Mafic USA and Materials Group partner to increase use of basalt fiber in automotive industry

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Mafic recently began operations at the world’s largest basalt fiber production facility in Shelby, NC. The fiber, both chopped and continuous, provides superior mechanical properties compared to glass fiber for injection molded-able thermoplastics used in a variety of auto parts. Mafic USA and The Materials Group (TMG) have allied to increase the use of basalt fiber compounded into injection molded thermoplastics within the automotive industry.

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Ford’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels

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To source the new lightweight track-capable carbon fiber wheels that are standard on the new Shelby GT350R Mustang, Ford partnered with Australia-based Carbon Revolution. Although Carbon Revolution has been the leading manufacturer of carbon fiber wheels, both Ford and the supplier recognized significant innovation was needed to meet Shelby GT350R program needs. The wheels of Shelby GT350R are designed to be stiff, light and resilient.

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Ford puts the pedal down on performance … but not with electric drive technology right now

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At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit this week, Ford delivered first proof of that focus with the reveal of the new Ford GT carbon-fiber supercar, as well as the new F-150 Raptor based on the new aluminum F-150 and the Shelby GT350R Mustang. Shelby GT350R Mustang. Ford called the newly unveiled Shelby GT350R Mustang the most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever built. Shelby GT350R has been optimized for aerodynamic excellence.

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ORNL, Strangpresse sign additive manufacturing patent license agreement

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affiliate, may make, use, or sell the lab’s patented developments of materials, processes and controls that enable the manufacture of parts much larger than current standards. The additive manufacturing agreement is the latest in a series of ORNL advances following printing of a Shelby Cobra at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL.

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Tesla Model S matches gas cars by going 320 miles at average speeds of 75 mph

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Often, a highway fuel economy test of an EV involves a shortened loop and a lot of nail-biting on the part of whichever test driver has been assigned to the task.

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Ford using high-tech plasma coating process for recycling old engines

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We have taken a process that was originally developed to enhance performance models such as the all-new Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350R and used it to remanufacture engines that might otherwise be scrapped. Traditional engine remanufacturing techniques can be prohibitively expensive, and energy intensive, requiring iron-cast parts and intricate machining processes. Ford is recycling old engines so they can be used again with the help of a special Ford-patented plasma coating technology.

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ORNL, Strangpresse sign additive manufacturing patent license agreement

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affiliate, may make, use, or sell the lab’s patented developments of materials, processes and controls that enable the manufacture of parts much larger than current standards. The additive manufacturing agreement is the latest in a series of ORNL advances following printing of a Shelby Cobra at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL.

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Ford returning to Le Mans in 2016 with Ford GT

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Set to deliver more than 12 new performance vehicles by 2020, Ford Performance will leverage its racing efforts and expertise to speed innovations on dedicated performance models and performance parts in order to more quickly iterate the latest technologies that can ultimately be applied to the full Ford vehicle lineup. The Ford Performance lineup includes Ford GT, Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R, Focus ST and Fiesta ST.

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Magna and Ford developing prototype carbon fiber composite subframe; mass reduction of 34%

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The subframe is a key part of a vehicle’s structure, typically providing a place to attach the engine and wheels while also contributing rigidity and crash management. By replacing 45 steel parts with two molded and four metallic parts, the prototype subframe achieves an 87% reduction in the number of parts. In pursuit of lower vehicle weight to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency, Magna International Inc.,

New lightweight, lower-cost Uni-Chassis targeting plug-in hybrids and EVs

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Theodore expects to have a complete, running Uni-Chassis vehicle, built around Ford GT parts and housed in a modified Shelby Cobra 427 body, for evaluation this fall. Theodore and Associates is unveiling the Uni-Chassis, a frameless body-on-chassis design that is lighter in weight, lower investment and lower cost compared to traditional body-on-frame and unibody designs, at the 2011 SAE World Congress in Detroit this week.

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Plasan and Toray partner on carbon fiber reinforced composites for automotive markets; Toray acquires 20% interest in Plasan

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Toray, a global leader in organic synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry and biotechnology, has acquired a 20% ownership in PCC as part of its commitment to the global automotive market. Established in 2006, PCC began production of automotive carbon fiber composites, beginning with the Corvette Z06 fenders and followed by Corvette ZR1 exterior components, as well as Viper ACR exterior components and a limited edition Ford Shelby Mustang hood.

Ford’s math on hybrid fuel economy; standing by the C-MAX EPA ratings, acknowledging large real-world variance

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A key part of that DNA is “fun-to-drive”. So when I drive that hybrid the way I drive my Shelby GT500, I typically lose about 12 mpg. Raj Nair outlining factors affecting real-world fuel economy in hybrids. Click to enlarge.

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Ford / AVL study concludes mid-level ethanol blend attractive as a long-term future fuel for use in optimized engines in US

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As part of the proposed Tier 3 rulemaking on vehicle emissions and gasoline sulfur content, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to allow vehicle manufacturers to request approval for an alternative certification fuel—such as a high-octane 30% ethanol by volume (E30) blend—for vehicles they might design or optimize for use on such a fuel. Part-load CO 2. Shelby, M., Shelby, M.,

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Ford CEO: Ford to focus on 5 key areas of innovation: mobility, autonomy, connectivity, customer experience and performance

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Ford is also uniting regional performance engineering and racing teams as one global team under “Ford Performance”, delivering more new vehicles and parts, more quickly. Our new global Ford Performance team ties together racing, performance vehicles and parts. Focus RS will join Ford’s existing performance lineup, including Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Shelby GT350 Mustang and F-150 Raptor.

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Team from GM, Ford, FCA reviews how to calculate engine efficiency benefits of high octane fuels

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fuel with higher ethanol content—for part- and full-load operation for different engine types and fuel assumptions. Higher ethanol content is one available option for increasing the octane ratings of gasoline and would provide additional engine efficiency benefits for part and full load operation. Shelby, and William M.

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Ford to Introduce 9 New or Upgraded Engines and Six New Transmissions in North America This Year

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Ford will introduce nine new or upgraded engines and six new transmissions in North America this year as part of a five-year effort to overhaul its entire global powertrain portfolio. 5.4-liter Shelby GT 500 V-8. Earlier post.) By the end of 2010, nearly all of Ford’s North American engines will have been upgraded or replaced since 2008, according to Barb Samardzich, Ford vice president, Powertrain Engineering.

Ford Announces 2.0L EcoBoost Engine; First Production EcoBoost with TI-VCT

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2010 Ford Mustang and Shelby GT500. We are absolutely committed to delivering new products with the best fuel economy in every segment in which we compete, driven in large part by substantial advancements in powertrain technology. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 Ti-VCT. Click to enlarge. Ford has officially announced the second member of its turbocharged, gasoline direct-injection EcoBoost family, a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder version that will go on sale next year.

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Concept: AET Reaches Final Development Stage of OX2 Barrel Engine

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Advanced Engine Technologies was incorporated in 1996 to commercialize the OX2, with automotive racing pioneer Carroll Shelby on its Board of Directors and involved in the engine development. The major parts of the engine are the housing; cylinder block; top piston plate; lower piston plate; cam track; and drive shaft. The moving parts are the cylinder block; top piston plate; and lower piston plate. Exploded view. of the OX2 Engine. Click to enlarge.

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Developing Fords EcoBoost Combustion System

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Achieve fuel-air mixing homogeneity equivalent to its naturally-aspirated (NA) counterpart at part-load conditions to ensure fuel economy targets. Jianwen Yi, Brad VanDerWege, Corey Weaver, Zheng Xu, George Davis, Brett Hinds, Andreas Schamel, Steven Wooldridge, Gary Coulson, James Hilditch, Claudia Iyer, Peter Moilanen, George Papaioannou, David Reiche, Michael Shelby. Configuration of the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost Combustion System. A 6-hole fuel injector is mounted between intake ports.

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How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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General Motors Chevy Volt series PHEV, which it calls "extended range electric vehicle" (EREV), part of "E-Flex" multi-fuel platform. is likely to unveil a prototype plug-in hybrid at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit as part of its company-wide focus on "electrifying" the car, GM officials said Thursday. About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Carmakers Say.

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