Posts tagged with "engineering"

Pirelli Elect

The Porsche Taycan is the first car to use Pirelli Elect tires.

With low rolling resistance to increase autonomy, decreased road noise, immediate grip that puts the power down for a quick getaway and a special structure to support the weight of a battery-powered vehicle, Pirelli Elect tires are changing the game.

They are developed specially with leading car manufacturers to meet specific technical requirements of and be compatible with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The Elect marking, which was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019, is the distinguishing factor. It is available as original equipment for the most modern cars.

The new P Zero Elect was developed by Pirelli’s own engineers for the Porsche Taycan, and they capitalize on the already staggering performance.

Pirelli’s perfect fit philosophy was the baseline for the tire, and the compound, construction and tread pattern suit the Taycan to a tee.

Even with the power and low-down torque of the Taycan, the Pirelli tires give the driver autonomy, grip and reduced noise, enhancing drivability and perfecting safety.

All drivers of Taycan can now feel comfortable with tires designed with fully electric cars in mind. 

Pirelli has also created Elect versions of their Winter Sottozero 3, Scorpion Winter and P Zero Winter for all of the laws mandating winter tires in many different countries. The P Zero Winter is available in 19-inch and 20-inch sizes.

Winter tires are recommended for those who put in a lot of miles in the cold or simply want the best performance in harsh conditions.

When temperatures drop below 44 degrees, summer tires are unable to perform to their maximum capabilities. Winter tires are softer, allowing them to work even when temperatures drop below zero, providing secure braking.

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Bugatti Baby II

The Bugatti Owners’ Club and The Little Car Company announced a new partnership Wednesday following the release of The Little Car Company’s Bugatti Baby II.

With this partnership, the Bugatti Owners’ Club gives its stamp of approval to the Bugatti Baby II, giving it certified status and hopefully building the foundation for a long and successful relationship.

Based at the Prescott Hill Climb in the UK, the Bugatti Owners’ Club was founded in 1929 and has more than 2,000 members.  It is the oldest club for the marque in the world.

This partnership will allow members of the two organizations to connect and share their passions for cars, design and engineering. It will also offer the chance for members to get together at events at the Bugatti Owners’ Club clubhouse.

The Bugatti Baby II is a remastering of the original Bugatti Baby. It preserves the history of Bugatti while also inspiring a new generation of Bugatti fans and enthusiasts.

Gemma Price, the general manager of the Bugatti Owners’ Club said she is delighted to work with The Little Car Company.

“We are looking forward to working with The Little Car Company closely and developing a strong partnership centered around the excellence of Ettore Bugatti’s design and engineering prowess that has proven to be visionary and timeless throughout the decades,” Price said. “This has been exceptionally captured and reimagined with the Bugatti Baby II and we look forward to celebrating this common affection through the development of the association of our two organizations.”

The first Bugatti Baby was created in 1926. Ettore Bugatti and his son decided to build a half-scale version of he Type 35 for Ettore’s youngest son’s fourth birthday. It was expected to be a one-off, but it received positive feedback, so the car went into production. 500 units were made between 1927 and 1936.

The Bugatti Baby II is based on a digital 3D scan of a Lyon GP car, so the handling is authentic. The handling can be adjusted because of adjustable dampers, which you can see an example of by clicking right here.

It also has replicas of the original Type 35’s instruments but with modern practicality. The fuel pressure gauge is now a battery gauge. Also, the oil gauge has been transitioned to a power gauge, which is a nod to the Bugatti Veyron.

It is also 75% scale of the Type 35 and can go from zero to 60 kph in six seconds, depending upon the weight of the driver. It tops out at 70 kph, and only 500 will be made.

Ben Hedley, CEO of The Little Car Company, said the Bugatti Owners’ Club has been incredibly supportive in the process.

“As custodians of Ettore Bugatti’s legacy we knew their approval would always be the hardest to earn, a remarkable undertaking that we are incredibly proud to have achieved. We are honoured that with this partnership we are able to help ensure that the extraordinary craftsmanship of Ettore lives on to be enjoyed for the generations to come,” Hedley said.

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Kaelen Felix Illustrates a Harley-Davidson Museum Article for 360 MAGAZINE

New Exhibits at Harley-Davidson Museum

Two new special exhibits premiere at the Harley-Davidson Museum 
Plus, celebrate the season with a special Holiday Weekend Sale, the H-D Museum shows its appreciation to those who served with free admission to Veterans* on Veterans on Veterans Day and special gallery talks focused on H-D’s long history with the U.S. military.

Art, engineering and the timeless pursuit of adventure are always on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum. And beginning this month, two new special exhibits bring those elements to the fore.

“Off-Road Harley-Davidson” opens to the public Nov. 1 and tells the history of motorcycles designed for rough roads, the people who rode them and the adventures they shared. Dating back to the Motor Company’s earliest days and shining a spotlight on what the all-new, all-electric LiveWire® motorcycle is capable of, this exhibit is sure to thrill those who prefer the road less traveled. “Performance Builds from Born-Free” brings together four customized Harley-Davidson® motorcycles where imagination and ingenuity take center stage.

And in what has become an annual tradition of expressing gratitude for those who serve and those who have served, the Veterans Day 2020 appreciation includes free admission to the H-D Museum on Nov 11 and 12.

Finally, be sure to check out the H-D Museum’s Holiday Weekend Sale and score on your favorite H-D branded gear. Give as a gift or add to your wardrobe!

As always, the safety of our guests is a top priority for the Harley-Davidson Museum. Guests may notice changes since their most recent visit, including limited capacity. Visit the H-D Museum website to find out more about our safety measures or to purchase tickets in advance.

MUST-SEE EXHIBITS
“Off-Road Harley-Davidson”
Opening Nov. 21, 2020; Media Preview: Friday, Nov. 20
In the decades before America paved its highways, early riders had to be prepared for all sorts of terrain: sand, clay or dirt – and wandering those makeshift byways were Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Today, it’s called off-road or adventure touring; back then it was just called riding. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson motorcycles proved their toughness by riding over wooded hills, through stone-choked creek beds and up mountain sides. “Off-Road Harley-Davidson” tells the history of motorcycles designed for rough roads, the people who rode them, and the adventures they shared. Stay tuned to the H-D Museum social channels for a behind-the-scenes look at this exhibit.

“Performance Builds from Born-Free”
The Born-Free Motorcycle Show has been bringing together intrepid builders for more than a decade. The H-D Museum is pleased to display the passion projects of four top-notch Born-Free wrenchers whose canvas is a stock Harley- Davidson® motorcycle. Now on display in the Engine Room.

Stevan Dohanos painting, “Tex’s Motorcycle”
Dohanos, a frequent contributor to the Saturday Evening Post, enjoyed capturing his subjects as they were in real life. For this piece, Dohanos found his muse on a street in Georgetown, Conn. “Tex” Keller had decorated his saddle bags with nickel spots and covered his saddle with fur, putting his own flair on the Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Though Dohanos probably didn’t title the work, many motorcyclists now refer to it as “Tex’s Motorcycle” and prints of it can be found in shops across the country. The original has found a home at the H-D Museum.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory”
(Now)
A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.” Stay tuned to the H-D Museum social channels for a behind-the-scenes look at this exhibit.

EVENTS
Veterans Day Appreciation
Nov. 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Nov. 12 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
We salute you! On November 11th and 12th, the Harley-Davidson Museum will offer free Museum admission for all active Military, Veterans and their families.* Learn more about H-D’s military involvement during the Military Gallery Talks on November 11th at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.and November 12th at 11 a.m., 2:30 and 6 p.m. For more than a century, Harley-Davidson has been on the front line – right next to the troops. The first American to enter Germany after World War I did so on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Active military and veterans always enjoy special discounts at The Shop and while dining at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant.

*Receive free admission to the Harley-Davidson Museum by presenting valid identification of service in the US Armed Services (active duty and veterans are welcome!) for the named servicemember, one (1) additional adult and up to four (4) children (under age 18). Valid on November 11, 2020 and November 12, 2020 for in-person use at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Not valid for online purchases. Non-transferable. Cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent. Offer not valid on previously purchased Harley-Davidson Museum tickets. Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Offer is subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Harley-Davidson® Merchandise Holiday Weekend Sale
Nov. 27 – 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Come for the sale in The Garage and stay to explore. Pick up a few gifts for the holidays: shop 50%-70% off discontinued, end-of-season MotorClothes® products**
Including holiday festivities:
• “Off-Road Harley-Davidson” Special Exhibit
• H-D Museum Campus Walking Tour, Audio Tours & Youth Activity Guides
• H-D Museum holiday specials at The Shop
• MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant burgers, BBQ and monthly specials

**Valid for onsite use in The Garage only at the H-D Museum on purchase of select, end of season men’s and women’s Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® merchandise. Not valid for online purchases; not valid in The Shop at the H-D Museum. Prices as marked in The Garage. Sale prices valid from November 27 – 29, 2020. While supplies last. Offer not valid on previously purchased merchandise. Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Offer is subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

TOURS
Engines 101
Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun – 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m.
What is a powertrain? What makes the Milwaukee-Eight® engine different? The Engines 101 class takes you inside the Milwaukee Eight engine and transmission. In a classroom setting, we break down the components and their functions while describing the performance of a 4-stroke engine. Engines 101 shows how an engine and transmission come together to make a powertrain. Advance tickets and more information can be found here.

H-D Museum Campus Walking Tour
Explore the campus of the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum and enjoy the great outdoors. This 20-acre site is the place to see and experience Harley-Davidson history and culture. Download the PDF to your phone or mobile device and follow the path around the H-D Museum campus.

THE SHOP
Enjoy free shipping on all online orders Nov. 27 – Nov. 30.***

***Offer valid for online purchases only. Get free standard shipping to locations within the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii on purchases at the Harley-Davison Museum online store (https://hdmuseum.archivea.com/perl/home.pl) any time from Nov. 27, 2020 – Nov. 30, 2020. Additional restrictions apply.

As we approach the holidays, please note the H-D Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

About the Harley-Davidson Museum
Discover culture and history through stories and interactive exhibits that celebrate expression, camaraderie and love for the sport at the Harley-Davidson Museum. A visit to the H-D Museum is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum at H-DMuseum.com.

Eat well while doing good at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant this holiday season
New catering packages take the stress out of meal planning for your special occasions.

MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant is still open! If you have a hankering for the bold, American classics found at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant, we’ve got you covered! While we continue to place guest and staff safety as our top priority, we have been working alongside the City of Milwaukee Health Department to ensure proper protocols are in place for your next visit. Dine-in, takeout and delivery are all available for lip-smacking BBQ, juicy ground chuck burgers, monthly specials and more.

And beginning today, bring in your new, unwrapped toys and receive 10% off your bill at Motor Bar and Restaurant as a part of the Kids2Kids Toy Drive! Help brighten spirits during the holiday season.

Visit MOTORRestaurant.com to plan your next night out or get a delicious feast delivered to your front door.

HAPPENINGS
Kids2Kids Toy Drive at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant, Nov. 9 – Dec. 13, 2020
Donate an item for the Kids2Kids Toy Drive at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum and receive 10% off your bill†. Your donation will help spread joy to children in need during the holiday season. Guests are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys that will be gifted to children in need. Kids2Kids Christmas not only makes an impact on the children who receive the toys, but it also helps instill the values of caring and giving in the children who donate the toys. Since the program began in 2006, more than 230,000 toys have been collected and distributed to families. Help us hit our goal of collecting more than 20,000 toys! Don’t forget, MOTOR’s kids menu is perfect for the pint-size set. More details are available at kids2kidstoydrive.com.

†10% off your bill at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum before tax with a donation for Kids2Kids Toy Drive hosted by Kapco Inc. on November 9 – December 13, 2020. Cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent. Offer not valid on previous visits. Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Offer can be changed at any time without notice. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

NOVEMBER SPECIALS
Monte Cristo: Shaved turkey and ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, and blackberry jam on battered thick toast ($13.95)
Braised Short Rib with Gnocchi: Braised beef short rib, sautéed carrots, onions, and mushrooms with a red wine-thyme demi-glace. Served over fresh potato gnocchi ($20.95)
Warm Pumpkin Blondie: Pumpkin blondie served with spiced pecans and cinnamon ice cream ($7.95)

SMALL-PLATE LUNCH MENU
Entrees
Chicken Biscuit Sliders: Two buttermilk biscuits with house-breaded fried chicken, topped with mayo and pickles; served with fries ($7.95)
Nashville Chicken Sliders: Two Nashville hot chicken sliders topped with pickles, coleslaw, and mayo on a brioche mini bun; served with fries ($8.95)
Quesadilla: Tortillas with shredded cheese, black bean-corn salsa with choice of BBQ chicken, shredded pork or brisket; served with chipotle ranch ($7.95)
Butternut Squash Ravioli: Brown butter sage with toasted walnuts, Parmesan cheese ($7.95)
Asian Rice Bowl: Grilled chicken, peppers, celery, carrots, green onions, edamame with sesame teriyaki rice ($8.95)
Baked Pasta: Chunky marinara sauce, mozzarella & provolone cheese, onions and mushrooms ($7.95) Add on sausage or chicken for $2

Appetizers
Chili Cheese Fries: House-made chili served on golden French fries topped with sour cream shredded cheese and red onions ($7.95)
Crispy Ravioli: Five cheese-filled breaded raviolis served with homemade tomato sauce ($5.95)

CATERING PACKAGE (available beginning Nov. 13)Serves 4-6 and includes
Smoked Brisket -1 lb., BBQ Pork – 1.5 lbs., BBQ Chicken – 1.5 lbs., Hot Link Sausage – 1 lb. Coleslaw – 1 quart, Baked Beans- 1 quart, Corn Bread – 4, Crispy Fries – 1 lb. ($59.95)

WEEKLY SPECIALS
TACO TUESDAY
Join us every Tuesday for our weekly Chef’s choice taco special! Add a MOTOR Margarita for only $5.

FRIDAY FISH FRY
Visit MOTOR for our Friday AYCE Fish Fry! Every Friday, our All-You-Can-Eat Wisconsin Fish Fry is available all day, served with golden fried cod, crispy French fries, fresh jicama coleslaw, rye bread roll and tartar sauce for only $14.95.

BBQ & Blues
BBQ & Blues – the ultimate pairing of lip-smacking BBQ and blistering live (free) blues music – is back. Take in a live performance from a rotating lineup of blues musicians, plus all-you-can-eat, hickory-smoked BBQ chicken, pulled pork, smoked brisket and grilled sausage links for $29.99. All BBQ platters come with French fries, jicama coleslaw, BBQ baked beans and made-from-scratch cornbread. Not up for the AYCE task? Enjoy a special BBQ platter with hickory-smoked BBQ chicken, pulled pork, smoked brisket and grilled sausage link with all the sides for $19.99. In addition to the smokin’ BBQ, MOTOR® Bar and Restaurant will sizzle with the best in true American blues music from 5 – 8 p.m. – with no cover charge! Due to limited capacity, reservations are strongly encouraged!

H.O.G.® MEMBER SPECIAL
H.O.G.® Members can enjoy a 16-oz can of Budweiser, Bud Light, or Busch Light for just $3.

And if you’re looking to book your upcoming holiday party, wedding or team gathering, the pros at 1903 Events are ready to execute your vision and ensure a safe and memorable gathering. Winter is a magical time to host a wedding with extra sparkle! And if you want those all-American classics to come to your door, check outMOTOR® Bar and Restaurant’s Offsite Catering Menu!

About MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant
The only Harley-Davidson Museum® restaurant, MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant offers guests riverfront dining and Midwest camaraderie with a dose of genuine Harley-Davidson attitude. MOTOR® Bar and Restaurant takes diners on a culinary road trip of great American food and drink from its location in downtown Milwaukee. Guests can enjoy burgers, BBQ, seasonal favorites and a whole lot more. For more information and to learn about the latest menu, visit motorrestaurant.com or call 414-287-2778.

A Trillion Turns of Light Nets Terahertz Polarized Bytes

American and Italian engineers have demonstrated the first nanophotonic platform capable of manipulating polarized light 1 trillion times per second. 

“Polarized light can be used to encode bits of information, and we’ve shown it’s possible to modulate such light at terahertz frequencies,” said Rice University’s Alessandro Alabastri, co-corresponding author of a study published this week in Nature Photonics.

 “This could potentially be used in wireless communications,” said Alabastri, who is also an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in Rice’s Brown School of Engineering. “The higher the operating frequency of a signal, the faster it can transmit data. One terahertz equals 1,000 gigahertz, which is about 25 times higher than the operating frequencies of commercially available optical polarization switches.”

This new found research was a collaboration between experimental and theoretical teams at Rice, the Polytechnic University of Milan and the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa. This collaboration started in the summer of 2017 when co-author of the study, Andrea Schirato was a visiting scholar in the Rice lab of physicists along with co-author Peter Nordlander. Schirato is a Politecnico-IIT joint graduate student under the supervision of co-corresponding author Giuseppe Della Valle and co-author Remo Proietti Zaccaria. 

Each of the researchers work in nanophotonics, a fast-growing field that uses ultrasmall, engineered structures to manipulate light. Their idea for ultrafast polarization control was to capitalize on tiny, fleeting variations in the generation of high-energy electrons in a plasmonic metasurface.

 Metasurfaces are ultrathin films or sheets that contain embedded nanoparticles that interact with light as it passes through the film. By varying the size, shape and makeup of the embedded nanoparticles and by arranging them in precise two-dimensional geometric patterns, engineers can craft metasurfaces that split or redirect specific wavelengths of light with precision.

“One thing that differentiates this from other approaches is our reliance on an intrinsically ultrafast broadband mechanism that’s taking place in the plasmonic nanoparticles,” Alabastri said. 

The Rice-Politecnico-IIT team designed a metasurface that contained rows of cross-shaped gold nanoparticles. Each plasmonic cross was about 100 nanometers wide and resonated with a specific frequency of light that gave rise to an enhanced localized electromagnetic field. Thanks to this plasmonic effect, the team’s metasurface was a platform for generating high-energy electrons.

“When one laser light pulse hits a plasmonic nanoparticle, it excites the free electrons within it, raising some to high-energy levels that are out of equilibrium,” Schirato said. “That means the electrons are ‘uncomfortable’ and eager to return to a more relaxed state. They return to an equilibrium in a very short time, less than one picosecond.”

Experiments were performed by study co-first author Margherita Maiuri at Politecnico’s ultrafast spectroscopy laboratories and they were confirmed by the team’s theoretical predictions. She used an ultrashort pulse of light from one laser to excite the crosses, allowing them to modulate the polarization of light in a second pulse that arrived less than a picosecond after the first.

Despite the symmetric arrangement of crosses in the metasurface, the nonequilibrium state has asymmetric properties that disappear when the system returns to equilibrium. To exploit this ultrafast phenomenon for polarization control, the researchers used a two-laser setup.

“The key point is that we could achieve the control of light with light itself, exploiting ultrafast electronic mechanisms peculiar of plasmonic metasurfaces,” Alabastri said. “By properly designing our nanostructures, we have demonstrated a novel approach that will potentially allow us to optically transmit broadband information encoded in the polarization of light with unprecedented speed.”

Green Car illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Quail Motorsports Gathering Award Finalists

The 2020 Quail Motorsports Gathering releases it’s award finalists for exemplary vehicles.

This year’s Quail Motorsports Gathering has published it’s automobile award finalists for the ‘Spirit of The Quail.’ The ‘Spirit of The Quail’ based on design, history, engineering, enduring relevance, and performance for its era. Below are the 2020 The Quail’s Digital Car Week ‘Spirit of The Quail’ Award Finalists:

  • Barry Connally’s 1964 Triumph Spitfire
  • Ann Brockinton Lee’s 1933 Duesenberg SJ
  • Joe Hurwich’s 1949 Alfa Romeo 6c 2500 SS Cabriolet by Pinin Farina
  • Fritz Kaiser’s 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400
  • Joseph Salvo’s 1967 Porsche 911 S Soft Window Targa
  • Joseph Storm’s 1969 Ferrari 365 GT

Tune into The Quail Events Social Media channels or The Petersen Automotive Museum’s YouTube Channel at 1:45pm PST on Friday, August 14 where the winner will be announced.

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Rimac Automobili illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Chris Porritt × Rimac Automobili 

Rimac Automobili has appointed former Aston Martin Chief Engineer, VP of Engineering at Tesla and lead at Apple’s Special Projects Group, Chris Porritt, to the role of Chief Technology Officer. Chris will report directly to founder and CEO, Mate Rimac, with focus on future Rimac projects.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Chris has overseen the development of a number of bespoke performance and electric vehicles. During his 16 years at Aston Martin, he was Chief Engineer for the hand-built, limited production One-77 hypercar and V12 Vantage Zagato.

In 2013, Chris moved to California to become VP of Engineering at Tesla and then Apple, where he held a senior role within the Special Projects Group. His combined experience of high-end supercar development at Aston Martin, engineering electric vehicles at Tesla and his race-car enthusiasm, make him the perfect addition to the Rimac team. Chris joins Rimac Automobili from Apple. In addition to his professional journey, Chris spends his spare weekends and any free time building and racing his vintage race cars.

Mate Rimac, Founder and CEO, Rimac Automobili said: “We have started out in a country which is not  known for developing cars. We learnt so much through trial and error as it was difficult to attract people from other countries, making the process challenging but exciting. I can not imagine what our journey would have been like and how far along we would be now if we had Chris with us from the early days. I had concerns that people with great industry experience would not be a fit for our culture and company spirit. However, as a car enthusiast through and through, who gets the “hands dirty” himself, Chris fit right in from the first moment. We share the same mindset: we want to develop cars that raise the bar, are fun and great quality. I can’t wait to see what we will be able to create together.”

Chris Porritt, Chief Technology Officer, Rimac Automobili, said: “The opportunity to join Rimac Automobili is an engineer’s dream. Since nearly every key component is designed and built in-house by Rimac, this gives us freedom to create something that’s unlike anything else that has been done before in the Hypercar world. Rimac is the perfect place to use my combined experience in the engineering of supercars at Aston Martin and the EV engineering experience I gained in California. What the team has already achieved with the development of C_Two thus far is phenomenal, and I look forward to guiding the engineering development of future Rimac products that will push the envelope of performance.”

This year is a crucial period for the launch of Rimac’s latest all-electric hypercar, codenamed C_Two, as the prototypes are built, tested and crashed for global homologation. The 150 production examples of the new car will be hand-built on a new production line in Croatia, beginning in 2021. All major systems and components for the C_Two have been developed and built in-house by Rimac Automobili.

The Rimac C_Two will deliver a 0-100km/h time of <2 seconds and a top speed of 258mph in final production form. These performance figures have been achieved through development of the original C_Two concept and subsequent prototypes. In parallel with the development of the C_Two, the Rimac Automobili business has continued to scale up, with Porsche increasing its ownership stake in the business to 15.5% and Hyundai Motor Group investing 80M EUR into the business. These latest announcements join a long list of already established partners of Rimac, including Koenigsegg, Automobili Pininfarina and Aston Martin.

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Triumph Car illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Fixing Classic Cars

A comprehensive trouble-shooter that no Triumph TR4 or TR4A owner should be without, by author Paul Hogan. This handy expert guide describes all the main components of these cars, and details what can go wrong with each of them, how to fix common problems and even a number of improvements that can be made to the car.

Triumph’s TR4 represented a new breed of British sports car. Its modern lines, and accessories, such as wind-up windows and face-level ventilation, were a big departure from the earlier TR3 models. While TR4 mechanical parts may not have been new, the introduction of IRS (independent rear suspension) on the TR4A set a new benchmark for sports cars of thet era. Performance was solid, if not spectacular, with 109mph attainable in overdrive top, and these TRs found a ready market in all parts of the world. Now nearly 60 years old, the TR4 and TR4A still attract a huge following worldwide.

This book is designed to offer owners and potential owners of these cars an insight to the common problems that can arise and how to fix them, and often making an improvement at the same time. Arranged into easy to follow sections – engine, driveline, suspension, etc – you can see not only where the problems arise, but how to solve them. Information is also provided on owners’ clubs and spares suppliers to help keep your car in good condition and on the road.

 

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Photo of Triumph TR4 & TR4A exterior front by Veloce Publishing. Photo of Triumph TR4 & TR4A interior front by Veloce Publishing. Photo of Triumph TR4 & TR4A engine by Veloce Publishing.

Texas A&M Innovation Plaza

Texas A&M System Brands Buildings at Texas A&M Innovation Plaza in Texas Medical Center

The five-acre mixed-use Texas A&M Innovation Plaza in Houston will be home to the Engineering Medicine program and more.

The Texas A&M University System has announced Discovery Tower, Life Tower and Horizon Tower as the names of the three buildings that comprise Texas A&M Innovation Plaza, its landmark 5-acre campus in Houston, Texas, at the prominent intersection of Holcombe Boulevard and Main Street near the Texas Medical Center (TMC). This campus sets a new standard for collaboration in engineering, medicine, research and education and is the first all-new mixed-use campus for the Texas A&M System in Houston.

The Texas A&M University System initiated the new campus by acquiring and renovating an 18-story office building at 1020 Holcombe Blvd. to be the home for EnMed, a unique two-degree program that provides students the chance to earn a master’s degree in engineering from Texas A&M University and a medical degree from the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Opening later this year, this building supports EnMed and an expanded array of Texas A&M’s engineering, research, innovation, medical and life science programs that are reflected in the newly announced brand: Discovery Tower.

Complementing the academic, research, discovery and innovation missions of the EnMed Building, Texas A&M Innovation Plaza will provide a welcoming, secure and vibrant experience to the campus population and visitors alike, with generous green spaces and lifestyle amenities not commonly found in the TMC area.

With groundbreaking scheduled in late 2020, the System’s public-private partnership (P3) developer is bringing additional investment of $401 million to fulfill unmet needs in the area with two complementary towers totaling an additional 1.9 million square feet.

“EnMed is just the first example of innovation that Texas A&M System intends to bring to the Texas A&M Innovation Plaza,” said Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. “We are excited to have such a visible location in the Texas Medical Center.”

Scheduled to be complete in June 2022, Life Tower is a 19-story, 714-bed student housing tower will overlook a scenic plaza flanked by a large garage with retail and dining at grade with convenient, affordable parking for 2,714 vehicles. Texas A&M medical students and Prairie View A&M University nursing students will be given priority for housing, but students from other institutions could fill open slots, if available.

Scheduled to deliver in January 2024 is Horizon Tower, a 17-story, 485,000 square-foot integrated building that will be built atop the 13-story parking structure. With generous, efficient floorplates and robust building technologies, Horizon Tower will be ideally suited to life sciences, clinical, biomedical, technology and office uses.

Accessible via Main Street, Holcombe Boulevard and Fannin Street, Texas A&M Innovation Plaza is also adjacent to the METRO TMC Station, providing convenient connectivity via bus and light rail service to the TMC, Museum District and Downtown Houston.

The developer for the P3 projects is Medistar Corporation, a long-time Houston-based developer. Infrastructure investment firm American Triple I Partners, founded by Texas A&M alum Henry Cisneros, is part of the financing team.

About The Texas A&M University System

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation with a budget of $6.3 billion. The System is a statewide network of 11 universities; a comprehensive health science center; eight state agencies, including the Texas Division of Emergency Management; and the RELLIS Campus. The Texas A&M System educates more than 151,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $1 billion in FY 2019 and helped drive the state’s economy.

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Lab Improves 4D Printing

Rice advances manufacture of complex shapeshifters for soft robots, biomedical implants. Soft robots and biomedical implants that reconfigure themselves upon demand are closer to reality with a new way to print shape-shifting materials.

Rafael Verduzco and graduate student Morgan Barnes of Rice’s Brown School of Engineering developed a method to print objects that can be manipulated to take on alternate forms when exposed to changes in temperature, electric current, or stress. The researchers think of this as reactive 4D printing. Their work appears in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

They first reported their ability to make morphing structures in a mold in 2018. But using the same chemistry for 3D printing limited structures to shapes that sat in the same plane. That meant no bumps or other complex curvatures could be programmed as the alternate shape.

Overcoming that limitation to decouple the printing process from shaping is a significant step toward more useful materials, Verduzco said.

“These materials, once fabricated, will change shape autonomously,” Verduzco said. “We needed a method to control and define this shape change. Our simple idea was to use multiple reactions in sequence to print the material and then dictate how it would change shape. Rather than trying to do this all in one step, our approach gives more flexibility in controlling the initial and final shapes and also allows us to print complex structures.”

The lab’s challenge was to create a liquid crystal polymer “ink” that incorporates mutually exclusive sets of chemical links between molecules. One establishes the original printed shape, and the other can be set by physically manipulating the printed-and-dried material. Curing the alternate form under ultraviolet light locks in those links.

Once the two programmed forms are set, the material can then morph back and forth when, for instance, it’s heated or cooled.

The researchers had to find a polymer mix that could be printed in a catalyst bath and still hold its original programmed shape.

“There were a lot of parameters we had to optimize — from the solvents and catalyst used, to degree of swelling, and ink formula — to allow the ink to solidify rapidly enough to print while not inhibiting the desired final shape actuation,” Barnes said.

One remaining limitation of the process is the ability to print unsupported structures, like columns. To do so would require a solution that gels just enough to support itself during printing, she said. Gaining that ability will allow researchers to print far more complex combinations of shapes.

“Future work will further optimize the printing formula and use scaffold-assisted printing techniques to create actuators that transition between two different complex shapes,” Barnes said. “This opens the door to printing soft robotics that could swim like a jellyfish, jump like a cricket or transport liquids like the heart.”

Co-authors of the paper are Rice graduate student Seyed Sajadi; Shaan Parekh, a student at John Foster Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas; Rice research scientist Muhammad Rahman; and Pulickel Ajayan, chair of Rice’s Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry. Verduzco is an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering.

The Welch Foundation for Chemical Research and the Army Research Office Chemical Sciences Division supported the research.

About Rice University

Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 4 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

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Glickenhaus Confirms Two-Hypercar Team

Two Glickenhaus 007 LMP-Hypercars will race at Le Mans and the WEC in 2021.

“In 2017 we stood up and said we would race the new Hypercar class,” the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus team announced, “We are moving rapidly to fulfill that goal.”

The engineering of their chassis is complete, and engineering on other components is being finalized. The first set of physical wind-tunnel testing has been completed in one of the world’s top wind tunnels.

“We have already met several of our engineering targets, and are applying the lessons learned to move us towards additional targets. We will start dyno testing our Pipo engine next month, and we will be testing our 007’s before the end of this year,” the team said.

Now, SCG has announced that they will be adding a second car and racing a two-car factory team with their 007’s starting with Sebring, Spa, and then the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Jim Glickenhaus, Founder of SCG, said “Ever since I listened to the 24 hours of Le Mans on my ham radio as a young boy I’ve dreamed of building a car to compete at Le Mans. I’m so happy that we are getting there.”

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest added “This exciting announcement emphasizes the allure of our new top class. Incidentally, I should underline Glickenhaus’s great achievements both in building and promoting this machine. I would also like to thank Glickenhaus and all our manufacturers for their contribution to the discipline and their faith in our plans for the future of endurance racing.”

“If it can’t race the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it’s not that hyper. I would love to see other manufacturers join this incredible race. And we look forward to joining fans from around the world on this new challenge,” Jesse Glickenhaus stated.