The world’s most expensive car was introduced to the world yesterday as it was strategically spotted outside a “well to-do gym” in the Kensington area of London. The car in question was later identified as a Ferrari 458 Spyder. A Ferrari in an of itself is nothing newsworthy but this particular Ferrari just so happened to be wrapped in a $7,000 per once layer of paint. The Ferrari 458 Spyder retails around $330,000 but with the gold trimmings the car is worth well over $3,000,000. That’s a spicy meatball! The ride has received considerable attention on social media and after some digging was found to belong to undefeated world kickboxing champion Riyadh Al Azzawi of Iraq who has held his place as King since 2008 with 47 wins from 47 matches. Much like a lot of diesel reman engine projects the Ferrari 458 Spyder engine produces a lot of tire to ground torque with an impressive 570 HP with a 4.5L V8 engine.
Caterpillar first introduced its hybrid electric motor in the D7E Dozer back in 2009. The electric drivetrain is said to deliver roughly 35% better fuel efficiency and deliver 10% more production capability than the previous D7R2 Dozer. It is easy to see why the new electric engines are selling like hotcakes. There are simply fewer mechanical parts, reduced lubricant use, better fuel savings and lower operating costs make the engine a big win for Caterpillar. The D7E meets the EPA’s Tier 4 Rating for emission standards.
The emissions technology is completely open source meaning that no other action is needed from the operator during use. CAT Engineers created the SCR system such that its diesel exhaust fluid could be refilled at refueling time. The D7E typically uses diesel exhaust fluid at a rate of 2-3% of fuel consumption with optimized fluid efficiency. This means that operators can complete multiple shifts without refilling the DEF tank. The D7E engine powers an electrical alternator which sends current through armored cables to a solid state inverter which supplies DC, rather than AC, current to the accessories of the dozer. The engine features a propulsion module consisting of smaller AC motors that help deliver much needed torque via the axels and drives. The drivetrain components are sealed in liquid cooled with both water and oil to work effectively in a variety of working conditions and ambient temperatures.
Since 2009 CAT has introduces many more models of electric engines which are classified as Class I engines, Division 2 Groups A, B, C, D (T3) rated which feature high strength alloy forged, oversized and keyless shaft. The AC induction motors are built for increased efficiency, lower maintenance and fuel costs, decreased noise levels and zero emissions. The rotors are designed for minimal vibration, optimal balancing at full load and contains a state of the art copper squirrel cage. The stator core is machine welded to maintain rigidity throughout the life of the motor. The strators also ensure even and efficient cooling, 2x RTDs per phase as well as vacuum pressure coupled with a specialty epoxy resin to ensure dielectric strength. Better strator technology guarantees better than average heat transfer within the engine and the elimination of dangerous internal partial discharges.
This is quite the explanation and animated graphic of how an engine works. It very cleanly describes the process. Take a look at the full animation here.
Now this is quite the impressive automobile. The sleek and mysterious design embodies all of the mystery and intrigue of the 1930s. This is a 1939 Porsche VW Type 60 Prototype is in MINT CONDITION. Let’s put this bad boy back into production. The future is now! Check out other engine photos here.
A “Rat Rod” is characterized by a custom build which is offbeat and unique in a whimsical way. The more odd the build the better. With this turbo diesel powered truck the engine is mounted right smack dab in the bed for an old school tough as nails look. Check out the video below for a better look at the mounted engine.
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Ford Motor Company has developed a breakthrough remanufacturing technique involving the repair of cylinder heads and engine blocks called Plasma Transferred Wire Arc Welding. The welding technique is an offshoot of plasma arc welding which has been revolutionary in automatically welding of large scale automotive parts. This technique was first invented in 2009 and is just now being implemented on a wide scale. Ford has used this technology on Mustang production line and has stated that the welding technique has the potential reduce production emissions by over 50%. Once unusable engine blocks and cylinder heads are being recycled and re-used at a significant cost savings.