Milestones

Milestones

Lotus Elise

The aim of all developers of sports cars is to offer a fast-acceleration, high-speed driving experience. For many, the obvious route to reaching this adrenalin-fuelled,...

Milestones

Renault Scénic

Today, the range of vehicle types available in the C-segment is diverse, with not just hatchbacks and saloons but SUVs and MPVs too. Back in the late 1980s and early...

Powertrain

Creative thinking

The days of large vee engines are coming to an end as stricter emissions controls bite. But thankfully, while you are less likely to see a V10 in a mass-produced vehicle...

Safety

Winter tyres

Vehicles may have the most expensive and advanced technologies for braking, handling and acceleration but if the tyres cannot grip the road then there is very little...

Chassis

Carbon fibre

For many, the influence of Formula One on passenger vehicles is minimal.  The costs involved in racing are too vast and the performance criteria too different for...

Powertrain

Fuel-cell vehicle

The combination of increasingly stringent emissions legislation and the fact that oil reserves are depleting is spurring the industry into developing alternative fuel...

Milestones

Hispano-Suiza H6

It is, in many ways, not a surprise when breakthroughs are achieved by engineers working on passenger vehicles at the luxury end of the market. 

Chassis

All-steel body

When producing vehicles today, we take it for granted that the body shell will be composed of some form of steel. Rewind to the start of the 20th century, however, and...

Powertrain

Drum brakes

As soon as people were able to design and produce moving vehicles, a new challenge was inadvertently created. Being able to travel at faster speeds than in previous...

Milestones

Bugatti Veyron

For the engineers involved in developing the supercars of the world, the need for speed is, perhaps, the desire that trumps all others. The pursuit of making a vehicle...

Milestones

Matra Rancho

The traditional attitude to vehicle design has been to support its ultimate purpose. So sports car designers tend to focus on aerodynamics. It also makes sense for a...

Milestones

Ford Transit

All vehicles, along with other goods and services, have a shelf life. Only so much tinkering can be done before OEMs decide a change of direction and a fresh start are...

Milestones

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 was arguably the first car that truly brought the concept of vehicle ownership to the working classes. Nearly...

Design

BMW 3 Series

With its superior driving dynamics and classic design, the BMW 3 Series has been the benchmark for all D-segment models, practically since it first arrived on the...

Milestones

Ford Model T

At the beginning of the 20th century, to see a motor vehicle on the road – no matter where you were – was far from common. The first cars appeared in 1886...

Chassis

Mazda MX-5

In today's vehicle market, it is hard to comprehend that anyone would question the existence of roadsters in series production. They are common sights on the roads...