Archive for April, 2009

Tire Tech Information/General Tire Information

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research on April 28, 2009 by edwinconan

Tire Tech Information – Calculating Tire Dimensions

Calculating Tire Dimensions

Width x Aspect Ratio = Section Height
Section Height x 2 = Combined Section Height
Combined Section Height + Wheel Diameter = Tire Diameter

Example: 185/60R14 85H or 185/60HR14

185mm x .60=111mm
111mm x 2=222mm
222mm + 355.6mm(14″)= 577.6mm or 22.74″

The first number is the width of the tire in millimeters, measured from sidewall to sidewall. To convert to inches, divide by 25.4 In the example above, the width is 185mm or 7.28″.

The second number is the aspect ratio. This is a ratio of sidewall height to width. In the example above, the tire is 7.28″ wide, multiply that by the aspect ratio to find the height of one sidewall. In this case, 185×0.60=111mm or 7.28″x0.60=4.36″.

The last number is the diameter of the wheel in inches.

To figure the outside diameter of a tire, take the sidewall height and multiply by 2,(remember that the diameter is made up of 2 sidewalls, the one above the wheel, and the one below the wheel) and add the diameter of the wheel to get your answer.

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Swansea Metropolitan University Degree Show 2008

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research on April 25, 2009 by edwinconan

Swansea Metropolitan University Degree Show 2008 – Part 1

Swansea Metropolitan University Degree Show 2008 - Part 1 - Image Gallery

The 2008 academic year final projects created by Automotive Design students of the BA and BSc courses at Swansea Metropolitan University. The Graduate Summer Show was held at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, UK.

Prada Ventorosso By James Brooks

I’m very interested in that Ground Effect Vehicle design, the “Prada Ventorosso” by James Brooks.

Chocolate powered race car

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by edwinconan

Chocolate-powered race car capable of reaching 145mph – [WorldFirst ecoF3] – MotorAuthority – Car news, reviews, spy shots

WorldFirst ecoF3 sustainable race car

As bizarre it may sound a university team in the UK has developed an eco-friendly race car designed to run on chocolate and vegetable oil. The new race car is the ecoF3 from WorldFirst, a small team from Warwick University in the UK, which envisages the car – or at least some of its technologies – one day being used in a FIA-sanctioned motorsport competition.

The ecoF3 has a steering wheel made from carrots, a body made of potatoes and a seat made of soybeans. Vegetable fibres derived from the produce are mixed with resins to form many of the components, while oils sourced from chocolate and other plant-based materials are refined to produce fuel and lubricants.

The WorldFirst team has used a F3 chassis design for its race car, though the car and its engine fails to meet current FIA regulations.

Speaking with the Telegraph, a spokesman from the team said the backers of the project hope “Formula One teams will see that an environmentally friendly car is not necessarily a slow car.” According to WorldFirst’s own results, the ecoF3 is capable of speeds of up to 145mph but no other numbers of independent figures have been released.

Audi Intelligent Emotion Design Project

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by edwinconan

Student designers tapped for Audi ‘Intelligent Emotion’ project – [Audi Intelligent Emotion Design Project] – MotorAuthority – Car news, reviews, spy shots

One of the 11 concepts from the project

The future of automotive mobility is a question that has always captivated the mind of the carmaker and the driver alike. Today Audi takes its turn to give us a glimpse into what they think the future may hold, seen through the eyes of design students at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and their “Intelligent Emotion” project concepts.

The project’s goal was to envision the ways that alternative forms and fuels might be employed in the future, while balancing that with the long-standing needs of individual mobility. Audi isn’t just looking into the issue for purely philosophical reasons, however.

“The next generation of employees is our future,” says Wolfgang Egger, Head of Audi Group Design. “That’s why sponsoring design students is one of our high priorities. …The students have addressed the subject of mobility in the future with very well-conceived and lucidly presented approaches. Each concept, each model, contains at least one idea or feature that we could certainly conceive of as being included in a future production vehicle.”

It’s not all engineering and science, however, as the “Intelligent Emotion” moniker suggests – it is engineering tempered with passion. “Emotion as a driving force must go hand in hand with responsibility as regulator. The students’ assignment was to develop aesthetic approaches that reflect the new ecological, technical and social issues while also portraying an Audi as an attractive, sporty automobile. The results are of very high creative quality and provide plenty of substance for intensive discussions.”

A book with the concepts and the commentary of Audi’s chief designers has been made from the project, entitled “Audi Design Projekt” and available in stores from €29.90.

Audi Student Design Projects

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by edwinconan

Audi Student Design Project: *Intelligent Emotion* – Future Mobility – Worldcarfans

Design students at the Munich University of Applied Sciences in Germany were part of a project supported by Audi to design Audi-branded human mobility solutions of the future. “Intelligent Emotion” was the theme of the project whereby students were required to present transport modules that comply with perceived environmental, technical and social issues of tomorrow.

Audi officials involved were Wolfgang Egger, Head of Audi Design and Stefan Sielaff, Head of Audi Group Design. The head of the project was by Dr. Othmar Wickenheiser, Professor of Transportation Design at the university.

“The results are impressive,” said Egger. “The students have addressed the subject of mobility in the future with very well-conceived and lucidly presented approaches.” Sielaff went on to remark, “Each concept, each model, contains at least one idea or feature that we could certainly conceive of as being included in a future production vehicle.” Such concepts included lightweight solutions for body construction and advanced propulsion systems.

The project has been published as a book called Audi Design Projekt which is available for sale at €29.90. Its aim was to present Audi as a sporting premium brand that also leads in both technology and design.

The Art of Building a Ferrari V12 Engine

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , on April 21, 2009 by edwinconan

“How it’s made” on Carbon Fiber Things

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , on April 21, 2009 by edwinconan

Carbon Fiber Cello

Carbon Fiber Hockey Sticks

Carbon Fiber Softball Bat

Helicopter


Planes