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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.

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