Infiniti will launch the world’s first production continuously variable compression ratio engine in 2018. The engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four called VC-T, will debut in the new QX50 crossover in 2018. The Infiniti QX50 is the brand’s Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC competitor which will be built in Mexico in a new plant jointly constructed with Daimler. Nissan engineers have reportedly been working on the engine concept for more than 20 years, and the company claims to have filed more than 300 patents protecting the design and associated technologies. In simple terms the engine features two connecting rods attached to opposite sides of a metal plate that rotates around a journal on the crankshaft, which is mounted mid-way up the block. The top end of the upper connecting rod is connected to the piston in the conventional manner, and the lower end connected to one side of the plate. The upper end of the lower connecting rod is attached … [Read more...] about Game Changer: Infiniti’s VC-T Variable Compression Engine
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Some 1.5 million people are employed in the endeavor of designing, engineering, building, and selling new vehicles. It’s a Herculean effort, one we celebrate annually with our New Cars issue. You’ll find 83 cars that have either just come out or will debut very soon. This year, we’re also shining a spotlight on a few of the lesser-known folks who help make the cars you see on these pages. Look for them throughout the section. And as always, we’ve included our unvarnished opinions to aid your car shopping, because the person that matters most to us in this whole process is you. Without you, there are no new cars and there is no annual issue. Click the links below to learn about some of the hottest new cars available for 2016. <img src="http://enthusiastnetwork.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/sites/11/2015/08/New-Cars-Under-25k.jpg" alt="See all new cars under $15k” class=”wp-image-707655″ /> Chevrolet Spark — $14,500 (est)Smart Fortwo … [Read more...] about The 83 Hottest New Cars for 2016
After more than 100 years of electric car dross, at last there’s a good one.The BMW i3, likely to go on sale late next year, is the first intelligently conceived electric car I have experienced. Rather than just a ‘normal’ car that is converted to run on electric power (step forward most EVs now on sale) or a ‘bespoke’ EV that carries too much petrol car baggage (step forward the Nissan Leaf), the i3 is new from the ground up and new in engineering philosophy. It’s different in packaging, construction and materials (it may well revolutionise the use of carbon fibre in the auto industry). It starts with a dedicated EV architecture rather than a redundant internal combustion car layout – one of the many failings of the Leaf, C-Zero, Focus Electric, Peugeot iOn and nearly every other EV on sale today (and one of the many failings of the majority of EVs that have been sold in the past, stretching right back to the 19th century). Borrow a … [Read more...] about Gavin Green on the world’s first good electric car
We've all heard the horror stories. Your buddy knows a girl that was dating a guy whose best friend's brother once broke his brand-new, recently purchased performance car while making runs at a drag strip or laps at a track day, and the manufacturer wouldn't cover the repair under warranty.True story? Urban legend? Complete crap? Yes, no, maybe. One thing's for sure: Automotive warranties have always come with caveats.In 1908, an ad in the Trenton Evening Times clearly stated: "All Ford Cars Guaranteed for One Year." Although it changed over time, by 1925 the Ford New Car Guarantee only covered 90 days on material and 30 days on labor, and it clearly stated that that there was "No guarantee whatever on Fan Belts, Glass, Bulbs, Wiring, Transmission, Bands, Hose Connections, Commutator Shells, Rollers, Spark Plugs or Gaskets."Whether or not Ol' Henry would pay to fix your Model T if you broke it shaving a tenth off your lap time at the local board track seems to be lost to history. We're … [Read more...] about Is your new-car warranty good at the race track?
At last, the new Porsche 911 is here. This all-new, 991-spec Porsche 911 will be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show next month, and although you may feel like you've seen it already, that's only because a few pictures leaked out last week. The 911 has been around since 1963, but even the most long-sighted, harshest critic will notice the new styling. (N.B. that’s new styling, rather than a new style direction). The architecture underpinning this latest 911 is all new, and the wheelbase is 100mm longer than the current 997-gen cars'. Add in shorter overhangs (both front and rear), a lower roofline, a wider front track (and a new rear axle), and the new rear-engined icon looks much more curvaceous than before.Hiding beneath the sleeker LED taillights and wider pop-up rear spoiler are two direct-injection iterations of Porsche’s famed flat-six engine. The Carrera now features a smaller but more powerful 3.4-litre engine (down from 3.6) while the S runs an … [Read more...] about Porsche 911 (2011) first official pictures of new 991
► New look for fifth-gen seven-seat Land Rover Discovery ► Claimed 480kg reduction in weight, new 4-cyl diesel option ► On sale spring 2017; packed with tech, priced from £43,495When the hardcore engineering announcements only rank third on the opening list of innovations for the new Land Rover Discovery 5, you know the world has changed.And what, in Land Rover’s own hierarchy, ranks above the engineering improvements for the all-new Disco – which include 480kg weight reduction, 171g/km CO2 emissions, a new 237bhp version of the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel with 369lb ft, and class-leading 3.5-tonne towing capability? Safety (fair enough), and the fact that you can now configure the seven-seater’s interior with your iPhone.Other tech headlines include the option to add up to nine USB ports, four 12-volt charging points and an in-car 3G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices (apparently 4G was a step too far?), while Land Rover claims … [Read more...] about Discovery 5 is alive! Land Rover’s new seven-seat practicality monster unveiled
Tata Motors is on the path of resurrection. When they launched the Horizonext strategy in June last year, the focus was to be on intense products, world-class manufacturing practices, rich customer purchase experience and consistent quality of service. The first product to come out of this strategy was the Tata Zest a few months back. The Zest has been doing good business since the launch and now Tata is launching the Bolt, the hatchback version to keep up the momentum. The launch will happen soon and here we take a look at the engine specifications and the features of the new Bolt.Engine options of Tata BoltTata Bolt will be available in petrol and diesel engines, the same ones that are fitted in the Zest. The petrol Bolt will be powered by a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine, the first in the segment, pumping out a maximum power of 90 PS at 5000 rpm and a maximum torque of 140 Nm at 1500-4000 rpm. The diesel Bolt gets the renowned Fiat sourced 1.3-litre diesel engine putting … [Read more...] about Tata Bolt – Engine Specifications and Features
The verdict on electric cars is quite divided since they have a lot of strong positives and negatives. With the technology available today, it is debatable whether one should buy a new electric car or a petrol/diesel one. But one thing that electric cars do exceptionally well is acceleration. 1.513 seconds was all it took for an electric car to reach 100kmph and create a new world record. The time it took to achieve that speed is even less than the time you took to read this sentence. This world record was achieved by Formula Student Team at the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ). This team hails from Switzerland and their car is called Grimsel. The previous record stood at 1.779 seconds, set last year by the University of Stuttgart.This Formula Student/SAE team consists of 30 students from ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. They made Grimsel reach the 100kmph within a distance of just 30 metres on a runway at the Dübendorf Air Base in Switzerland. … [Read more...] about World’s Fastest Accelerating Car Reaches 100Kmph In 1.513 Seconds!
The automobile world is becoming more volatile day by day as new cars are raining and updates become more frequent than ever. However, most of the action is limited to the designing and cosmetics and changes under the boot only happen once in a while. The reason behind this is the high cost of R&D in developing an engine. The same was the case with 2014, the numbers of new engines were limited. Ford’s EcoBoost engine, which is a compact sized petrol charged engine have sparked the development of petrol turbo engines, therefore many of the engines introduced in 2014 were of the said type. Let’s have a look on engines introduced in 2014.Tata 1.2L RevotronThe home grown manufacturer has proved its mettle by launching its ‘Lakhtakiya’ car Nano. After it, the Zest is the second biggest launch by the manufacturer and it came with a new technical marvel – the Revotron engine. The turbo-charged multi-point fuel injected petrol engine has been developed in … [Read more...] about #LookBack2014 : New Engines Introduced in 2014
Typically, Take Your Child to Work Day is like a free day for your kid. They dress up in natty little mini-person business clothes, get the day off from school, and everyone gets a dose of adorableness. At Ford’s take-your-kid-to-work day, however, the air was decidedly more . . . competitive, thanks to a father-son duo that took the opportunity to try for a new world record Hot Wheels loop-the-loop height right in the atrium of the company’s Research and Innovation Center.Apparently, the idea hit Ford dynamometer engineer Matt West and his son Blade (yes, you read that right—this kid is destined for Hollywood) a while ago, and they’ve been at work ever since prepping to beat the current world record for a Hot Wheels loop height of 9 feet, 9 inches (while also teaching Blade a thing or two about aerodynamics, physics, and Hot Wheels). Pulling together other Ford engineers, as well as membership-based, Detroit-area DIY fabrication studio TechShop, the whole … [Read more...] about Ford Engineer-and-Son Duo Sets World Record for Hot Wheels Loop, Wins Take Your Kid to Work Day