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The race itself is getting increasingly competitive each year. The pole-winning Ford GT of German Dirk Adorf led for most of the first hour, only to spin while lapping slower traffic. And from that point on, all through the night and well into the morning, the winning Porsche RSR had a great battle with the fastest of the Audi R8s, which by regulations were allowed to carry 20 liters more fuel, which meant they could stay out for one lap longer than the Porsches. To counteract that advantage,...

The Complete Electrification Of The Automobile

In fact, similar discussions ensued concerning complete electrification of the automobile. Given the urban intent of a battery electric vehicle, is 100-mile range a good BEV target Or is there a larger market for a more mod-est and less costly BEV50 Think about a BEV with more performance and utility than today's Neighborhood Electric Even the California Air Resources Board has said corn ethanol's overall emissions are Vehicle (NEVs being legal only on venues of 35 mph or less). While you're...

By John Lamm I Photos By The Author

Sure sounds like a low-flying piston fighter plane. We were at the Reims circuit in France's Champagne district. Home to many French Grands Prix, Reims hasn't been used for racing since 1972, but has been preserved and its pits spruced up to look as they did decades ago. Bonham's, the auction house, brought the Auto Union to Reims for a demonstration as the car is to be auctioned at this year's The Quail concours on the same weekend as the Pebble Beach...

By Andrew Bornhop

Hiroyuki Koba, the Ducati-riding 47-year-old chief engineer of the Lexus HS 250h, likens himself to a conductor. And yes, this new Lexus is his symphony, an artful balance of several key elements luxury, hybrid powertrain, advanced technology and ecological sensitivity all directed to form a harmonious sedan. Hence, the HS name. As some have suspected, the HS 250h is based on a version of the Toyota Prius' platform, even sharing its 106.3-in. wheelbase. But that's where the similarities end....

Fuel

While we hear a great deal about how much fuel goes into a Formula 1 car at any pitstop, what do we know about what goes into that fuel Great question for Shell's Dr. Lisa Lilley, who can be found in the Ferrari garage at every Grand Prix. Dr. Lilley explains that 99 percent of the F1 fuel has the same composition as pump gasoline. That other 1 percent She isn't saying. In fact, the regulations give tight limits for each member of the hydrocarbon group, only certain percentages permitted of...

Tire Racic

Nationwide t and 2 day ground service from oar 5 warehouses. Nationwide t and 2 day ground service from oar 5 warehouses. The HTR Z III High Technology Radials-3rd generation tire was developed for sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance sedans and is designed to showcase Sumitomo's technical resources by providing high-speed handling stability along with traction on dry and wet roads. Like all summer tires, it is not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or...

By Dennis Simanaitis Illustrations By Jon Dahlstrom

Just as two of what are now known as the Detroit 3 were on the verge of Chapter 11 or worse SAE International held its Annual Congress in that very city. You'd fear that such a confab would be moribund indeed, but as a whole engineers are optimists as well as realists. Giving the opportunity to advance their art through interaction, they offer a bright future if only they survive the all too dismal present . Here's a sampling of things discussed, including several that surfaced for the first...

More Than Skin Deep

2010 BUICK LACROSSE CXS Under the beauty lies the power of a 280-hp, 3.6L direct-injection V-6. Available adaptive real time suspension damping and Sport mode adjust to the road and the way you drive performance features you won't find on the Lexus ES 350 or Acura TL. Inside, enjoy Bluetooth connectivity and an optional hard drive with 10GB for your music. And the simplest and smartest in-vehicle navigation system, OnStar's Turn-by-Turn Navigation standard for one year. It's more than just a...