Some vehicles are better suited for drifting than others. Light weight, rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission make for a good hoonage platform, but that doesn't mean you couldn't get an all-wheel drive, automatic family sedan like, say, my mom's Passat into a four-wheel drift (which this writer definitely did not attempt back in college). But what about a 200,000-pound dump truck built for mining? That's what one tech company set out to do in this promo clip.
There are driving and flying experiences for all kinds of wheeled and winged machines, but what's been missing? Obviously, a place to play with heavy machinery to relive the sandbox fantasies of one's youth. Leave it to Las Vegas to fill the void with Dig This, a giant dirt pit where anyone at least 14 years old and 48 inches tall can pay a fee to spend hours pretending to do the kind of job many people would rather avoid.
Ford Motor Company has added some manufacturing and dealer know-how to the company's board of directors with the addition of Caterpillar Inc. group president Gerald Shaheen. Gerald's expertise also branches out to the UAW, where he got major concessions for Caterpillar in 2005. Besides Shaheen's jobs at Caterpillar and Ford, the man also stays busy with seats on the boards of National City Corp., U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Chamber Foundation and the Mineral Information Institute Inc.
Industry organisation, Diesel Technology Forum, has announced that all major heavy-duty truck and engine manufacturers have met new Environmental Protection Agency standards for emissions cuts and have been certified by EPA for full production. To meet the new emissions requirements, new long-haul trucks are equipped with particulate matter filters which result in 2007 models being 90 percent cleaner than the previous generation. Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have also been reduced significantl
Caterpillar Inc has just started production of its first U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified 2007 model engine with ACERT Technology. The C7 engine is often used in medium-duty trucks including school buses, emergency vehicles and recreational vehicles. Caterpillar's 2007 model C13 and C15 diesel engines have also been EPA-certified.
Dale T. Decker, industry and government relations director for Decker Truck Line Inc., has got a new pet project: testing the potential of biodiesel. Now when a company states it's going to conduct real-world testing, you rarely get an accurate control group and conversely, lab conditions offer only theoretical insights to the real world. That's apparently not good enough for Decker.
Those looking for a glimpse into the future of light-duty diesel reliability may be interested in a new study by J.D. Power on customer satisfaction with modern heavy truck powertrains. The 2006 Heavy Duty Truck Engine/Transmission Study ranked engines from the 2004 model year by quality, performance, cost of ownership, and warranty, and revealed what one would reasonably expect from new technology.
A couple months ago, Bruno pointed AutoblogGreen readers to a New York Times article summarizing the current status of Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engines, technology that attempts to take the best of both diesels and gasoline-fueled internal combustion engines. This Engineer Online article introduces us to Dr. Zhijun Peng, a professor in the engineering department at Sussex University, who is also working on bringing HCCI to the real world.