What makes a true champion? Talent, endurance, daring, competitive spirit and consistency may well lead the list. The undeniably best-in-the-business, where all of these and more come into play, is MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi. Continue reading “Valentino Rossi and MotoGP’s Perfect Wheel”
Cars are made from the inside-out. From the frame and structural elements, and the other parts you can’t see, to the point where the sheet metal components are welded together, and what’s recognizable as a car really takes shape. “Body in white” is that stage before those external elements are painted, before moving parts like doors and hoods, and trim assemblies, like glass and seats, have been made a part of the frame. Continue reading “Body in White, Lightweighting and Mixed Materials”
It’s Europe’s leading trade fair for sports cars, tuning, motorsports, classic cars and more. Continue reading “Get Set for Everything Automotive: The Essen Motor Show”
Road traffic crashes and accidents claim 1.2 million lives and 10 million injuries worldwide every year. More than one third of these numbers apply to pedestrians. Continue reading “Motor Vehicles and Pedestrian Safety”
Science and industry have long seen abundant hydrogen as a clean, green fuel, a promising alternative to fossil fuels to power cars, planes and boats, buildings and almost any portable device that normally uses batteries.
Whether tuning or personalizing or modifying, changing or replacing the basic operating equipment or just the aesthetics of your ride–from the audio system to the engine itself-–is a way to show off your engineering or design skills, and make a statement about yourself and what your car means to you. Indeed, the market for aftermarket wheels, tires and suspension components represents multi-billions of dollars annually.
Continue reading “Wheels: Performance and “Plus Sizes””
Porsche has announced that it’s creating braided carbon-fiber wheels, being offered as an option on the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.
Cost (in Germany): EUR 15,232, including VAT. Continue reading “Magnesium versus Carbon Fiber: Lightweight Wheels Reality Check”
“A cigar is just a cigar,” goes the old saying, and “An automobile tire is a tire is a tire.” Well, neither description is that simple. Tires aren’t just an undifferentiated mass of rubber, and they aren’t all made the same. Continue reading “Radials: Superior Tires by Design”
Formula E: Energized, Inspired, All-electric!
Formula E’s first groundbreaking season ran in 10 of the world’s top cities, starting in Beijing in September 2014 and ending in London in June 2015.
Wheel disks exports from China are very popular in the automotive aftermarket, largely due to their low price. For example, experts say in 2016 Russia imported about 1 million Chinese-made wheel disks. But extensive expert testing and evaluation show that these wheels are not worth even their low price, and may pose a risk to consumers who buy them. Continue reading “Made in China? Wheels Buyers Beware”