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2017 Audi A8

2017 Audi A8 caught in the act!

After the Dieselgat saga, VW anounced it cut the R&D budget by €1 billion to €12 billion next year. This led to speculation about the premier brands Porsche and Audi’s future viability in the face of stiff technology competition from BMW and Mercedes. Fortunately the 2017 Audi A8 still has what it takes! Spy photographers have […]

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Hydrogen Injection Technologies

Can Hydrogen Injection save the diesel engine?

The greatest automotive story this century has been the “Dieselgate” conspiracy. Not only has it brought down the established regime at VW, but it’s shaken the very foundation of diesel powered transportation. VW has already started rolling out a fix in Europe, which many of us are sceptical about, but are still “negotiating” with legislators […]

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Laser ignition

Ignition systems spark new interest in ICE’s.

The new generation of downsized turbocharged engines require more than a spark generated at the right time to initiate combustion: Some mixtures exceed stoichiometric ratios and in theory should not even combust. The modern ignition system has evolved from a purely mechanical switch used to charge the coil, to engine-management controlled, electronic switching circuits. A few […]

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SAM2X5-630 could replace aluminium

SAM2X5-630: The steel industry fights back!

The steel industry is under siege: Carbon Fiber, Graphene and aluminium are rapidly making inroads into traditional automotive steel applications such as body in white, suspension, and even engine components. But, the recent unveiling of a new amorphous metal dubbed SAM2X5-630, could stall the trend in it’s tracks. The search for increasingly versatile alloys of […]

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Vorsprung durch technik

Audi puts the S in Sport with the new SQ7.

SUV’s started life as mom’s taxi’s, but as with anything with wheels, when the marketing people saw there was interest the segment rapidly saw “real” cars enter the niche: Cars that might actually (Secretly of course…) appeal to those of us that actually do like driving! Take Audi’s new SQ7 for example: Nowhere is Audi’s […]

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Carbon Fibre - the logical material for body-in-white

How long will the Auto industry hang onto steel and aluminium?

As far back as May 2009 Martin Goede, coordinator of the EU’s ‘SuperLight-Car’ project predicted that the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions would be the most important challenges facing the automotive industry in the future. “One way to reduce consumption is by reducing a car’s weight,” he added. Penalties for excess emissions have […]

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