Category Archives: Mechanics

Designing the fastest car on the planet

Apart from a brief break in the 1960s and 1970s, British engineering and drivers have played a dominant role in setting the land speed record in the fastest cars on the planet. Starting from Lydston Hornsted’s Benz No. 3, which … Continue reading

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Revealed: How Mercedes’ packaging of their turbo engine has given them the edge

The secret of Mercedes’ current domination of F1’s new turbo era has been made public after Sky Sports F1’s Mark Hughes revealed intricate details of how the Silver Arrows are packaging the hitherto-dominant W05. Sky F1 analyst Hughes has learnt that, … Continue reading

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Transforming Formula One: 2014 Rules Explained

With the new season of Formula 1 upon us, with the first race from Melbourne on Sunday, we thought you might like to see this great new video from Red Bull. It shows Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel explaining the … Continue reading

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Formula 1 – Engines, Ers and unreliability

As the first race in the new 2014 Formula 1 season approaches, Deskarati thought you might want an update on some of the new rules and toys available this year. First things first, the 2.4-litre naturally aspirated V8s, which have … Continue reading

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Formula 1 racing focus turns to energy management

Here is a video from McLaren introducing their new MP4-29, the 2014 McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 car. – Deskarati Videos and preview briefs are surfacing on news sites about what we can expect in this year’s Formula 1 World Championship. … Continue reading

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Bloodhound 1,000mph car to use Norwegian Nammo rocket

The British Bloodhound supersonic car project will use a Norwegian rocket in its bid to drive beyond 1,000mph (1,610km/h). The Nammo company, based in Raufoss, will supply “hybrid” motors and technical support to the World Land Speed Record attempt. Currently under construction, … Continue reading

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Elon Musk to turn James Bond car into real submersible vehicle

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Billionaire Elon Musk may be adopting the Navy Seals’ motto as he looks to complete the trifecta with his latest purchase: a prop-car from a James Bond movie that he intends to turn into a real-life submersible vehicle. Musk, whose … Continue reading

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GM to offer dual-fuel Impala next year

GM Impala Duel Fuel Car

General Motors said it will sell a version of the Chevrolet Impala sedan with the ability to switch between gasoline and natural gas, part of the automaker’s plan for taking advantage of a U.S. drilling boom that has made natural … Continue reading

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Is Formula E the future of motorsport?


The future of motorsport was unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show. Well, that’s what some people claim. An ambitious all-electric racing series starts next year, and the car to be used made its first public appearance. It looks like it should be … Continue reading

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World’s largest walking robot is a fire-breathing dragon


If you’re making the world’s largest walking robot, obviously you go all out and make it spectacular. Something that can shoot flames. Otherwise, what’s the point? After more than a decade of planning and work, the “Tradinno” project received the … Continue reading

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Small Harley Davidson Knucklehead Scale Model


Former Wisconsin power company worker Jerry Kieffer didn’t exactly take it easy when he retired. Instead, he dedicated himself to building perfect recreations of mechanical objects, in very small scale. What started as a 1/6th scale Harley-Davidson engine (which actually … Continue reading

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Japanese companies develop quake damping pendulums for tall buildings

Two Japanese companies, Mitsui Fudosan and Kajima Corp, have announced plans to install quake damping pendulums atop the Shinjuku Mitsui Building in downtown Tokyo by 2015. The building, like many others in the city, was built before new quake dampening … Continue reading

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Human-powered helicopter wins Sikorsky prize

A Canadian-built helicopter that is powered by a human riding a bicycle has become the first winner of a decades-old $250,000 engineering prize, the US awarder said Friday. The American Helicopter Society had never given out its Igor Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter … Continue reading

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How A Transmission Works

It’s rare to see a video from way back in the day that actually explains anything better than we could, what with our fancy computer generated graphics and the whatnot. This video from Chevrolet in 1936 though is probably one … Continue reading

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Milling Machines 2013

I’m sure that most of us have been impressed with the latest array of 3D printers that have been paraded out recently. But for those of you that, like me, haven’t seen a milling machine or lathe since their apprenticeship, … Continue reading

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The Jacquard Loom

The Jacquard Loom is a mechanical loom that has holes punched in pasteboard, each row of which corresponds to one row of the design. Multiple rows of holes are punched on each card and the many cards that compose the design of … Continue reading

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The Jaguar XF and the history of CFD

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The Jaguar XF (codename: X250) is an executive car produced by British car manufacturer Jaguar which was first revealed in autumn 2007 as a replacement for the Jaguar S-Type. The car body was developed using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) before the car ever saw a wind tunnel. Every … Continue reading

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Lloyd Loom

The Lloyd Loom process was invented in 1917 by the American Marshall B. Lloyd, who twisted kraft paper round a metal wire, placed the paper threads on a loom and wove them into what was to become the traditional Lloyd … Continue reading

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McLaren provides some P1 supercar details

The McLaren P1 has arrived … almost. We’ve already had a glimpse of the company’s brand-new halo supercar but as it’s still at design study stage, specs have yet to be finalized – and McLaren isn’t providing any official clues … Continue reading

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Thomas Newcomen

Thomas Newcomen (1663 – 1729) was an ironmonger by profession, but made a significant contribution to the Industrial Revolution with his invention of the atmospheric steam engine. Thomas Newcomen was born in Dartmouth, Devon in 1663 and established himself as an … Continue reading

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