Whether it is steel, aluminum, glass, plastic, magnesium , or something else, you’re going to find it in a car or truck and you’re going to find it here. Even wood. Really.
While Ford has reset the stakes in the light-duty pickup market with the aluminum-intensive F-150, that’s not the whole story of what they’ve done to this new generation of America’s best-selling vehicle.
The engineers at Zenos Cars have combined recycled carbon fiber, drinking straws and aluminum to create a chassis for a low-volume sports car.
Jeff Sternberg—a chemist—is helping automakers achieve their lightweight objectives as he is DuPont’s global automotive technology director.
They start with the platform that gave rise to the award-winning ATS Sedan, then created a stylish, striking compact coupe that’s targeted at European competitors.
The use of aluminum has been long in coming in the auto industry. Longer, by far, than even some people in the aluminum industry had imagined.
A friend and I were having lunch and the subject of gears—yes, gears as in those often-cylindrical objects with cut or otherwise formed teeth—came up.
When you think “Environmental Protection Agency” (EPA) and “auto industry,” tailpipe emissions probably come to mind.
Clearly, given all of the earned hub-bub about the 2015 Ford F-150, one could have been fairly confident that this trail-breaking truck would win the Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award.