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Fiat Chrysler electrifies the Ram 1500 truck


Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit auto show, the 2019 Ram 1500 has shed 100kg and added e-torque power. Available with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 or a second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the 1500 uses mild-hybrid capability to recapture energy during deceleration to enable start/stop function as well as short-duration torque addition.

Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in the USA this month 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.

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Loughborough University to invest in advanced propulsion research

Loughborough University has announced that it will invest US$2.5m in advanced propulsion research over the next five years. The funds will be allocated to strategic research appointments, including a Chair in Advanced Propulsion Systems and a number of PhD positions. The appointments will compliment the university’s existing research into low-carbon technologies, increasing the institution’s remit to include electric and hybrid drives.
The investment forms part of Loughborough’s commitment to the recently established Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) – an initiative by the UK’s Automotive Council to support the development of low carbon vehicles by channeling almost US$1.7bn into the country’s automotive industry. Loughborough has also partnered with MIRA Technology Park, a Midlands-based engineering center built to house transport R&D facilities, in a bid to host the APC’s executive hub. Furthermore, the university is leading a proposal to house a satellite facility of the APC at its Olympic Park campus in London.

The university is also involved in the Advanced Combustion Turbocharged Integrated Variable-valvetrain Engine project (ACTIVE), an initiative led by Ford to advance low-carbon technology. Loughborough is providing expertise on optical measurement techniques and engine thermodynamic design as part of the project.
“Loughborough University has been training automotive engineers since 1919,” says university vice chancellor Robert Allison. “Our research in powertrain engineering and propulsion, and in powertrain manufacture is recognized as world-class. We are excited by the opportunity to collaborate with industry and academic partners right across the UK, and delighted both to be partnering with MIRA in the Midlands, and to be leading the complementary satellite bid from our new Olympic Park campus, which Mayor Boris Johnson has declared as his preferred London location.”

21 May 2014


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