Emissions Reduction – the Challenges for Engineers – Part 1

We tend to take it for granted that cars just get steadily greener, consuming less fuel and emitting lower pollutant levels with each new generation. But engineers haven’t got magic wands. How do they keep making improvements, year after year? In a short series of articles, I’ll look at the technical challenges associated with catalysts,…

Vehicle Complexity – Who Needs It?

I can remember when cars were scrapped because their bodywork was rotten. Sometimes it took just 10 years from new, which meant that often the rest of the car was still working fine. So isn’t it ironic that now we have bodyshells that last for 20 years and more, we still scrap some cars much…

The Value of Branding to Engineering Consultancies

The old joke about consultants is that they charge to tell you the time, then ask to borrow your watch. Whoever came up with that had clearly been the victim of poor contract negotiation. I’ve experienced engineering consultancies of all sizes in the automotive world, from the inside and as a customer. Despite the joke,…