All-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre nears 2,000,000km testing mark
Rolls-Royce’s all-electric super coupe Spectre has covered almost 2,000,000km as it nears completion of the third phase of the most rigorous testing program that a Rolls-Royce vehicle has ever undergone.
At present, the Spectre is being subjected to extreme hot weather tests in South Africa, in the Augrabies in the Northern Cape, and in Franschhoek in the Western Cape winelands. At times, temperatures can exceed 50°C, while the southern region delivers a range of surfaces and terrains with gravel, dust and dirt.
Porsche outlines rigorous testing program for latest Cayenne
Ahead of the launch of the latest Cayenne in the spring, Porsche has been subjecting the prototypes and pre-production vehicles to a range of rigorous endurance tests to ensure the new model meets the German OEM’s high standards.
Since the launch of the first iteration Cayenne in 2017, Porsche has progressively improved the vehicle, with revisions of the third generation Cayenne including powertrain, chassis, design, equipment and connectivity changes.
“It’s one of the most extensive product upgrades in the history of Porsche,” said Michael Schätzle, series manager, Porsche.
KEB Automation uses Yokogawa power analyzer to build higher efficiency motor drives
Variable speed drives are capable of delivering significant power savings, as they reduce the power input when driving motors at less than the maximum rated load. To further enhance their performance, motor drive manufacturers are introducing faster switching capabilities. To save additional space and weight, this type of motor drive also uses smaller capacitors and magnetic components.
Automation and motion control specialist KEB Automation is using Yokogawa’s WT5000 Precision Power analyzer to develop its latest generation of frequency converters for variable speed drives, ensuring they meet the latest European Union (EU) energy efficiency regulations.
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Mustang Advanced Engineering supplies end-of-line test stand to Lion Electric
Test equipment manufacturer Mustang Advanced Engineering (MAE) has delivered an end-of-line (EOL) test stand to zero-emission vehicle manufacturer Lion Electric, including all-electric commercial urban trucks and buses for schools and mass transit.
The end-of-line chassis dynamometer – which was designed and built by MAE – is capable of testing single and tandem axle heavy-duty electric vehicles. The test stand has been developed to conduct quality control testing of on-road electric trucks and buses.
Yokohama Rubber opens indoor ice testing facility at Tire Test Center of Hokkaido
Since January 5, Yokohama has been operating a new indoor ice circle test facility at its Tire Test Center of Hokkaido (TTCH) in Japan. The site – which is housed within a 56 x 56m building and has a 1,960m2 ice surface – has been designed specifically for testing a winter tire’s turning performance on ice. It is the country’s largest indoor facility for conducting this type of testing, enabling turning radiuses of between 10m and 22m.
Smithers awarded laboratory alignment certification for rolling resistance testing
With new certification, the Smithers Tire & Wheel Test Center in Ravenna, Ohio, is now able to conduct UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) R117 rolling resistance testing.
The UNECE Regulation No. 117 (R11) provides requirements for maximum tire rolling sound emissions, minimum wet grip performance, maximum rolling resistance and conformity of production for tires imported into the European Union. UNECE R117 testing is appropriate for testing the previously mentioned requirements for both passenger car and light truck tires.
How Engineers Use AI to Improve Vehicle Acoustics
The Kautex Textron validation engineering team used Monolith’s self-learning models to solve a complex fuel “sloshing” problem, reducing design iterations, prototyping and testing costs. They were able to accurately predict fuel sloshing noise during vehicle deceleration, opening the door for engineers to use AI to solve further engineering challenges.
Predict fuel sloshing noise with unprecedented accuracy using a data-driven approach
Fuel sloshing noise prediction during vehicle deceleration has long been a difficult challenge for engineers to model, test and understand.