LIGHTWEIGHT VEHICLES MATERIAL, DESIGN AND ENERGY EVALUATION

This paper was presented at the Society of Automotive Engineers Jubilee Conference, Melbourne, May 1977. The foreshadow of liquid fuel shortages in the next decades will impose new philosophies on the design of motor vehicles. Forthcoming and proposed legislation on gasoline consumption in a number of countries are the first indication of this trend. The automotive industry has to take the necessary steps to comply with their legal and moral commitments to stretch out limited resources as far into the future as technically possible. The tools available to the automotive engineer to achieve this goal are wide-spread. They reach from down-sizing of whole car lines over improvements on the areodynamics side through to improved fuel economy engines, high efficiency transmissions and last, but not least, reduced weight vehicles. This paper analyses the various philosophies and the impact on fuel economy and overall energy balance.

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 72-78
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184527
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM