This article relates advanced motor vehicle design concepts to government rule-making requirements in the specific areas of fuel economy, emissions, and safety, noted that weight reduction offers that most hope for improving fuel economcy. It also offers the hope for achieving acceptable levels of vehicle performance and overall energy efficiency with the low powered advanced propoulsion systems. A more difficult, riskier, longer term, capital-intensive, but practical and more effective approach to weight reduction is to alter the structural architecture. With respect to propulsion systems, there is expected to be an emphasis on smaller engines mounted transversely to gain crush space and turbocharged, especially diesels or stratified-charged internal compustion engines. The Minicars RSV, which carries a microprocessor, offers a computer-controlled automatic shift mechanism and a "smart" cruise control, which responds by slowing or speeding to radar impressions of the traffic environment ahead. With electronics, automobilies are expected to have reasonably sophisticated on-board diagnostic capbility, read-out displays, and electronically controlled antiskid breaking systems. Fuel economy can also be expected to increase by improving aerodynamic configurations. The Minicar RSV is discussed with respect to the new material and technology already identified. The four-and-six-passenger vehicles will meet all of the government regulations for 1985.

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 8-10
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178343
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM