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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class

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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

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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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In light of Fisker's solid-state battery breakthrough and claims of a one minute charge time, will this electric vehicle technology development kick-start mass BEV uptake? 

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New Optimus interface for Ricardo WAVE

Noesis Solutions has unveiled its new Optimus interface for Ricardo WAVE, which further accelerates engine performance analysis. Optimus’ open access technology enables interaction with third-party software programs such as WAVE, the 1D engine and gas dynamics simulation software package from Ricardo Software. 


Optimus allows WAVE users to define and execute a parametric simulation campaign by directly incorporating the WAVE software. The Optimus integration component automatically extracts the parameters from any WAVE model and can automatically parse WAVE’s results to extract responses from both the ASCII and binary files.

David Higbie, global director of Ricardo Software said, “We are excited to partner with Noesis Solutions to offer this new capability, which gives our customers a powerful method to quickly and robustly evaluate complex design spaces. Today’s powertrain engineers and product planners have an unprecedented number of choices to make when assessing appropriate technology; by leveraging the power of WAVE with Optimus, these complex DOE and Optimization studies can be defined and managed with ease.”

18 April 2012


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