Sacrifice is a strong word. A very strong word. It could mean giving up one’s life for someone you love, or a country you love. It can be used in many ways, but all of them are powerful. Service is a gentler word. In my world service could mean theRead More →

There is a lot of comment about the UK government announcement that by 2040 they will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. Most of the comment seems to be ill informed, made by people with little or no understanding of the motor industry or technology. The governmentRead More →

As a teenager in the 80s I wrote an essay on how robots would end up being the next stage in human evolution. I had grown up reading great novels by people like Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clark, my family were all engineers and I was studying science andRead More →

You may be surprised to hear that there is not always perfect harmony between so called ‘designers’ and the engineers that actually make a car reality. In fact even the word ‘designer’ is contentious, for what actually is a design? Is it a general sketch of the outside of theRead More →

So, what is the ‘Ultimate’ car? Well, surprisingly it’s fairly easy to define, on paper at least, because technology is driven by desire.Read More →

The pipe the takes the exhaust gas away from the engine and lets them loose at the back of the car so the occupants don’t breath it in. Normally it has mufflers (silencers) to reduce the very high sound levels that the engine produces, without some sound reduction the carsRead More →

As ever rubber-ware is critical, the rubber compounds are carefully engineered with a range of other substances such as carbon powder and silicon and then heat treated to give it just the right properties. There is a hell of a lot of technology in that black stuff. The tread pasternRead More →

As engineers we have to test cars in all environments, and whilst a lot of time is spent testing in hot and cold countries the bulk of testing is done back at the engineering centre in special climatic chambers. These are basically glorified garages with a high powered air conditioningRead More →

Or put another way how much space do you really need… Phenomena from the parallel world of project vehicles.Indeed, fleet size is related to theoretical storage places thus:Fs = Pth + Ptemp + int(0.5+(Dnew + S))WherePth is the theoretical storage places is based on Mini sized vehicles, stacked.Ptemp is theoreticalRead More →