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Video of the Day: Audi e-tron Engine Production

Ever wondered how electric engines are made? Here’s a video of Audi’s factory showing the full engine assembly process. It has it all, the stator, the copper coils, advanced Kuka robotics, beautifully machined aluminium parts, mini automous vehicles used to trasport parts between stages, heat treatment, rigorous testing and, finally, the emergence of a brand …

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What do engineers REALLY think about Tesla’s Cybertruck?

This week Tesla unveiled their highly anticipated cyberpunk inspired Cybertruck much to the amusement of the automobile industry experts. Elon Musk presented Cybertruck as a long-needed update to the pickup truck design which remained unchallenged for the best part of 100 years. The truck is priced at $39,900 and over, with production scheduled to begin …

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What is Parkerizing, how does it work?

Parkerizing is a method used on ferrous metals such as wrought iron, cast iron, steel and alloy steel, offering added protection from corrosion. This process is not suitable for non-ferrous metals like a copper, brass, aluminium, and plastic items. It can also be used to improve the wear resistance of materials by adding a surface …

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Introduction to Vehicle Architecture for Sports Cars

Fast, fun to drive and intimidating. Those are the characteristics sports car owners expect when spending their hard earned money. However, what are the basics of vehicle architecture that ensure these characteristics? Designing a sports car Building a car is like bringing together several attributes and then compromising to get them all to fit. Most …

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How does a Centrifugal Clutch work? What are the pros and cons?

The centrifugal clutch is a clutch that bases its operation on the principle of centrifugal force generation. It is generally considered one of the smoothest types of clutches as it engages the load to the engine gradually, allowing the engine to reach its optimal torque range before it has to carry any loads. This is …

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Making Carbon Fibre More Cost Effective

Lightweight and extremely rigid, carbon fibre was a game changer for the aerospace and motorsport industry. Although some manufacturers have been doing a good job on introducing carbon fibre chassis to road cars, like in the BMW i3, it’s just natural to imagine very expensive products when we talk about this material. Cost effective carbon …

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Auto Tuning Part 2: Suspension Elements

This is a continuation of an earlier article entitled “Auto Tuning Part 1: Fundamentals of Vehicle Dynamics” where we began an in-depth look at the dynamics and fine tuning of vehicles. The first article covered subjects such as understeer, oversteer and neutral steer as well as ride comfort and how each relatively small adjustment can …

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Revealed: The amazingly efficient, but UNUSED Bourke Engine from the 1920s

For many people the world of mechanical engineering is based upon the challenge to change and improve systems of years gone by. The two-stroke and four-stroke engine perfectly illustrates an inability of some people and some companies to even consider there may be better designs out there. The Bourke Engine was created by a man …

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Auto Tuning Part 1: Fundamentals of Vehicle Dynamics

As an automotive engineer, I can’t help feeling frustrated when I see a poorly tuned car. Every auto manufacturer has its own vehicle dynamics department and every vehicle project has a large group of engineers dedicated to it because every single change in the car affects its handling and ride capabilities. That is why it …

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Mechanical Designing in the Automotive Industry: A General Outline

While it is easy to find rich, interesting analyses on the way finance companies, law offices and software labs’ inner processes are conducted, little is known about the insides of factories, industrial companies or R&D departments in the mechanical engineering sector. At MDF, we are eager to initiate the public and future mechanical engineers into …

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