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    Report: Automakers stuck on structural adhesives for new cars

    The biggest benefit of adhesives is that they allow automakers to mix and match structural materials. Whether shedding pounds to gain speed or points of fuel economy, weight is always the enemy when it comes to automotive efficiency. With increasing regulation forcing automakers worldwide to ...

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    Official: Ford, Dow Chemical partner on carbon fiber composites, hope to shed up to 750 pounds

    Ford is getting religion when it comes to light-weighting its vehicles. The company has entered into a new partnership with Dow Chemical to develop carbon fiber that can be manufactured at affordable prices for high-volume applications. That, of course, is the holy grail of weight reduction, ...

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    Report: Auto applications sought for new advanced metal that's 100x lighter than Styrofoam [w/video]

    Automakers are being pinched to increase safety and improve fuel efficiency, but those two goals often work against each other. That could change thanks to a material that is 99.99-percent air. Ward's Automotive reports that the California Institute of Technology, HRL Laboratories and the ...

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    Following BMW, Daimler announces carbon fiber future ahead for Mercedes

    2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Click above for high-res image gallery
    It seem like just a few days ago BMW came forth stating that its use of carbon fiber on upcoming vehicles would become a high-volume deal. Now Green Car Advisor reports that Daimler, never willing to be a step behind, has ...

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    Lotus imagines the Toyota Venza, circa 2020 and minus 400 lbs

    2020 Toyota Venza as realized by Lotus – Click above for high-res image gallery
    When General Motors got to work seriously changing the Chevrolet Volt from blocky concept to sleek production model, company engineers discovered that by improving the aerodynamics by 80 counts, the car netted ...

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    The new Audi: more performance, less weight

    Audi is developing the groundwork for an entirely new way of building its cars. The future for the four rings is light weight, giving it the proper base to support the best hybrid and electric cars, as well as extract the most from its traditional offerings. As previously reported, the first ...

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    Alcoa developing lighter wheels for increased efficiency

    Heavy steel wheels are relatively rare in showrooms these days -- it seems they are heading the way of bias-ply tires. Most new cars are delivered with cast aluminum wheels. While cast wheels weigh less than comparative steel wheels, they are still manufactured with thick castings and solid spokes ...

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    A Balanced Education: Ferrari dedicates "Mille Chili" lab at local university

    Ferrari technical training center pictured above for illustrative purposes
    A few years ago, I helped a friend who was graduating engineering school to fill out an application for an internship with Ferrari. He didn't get it (probably my fault), but I was impressed that Ferrari was recruiting ...

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    Hyundai aiming to lose weight, increase efficiency by 2015

    Like every other automaker that intends to do business in the U.S., Hyundai is planning for the future and the proposed fuel economy standards that are expected to hit in 2015. Currently, Hyundai's passenger cars average 32.4 mpg, while its trucks average 25.5 mpg. When the new regulations are in ...

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    Enter the Rumormill: Lexus developing lightweight, 429-hp IS-F/R

    FiveAxis Lexus IS-F at the 2007 LA Auto Show When Lexus set out to target the likes of the BMW M3, Audi RS4 and Mercedes C63 AMG with its spankin' new IS-F, they weren't kidding. The V8 super-sedan turned out to be an astonishing departure for the Japanese luxury brand that cut its teeth on ...

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    Toyota/Subaru sports car details emerge, answers big questions

    var digg_url = ''; More details have come to the fore about the ongoing development of a lightweight sports car birthed from the union of Toyota and Subaru. Our friends over at 7Tune were kind enough to ...

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    Next Range Rover to go upmarket, downmarket and lighter-weight

    With Ford selling off parts of its Premium Automotive Group (PAG) one at a time, it remains uncertain if Land Rover and Jaguar will end up under the same ownership in the future. In the meantime, Land Rover is collaborating with Jaguar on a future flagship model that will draw on Jaguar's expertise ...

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    REPORT: Murcielago Superleggera confirmed

    Our mates across the pond at PistonHeads say they've got it on good authority that Lamborghini is indeed producing a Superleggera version of the too-hot-to-handle Murcielago. Eyebrows were raised when spy photogs snapped a Murcielago test mule running test laps around the Nurburgring's venerable ...

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    Lamborghini's future, encapsulated: Versions galore, except a 'Ute

    While sharing the stage with the Gallardo Superleggera, Lamborghini's CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, has outlined the future of Italy's raging bull, and for those burdened with disposable income, the future doesn't look half bad.Lamborghini projects an increase in sales of around 2,300 vehicles in 2007, ...

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    Lamborghini preparing Gallardo Superleggera

    The battle between the Prancing Horse and the Raging Bull is the most epic in the automotive industry, with Maranello and Sant'Agata always searching for ways to one-up eachother. (Which one is Borat and which one is his neighbor with the iPod mini depends on your perspective.) So with Ferrari ...

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    Weismann crossing the ocean

    Weismann is gearing up for expansion. The German niche sportscar maker is preparing to enter the US market by the end of the decade, increasing production threefold and possibly adding additional engine options. Featuring curvaceous retro styling reminiscent of classic British sportscars, the ...

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    Carbon fiber... don't believe the hype?

    In a new entry over at, writer Johnny Lieberman trips the rant fantastic, lambasting carbon fiber-- material of choice for racer and poseur alike. So, what does the writer have against the sought-after weave? Well, it's impact properties, for one (Lieb' recons its ...

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    Audi readying sub-TT Elise fighter?

    UK pub Auto Express is claiming that Audi has plans to bring out a sports coupe smaller than the TT (a new model of which Audi unveils later today). While many of Ingolstadt's  production offerings have been known for their high performance capabilities, light weight has rarely figured as part ...


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