The Truth About Cars » Engineering http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:20:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Engineering http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Piston Slap: Greenwashing the Fuel of the Devil? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-fuel-devil/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-fuel-devil/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1193154 BT writes: Why aren’t we seeing diesel/electric hybrid cars and light duty trucks? Wouldn’t the fuel economy be phenomenal? Gas hybrids do well in their own right, as do diesels. So what’s holding up the diesel/electric Passat? Many cities have gone to diesel/electric buses for fuel savings, so we know the technology is real for […]

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BT writes: Why aren’t we seeing diesel/electric hybrid cars and light duty trucks? Wouldn’t the fuel economy be phenomenal? Gas hybrids do well in their own right, as do diesels. So what’s holding up the diesel/electric Passat? Many cities have gone to diesel/electric buses for fuel savings, so we know the technology is real for […]

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Piston Slap: Buffeting Past the Helicopter Effect? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-buffeting-past-helicopter-effect/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-buffeting-past-helicopter-effect/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1163242 Scott writes: Hi Sajeev! I have a 2015 Civic, but my question applies to lots of cars. I live in Maine, which has lots of nice weather for driving around with the windows down. The buffeting, or “helicopter effect”, with the windows down is driving me batty! Also the “white noise” of the rushing wind is […]

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Scott writes: Hi Sajeev! I have a 2015 Civic, but my question applies to lots of cars. I live in Maine, which has lots of nice weather for driving around with the windows down. The buffeting, or “helicopter effect”, with the windows down is driving me batty! Also the “white noise” of the rushing wind is […]

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Greetings From Belle Isle: Crashed Camaros and Brakeless Bimmers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/greetings-belle-isle-crashed-camaros-brakeless-bimmers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/greetings-belle-isle-crashed-camaros-brakeless-bimmers/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 15:06:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1073698 Chances are if you have an Internet connection and even a passing interest in automobiles, you’ve heard about the “Jalopnik Camaro crash.” If not, here’s a quick catch-up: Patrick George, who covers a variety of topics for Gawker’s cars-and-planes-and-wow-just-wow blog, managed to understeer his way out of a lead-follow pace lap at Detroit’s Belle Isle […]

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Chances are if you have an Internet connection and even a passing interest in automobiles, you’ve heard about the “Jalopnik Camaro crash.” If not, here’s a quick catch-up: Patrick George, who covers a variety of topics for Gawker’s cars-and-planes-and-wow-just-wow blog, managed to understeer his way out of a lead-follow pace lap at Detroit’s Belle Isle […]

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Suppliers Rule! The PACE of Automotive Innovation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/suppliers-rule-pace-automotive-innovation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/suppliers-rule-pace-automotive-innovation/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1046754 Suppliers are integral to new technology in the auto industry to an extent not true since the early years of the 20th century, when ventures such as Ford began as mere assemblers, not manufacturers. That will be highlighted on Monday at the 21st PACE “academy awards” for supplier innovation. (For those not in the know, […]

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Suppliers are integral to new technology in the auto industry to an extent not true since the early years of the 20th century, when ventures such as Ford began as mere assemblers, not manufacturers. That will be highlighted on Monday at the 21st PACE “academy awards” for supplier innovation. (For those not in the know, […]

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Piston Slap: Hella Sweet Engineering at The 24 Hours of LeMons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/piston-slap-hella-sweet-engineering-at-the-24-hours-of-lemons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/piston-slap-hella-sweet-engineering-at-the-24-hours-of-lemons/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492311 Aside from the great friendships forced via encouraged bribing that naturally occur when like-minded people congregate, the 24 Hours of LeMons is a fantastic opportunity for those wearing a Judge’s robe. Take last month’s race at Eagles Canyon Raceway: when stupid (yet purposeful) things like this Flavor Flav clock on the dash of this Mitsubishi […]

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Aside from the great friendships forced via encouraged bribing that naturally occur when like-minded people congregate, the 24 Hours of LeMons is a fantastic opportunity for those wearing a Judge’s robe. Take last month’s race at Eagles Canyon Raceway: when stupid (yet purposeful) things like this Flavor Flav clock on the dash of this Mitsubishi […]

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Wild-Ass Rumor Of The Day: Chrysler Job Ads Point To Next Wrangler Details http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-chrysler-job-ads-point-to-next-wrangler-details/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-chrysler-job-ads-point-to-next-wrangler-details/#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 20:53:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489543 Is the next Jeep Wrangler getting a diesel? What about an air suspension? It’s looking that way, at least according to Automotive News. Larry Vellequette, who covers Chrysler for the publication, looked at a number of job ads and theorized that based on the skills required and the upcoming product timeline, they are related to […]

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Is the next Jeep Wrangler getting a diesel? What about an air suspension? It’s looking that way, at least according to Automotive News. Larry Vellequette, who covers Chrysler for the publication, looked at a number of job ads and theorized that based on the skills required and the upcoming product timeline, they are related to […]

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Carnegie Mellon Researchers Invent Smart Headlights That “See Through” Rain, Snow http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/carnegie-mellon-researchers-invent-smart-headlights-that-see-through-rain-snow/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/carnegie-mellon-researchers-invent-smart-headlights-that-see-through-rain-snow/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:01:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451478 The problem with driving at night in the raining or snowing conditions is that your headlights work too well. They light up the rain and snow as much as they illuminate the road ahead, sometimes more so. In a novel approach using cameras, computers and DLP projectors to replace conventional headlight bulbs, researchers at Carnegie […]

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The problem with driving at night in the raining or snowing conditions is that your headlights work too well. They light up the rain and snow as much as they illuminate the road ahead, sometimes more so. In a novel approach using cameras, computers and DLP projectors to replace conventional headlight bulbs, researchers at Carnegie […]

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Ask An Engineer: GDI Problems In A Nutshell http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/ask-an-engineer-gdi-problems-in-a-nutshell/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/ask-an-engineer-gdi-problems-in-a-nutshell/#comments Thu, 03 May 2012 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=442513 “Ask an Engineer” is hosted by Andrew Bell, a mechanical engineer and car enthusiast. Andrew has his MASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and has worked on Formula SAE teams, as well as alternative fuel technologies in Denmark and Canada. Andrew’s column will explore engineering topics in the most accessible manner possible. Even though […]

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“Ask an Engineer” is hosted by Andrew Bell, a mechanical engineer and car enthusiast. Andrew has his MASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and has worked on Formula SAE teams, as well as alternative fuel technologies in Denmark and Canada. Andrew’s column will explore engineering topics in the most accessible manner possible. Even though […]

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Piston Slap: Playing Super Breakout by Itself? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/piston-slap-playing-super-breakout-by-itself/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/piston-slap-playing-super-breakout-by-itself/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=427725   C.V. writes: I am a mechanical engineering student looking to learn how to work on cars. My friend has given me the opportunity to take his 1988 Mazda B2200 extra-cab 5-speed. When I drove it, I saw why. The catalytic converter has broken off, and apparently pieces of it are in the exhaust. Would […]

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  C.V. writes: I am a mechanical engineering student looking to learn how to work on cars. My friend has given me the opportunity to take his 1988 Mazda B2200 extra-cab 5-speed. When I drove it, I saw why. The catalytic converter has broken off, and apparently pieces of it are in the exhaust. Would […]

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Tiny (12cc) Hand-Machined V12 Is A Holiday Miracle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/tiny-12cc-hand-machined-v12-is-a-holiday-miracle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/tiny-12cc-hand-machined-v12-is-a-holiday-miracle/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:25:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423564 Need an engineering project? Got 1,200 hours to kill with nothing to do? Take a tip from this heroically patient Spaniard, and hand-machine your own tiny (12 cc displacement) V12. This would be amazing feat of handwork even if it weren’t fully operational (using compressed air injection), but the fact that it works, runs and […]

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Need an engineering project? Got 1,200 hours to kill with nothing to do? Take a tip from this heroically patient Spaniard, and hand-machine your own tiny (12 cc displacement) V12. This would be amazing feat of handwork even if it weren’t fully operational (using compressed air injection), but the fact that it works, runs and […]

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Piston Slap: Relevant Lessons taught by Panther Love http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/piston-slap-relevant-lessons-taught-by-panther-love/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/piston-slap-relevant-lessons-taught-by-panther-love/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:15:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409270   TTAC commentator HeeeeyJake writes: Hey Sajeev, I love the column and I’m a daily TTAC reader, though I rarely comment. We have been a Panther household since the mid nineties, and have had great luck with our vehicles thus far. My parents had two ex-Budget rental Town Cars, a white ’93 with blue interior, […]

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  TTAC commentator HeeeeyJake writes: Hey Sajeev, I love the column and I’m a daily TTAC reader, though I rarely comment. We have been a Panther household since the mid nineties, and have had great luck with our vehicles thus far. My parents had two ex-Budget rental Town Cars, a white ’93 with blue interior, […]

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Mission Creep, Weight Problems, Compromise Haunt GM Alpha Platform http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/mission-creep-weight-problems-compromise-haunt-gm-alpha-platform/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/mission-creep-weight-problems-compromise-haunt-gm-alpha-platform/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 14:52:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395124 Yesterday we gave GM kudos for addressing its lingering vehicle weight issues by redesigning the head of its popular 3.6 liter V6, and shedding 13 lbs in the process. It was, we noted, the kind of news that showed GM is staying focused on the nitty-gritty of product development, sweating the details. But, according to […]

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Yesterday we gave GM kudos for addressing its lingering vehicle weight issues by redesigning the head of its popular 3.6 liter V6, and shedding 13 lbs in the process. It was, we noted, the kind of news that showed GM is staying focused on the nitty-gritty of product development, sweating the details. But, according to […]

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Head Games: GM Drops 13 Lbs From Its 3.6 V6 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/head-games-gm-drops-13-lbs-from-its-3-6-v6/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/head-games-gm-drops-13-lbs-from-its-3-6-v6/#comments Mon, 16 May 2011 17:35:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395055 One of the most consistent and valid criticisms of GM’s product development, even in the post-Lutz era, is the class-leading weight that so many new GM products carry around with them. To a number of industry observers, the lingering weight problem that so many of GM’s cars struggle with is a sign of corners cut […]

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One of the most consistent and valid criticisms of GM’s product development, even in the post-Lutz era, is the class-leading weight that so many new GM products carry around with them. To a number of industry observers, the lingering weight problem that so many of GM’s cars struggle with is a sign of corners cut […]

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Gallery: The McLaren MP4-12C Engine http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/gallery-the-mclaren-mp4-12c-engine/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/gallery-the-mclaren-mp4-12c-engine/#comments Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:47:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349486 In the early days of McLaren’s MP4-12C development, it was suggested that the new mid-engine supercar would use AMG’s 6.2 liter V8. As things got awkward between Mercedes and McLaren though, a mysterious “German-built V10″ was rumored to be have replaced the AMG unit under at least one testing prototype. In the end, McLaren built […]

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In the early days of McLaren’s MP4-12C development, it was suggested that the new mid-engine supercar would use AMG’s 6.2 liter V8. As things got awkward between Mercedes and McLaren though, a mysterious “German-built V10″ was rumored to be have replaced the AMG unit under at least one testing prototype. In the end, McLaren built […]

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