Aj Caldwell, provided by Published 8:17 am PST, Monday, January 28, 2019 Extrude honing is a process used to increase the functionality of various machines. A putty carries an abrasive material to clean out metal passageways. The putty can be used to increase airflow to car engines, therefore increasing horsepower. Narrator: I know what you're thinking. No, this is not one of those viral slime videos. You're looking at a process called extrude honing. But what exactly is it? Gary Kubo: Extrude honing is a hydraulically forced abrasive flow machining process. Narrator: That's Gary Kubo. He's a research and development specialist for a company called Extrude Hone AFM. And to put his definition in simple terms; extrude honing forces abrasive material through metal passages via hydraulic pressure. Depending on the item, this could have a multitude of benefits. But for now, let's focus on how it can make your car faster. This is how putty can increase your horsepower. To … [Read more...] about Watch how this putty can increase your car’s horsepower
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By Neil Irwin Published 7:07 pm PST, Saturday, January 19, 2019 A flooded car along Kuykendahl Road after Hurricane Harvey swept through through Houston. A flooded car along Kuykendahl Road after Hurricane Harvey swept through through Houston. Photo: Edmund D. Fountain / New York Times 2017 Photo: Edmund D. Fountain / New York Times 2017 Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A flooded car along Kuykendahl Road after Hurricane Harvey swept through through Houston. A flooded car along Kuykendahl Road after Hurricane Harvey swept through through Houston. Photo: Edmund D. Fountain / New York Times 2017 How to think about the costs of climate change 1 / 3 Back to Gallery By now, … [Read more...] about How to think about the costs of climate change
Previous Next 1 of 12 With a few notable exceptions, the V12 engine’s future looks grim at best. One of the automakers still committed to keeping the configuration alive for as long as possible is Aston Martin, and now the British company has released images and technical specifications for the brand-new 12-cylinder it developed to power the upcoming Valkyrie. Aston Martin teamed up with renowned engineering firm Cosworth to design the V12. The project brief was simple: Create the ultimate expression of the internal combustion engine. The Mona Lisa of engines is a naturally aspirated, 6.5-liter unit that makes a whopping 1,000 horsepower in its most basic state of tune. It generates its peak output at a superbike-like 10,500 rpm, and it doesn’t reach its red line until 11,400 rpm. Its peak torque output of 545 pound-feet arrives at 7,000 rpm. One-thousand hp and 545 lb-ft. are impressive statistics, but there’s more. The V12 will serve as the … [Read more...] about Aston Martin’s 1,000-hp Valkyrie will boast the Mona Lisa of the engine world
The carmaker, which last month announced a €44 billion electric offensive by 2023, said it would phase out its diesel and petrol cars as it looks to meet the emissions targets of the 2015 Paris climate deal by 2050. Michael Jost, Volkswagen's strategy chief, told an industry conference on Tuesday that the firm's employees were working on "the last platform for vehicles that aren't CO2 neutral". "We're gradually fading out combustion engines to the absolute minimum," he said at the conference near the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. SEE ALSO: Volkswagen faces German court showdown over 'dieselgate' The group, whose brands range from luxury Porsche and Audi to the budget-conscious Skoda and Seat, has set itself the ambitious target of offering more than 50 electric models by 2025, up from six today. Jost said that last generation of vehicles would begin to roll out in 2026 and predicted that the last vehicle with a combustion engine would be sold around 2040, … [Read more...] about Volkswagen says next generation of combustion engine cars to be its last
Update: It's Thanksgiving weekend in the US, so many Ars staffers are working through leftovers instead of to-do lists. And with the recent news that one of the most interesting land-speed engineering projects around is experiencing funding issues (just a year after it finally ran a test and hit 210mph), we're resurfacing this profile of Bloodhound SSC. The initiative boils down to a single question: How do you build a car capable of setting a new land speed record on the far side of 1,000mph? This story originally ran on March 19, 2014, and it appears unchanged below. Human beings achieved many 'firsts' in the 20th century. We climbed the planet's highest mountains, dived its deepest undersea trench, flew over it faster than the speed of sound, and even escaped it altogether in order to visit the moon. Beyond visiting Mars, it may feel like there are no more milestones left to reach. Yet people are still trying to push the envelope, even if they have to travel a little farther to get … [Read more...] about Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?