An electric wheel hub drive is an assembly that typically consists of an electric motor and braking assembly - all of which is attached to a vehicle's suspension and often fits within the confines of the wheel itself. There are numerous benefits to such a configuration, including a tremendous packaging advantage as no conventional transmission or drive shafts are required. It's not all good news, though; in some cases, the unsprung weight of the assembly can far outstrip that of a conventional wheel and disc brake. Consequently, the ride and handling capabilities of the vehicle decrease. Wheel hub motors are not common in automotive applications and are frequently confined to prototypes but they are used in industrial and commercial applications, such as electric buses. They can be of particular use in off-road applications, as the fitment of wheel hub drives can quickly grant all-wheel drive and torque vectoring - improving the vehicle's rough-road and manoeuvring capability. You will … [Read more...] about What is an electric wheel hub drive? PH Explains
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May 23, 2018 by Scott Martin Get up. Brush your teeth. Put on your pants. Go to the office. That’s reality. Now, imagine you can play Tony Stark in Iron Man or the Joker in Batman. That’s virtual reality. Advances in VR have enabled people to create, play, work, collaborate and explore in computer-generated environments like never before. VR has been in development for decades, but only recently has it emerged as a fast-growing market opportunity for entertainment and business. Now, picture a hero, and set that image in the room you’re in right now. That’s augmented reality. AR is another overnight sensation decades in the making. The mania for Pokemon Go — which brought the popular Japanese trading card game for kids to city streets — has led to a score of games that blend pixie dust and real worlds. There’s another sign of its rise: Apple’s 2017 introduction of ARKit, a set of tools for developers to create mobile AR content, is … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between VR, AR and MR?
PUBLISHED: 16:02 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:36 12 April 2018 Stuart Watson New Ipswich Town caretaker manager Bryan Klug (centre) is flanked by his assistants Gerard Nash (left) and Chris Hogg (right) while watching the Under-23s in action today. Picture: GREGG BROWN Bryan Klug today held his first press conference since being appointed Ipswich Town caretaker manager. Here you can read the full transcript. Bryan Klug has been named as Ipswich Town's caretaker manager following the departure of Mick McCarthy. Picture: ARCHANT Q: How does it feel to be Ipswich Town caretaker manager? You must be very proud? A: Yes, in some ways. It’s obviously nice to be considered for something like this, but there have obviously been circumstances leading up to it and when you care about the club, like we all do, you don’t want those things to happen. It’s quite unusual circumstances. I’ve spoken to the players today and said ‘usually these things happen when … [Read more...] about ‘If something is starting to knit back together then that will be a success for me’ – read full transcript of Bryan Klug interview
WHAT next for the Mazda MX-5, the super little Japanese sports car that continues to defy the social mores of an age dedicated to rapid and ruthless digital progress? Well, the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” — famously attributed to T Bert Lance, a budget official in the 1977 US administration — springs to mind. And yet a few years ago Mazda had the courage and foresight to radically change the fourth generation of its star performer. The move was a triumph and recreated a sports car fit for 21st century driving that had first debuted to world acclaim at the Chicago Auto Show in 1989. In 2018, bang up to date, the Mazda MX-5 has taken What Car magazine’s “best convertible” title for the third year in succession. Of course, the 2018 Mazda MX-5 RF I have been driving this week is still instantly recognisable as an MX-5. But now the car is sleeker and trimmer — the … [Read more...] about Mazda’s sound quality keeps up with its looks
Selflessly testing the widely-held theory that you can use Stuttgart’s finest as an everyday car, Kyle Fortune tries family life with a 911 Carrera Coupé Our car: Porsche 911 Carrera Coupé List price when new: £76,412 Price as tested: £84,891 Official fuel economy: 34.0mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests March 13th, 2018 Fuel economy this week: 21.5mpg I’m not expecting any sympathy, but the Porsche 911 Carrera has gone. I’ll admit to being more than a little bit distraught when the man from Porsche came to collect it; still, better to have loved and lost and all that… And love it I did, which isn’t unusual for long-term test cars, but there’s usually a lengthy list of provisos attached to that. With the 911 there really wasn’t. I’d asked to borrow it out of a genuine interest to see if a sports car would work as a daily driver. Not just a car for selfish old me, … [Read more...] about Porsche 911 Carrera – long-term test: is a 911 really the best all-rounder?