Car buffs, help needed

Ken Waller kwaller at
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 
stiff IMO.

Kenneth Waller

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "paul stenquist" <pnstenquist at>
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.
> Paul

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