Top Five Pieces Of Hot Engine Porn At SAE

The SAE World Congress is a huge conference of very serious businessmen and engineers gathering to exchange ideas and opine on the industry. It's also a place where you can geek-out on hardcore engine pr0n. » 4/22/09 12:00pm 4/22/09 12:00pm

Vengeance Power Engine

Our favorite engine at the 2009 SAE World Congress was this awesome piece of engineering from Vengeance Power. It borrows concepts from several different kinds of engines and improves on them in certain aspects. Think of it like a sliding vane superchager improved in every possible way and made to burn fuel. The… » 4/21/09 4:08pm 4/21/09 4:08pm

Honda Insight 1.3 L i-VTEC and 10 kW Motor

It might be a tiny little thing, but the 2010 Honda Insight's 1.3 liter four cylinder with an integrated 10 kW motor/generator is a big part of why the Insight is both efficient and relatively cheap. It does have some fancy tech though, with i-DSI or intelligent Dual & Sequential Ignition, as evidenced by each… » 4/21/09 3:10pm 4/21/09 3:10pm

Dodge Ram 5.7 Liter HEMI V8

You didn't think we'd leave the Mopar-maniacs out of the fun did you? Say what you will about the Dodge Ram or other Chrysler products the HEMI V8 goes into, but the 5.7 liter unit in the Ram is quite a nice piece. It's got a 10:1 compression ratio, variable valve timing, coil-on-plug ignition, aluminum cylinder… » 4/21/09 2:18pm 4/21/09 2:18pm

Lexus IS350 2GR-FSE V6

The Lexus IS350 2GR-FSE V6 is an update to the previous 3.0 V6 found in the previous IS and with 306hp at 6400 rpm and 277 ft-lbs of torque at 4800 rpm, it's no slouch in the power production realm. This particular cutaway is rather nice for checking out those mile-long long intake runners.
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2009 SAE: We'll Do Anything To Hit CAFE Targets

The pressure's on for engineers at the 2009 SAE World Congress to come up with novel ways to help automakers meet and exceed future 35 MPG CAFE targets, but a balloon car? Ridiculous! » 4/21/09 9:00am 4/21/09 9:00am

General Dynamics RST-V Series-Hybrid With Cool In-Wheel Motors

The General Dynamics Reconnaissance Surveillance and Targeting Vehicle is one cool piece of kit. It's powered by four electric in-wheel motors and can export thirty kilowatts directly to the grid. It's also got neat-o gauges. » 4/20/09 5:00pm 4/20/09 5:00pm

Scuderi Split-Cycle Engine Could Make 140 HP Per Liter

We've heard of the Scuderi Split-Cycle engine before, and we even spotted a plastic mock-up at SAE World Congress last year. This year the design is complete, and they project 140 HP per liter! » 4/20/09 2:30pm 4/20/09 2:30pm

"100 MPG" Electric Hummer H3 Doesn't Actually Get 100 MPG

We're here at the 2009 SAE World Congress in Detroit, where California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger showed up for the "100 MPG" Raser Electric Hummer H3 unveiling. Which, incidentally, does not actually get 100 MPG. » 4/20/09 2:00pm 4/20/09 2:00pm

2009 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 Six Speed Caught On Cobo Roof

Amusing, it's taken a little over two years but the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 has gone from a concept revealed on the show floor of the 2006 Detroit Auto Show to parking on the roof of Cobo during the 2008 SAE World Congress. This shiny red one was parked staring straight at the GM RenCen buildings almost like some… » 4/15/08 5:00pm 4/15/08 5:00pm

Tracked Robot Chases Man, Aggressive Sentience Imminent

We keep telling you the robot wars are going to happen any day now, and you just don't listen. While this is more like some version of a robot dog nipping at your heels, we still don't know what the mechanical marvel is going to do with that ball when he catches his prey. Okay, we kid, we're pretty sure this is… » 4/15/08 4:20pm 4/15/08 4:20pm

Students Show Off SAE Collegiate Design Series Racers

Back in the way off yonder, at least two of us on the Jalopnik staff spent time turning wrenches on an SAE car during college. These cars are nice reminder that the best engineers are the ones who wake up at one in the afternoon and still smell like Jager bombs. The SAE Collegiate Design Series is an effort to put… » 4/14/08 4:20pm 4/14/08 4:20pm