2014 Audi R8 May Get Turbo V8, Dual Clutch Transmission

2014 Audi R8 May Get Turbo V8, Dual Clutch Transmission
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Besides adopting a multi-material inner structure, which includes carbonfiber for parts such as the transmission tunnel, B-pillars and engine firewall, the new R8 will also feature a 450 horsepower 4.0-liter V8, while the optional V10 motor will be hiked in output to around 550 hp. Continue Reading...

2014 Audi R8 To Get Carbon/Aluminum Hybrid Structure

2014 Audi R8 To Get Carbon/Aluminum Hybrid Structure
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As a result, combining both carbon fiber and aluminum seems like a good compromise, plus using both materials in the car’s construction will likely reduce the weight of the R8’s skeleton by some 45 lbs. Continue Reading...

Ford CEO Mulally Fights for Underdog, Promotes Weight Savings

Ford CEO Mulally Fights for Underdog, Promotes Weight Savings
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Finally, somebody in top brass gets it. When CEO Alan Mulally oversaw the development of the Explorer upon taking charge of Ford in 2006, he ordered engineers to cut weight and improve fuel economy, or kill the Explorer altogether. “Alan told us we need to truly reinvent the Explorer,” said product development chief Derrick Kuzak…. Continue Reading...