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Ken Block Tests the Ford Performance Drift Stick

Introducing the world's first electronically controlled performance handbrake, designed by Ford Performance and tested by Ken Block.

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09 November 2017


Robot vs Rossi

Yamaha's Motobot is a humanoid robot capable of autonomously riding a motorcycle around a track. The technology is impressive – and cocky, it turns out. Watch what happens when Motobot challenges MotoGP legend, Valentino Rossi, to a race

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02 November 2017


The Hennessey Venom F5

There's something big happening in Texas. At SEMA on November 1st Hennessey will reveal the Venom F5, and this teaser video suggests the car might be capable of a staggering 300mph. This could give Bugatti engineers pause for thought ahead of the Chiron's 2018 Guinness world record run in 2018

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20 October 2017


Playing test driver

Want to see a Nissan GT-R driven around Silverstone? No, you've probably seen that, so how about a GT-R driven around Silverstone from a helicopter?

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17 October 2017


Full onboard footage of the GT2 RS Ring record

Porsche has set a new world record for road cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Strap yourself in and see how the 12.8 mile (20.6km) Green Hell can be navigated in a blistering 6 minutes, 47.3 seconds, surpassing even Porsche’s own expectations

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04 October 2017


A new Nürburgring SUV record

Watch the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio win the world's fastest SUV title, breaking the Cayenne Turbo S's Nürburgring record of 7'51.7''. Quadrifoglio spec brings an enhanced chassis, all-wheel drive and a 510hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, making a very capable platform even more impressive

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03 October 2017


Euro NCAP's road ahead to 2025

Euro NCAP's Road Map 2025 will challenge vehicle manufacturers to offer the best possible safety technology.

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22 September 2017


The Ferrari Portofino

The setup of the California T has been given a thorough re-working to create Ferrari's latest sports cruiser, including all the body-in-white and chassis components. Sand-casting techniques have been used to create hollow components, and the vehicle dynamics further optimized in the suspension set-up through stiffer springs (+15.5% at the front and +19% at the rear), and the latest evolution of the MR damping system

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15 September 2017


Taking the MUTT out

In this US Army training film from 1971, the handling limits of the M151A2 MUTT (Multi-Utility Tactical Truck) are explored, and benchmarked against a Plymouth. Remember: "it's a tactical truck, not a pleasure

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31 August 2017


Ford's 'Rollercoaster Test'

Good dynamics can be about convenience, as well as comfort and handling. Ford has developed an extreme 'Rollercoaster Test' that ensures drinks stay in cups, bottles and cans so drivers can stay hydrated while the carpets remain dry. Engineers take to Ford test tracks and subject hundreds of different beverages to 5g forces in cup holders, including a high-speed slalom course that’s like riding a rollercoaster with an open drink

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31 August 2017


The third-generation Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne has been completely redeveloped for the third-generation model. The SUV features rear-axle steering for the first time, with its on-road capabilities enhanced by active all-wheel drive as standard, '4D Chassis Control', three-chamber air suspension and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) electronic roll stabilization system. Here's the Cayenne in action during its development program

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31 August 2017


A bucket: the ultimate test for the 2017 Audi A8

Cigars and buckets of water aren't traditional tools for dynamicists, but they proved useful in convincing the director of a chauffeur company of the merits of the new Audi A8's ride and handling. Here's how Eddie Sinclair used these unconventional methods to ensure his clients – which include Google founder Larry Paige and Jonny Depp – ride in comfort

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18 August 2017


Nissan's BladeGlider in action

Nissan celebrated 70 years of developing electric vehicles with a public demonstration of the BladeGlider's dynamic abilities. Guests at Goodwood Festival of Speed were treated to the sight of Nissan Motorsports driver Lucas Ordóñez behind the wheel of this innovative car

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11 August 2017


How to barrel roll an E-Pace

Jaguar’s 270°, 15.3m-long barrel roll stunt to mark the launch of the E-Pace SUV was pretty dramatic. This behind-the-scenes documentary shows how Jaguar’s engineers spent six months preparing for this 1.5 second stunt – including 33 test jumps

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25 July 2017


ADAS and autonomous vehicle controller testing simulation

At Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2017, Cruden showcased how driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulators can improve the validity of ADAS simulations with live demonstrations of its system, set up for ADAS and autonomous vehicle controller development. If you weren't there, here's what you missed…

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25 July 2017


The (literal) launch of the Jaguar E-Pace

A mere reveal of the new, smaller brother to the F-Pace wasn't enough for Jaguar. Instead they set a Guinness World Record during the premiere in London's ExCel centre, for a daring 15.3m-long jump, complete with a 270° 'barrel roll'. Stunt driver Terry Grant experienced 5.5G during the jump, which required a 160m run up.

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13 July 2017


Ferrari 812 Superfast dynamics

This is the first Ferrari to introduce EPS, which is integrated with all the electronic vehicle dynamics controls. The 812 Superfast also sees the introduction of the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV), which combines electric front-wheel steering assistance with a mechanical concept built around tire dimensions and rear-wheel steering.

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13 July 2017


A highlight from Goodwood

From sub-100bhp to well beyond 1,000bhp, there was a huge range of vehicles on track at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. However, nothing surprised the crowd quite like the giant Kamaz Dakar truck, a 16.2-liter monster which proved to be (ten) tons of fun

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03 July 2017


DRiV digital damping

Tenneco's DRiV digital damping technology offers improved ride performance without requiring a redesign of the suspension system

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03 July 2017


Audi A8 MHEV with active suspension

The all-new suspension on the A8 is a fully active electromechanical system, which drives each wheel individually and adapts to road conditions. Each wheel has an electric motor, powered by the 48V main electrical system

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27 June 2017


Audi A8 dynamic all-wheel steering

The combination of dynamic and rear-axle steering gives sporty and direct driving characteristics, while ensuring a high level of handling stability. The steering feel can be adjusted to driver preference, and even better, the turning circle of the A8 is smaller than that of an A4

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27 June 2017


The Visionary Michelin concept tire

Michelin has revealed its vision of the tire of tomorrow: an airless, rechargable, 3D-printed organic tire, developed from bio-sourced, biodegradable materials

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23 June 2017


Vehicle dynamics in 1970

Want to see how dynamics have improved since the '70s? This 1970 footage of the Nurburging's Adenauer Forst is a pretty good illustration. Warning: graphic footage of cool cars being damaged, which dynamicists may find distressing

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23 June 2017


Jaguar's next-generation recruitment

Jaguar has enlisted the help of Gorillaz and their new problem-solving app to recruit the next generation of electronics and software engineering talent. With more than 4,000 code-breaking combinations, this unique approach aims to inspire a new way of thinking within Jaguar.

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19 June 2017


Advanced Vehicle Driving Simulator

The The aVDS (Advanced Vehicle Driving Simulator) from AB Dynamics represents the next generation of driving simulators, purpose built for vehicle development

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19 June 2017


The XJ220 legend lives on

Bridgestone Europe is developing new tires for the Jaguar XJ220. The project has brought together a cast of star dynamicists, which includes the original chief development engineer, test driver, and also the famed chassis 004 pre-production model. See how Bridgestone has extended the XJ220's life by another 25 years

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02 June 2017


Timo Glock drives the 2017 M5 for the first time

BMW works driver Timo Glock sits behind the wheel of the all-new BMW M5 with M xDrive for the first time and gets to experience the driving dynamics enabled by the new rear-biased all-wheel drive system and the sound of the V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology in various driving modes

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22 May 2017


The all-new BMW M5 with M xDrive

Frank van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH talks about the driving dynamics of the all-new BMW M5, its innovative M xDrive system – and why it is four-whel drive at all

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22 May 2017


The latest in motorcycle simulation

For the accurate simulation of motorcycle riding, the Cruden B306-HMD simulator incorporates a 6-DOF motion system in a hexapod configuration, depth-map sensors for rider body tracking, an extra-stiff steering actuator and a head-mounted display for visualization

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22 May 2017


The NIO EP9 breaks the Nordschleife lap record

NIO already held the EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, but now it has returned to take the overall record, with a lap time of 6m 45.9. Here is the footage from this historic lap

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18 May 2017


The XJ220 legend lives on

Bridgestone Europe is working to develop new tires for the Jaguar XJ220. The project has brought together a cast of star dynamicists, which includes the original chief development engineer, test driver, and also the famed chassis 004 pre-production model. The full video is coming soon, but this teaser gives a taste of what is to come

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27 April 2017


Boxersled! WRX STI vs a bobsled run

Does the Subaru WRX STI handle like it's on rails – or runners even? There's only one way to find out, as rally driver Mark Higgins demonstrates by driving down the Olympic Bobsled Run in St Moritz.

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23 March 2017


World's first transmission-equipped wheel hub motor

NSK claims that it has successfully demonstrated the world’s first transmission-equipped wheel hub motor, designed to improve the safety, comfort and environmental performance of automobiles.

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17 March 2017


The Hyundai i30 N being tested

The i30 N, Hyundai Motor’s first high-performance car, is currently at the development stage before its launch in Europe in the second half of 2017. Watch Thierry Neuville, World Rally Championship driver for Hyundai Motorsport, test the car on a frozen lake in Arjeplog to get a feeling for its dynamic performance.

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15 March 2017


The Huracán Performante takes the Nordschleife lap record

On 5 October 2016, Lamborghini had a 15-minute window of clear track at the at Nürburgring Nordschleife to make an attempt at the lap record. It took test driver Marco Mapelli just 6:52.01 minutes in a production Huracán Performante, still in its development camouflage, to set a new production car lap record.

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2 March 2017


The 2nd generation McLaren Super Series on track

The second-generation McLaren Super Series features the new Proactive Chassis Control II system, which monitors driver inputs to deliver handling balance, grip and ride comfort. Watch McLaren chief test driver Chris Goodwin testing the system to its limits

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24 February 2017


Electric Dynamic Control (eDC) for enhanced EV dynamics

Horiba MIRA has designed and developed a yaw motion control system that uses twin electric motors to reduce emissions and improve the dynamics of hybrid and electric vehicles.

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Tuning the Ferrari 488 GTB

To turn the 488 GTB’s power into unadulterated driving pleasure regardless of conditions, Ferrari drew on the vehicle dynamics experience it has built up in competition and through its laboratory cars on circuits worldwide.

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Trialing Steering on Demand & Quiet Wheel Steering

Watch Nexteer Automotive's Steering on Demand and Quiet Wheel Steering technologies for automated driving control undergo evaluation on a test circuit.

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The Koenigsegg One:1

In this great video, Christian von Koenigsegg explains the thinking behind the extraordinary One:1 with its hp-to-kg curb weight ratio of 1:1

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Pushing the Corvair's limits

This compilation of footage from GM's test track in early 60s shows dynamicists pushing the Corvair to its limits.

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Europe's best development roads: Part four

In the fourth instalment in a six-part series showing Europe's ultimate vehicle development routes, Ford shows how they evaluated a Mustang convertible 2.3 on this winding and challenging drive, which reaches a peak of 2,000m at the famous Col de la Croix de Fer – part of the Tour de France route.

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A DeLorean that drifts itself

Engineers at Stanford University have built an autonomous DeLorean capable of stable, precise drifting at large angles in order to study how cars perform in extreme situations.

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The 3-Eleven attacks the Ring (part one)

A car’s eye view of the Lotus 3-Eleven as it’s piloted round the Nurburgring by professional racer, Marc Basseng, during its dynamics testing and development program.

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The 3-Eleven attacks the Ring (part two)

Never get in the way of a dynamics expert! Even GT3s had to make way for Marc Basing as he put the Lotus 3-Eleven through its paces at the Nürburgring during its dynamics development program.

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Europe's best development roads: Part three

In the third in a six-part series showing Europe's ultimate vehicle development routes, Ford takes a Focus ST to the MA10 road in Mallorca. The road itself is an absolute peach to drive on, going through tunnels, across lakes and over rocky bridges. Right in the middle of the MA10 sits a monastery, built in the 13th century in a location that was deliberately hard to reach - but not for a development driver on a mission.

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Meet McLaren's wing man

Meet Robin Herd, a former Concorde engineer who joined McLaren in 1965. Herd's aerodynamics expertise gave the fledgling McLaren team the finely tuned downforce that would give them the edge.

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Exploring Ferraris' F12tdf dynamic setup

The F12tdf features an interesting Virtual Short Wheelbase system. Debuting on this model, the system has an active rear axle, allowing the rear wheels to pivot around a vertical axis.

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Marketing a suspension, 1930s style

In this fantastic footage from 1936, Chevrolet demonstrates the workings and benefits of its springs, tires and shock absorbers. Could forming a human pyramid become part of ride evaluation again?

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Exploring the LaFerrari

Ferrari explain the dynamics thinking and technology that went into its LaFerrari hybrid hypercar.

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NSX: A dynamic story

This technical presentation explains the engineering and thinking behind the 2017 Acura NSX's body, chassis and dynamics.

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Europe's best development roads: Part two

In the second part of its six-part series showing Europe's ultimate vehicle development routes, Ford visits Blakey Ridge in the UK. The route may only be 15 miles long, but it includes many challenges such as blind crests and fast, tight corners.

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Quality control, Trabant style

This vintage footage of the Trabant production process shows the engineering finesse applied at the end of the line. Warning for squeamish engineers: worker's boot and lump hammer content.

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Bose adaptive suspension

Bose may be best known for making high-end audio equipment, but the company also spent more than 20 years developing a modular electromagnetic adaptive suspension system. Sadly the project has been canned due to weight and cost issues

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On board for a record lap of the Nordschliefe

Time for a 6.57-minute tea break? Then you can watch Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb's record-breaking lap of the 20.6km Nurburgring Nordschleife in a 918 Spyder

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Europe's best development roads: Part One

Looking for new ideas for dynamics development routes? In the first of a six-part series, Ford travels to Romania's stunning Transfagarasan Highway.

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MIRA's proving ground… in 1951!

If you have done any vehicle development work at the MIRA proving ground in the UK, you'll love this footage of how the facility looked in 1951.

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Dynamic race car stability

Danny Nowlan, director of ChassisSim Technologies, discusses transient race car stability and the stability index.

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A dynamic test for the 2016 Ford Focus RS

Ken Block explores the limits of the RS at Ford's manufacturing plant in Cologne, Germany. If you're curious what Drift mode lets you do, let Block show you

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Mike Cross on the Range Rover Sport SVR

JLR's chief engineer for vehicle integrity demonstrates how a highly capable off-roader can perform just as well on track

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The Ferrari GTC4Lusso

The latest Ferrari GT builds on the dynamics package of the 4RM FF with new control and integration systems, and rear-wheel steering

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A rough day at work

A dream for suspension development but a nightmare for dynamicists' backs: check out Ford's test road at Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium, which simulates some of the world's worst potholes

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Developing the Lotus 3-Eleven

Join Lotus on the 3-Eleven’s first public outing - a two-week test session at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, during which over 2,000km were covered as part of the test and development program

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Alfa Romeo 4C completes lap of the Nüburburgring

The new Alfa Romeo 4C completes a record breaking lap of the ring in just 8 mins 4 secs

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Development of the McLaren P1

The P1 was revealed as a design study at the Paris Motor Show in 2012. Now, testing of the production vehicle is underway

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Testing the Jaguar F-Type

Martin Brundle and Mike Cross discuss the dynamics of Jaguar's forthcoming sports car

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Inside Mazda's SkyActiv-Chassis technology

Tadanobu Yamamoto, manager of Mazda's chassis technology development group, explains the thinking and technology underpinning SkyActiv-Chassis

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MINI enters the World Rally Championship

Test and development footage of the MINI JCW WRC at Prodrive, prefaced by some fantastic period footage of original Mini Cooper S rally cars in the 1960s

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Fastest-ever WRX STI takes to the 'Ring

Join WRC legend Tommi Mäkinen on a 7m 55sec lap of the Nordschleife in the 2011MY Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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Button and Hamilton test the MP4-12C

F1 World Champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton drive prototypes of McLaren's new road car, the MP4-12C, at Goodwood

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Honda CR-Z development

Terukazu Torikai, chief engineer of chassis dynamics for the CR-Z reveals the car's surprising benchmarks


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