A scientific justification for one more mince pie

Have you, like me, made a new year’s resolution to exercise more, eat more healthily and lose some weight? There could be an easier solution. A few years ago, the railways eased themselves towards their target for running more trains on-time by redefining ‘on-time’. Could we redefine, say, 73 kg so it includes a few extra…

Death of the petrol head?

Are ‘petrol heads’ a dying breed? I think we might be. In the face of economic constraints, cultural shifts and an explosion of electronic technologies, being a car enthusiast these days seems to be very much a minority interest. Do you remember when all the talk at teenage parties, or in the pub, was of…

A brief introduction from Sophie

Hello there, I’m Sophie and as the new Account Executive at Market Engineering, I thought that writing a blog would be the perfect way to introduce myself to my new clients. Like most enthusiasts in the automotive industry, I’m mostly driven by a passion for high-octane cars, classic machines and the world of motorsport –…

Technology: The road from motorsport to consumer vehicle

In the automotive world the potential benefit of trying something radically new is more often than not outweighed by the risk. Vehicle manufacturers cannot afford to try different technologies on a whim, it requires huge investment in testing and development. They need to be absolutely sure it will work before the Chief Executive signs off…

Asleep at the wheel – in a car with a mind of its own

Imagine motoring at high speed along the autobahn, just inches from the vehicle in front. Behind you, another car is following equally closely. Look across to your driver and he or she is reading a book. Welcome to the future – a possible future if autonomous vehicles take to the roads. Though trials of autonomous…

Are lower emission regulations creating better drivers’ cars?

In general, the last couple of decades have seen cars getting heavier and more cumbersome, mainly as a result of safety but also due to luxuries the everyday driver requires, such as air conditioning and increasingly opulent interiors. This has had a dramatic affect on the way a car drives and how it feels to…

Brand Engineering – a lot harder than Badge Engineering

Past experience has made many of us sceptical about different brands sharing a common platform. The idea was discredited for me in the 70s when British Leyland touted Austin/Morris models as Wolseleys, MGs and Rileys with a bit of badging, a few interior tweaks, and in some cases an extra carburettor. The problem with Badge…

Emissions Reduction – the Challenges for Engineers – Part 3

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,…

Emissions Reduction – the Challenges for Engineers – Part 2

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,…

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,…