Automotive Engineering

Automotive Engineering


first test and try in miniature all were better than conventional practice but some were better than others test and try and try again finally they’re evolved a frame three times more rigid than the previous best 30% lighter in weight to and reducing dead weight means stepping up performance and stepping up miles-per-gallon engineers use brains and ingenuity and from the designing board came a new planar suspension simple strong and light in unsprung weight for easy riding first design then test and try for geniuses the capacity for taking infinite pains through the four years research and testing kept pace with development proved in the laboratories of public approval on the road for years of carefully calculated abuse four years of putting various elements of design to the acid test of torture four years of breaking them up to build again and build better to the casual observer it looks like needless destruction but to the engineer it’s all serious business all part of that capacity for taking infinite pains every part of the car had to pre prove its fitness nuts and bolts and car pins gears axles and transmissions steel cloth and glass tests and try tests and try hour after hour day in and day out for years of taking infinite pains would you say it was dramatic thrilling oh you haven’t seen anything yet behind that door an engine is running wide open standing still hold your ears we’re going inside five thousand revolutions a minute going noplace the glowing metal tells the story of the effects of years of normal operation crowded into a few hours torture sure 24 hours of this use direct the finest engine but out of this torture engineers learn to build better learn how to build this engine that already has withstood more than twice that grueling punishment and still stands up next from a clean sheet a new ideal in motor car bodies but where to start why not start with people after all an automobile is made to carry people saw Studebaker built up from people normal full-size people seated in the most comfortable position with plenty of legroom so the seats are sketched in then the line of the body providing plenty of windshield space plenty of headroom of course these people would want lots of luggage space so a roomy luggage locker was incorporated in the original design conception they’re in rough outline was the passenger compartment built to make


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