel multi-speed electric vehicle transmission is being developed by transmission engineering and control specialist Vocis. Simulations show that a two-speed configuration could reduce the battery energy consumed by 5-10 percent over the industry-standard New European Drive Cycle, without any significant increase in overall cost or packaging volume, as well as extending battery life and providing the potential to substantially downsize the powertrain and battery pack.


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Next-generation Stop-Start system substantially broadens range of benefits   Print  
The heart of Integral Powertrain?s next-generation stop-start system is an innovative variable ratio pulley that allows substantial improvements in cost and functionality. Wednesday, 29th April 2009

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A stop-start system with new multi-mode, variable ratio drive pulley brings substantial improvements in cost, runs airconditioning with engine-off and delivers CO2 reduction significantly beyond today’s best stop-start technologies

A new generation of Belt-Integrated Starter Generator (B-ISG)) has been developed by powertrain engineering consultancy Integral Powertrain. The system solves the cost-benefit issues that have slowed the uptake of existing B-ISG technologies by providing starting refinement equivalent to today’s very best systems alongside additional benefits such as power to airconditioning while the engine is stopped and reduced losses whilst the engine is running. The total CO2 reduction achieved by the system is said to be substantially greater than that possible with today’s best B-ISG systems.


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Lamborghini selects lightweight Zircotec coating for Murci?lago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce   Print  
Leading automotive coating specialist Zircotec has been selected by Lamborghini to supply a weight saving thermal barrier coating for its new Murci?lago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce. Tuesday, 28th April 2009

Zircotec’s high performance Thermohold® based thermal treatment helps reduce the weight of the Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce.

Automobili Lamborghini has selected automotive coating specialist Zircotec to supply a high performance thermal barrier for the lightweight Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce. The ceramic based thermal coating is applied to the exhaust system and reduces the need for heat shields while allowing heat sensitive lightweight materials to be used in close proximity to the exhaust pipe. Zircotec’s Thermohold technology also protects other heat sensitive components from damage.


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Call to experienced motorcyclists to help promote tyre safety   Print  
TyreSafe and the IAM are encouraging biking enthusiasts to help set the standard by learning more about correct tyre maintenance Friday, 24th April 2009

As the motorcycling season gets under way and increased numbers of riders take to the roads, TyreSafe and the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) are calling on experienced bikers to help promote tyre safety among motorcyclists

With increasing numbers of motorcyclists taking to the road this spring, TyreSafe and the IAM are advising experienced bikers and biking enthusiasts to help raise awareness of the importance of riding on safe tyres. During April’s Bike Tyre Safety Month, TyreSafe is reaching out to motorcyclists of all levels, including enthusiasts, with a reminder that correct tyre maintenance helps keep bikers safe on the road, and may ultimately save their life. As the improved weather conditions attract thousands of bikers to rallies and race meetings around the country, TyreSafe advises checking the pressure, tread depth and condition of tyres before setting off on long journeys.


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