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Jaguar details the technology behind the I-Pace

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Ahead of it public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, McLaren has released further information on the Senna. Fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful IC engine ever produced for a road car – the limited release hypercar will develop 800ps and 800Nm.

Toyota details its new Dynamic Force engine

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The Japanese OEM has revealed its all-new powertrain system which is set to be installed in 80% of Toyota vehicles by 2023. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the technology will feature a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter hybridized engine unit.

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As OEMs continue to announce plans to end production of diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new diesel PHEV C-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Will this powertrain development give TDI a new lease of life? 


GKN reveals lighter CV joint system

GKN Driveline has revealed details of its new family of lightweight constant velocity joint systems that help rear-wheel drive platforms to save more than 4kg.

The supplier says that the higher performing drivelines with less rotating mass will help OEMs to meet strict CO₂ reduction strategies.

Karl Berger, GKN Driveline’s senior director of constant velocity joints, said, “GKN innovations make vehicles better to drive and more efficient. For premium rear-wheel drive programmes seeking CO₂ emissions reductions, this system represents a step forward in weight, efficiency, performance and refinement.”

The new 7% smaller VL3 CV joint increases torque capacity by up to 27% with no increase in packaging size, says GKN. It also says that its VL3-33ISM variant, available in four sizes, now has a torque capacity of 3,300Nm in a package previously capable of delivering only 2,600Nm.

The VL3 uses a monobloc tubular shaft and face spline connection to the wheel hub to achieve significant packaging and weight advantages as well as NVH behavior benefits. The result, claims GKN, is a more refined driving experience.

November 19, 2015

19 November 2015


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