Car buffs, help needed
kwaller at peoplepc.com
Sat Oct 31 01:06:43 EDT 2009
Several items come to mind :
+ Twin turbo engines, replacing normally aspirated engines of higher
displacement, ala the Ford's Eco-boost engines - ie an Eco boost V 6
replacing a normally aspirated V 8, with almost constant Torque from say 2k
rpm to redline.
+ Stability control , where the brakes are utilized to control vehicle
dynamics in a turn ie applying the inside rear wheel brake to help in an
understeer in a turn situation.
+ Electronic throttle where there is no mechanical linkage between the
accelerator pedal and the throttle body.
+ Electronic steering, where there is no hydraulic assist.
+ 'Active speed control' (not sure of the exact name - after a few Bombay
Sapphire gimlets), where the distance between you and the vehicle you're
following is maintained, and if you approach the vehicle in front, the
system applies the brakes.
I might be able to think of more in the morning [:+}
BTW ceramic brakes are offered on several Porsche models and they definitely
last more than 200 miles. although the $8 to 10 K price premium is way too
----- Original Message -----
From: "paul stenquist" <pnstenquist at comcast.net>
Subject: OT: Car buffs, help needed
> 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.
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