Monday newsbriefs #2

August 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Another London shot. Land Rover is sending three Range_e prototypes on the RAC Future Car Challenge (5th November, Brighton-London). These showcase plug-in diesel hybrid technology due to hit production after the launch of a (non-plug-in) diesel-electric hybrid in 2013. Five plug-in prototypes are currently being tested in the CABLED trial; the project is supported by the government’s Technology Strategy Board. They’re based on the Range Rover Sport, with the current 245hp 3.0 TDV6 diesel engine, an eight-speed AF auto gearbox, a 69kW electric motor plus a 14.2kW/h lithium-ion battery which can be charged from an external source. This gives an all-electric range of over 20 miles, and overall CO2 emissions of 89g/km.

  • The next-generation Vauxhall Ampera will be “significantly cheaper” and will have a more radical design, reports Autocar. Think Vauxhall Zafira Tourer concept, apparently. And yes, its powertrain is scalable for a number of different applications.
  • Poorly-blended biofuels have had a corrosive effect on engines, reports the Equimotor project, an international R&D initiative, which says it’s now cracked the problem (AlphaGallileo).
  • The car with scales: Project Flake features a covering of small flexible panels which rise and fall to tweak aerodynamics, managing airflow, cooling, downforce and even acting as airbrakes. An intriguing concept: pictures (CGI) and video at Inhabitat.

 

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