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Corvette Today Podcast: TONS OF NEWS THIS WEEK

We've been doing Corvette news & headlines podcasts on CORVETTE TODAY since September 2020. I don't remember ever doing a news & headlines podcast with this much critical information packed into one podcast! https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/show/...ppfrkBCyZstwdl. This is a "must listen" to podcast. Here are a few of the topics covered in this episode....

1. Chevrolet confirms the introduction this Fall of the 2023 C8 Z06 with a new video release-and it sounds like a Ferrari
2. Corvette dominates sales in Q2 2021
3. Chevy dealerships have received their first 2022 C8 allocations
4. Callaway looks ahead to 2022 and the Callaway C8 Corvette
5. Right-hand drive C8 is revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK
6. New GT-3 spec C8.R expected in 2024
7. California will start failing cars with tuned ECU’s during smog checks
8. The National Corvette Museum delivers their 14,000th Corvette
9. A couple exchanges wedding vows before taking delivery of their C8 at the NCM
10. "Life in the Fast Lane" by The Eagles is a story of cocaine and a fast Corvette
11. Sigala Designs shows off a completed widebody kit for the C8
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    Pratt & Miller's string of engineering prowess and accomplishments continues, this time for our military, creating a configurable triangular wheel that an change shapes into a circle then back again to a triangular tracked vehicle while underway..

    Originally posted by AutoWeek
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has come up with its share of amazing tech over the years -- the internet, for instance -- but now the agency wants to see if it can reinvent the wheel.

    DARPA's Reconfigurable Wheel Track, aka RWT, promises just such a thing, giving vehicles the ability to transform a round wheel into an triangular track for greater traction when the terrain demands it, such as when traveling over snow, ice or serious mud.

    "A team from Carnegie Mellon University National Robotics Engineering Center demonstrated shape-shifting wheel-track mechanisms that transition from a round wheel to a triangular track and back again while the vehicle is on the move, for instant improvements to tactical mobility and maneuverability on diverse terrains," DARPA said.



    As you can see in the video above, the conversion process takes two seconds as articulated "spokes" within the wheel housing pivot to give the hub a triangular profile, maximizing the percentage of the rubber track that is in contact with the road surface. The spokes can then revert back to give the track a round profile, and the hub can change from a stationary position required for tracked travel to a rotating one.

    Specifically, ...

    The advantages of this design are pretty obvious, despite a high part count and complexity, but we were equally impressed with the Multi-mode Extreme Travel Suspension shown later in the video.

    "Pratt & Miller’s METS system aims to enable high-speed travel over rough terrain while keeping the vehicle upright and minimizing occupant discomfort," DARPA said. "The vehicle demonstrator incorporates standard military 20-inch wheels, advanced short-travel suspension of 4 to 6 inches, and a novel high-travel suspension that extends up to 6 feet -- 42 inches upward and 30 inches downward. The demonstration in May showed off its ability to tackle steep slopes and grades by actively and independently adjusting the hydraulic suspension on each wheel of the vehicle."

    We can certainly see both technologies transforming the Baja and Dakar races, were the sanctioning bodies to permit it (which they won't, due to homologation rules).

    http://autoweek.com/article/technolo...n=awdailydrive
    Last edited by John; 07-02-2018, 12:58 AM.
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