87 student teams to compete in race-car design contest

Chennai, July 17 (IANS) Eighty-seven student teams from as many colleges will compete for a prize with race cars designed by them at the third edition of the SUPRA SAEINDIA Student Formula contest that starts here Friday, officials said.

The total prize money is around Rs.1 million, officials of the Society Automotive Engineers (SAE) India told reporters Thursday.

“Student teams from 87 colleges have entered the final stages of the SUPRA SAEINDIA Student Formula competition this year. It is not just a boys’ event. There are two girls teams that are competing with their own race cars,” said Rajesh Kumar, general manager for marketing and communications at Defiance Technologies Ltd.

According to SUPRA SAEINDIA convener S. Thirumalini, the event gives the students experience in designing as per specifications, sourcing of components, fabricating, costing and even marketing.

The students who participate in the competition have a definite edge over others in the job market as they gain practical experience – from designing a car to its launch and team work, said SUPRA SAEINDIA 2014 advisor N. Balasubramanian.

“The maximum allowable spend on building the car is Rs.10 lakh. Till date, the lowest cost at which a race car was built is Rs.1 lakh,” Thirumalini said.

The weight of the cars also has come down over the past two editions.

“Over the past two events, the average weight of the cars has come down to 263 kg from around 400 kg due to use of different materials,” Thirumalini said.

Unlike in the past two editions, where Maruti’s 800cc engine was specified, this time the competing teams have to build their race cars with 610cc engines.

Over the next three days, the 87 race cars would be subjected to various kinds of tests – noise, brakes and endurance.

“The cars will be driven by a student team member at the Madras Motor Race Track near here. The cars will have to do five laps during which the time taken, fuel consumption and other parameters would be measured,” said SAEINDIA deputy director general K. Shriramchandran.

Article source: http://nvonews.com/87-student-teams-to-compete-in-race-car-design-contest/


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Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept – a four-wheeled trainer


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29 July 2014 10:48

Fiat has a record of letting fashion labels design its cars. Just look at the Fiat 500 special editions by Gucci, GQ and Tracey Emin. So it should come as no surprise that the Italians have let trainer company Vans have a go at making its podgy 500L a bit cooler.

The Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept is the result – unveiled at the weekend’s Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California.

They’ve taken a regular Fiat 500L and given it a makeover which combines the rough ‘n’ tough flavour of beachwear and surf culture with the motifs of Vans trainers. It’s like a sneaker on four wheels.

What happens when a trainer firm dabbles in car design: the Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept

Look closely and you’ll spot some details from Vans original hi-top shoes throughout this one-off 500L, which rides on blacked-out 18in alloy rims.

The roof is trimmed in Vans checkerboard pattern while the sills and grille are finished in Waffle Sole design. So even if this car has no soul it may have sole… Naturally, there are surfboards lashed to the roof and there’s a basket to transport all the suncream and wax accessories that surfers need to look cool on the beach.

Inside, a clutch of Vans stickers adorn the dashboard while there’s more Vans Waffle Sole material on everything from the storage bins to the pedals. Even the wettest beach feet shouldn’t slip on these rubberised pedals.


It’s all to do with establishing the Fiat 500L in America. The boxier, bulgier 500 has been launched in the US to tap into the growing B-segment. It’s sold alongside the 500, Abarth, cabriolet and electric 500e.

And if building a one-off trainer-inspired 500L can reach out to a new generation of surfer dudes in California, then it’s job done. Even if we have a sneaker-ing suspicion this is just Fiat shoe-ing off for all the wrong reasons.

Article source: http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/News/Search-Results/First-Official-Pictures/Fiat-500L-Vans-Design-Concept--what-happens-when-a-trainer-firm-designs-a-car/

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Quest for cure drives diabetic

Carson Magee, 11, stands in Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone Park next to his winning race car design for the “Our Everyday Heroes” contest. His design pays homage to firefighters, emergency medical technicians, police and the U.S. armed services.
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When Coeur d’Alene resident Carson Magee was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 7, he thought he would be cured with a few shots at the hospital.

But when he realized how the disease would affect his life, he made it his mission to find a cure. At only 11 years old, he has now become one of the nation’s top youth activists for type 1 diabetes awareness.

“Diabetes never really gives you a break,” Magee said.

His work to bring more awareness to the form of the disease that used to be called juvenile diabetes has reached national recognition.

On July 7, he won the “Our Everyday Heroes” race car design contest for JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The contest, which asked kids with type 1 diabetes around the country to create a design for a race car, was co-sponsored with Ford, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers. People voted by giving donations, and JDRF and Ford picked a winner out of the top 10 designs.

As a prize for winning the contest, Magee and his family were flown to Denver to see how his design looked on the race cars, and he was interviewed by ESPN.

“Not only is he a talented artist, as evidenced by his race car design, but he is one of the nation’s foremost youth activists in support of JDRF and bringing awareness to the effort to create a world without T1D,” said Mary Lou Quesnell, director of marketing for the Ford Customer Service Division.

Carson’s design honors firefighters, emergency medical technicians and the armed services. He said he knows a firefighter and an EMT who both have diabetes, and he created the design with them in mind.

His design raised $3,735 for JDRF, part of over $53,000 raised in this year’s contest. JDRF has raised more than $400,000 over the course of the race car design contest’s seven-year history.

“He’s very serious about the work he does, and I think he’s realized that he has a voice and an audience now,” said his mother, Fondra Magee.

From 2001-09, the prevalence of type 1 diabetes in people under the age of 20 rose by 23 percent, according to data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

The race car design contest is just one way Carson Magee has advocated for diabetes research over the past few years.

He also was a delegate to the 2013 JDRF Children’s Congress in Washington, D.C., and has spoken publicly about the disease. He’s met U.S. Sen. James Risch and U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho as well as Gov. Butch Otter.

But all of his accomplishments have not sidetracked him from advocating for a cure. “I think he lays awake at night and dreams up stuff,” his mother said.

He plans on working with JDRF to unicycle from town to town around the Inland Northwest to get the word out about type 1 diabetes.

He also is looking to start a club consisting of friends who also have diabetes around the area.

“It’s kind of cool when a young kid has a passion for something and they see that in him,” Fondra Magee said. “Most people don’t do that.”

Said her son, “Until there’s a cure I’m going to keep doing it. I really think there’s going to be a cure someday.”

Article source: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/jul/28/quest-for-cure-drives-diabetic/

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Fiat 500L SUV’d city car gets Vans design treatment


The funky little Fiat 500L-Vans design concept has debuted at the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach in California, sporting a unique look and styling cues taken from the US-based shoe brand.

Based on the five-seat 500L but equipped with four ringed LED driving lights, a two-tone paint scheme, roof racks and a double-decker surfboard carrier, the Fiat 500L-Vans takes inspiration from the company’s original hi-top shoe.

Created exclusively for the California Open in an effort to “interact with the young audience attending this event”, the 500L-Vans features a checkerboard pattern roof, palm-patterned canvas seats and waffle sole covered pedals and storage bins.

Topping off the surfy/skater look are 18-inch matt black wheels and a collection of Vans stickers plastered across the lower dash.

The 500L’s standard 119kW/250Nm turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder remains unchanged and is teamed to a six-speed manual transmission.

Joined by the trio of Fiat-skis seen at last year’s event, the Fiat 500L-Vans is on display until August 3.

Longer, taller and wider than the standard Fiat 500, the 500L remains under consideration for Australia, though, is tipped to arrive locally sometime in 2015.

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  • Front end is the Nissan Juke upside-down.

  • the unique “vans” dash treatment is “to die from”.

Article source: http://www.caradvice.com.au/299034/fiat-500l-suvd-city-car-gets-vans-design-treatment/

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2015 Hyundai Sonata: One amazing car, terrific value and astonishing design

MEMPHIS, July 26, 2014 — The Sonata has been one smash hit for the Korean automaker. Hyundai recently announced its seventh generation model of this amazing car. Hyundai Sonata was nothing short of a smash hit in the midsize sedan segment, and so was the one before that and before that and before that.

The new generation trades some of the swoopy curves of the previous version for more conservative lines that take the styling to a much higher level. The outgoing generation of the Hyundai Sonata was a bold move that has paid off big time for the automaker, drawing attention to Hyundai with its daring yet practical design, strong yet efficient engines, and good value all around. The new model is a little bigger than before, and rear passengers benefit from a little more hip and legroom. The chassis has also been overhauled to improve both the Sonata’s handling capabilities and its ride quality.

The new Sonata is 1.4 inches longer and 1.2 inches wider than its predecessor, and rides on a 0.4-inch longer wheelbase. Its new body boasts torsional and bending stiffness increases of 41 35% according to the folks at Hyundai, and 52% of its steel is of the advanced high-strength variety. Hyundai says the new Sonata will be safer than ever, too, thanks to the stiffer body as well as new driver knee airbags.

So what is it about Sonata that is so attractive and why is it taking the car consumer world by storm? It offers comfort, great driving dynamics, astonishing styling, great value, responsive handling and driving, and it offers a plethora of driver assistance, such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, and lane departure warning. Hyundai has them all and does a better job than the immediate competition and I was very impressed with the adapt cruise control full range mode where even if you go down to 0 mph by simply tapping the resume button it will start up again.

So how do you raise the level of quality and refinement in a vehicle that seems to have it all? The answer lies in keeping the same manufacturing and assembly formula, this model being the third one built in Montgomery’s Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA), and excel in having a classy and even-tempered look, a smoother and more quiet powertrain, and have a body that’s tight and stamped together even more effectively than before… after all, the competition is fierce and even though Sonatas do sell at the rate of about 200,000 per year, the Camry, Accord, Mazda 6 and Chrysler 200 are all itching to take over the lead.

And as if this was not enough to make this car a great value and amazing vehicle, the actual design isn’t the only attribute that stands out. The number of features available is impressive, such as available heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof and segment-exclusive rear sunshades. You can upgrade the multimedia head unit between two touch-screen audio setups, with the ultimate option featuring a seven-inch touch-screen and the Hyundai BlueLink telematics system. Using this system Sirius XM subscribers can even record live radio to listen again later. Hyundai also promises Apple CarPlay support and Android Auto compatibility in the near future that will allow users to let their smartphones to further enhance their infotainment experience with brought in apps, locations and improved integration between the phone and the car. An impressive compliment of safety technologies can also be special ordered, including Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning.

Hyundai also revised the engines, but instead of upping the horsepower and torque in the 2.4-liter and two-liter turbo models Hyundai decreased output. The 2.4-liter model makes five horsepower less, while the turbo model loses almost 30 hp. That decrease is supposed to make peak power more easily accessible. While the engines don’t feel particularly powerful, they both offer smooth acceleration and are both relatively quiet.

We were very impressed to learn the fuel economy in this new Sonata hovers around 25 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway for the 2.4-liter engine and 23 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway for the turbo. For the truly mileage-minded, another option for the Sonata is a turbocharged 1.6-liter Eco engine with 177 horsepower and 195 horsepower that gets 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Prices for the Sonata start at $21,125 for the base model with an automatic transmission, while different engine and equipment packages can set you back to around $33,495., excluding an $810 in destination fees automatically tacked on to every car.

We have had numerous family members and friends get into a Sonata over the years and thus far we have not had one contact us with any sort of complaint or grievance. They have all been great cars, especially from the fourth generation on up… a terrific car despite some shortcomings, but this new 2015 Sonata takes the cake in so many different areas, which puts it in the lead against so many challenging competitors in one of the toughest segments in the car business today.





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First look at the new Seat Ibiza

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Here’s your first look at the upcoming fifth generation Seat Ibiza, snatched from a suit-filled presentation last night. It’s the bottom one. Not that much to go on, we agree, but then the car is still a long way off.

This all came about at an event celebrating 30 years since the very first Ibiza was launched way back in 1984, and each of the supermini’s designers were present to talk up the new car.

Current Seat design chief Alejandro Mesonero noted: “it will be an opportunity to redesign an icon. It will be a revolutionary design, not just because the market demands it, but also because it has to set itself apart from the Leon.”

Information at this early stage is limited, not least because they’re still playing with the current Ibiza, which Seat admitted has got lots of life left in it. And while the design lines of the new Ibiza will change, “its character won’t. It will look like it’s moving at standstill, but will still clearly look like an Ibiza.”

In fact, former Seat and Lamborghini design chief Luc Donckerwolke, said the new car had to be a revolution. “There’s nothing worse than making a global car design,” he said. “The global car was one of the worst ideas ever, and I’m glad it’s finally disappearing.”

He later explained to TopGear.com how “people have learned the lessons of globalised design [one car design for the world], it’s a thing that comes from logistics and simplification of the project, but it’s actually counter-productive for design and for the market.

“We’re not being asked to have a car that fits everybody – you have to fight that as a designer. You cannot be mainstream, because that means nobody notices you anymore,” he added.

Another former Seat design chief, Walter de Silva – who now heads up the entire VW Group design – hinted to TopGear.com how the connectivity of the new car would be key. The man behind the very first Ibiza told us: “We are looking at lot at how the younger generation operate, at interconnectivity and new technologies coming in. They need a car that is fun to drive, but also functional too.”

It’s going to be on sale in 2017. Plenty of time for us to get some better pictures for you.

Article source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/First-look-at-the-new-seat-Ibiza-2014-07-24

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Volvo S60 T5 R-Design new car review

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What do you get?

Volvo did a mild update on its S60 late last year, introducing more equipment, some trim tweaks and the elegant digital instrument cluster. This time around the changes are about what’s beneath the skin.

There are three trim levels and, for now, three engine tunes, although not all are available with each other. There are plans for a broad range of engines, each designated with a letter and number. Broadly speaking, the lower the number the lower the engine output, while a D denotes turbo diesel and a T a petrol engine (initially turbocharged but superchargers and hybrid systems can be added).

Theoretically Volvo can do everything from a D1 up to a T9, all off the same basic engine architecture.

For now the T4 Kinetic is the entry point, bringing an existing 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine and a tempting $49,900 price tag.

For that you get a reversing camera, rear-parking sensors, auto wipers, electric driver’s seat, cruise control, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, LED daytime lights and puddle lights for illuminating around the car at night. There’s also an array of safety gear, encompassing airbags all around (dual front, front-side and side curtain) and Volvo’s City Safety system, which can automatically apply the brakes to avoid low-speed crashes.

The more advanced Drive Support System – which includes pedestrian and cyclist detection with full auto braking at any speed – is one of a number of options (in this case costing $5000) on more expensive models, such as the Luxury.

That Luxury adds electric controls for the passenger seat, smart key entry and start, headlights that turn around corners, wood trim and gear shift paddles, as well as various trim changes and larger alloy wheels.

By the time you’re splashing out more on the R-Design tested here (it’s a $63,890 proposition) you curiously miss out on some of those features, such as the smart key functionality. But there are extra goodies such as a rear spoiler and other styling add-ons and firmer sports suspension.

What’s inside?

The S60 wins plenty of points in the cabin starting with its clean, user-friendly design that includes door handles that sweep into a metallic-look strip. The central cluster of buttons includes four main control knobs and a ventilation system that has a simple-to-use profile of a human body.

The centre console is subtly tilted to the driver, and the comfortable seats cement the cabin as a practical place to be.

Storage is reasonable without being spectacular with cupholders, sizeable door pockets and a covered console. But the boot is compromised by the space-saver spare sitting on top of the floor. One option is to leave it at home and rely on the repair kit for punctures.

The instrument cluster can be toggled between three themes – Elegance, Eco and Performance. Eco illuminates the main display in an inoffensive teal colour with a consumption indicator tailored at lowering fuel use. Elegance is a vibrant blue and includes an engine temperature gauge that is more about filling space than providing useful info. Performance lights everything red and replaces the analogue-look speedo with a bold tacho. There’s also a power gauge which, again, seems more gimmicky than useful.

Overall, though, the cluster is one of the best in the business and even includes the posted speed limit within the main speedo, although it’s not always accurate.

Under the bonnet

It’s all about the new engines with some updated Volvos and this model doesn’t disappoint. With a modest 2.0-litre capacity it relies on the turbo for added muscle. The 180kW is a welcome addition to the top of the rev range, but it’s the 350Nm of torque available from as little as 1500rpm that gives the engine its character and easy demeanour.

There’s a whiff of initial turbo lag but otherwise there’s a broad spread of useable pulling power. The new engine is also smooth and refined, something particularly noticeable when the stop-start system kicks in, seamlessly shutting down the engine temporarily before refiring it ready for take-off.

The eight-speed automatic is generally smooth in its shifts but can occasionally be overly dramatic with a downshift, and on a winding road it could occasionally benefit from holding a lower gear longer.

But the big win with the new engines is fuel use, once a Volvo low point. With claimed consumption of 6.4 litres per 100km it makes the T5 highly competitive with rivals; in everyday suburban driving we found it used low double-digits.

On the road

Whereas many rivals power the rear wheels or all four, the Volvo makes do with a front-drive layout. On fast take-offs or a slippery surface that can become an issue as the traction control is brought into play. It also contributes to a numb steering feel that means the S60 doesn’t feel as lively as some of its ilk.

That said the dynamics are competent and the optional 19-inch Bridgestone tyres fitted to our car hang on well (the standard R-Design tyres are 18 inches). There’s some unwanted initial firmness to the suspension movement but it’s otherwise well controlled.

The car is also quiet at speeds, although some unwanted noise is when the rear collision warning system kicks in. Follow a car too closely and it can get overly excited – it went off twice with nothing in the way during our test.


The addition of new engines makes for a far more appealing prestige sedan. What the S60 lacks in outright driver appeal – the suspension isn’t as compliant as some – it makes up for with a long list of luxury equipment.

Volvo S60 T5 R-Design pricing and specifications

Price: $63,890, plus on-road and dealer costs

Country of origin: Sweden

Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol

Power: 180kW at 5500rpm

Torque: 350Nm at 1500-4800rpm

Fuel use: 6.4L/100km

CO2 emissions: 149g/km

Transmission: 8-speed auto, front-wheel-drive

Weight: 1664kg

Safety: 6 airbags; stability control; City Safety


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Skateboarder dies after crashing into parked car in San Francisco

A skateboarder who died after collapsing in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood Tuesday morning was the founder of an Oakland-based design company.

George Schnakenberg III, 38, of Oakland, was riding a motorized skateboard in a bike lane in the 600 block of Eighth Street around 9 a.m. Tuesday when he suddenly collapsed, San Francisco police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Shyy said investigators talked to several witnesses who said Schnakenberg fell while riding and may have hit a parked car after the collapse.

Police said he was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Schnakenberg was the founder and design director of Infinite Collective, an industrial design consultancy firm.

According to the company’s website, Schnakenberg started the company in Oakland in 2012 after working in the design industry for the past 15 years.

On his LinkedIn profile, he posted photos of products and projects he has designed, including a coffee brewer, bicycles, skateboards, a 3D-printed keychain and other digital and mechanical items.

He had posted two YouTube videos two years ago of some of his electric bicycle designs.

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