OT: Car buffs, help needed

John Francis johnf at panix.com
Fri Oct 30 16:31:55 EDT 2009

On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 04:13:55PM -0400, paul stenquist wrote:
> What's the latest gee-whiz technology in the auto biz. Looking for  
> topics that are unusual and somewhat obscure. For example the ceramic  
> brake disc is potentially a good topic, the hydrogen fuel cell  is  
> probably not. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

The place to look for cutting-edge technology is often in racing,
and typically in F1 and/or WRC.

Currently F1 is using carbon/carbon brakes - ceramics are old hat.

If you're looking for technology that's just beginning to show up
in cars driven by mere mortals, twin-clutch transmisssions might
be worth taking a look at.

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