FAST ‘N’ CURIOUS
OH WHAT A FEELING
Toyota is tipped to be developing a performance offshoot. It already prepares performance models through Toyota Racing Development (TRD) while Gazoo Racing looks after motorsport programs and sells modified Toyotas in Japan. Gazoo wants to grow its presence overseas.
SILENT BUT DEADLY
Electric vehicles will be required to make a noise in the near future. Authorities in the US have mandated that all hybrids and EVs must emit an artificial noise by 2019. The decision addresses concerns that silent EVs are a danger to other road users.
LOOK MA, NO CAMS!
A Swedish company has unveiled a piston engine without a camshaft. It uses pneumatic-hydraulic-electronic actuators to lift and shut valves. The maker claims a 47 per cent increase in power, 45 per cent more torque and a 15 per cent reduction in fuel use.