First off, I would like to give a shout out to my car club Street Magic of Portland who has been around now for 40 years. We share this anniversary with Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts. They recently celebrated theirs and they brought back all of their old band members on that night. And that was something else.
I also need to give a shout out to the Northwest Motorsports Association for the recent Light the Night Car Cruz that was held down in Gladstone. It sure was fun taking over that town. Check out the video. And they have since taken a vote. And they will be coming back next year, so be ready. Also there is another Gresham Cruise coming right up. Check out PDX Car Culture on the Web for the details.
And so now it is time to get back down to the subject of talking about the future of automobiles, a subject I bring up quite often here. So you may know that GM had made an attempt to team up with Rivian, but that didn’t fly. Just as a reminder, Rivian are the ones that are developing EV pickup trucks. So the latest word is that GM is thinking about reviving the Hummer and it will become an EV.
And of course we cannot ever stop talking about Elon the Muskfather. He has been driving around in his own AV. And we have mentioned that they are building their own batteries and now it looks like they are looking at getting into mining the rare earth materials needed to build batteries. And that does have some significance considering the China trade wars.
Then, he’s talking about developing their own in-house Auto insurance. And then there was something about a submarine car. Then there is the China gigafactory coming. That is all coming together and he wants to have one of those on every continent.
Let us continue with some news from Autoline Daily. Soon we will see Dominos delivering their pizzas with AVs. Now let’s roll into some other stuff.
As far as ICE is concerned, it looks like the world is moving away from the V8 power trains. We will be looking at three four five and six inline program engines. Developers are designing interchangeable parts that will work on all of these engines. This will be put to use in hybrids in other countries.
And then, perhaps some of you have heard that Ford is gearing up to deliver a hybrid Mustang.
Next we have Federal-Mogul announcing something about a transient plasma ignition. It will burn through the entire combustion process faster and cleaner. There will no longer be a flame front like many of us racers have dealt with. Another thing that is coming is dual fuel injection.
Soon we will be seeing 48 volt mild hybrids which will give more torque. They are calling this eTorque. And expect to see electric turbos that will eliminate turbo lag. Next there is this other thing called skip fire injection which will be used to deactivate cylinders. And I don’t want to talk any more about that because I’m getting tired.
But wait there is more. Staying with internal combustion engines, we are hearing about water injection. Looks like Mercedes-Benz and BMW are working on using the condensation from the air conditioner to be routed back into the gas.
Also, I should say that the bean counters are saying that the US will be the late adopter in this world wide change. We’ll be hanging onto the internal combustion longer than the rest of the world. I guess it is only fitting seeing as how we are the ones who started this whole ruckus in the first place.
I should add that these cars are getting smarter. Not only will they be getting harder to work on but they will tattle on you. Just sayin’.
And now I would like to conclude this with a few tidbits from the racing world. It looks like Volkswagen broke out this IDK, EV out at Goodwood. It just took away the long standing track record from McLaren F1. They ran the course in less than four minutes, the first car to ever do that!
Finally we have good old Don Garlits. Here is a man who has set many records in his lifetime. And he has been working with this EV dragster. He is shooting for 200 mile per hour. By the time this issue goes to press we will know whether or not he was able to accomplish that.
See the video at gearheadsworld.blogspot.com. And that is it.
Chuck Fasst, #GearHeadsWorld