Author Archive | Peter Els

2034 self-driving Porsche 908

A glimpse into the future with a review of the 2034 Porsche 908TAh RS Selfdriving.

After a little mishap I suffered in my Jet Black 918, going off on the INSIDE of the infamous Crowthorne corner at South Africa’s Kyalami racetrack in 2019, today will be my first time back on a circuit. It’s only thanks to the amazing surgeon, Sir Timothy Noakes, who printed some pretty trick Carbon nano-tubes […]

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BMW use water injection in the Motogp Safety car

New BMW 3 cylinder runs on water!

Well that’s not quite correct: The BMW Group has tried enhancing the capabilities of conventional engine technology using direct water injection for turbocharged petrol engines. Although this was used for many years by Porsche Turbo “hot-rodders” BMW are about to introduce this into series production. The controlled water injection into the engine cylinders produces a cooling […]

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Twin-track discussed at the 2016 Geneva motor show

Twin-track product cycles speed up automotive technology.

With every new model that mobile phone manufacturers release there’s a quantum leap forward in technology. Automakers do the same, but with the development and production costs of bringing a car to market often running into the hundreds of billions of USD model life cycles tend to be much longer (Typically 7 years), but with […]

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Solid SCR

Is there an alternative to Diesel Exhaust Fluid in SRCs?

To date smaller diesel engines have managed to meet Eu emissions regulations, and in some cases US Tier II Bin 5 standards, without resorting to Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) NOx aftertreatment. This has been accomplished through improved fuel injection and boosting systems, together with the adoption of low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation and Lean NOx traps. […]

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4 seater Deltawing

Small motors with a big bite!

You’ll be forgiven for not knowing of DHX Electric Machines but unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past ten years DeltaWing Technology Group should at least ring a bell, and for those with great recall, the strange looking Nissan endurance racer will come to mind. “This is a marriage of two extremely innovative approaches – […]

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Exploded view of a catalytic convertor

Do Catalytic Converters still need Platinum?

  Ever since the work carried out by people such as Robert C. Stempel in the 1970’s, automotive catalytic convertors have used precious metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium to promote the reaction of exhaust gases; by so doing converting nitrous oxides, carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons into nitrogen gas, carbon dioxide and water. […]

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BMW hydrogen fuel cell

Are Hydrogen fuel-cell cars being overlooked?

Despite Volkswagen’s embarrassing Dieselgate exploits there’s no doubt that the motor industry is serious about cleaning up its act. And supported by government funding, such as Britain’s recently announced grant of £400 million to promote plugin hybrids electric vehicles show signs of making a difference. However in the 2011 State of the Union, President Obama […]

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Spanio GTA uses Graphene

Graphene the wonder-material of the future.

The secret to the material’s extraordinary strength lies in the robustness of the covalent carbon-carbon bond and the fact that the one atom thick graphene monolayers can be produced defect-free. Essentially all materials contain defects, such as microscopic cracks or scratches, which are “weaker” than surrounding material. As a result, the breaking stress of a […]

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Automotive EMC testing

EMI challenges in connected vehicles.

In a world of instant connectivity drivers have become accustomed to receiving information about traffic conditions and potential hazards, whether by listening to a traffic report on the radio, viewing a connected GPS map to see if there are slow-downs ahead, or checking a smartphone app that tracks reports from other drivers who have seen accidents, […]

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