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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.

Ford’s F150 pickup gets its first diesel motor


Developed by the powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine for super duty trucks, the all-new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke unit promises 250ps, 440 lb-ft of torque, and an anticipated 5175kg of towing capacity.

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Kistler North America introduces wheel vector system

Kistler has announced the North American launch of the Corrsys-Datron RV-4 wheel vector sensing system, which has been designed to offer simultaneous measurements of all vehicle wheel displacement and directional coordinates in five axes for complete wheel movement evaluation capabilities within numerous vehicle dynamics testing applications.

The robust design of the RV-4 incorporates the use of five high-precision absolute positioning transducers that measure wheel deflection, camber, and x-, y- and z-movements (spring travel) within a vehicle coordinate system. The system has been designed for the incorporation of additional sensors and transducers and offers direct compatibility with Kistler wheel pulse encoders, slip angle sensors, wheel force transducers, dynamic camber systems and laser ride height sensors. The sensor portion of the RV-4 system, which operates on the test car exterior, is IP67 rated for all-weather testing, with high resistance to splash water, engine oil and anti-freeze. The system operates from standard 10-28 VDC vehicle power and offers easy and quick mounting capabilities.

RV-4 system measurements allow users to understand available wheel well clearances for proper design; aid in spring and shock development; collect accurate toe and camber adjustment data; facilitate chassis development and refinement; and support both driver assistance systems testing and tire development. Users can also monitor all wheel movements, allowing for real-time weight shift assessments and wheel travel investigations while braking or accelerating. Changes in camber angle while cornering, as well as rear wheel tracking and dynamic self-steering behaviors, are also available in RV-4 captured data, with the ability to create on-track test data files for test rig control. The system design makes its capabilities especially useful within torque steer investigations. Other supported applications include braking weight shift measurements, braking wheel travel, wheel position braking or acceleration changes, tire strain, bump steer inputs, roll steer inputs, steering compliance testing, and test and race track simulator data recording.

26 July 2011


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