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In this Issue - Annual Showcase 2017

The Annual Showcase 2017 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

 

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES  : With level-three self-driving vehicles on the horizon, what will the future hold for the vehicle dynamics industry? We asked experts from across the sector for their viewpoints on how the technology will influence vehicle dynamics

 

ROLL CONTROL : Technical editor John Miles considers the importance of roll control systems, and how to achieve a well-engineered setup

 

HYDRO MOUNTS  : A team of academics take an in-depth look at modeling hydro mounts in vehicles for durability load analyses, ride comfort and vehicle dynamics simulation

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In this Issue - May / June 2016

The May/June 2016 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

 

BUMP STOPS: One of the most valuable lessons a suspension engineer can learn is how to optimally tune polyurethane bump stops

 

VDI AWARDS 2016: With a fantastic shortlist and an expanded international jury, 2016 has been the strongest year in the history of the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards. Here are this year’s finest innovations, professionals and technologies in the dynamics industry

 

MIKE CROSS: VDI spends a little time with our Vehicle Dynamicist of the Year – the industry legend that is Jaguar Land Rover’s dynamics guru, Mike Cross

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In this Issue - Annual Showcase 2016

The Annual Showcase 2016 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

 

ELEMENTAL RP1 - Conceived by a team of ex-McLaren engineers, the Elemental rp1’s adjustable dynamics may give it the edge in the track car market, finds Adam Gavine

 

INTERVIEW: ASTON MARTIN - Following his defection from Lotus to Aston Martin, Matt Becker tells Marc Noordeloos what he has planned for the ride and handling of Aston Martin’s entire range of cars – and its SUV project

 

ZF ADVANCED URBAN VEHICLE - ZF TRW has unveiled its vision of urban transport, based on an existing city car, but modified to make city life that bit easier. By John O’Brien

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In this Issue - May / June 2015

The May/June 2015 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

LIGHTEST TOUCH : EU law will call for emissions to be slashed from their current levels by 2020. John O'Brien asks, Are composite components the key to meeting those targets?

CRITICAL FEEDBACK : Electric power steering is now the dominant form of steering assist, and is rivaling hydraulic systems for feel and feedback, says Andrew Noakes

AMERICAN DREAM : Cadillac's most powerful car, in it's 113-year history, is also one of the most dynamically capable thanks to a series of significant changes

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In this Issue - SHOWCASE 2015

The Vehicle Dynamics International Showcase 2015 is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

MAZDA MX-5 : The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 is a return to the model’s roots: lighter weight and simpler, to deliver fantastic dynamic performance

GRAVITATIONAL EFFECTS : A study into vehicle control and the innate nature of gravity, by Magnus Roland, S2AB

INTERACTION MODELS : An analysis of the results provided by a grip and thermodynamics-sensitive tire/road interaction force characterization procedure. By Flavio Farroni, University of Naples

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In this Issue - May/June 2014

The May/June 2014 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

PERSONALIZED DYNAMICS: AdAdaptive dampers are nothing new – but the advent of the smartphone App has opened up a whole new way to control them and interact with them. John O’Brien considers if is this a marketing gimmick, or a worthwhile addition to a suspension system

FWD DIFFERENTIALS: Although they might not have hit the same heights as their RWD counterparts, electronic limited slip differentials for FWD applications continue to be developed. John Challen finds out the latest news

 

GYROSCOPIC EFFECT: Gyroscopic effects are a crucial consideration for cancelling out destabilizing characteristics in a suspension system, says John Miles

 

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In this Issue - SHOWCASE 2014

The Vehicle Dynamics International Showcase 2014 is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

MAGIC BODY CONTROL: The Mercedes-Benz S-Class uses cameras to read the road surface and adjust the suspension accordingly

CATERHAM 160: A smaller engine, a new rear axle and narrow tires take the entry-level Caterham Seven 160 back to its lightweight roots

RESEARCH PAPERS: Including work by the University of California at Davis on the dynamic advantages of wheel-motored vehicles

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In this Issue - June 2013

The June 2013 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

COVER STORY - CHINAVehicle dynamics development in China is still evolving. Graham Heeps speaks to experts in the region to assess likely future developments

INTERVIEW: TOBIAS MOERS, AMG: The job of adapting AMG's traditional large-capacity, RWD dynamics to new small models falls to Tobias Moers. John O'Brien met with him

VEHICLE DYNAMICS INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2013: The winners of the 2013 Vehicle Dynamics International Awards have been revealed!

This year's jury is bigger than ever, but the principle remains unchanged: to recognize the best ideas, technology, innovation and achievements in vehicle dynamics development

 

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In this Issue - Annual Showcase 2013

The Annual Showcase 2012 is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

COVER STORY 2013MY SRT VIPER: Marc Noordeloos goes under the skin of the born-again SRT Viper and tries a pre-production prototype on track at Gingerman Raceway

MONDEO SUSPENSION: Dr Paul Zandbergen and Dr Wolfgang David (Ford Aachen) and Ed Knoy (Ford Cologne) detail a new rear suspension for the global CD platform

ESC TESTING: Olivier Macchi and Alfonso Porcel of PSA Peugeot Citroën, and Charles Miquet of IPG Automotive present some of the challenges and innovation in type-approving ESC using vehicle dynamics simulation

 

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In this Issue - June 2012

The June 2012 Awards issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

AWARDS RESULTS ANNOUNCED!: Click here to view the winners

COVER STORY - TOYOTA GT86 & SUBARU BRZ: When Subaru and Toyota decided to build a sports car, they threw 21st Century conventions out of the window

INTERVIEW: VOLKER STRYCEK: GM Europe's OPC department uses racetrack-proven parts to turn regular Opels into performance specials

CONFERENCE PREVIEW: Vehicle Dynamics Expo 2012: Full details of the superb, free-to-attend conference, plus exhibitor news!

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In this Issue - Annual Showcase 2012

The Annual Showcase 2012 is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

COVER STORY LEXUS GS: The inside story on the N platform and new chassis architecture that
will underpin the 2012MY Lexus GS and future mid-size products

BMW i3: The BMW i3 is one of the most exciting new cars currently in development. Graham Heeps got a sneak preview of its unusual chassis configuration

TIRE TESTING: Phil Morse explores the role of tire data in vehicle performance
simulations and gets the lowdown on two important new test facilities

ACTIVE SUSPENSION: ACOCAR is Tenneco’s low-priced, high-ish bandwidth active suspension system. Keith Read provides the background and John Miles takes an actively suspended Ford S-MAX for a spin

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In this Issue - Annual Showcase 2011

The Annual Showcase 2011 is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

COVER STORY: MINI WRC - Prodrive's Damian Harty describes the analysis behind the MINI John Cooper Works WRC

Research Focus: Technical papers from Cambridge, Virginia Tech, Ford, Lotus and Volkswagen in our special Annual Showcase issue

Awards Results: All the trophy winners from the 2011 Vehicle Dynamics International Awards

 

 

 

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In this Issue - May - June 2010

The May/June 2010 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

Cover story: McLaren MP4-12C - The ultra-successful Formula 1 team is building a supercar to take the fight to Ferrari and Porsche. VDI gets the inside track on its chassis development

Runflat tires: Tire technology expert, Roger Williams reports on the state of runflat development, and offers a view on the benefits they can bring

Weight reduction: Expert views on how chassis engineers can do their bit in getting vehicle weight down

Vehicle Dynamics Expo 2010: Show preview - News ahead of the Stuttgart dynamics showcase

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January 2010 - In this Issue

The January 2010 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

Cover story: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - VDI investigates the underpinnings of SLS, the first AMG car not to start life as a regular Mercedes-Benz. There’s even an electric version on the way

Cover story: Vehicle Dynamics International Awards 2009 - The results are in! Full details of the trophy winners in all six categories

Bentley Mulsanne - Retro name, latest tech for Bentley’s new flagship

Lotus Evora - Who better than ex-Lotus engineer, John Miles, to delve beneath the skin of the all-important GT?

Rolls-Royce Ghost - Engineering chief Helmut Riedl explains how Rolls set out to build a driver’s car without sacrificing the historic brand’s signature ride comfort

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In this Issue - May - June 2009

The May-June 2009 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

 

COVER STORY: 2010MY Porsche 911 GT3 -
4 VDI examines the latest incarnation of the GT3, developed by Motorsport engineers under the motto: ‘Performance, performance, performance’

 

INTERVIEWS

Peter Laier, Continental - Discussing air suspension developments ahead of Conti’s participation at Vehicle Dynamics Expo 2009


Leo Gilles, TRW - Gilles gives Jonathan Lawson the lowdown on TRW’s new ESC derivative for regenerative braking

 

 

FEATURES



Renault Mégane Renaultsport 250
- Graham Heeps checks out the new Mégane RS and its torque-steer-limiting front-axle technology



Mazda3 - The Japanese giant seeks to advance further on the premium brands. By Bunny Richards

New product focus: Racelogic - Integrating inertial sensors with GPS produces better measurements under an imperfect sky

Vehicle Dynamics International Awards - The 2008 winners receive their trophies, plus a look ahead to the 2009 Awards. Get nominating!




REGULARS



Dynamic legends: Peugeot 504
- Michael Scarlett recalls what made the 504 special


Motorsport: SEAT León TDI WTCC - SEAT Sport engineers Jonas Jarlmark and Jordi Riba give an insight into the diesel touring car


NEW: Behind the wheel - In the first in a new series of road tests for VDI, John Miles takes control of a Mk6 Volkswagen Golf

Last stand - Cars that don’t behave as they should - Case 20: Honda Insight

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