Magazines:  Real Estate Shopping: Adult Costumes  |  Kids Costumes  |  Cars  |  Guitars |  Electronics
This Issue Archived Articles Blog About Us Contact Us
SEARCH


Holden's New World Class V6

Cutting edge engine design from the variable inlet and exhaust cams to the variable intake manifold and torque-based engine control strategy.

Courtesy of Holden

Click on pics to view larger images

At a glance...

  • All the information on the new Holden V6
  • Lots of pics inside the engine
  • Full specifications
  • New transmissions
Email a friend     Print article

Click for larger image

Holden has revealed its new V6 engine. The all-new, high feature Alloytec V6 is being produced at Holden's Global V6 engine plant in Port Melbourne, Victoria. It is being introduced with the updated VZ Holden Calais, Commodore and WL Caprice and Statesman models, replacing the ECOTEC V6 engine.

The new Alloytec V6-powered Commodores is the most refined and powerful Holden has produced and introduces a new standard of technology to locally-built cars and engines.


Holden's Alloytec engine is a lightweight V6 of all-aluminium construction and 3.6 litre displacement. It belongs to a 'clean sheet' new family of GM Global V6 engines that was developed as part of a new global powertrain strategy based around modular design and flexible use.

Click for larger image

There are two Alloytec engine variants - Alloytec and Alloytec 190.

Alloytec produces 175kW of power at 6,000rpm and 320Nm of torque at just 2,800rpm - which equates to 14 per cent more power and five per cent more torque than the outgoing 152kW ECOTEC V6. Ninety per cent of engine torque is available between 1630 and 5460 rpm, a performance attribute normally associated with larger displacement V8 engines or European turbo engines.

The sports performance Alloytec 190 produces 190kW of power at 6500 rpm and 340Nm of torque at 3200rpm. Ninety per cent of torque is produced between 1570 and 5870 rpm - which is a 59 per cent wider rev range than the previous 171kW Supercharged V6 performance engine. It benefits from the application of advanced, continuously variable cam phasing and variable intake manifold technology, among other highly developed features.

The Alloytec 190 is teamed with either a new five-speed automatic transmission with 'Active Select' or a six speed manual transmission. The Alloytec is mated to an improved version of Holden's current four-speed automatic transmission.

Development

Click for larger image

GM’s Global V6 engine family was conceived as an all-new family of modular V6 engines for global application. They were to incorporate contemporary features, packaging flexibility, multiple displacement configurations and be lightweight. At the same time they were to be cost effective and exhibit premium performance characteristics.

Holden product and manufacturing engineers have been members of a multinational GM team involved in the development of Global V6 specifications and designs since 1999. They were able to ensure that all Alloytec requirements were recognised in the initial charter.

Even with the assistance of computer-aided analysis, the unique development and localisation of the Alloytec variants took more than 200,000 hours, 143 experimental engines and 60 specific tests.

Continuously Variable Cam Phasing

Click for larger image

The adoption of fully variable cam phasing – on both inlet and exhaust camshafts in the case of the Alloytec 190 and on the Alloytec inlet camshafts – provides performance flexibility, fuel economy and emissions reduction.

This electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated system enables the camshafts to rotate relative to the crankshaft, eliminating the compromises of ‘fixed’ or ‘discrete’ camshaft positions of most conventional engines.

The Alloytecs’ cam phasers are continuously variable, allowing individual camshaft timing through 50 degrees of crankshaft rotation (and 50 degrees for exhaust cam adjustment in Alloytec 190).

Click for larger image

This type of cam phasing provides greater flexibility and control of engine breathing and translates to high specific power, excellent driveability, fuel economy and low emissions.

In addition, cam phasing allows the elimination of the external exhaust gas recirculation valves. By varying the intake valve timing, the cam phaser system improves engine smoothness at idle and optimises inlet flow dynamics for maximum performance. By closing exhaust valves later than normal, the cam phasing system forces the desired amount of exhaust gas back into the combustion chamber for more complete burning in the next combustion cycle resulting in improved fuel economy and lower emissions.

Variable Intake Manifold

Click for larger image

A dual-stage variable intake manifold (VIM) is a feature of the Alloytec 190. The VIM incorporates an electrically-operated valve within the manifold that partitions the plenum to change its volume to assist resonance tuning of the inlet flow.

When the VIM valve is shut, creating less volume, the cylinders are fed from two separate plenums. In this mode the system boosts cylinder charging in the low to mid speed range up to 4000rpm. At higher engine speeds, the VIM valve opens and all cylinders feed from a common plenum. This boosts ram cylinder charging volumetric efficiency at high speeds for increased power.

Micro-Hybrid Engine Control Unit (ECU)

Click for larger image

The engine-mounted 32-bit Bosch Motronic ME9 ECU is one of the most powerful and sophisticated currently available for automotive use. Its micro-hybrid design embeds all the necessary electronic circuitry on a four-layer ‘sandwich’ substrate that reduces the size of the unit and makes it stronger, allowing the ECU to be engine-mounted.

The ECU can withstand mounting temperatures of 110 degrees centigrade and vibration up to 30g. Engine mounting frees space in the under-bonnet area and eliminates attachment problems at the assembly plant.

Torque-based engine control strategy

Click for larger image

The engine output for the driver-determined pedal position is managed by the micro-hybrid ECU. The torque-based control strategy calculates throttle position, variable intake manifold position, continuously variable cam phasing positions and various other operational inputs and then translates that information into an ideal throttle position.

The torque-based engine control strategy is superior to earlier electronically controlled throttle-based engine-management systems that rely solely on the throttle position sensor to govern throttle opening.

Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)

Click for larger image

An electronically controlled throttle (ETC) effectively coordinates a driver’s intentions with the actions of the various control components. ETC eliminates the traditional cable between the accelerator pedal and the throttle body. An accelerator pedal position sensor sends the driver’s command to the ECU, which then controls the throttle blade.

By eliminating the mechanical connection between the accelerator pedal and the engine, throttle opening can be controlled to ensure precise control of all other engine operating variables for improved driveability.

Ignition and Sensors

Click for larger image

A coil-on-plug ignition system delivers maximum spark energy and precise timing, contributing to lower emissions. With fewer parts and no high-tension leads, quality, reliability and dependability are all improved.

Extended-life spark plugs with dual-platinum electrodes have an expected service life of 120,000 kilometres.

Multiple camshaft position sensors and a crankshaft position sensor are used to manage camshaft and spark timing. This dual measurement system ensures extremely accurate timing throughout the life of the engine and provides a backup in the event that one of the two sensors fails.

Returnless fuel system

Click for larger image

Returnless fuel system architecture eliminates fuel system recirculation. This design minimises fuel heating, reducing fuel tank temperatures and consequent evaporative emissions. An integral pressure damper is used inside the fuel rail to reduce noise.

System pressure is 400 kilopascals. Fuel control, emissions, and driveability are improved by increasing the operating fuel pressure at higher engine loads to deliver the required fuel flow. In addition, the system sustains precise fuel control at lower engine loads with appropriate injector sizing.

Noise and Vibration Refinement

Click for larger image

Key noise management techniques included:

  • Increasing the stiffness of the forged steel crankshaft.
  • Equal length intake manifold runners for cylinder-to-cylinder symmetry.
  • Polymer coated pistons for smoother and quieter operation in the bore.
  • A new oil pump designed to reduce aeration and pressure oscillations.
  • Integral pressure damper in the fuel rail to reduce noise radiation.
  • Structural oil pans with full circle mounting to add to powertrain bending stiffness.
  • Piston oil-jets for additional lubrication of the bores and gudgeon pins.
  • Two dissimilar sized holes in the PCV valve to reduce ‘hiss’.
  • Composite cam-covers incorporating isolating perimeter and spark plug tube seals to decouple the covers from combustion noise.
  • Multi-layer steel damping panels inside the timing drive cover to provide additional stiffness and noise actuation.

Cylinder Block and Heads

Click for larger image

The Global V6 engine is an aluminium-intensive basic design. The deep-skirt alloy cylinder block is cast in 319 aluminium with cast-iron cylinder liners using a precision sand casting process. The cylinder heads are semi-permanent mould 319 aluminium castings. The upper intake manifold is composed of 319 sand-cast aluminium, while the lower manifold is made of 356-T6 aluminium.

The cylinder block incorporates six-bolt main bearing caps and an oil filter mounting point.


Cast in inter-bay breather vents in the engine block reduce windage losses at high speed.

Click for larger image

Cylinder heads utilise convergent exhaust ports for maximum flow, thermal conservation, lower emissions and reduced engine mass. Multi-layer stainless steel head gaskets are designed for durability.

Valvetrain and Timing Drive

Click for larger image

Actuating four valves per cylinder, a low mass DOHC roller-follower valve train configuration operates with very low frictional losses to improve fuel efficiency.

Hydraulic lash adjusters and a two-stage, three-chain cam drive – rather than belts – provide improved reliability and durability. Holden has taken advantage of advanced technology to minimise the noise associated with previous generation chain-drive components.

Crankshaft, Pistons and Rods

Click for larger image

A micro-alloy 1038V forged steel crankshaft of the type most commonly found on high performance or diesel engines, is used for strength, rigidity and improved NVH characteristics.

Click for larger image

Sinter-forged steel connecting rods offer durability, strength and low reciprocating mass. Aluminium pistons use fully floating 24-mm diameter pins and polymer-coated skirts to allow tighter piston clearances for quieter cold starts.

A dual-mass flywheel with torsional damper eliminates gear rattle and driveline shudder in manual transmission applications.

The engine employs a Teflon crankshaft oil seal for lifetime leak-free performance.

Lubrication

Click for larger image

Lubrication is critical to any engine, and the Alloytec lubrication system is designed to ensure mechanical protection and reliability combined with low maintenance.

A crankshaft driven gerotor oil pump was designed using specialised analysis of the pump flow to minimise oil aeration and noise. Pressure oscillations and relief valve ‘buzz’ are minimised by using tapered relief ports and a bypass baffle.

Click for larger image

Pressure-actuated piston oil-jets help cool the underside of the pistons to achieve higher power and durability. This additional oil supply reduces noise from piston contact with the cylinder bore and from the piston gudgeon pin.

The structural aluminium 6.5-litre capacity oil pan employs a full-circle bolt pattern for transmission attachment, improving powertrain stiffness for reduced noise and vibration. A windage tray reduces friction losses at high speed and ensures oil supply under all operating conditions.

A top-access, cartridge style oil filter promotes easy and low cost maintenance. The replaceable cartridge element is more environmentally friendly and easier to dispose of than ‘spin-on’ designs that use leaded steel bodies.

Cooling System

Click for larger image

A high efficiency water pump, a coolant jacket computer-optimised for volume and flow and an inlet flow location for the thermostat provide the necessary cooling for the high performance Alloytec engines. The inlet side thermostat and low volume coolant jackets promote rapid, consistent, warm-up behaviour, channelling heat to the passenger compartment more quickly in winter.

Extended-life coolant requires minimal service and less frequent changes. Coolant loss protection software allows reduced-power engine operation in the unlikely event of overheating. This feature operates the engine on alternating pairs of three cylinders and allows the driver to reach a secure location.

Exhaust

Click for larger image

New Alloytec and Alloytec 190 exhaust systems benefit from a design symmetry that improves aural quality. Computational analysis was extensively employed to gain the best possible noise quality, engine performance and durability.

Cast iron free-flow manifolds and dual close-coupled catalytic converters minimise temperature loss between engine and catalyst. This allows fast catalyst light-off times which reduce emissions.

Emissions


Alloytec meets the current Euro 2 emissions standard and has been designed for upgrades to meet proposed future standards.

Precise emissions control performance is achieved through the co-ordination of advanced engine control systems among them the ECU, returnless fuel system, variable intake manifold, electronically controlled throttle and cam phasing.

In addition Alloytec employs positive crankcase ventilation, evaporative emission recovery systems, wide-range oxygen sensors (Alloytec 190) and switching sensors (Alloytec).

Auto Start


Alloytec variants feature an Auto start function, where there is no need to hold the key in the 'start' position - just turn key to 'start' position and then let go.

On Alloytec manual variants the clutch must be fully depressed before starter will engage to avoid starting the engine in gear.

Servicing


Oil change intervals are 15,000km or 9 months. Spark plug changeover is at 120,000 kms.

Global V6 Design Flexibility

Click for larger image

The Global V6 engine family encompasses a range of displacements. In addition to the 3.6L variant there are also 2.8L and 3.2L variants.

The range of potential displacements and configurations allows power and torque output suited to a variety of vehicle, platform and drive configuration requirements.

The basic Global V6 engine architecture supports a range of feature and content options, establishing a broad range of potential engine configurations. Aside from the normally aspirated/sequential port fuel injection ‘foundation’ architecture, possible major variants include:

  • A spark-ignition direct-injection (SIDI) V6 of either 2.8L or 3.2L displacement. Direct fuel injection is a technology that can produce fuel economy gains of about 10 per cent, with no loss of performance. To be most responsive to regulatory and other market considerations, the global V6 engine design has provisions for both stratified-charge (lean-burn) and stoichiometric-charge SIDI architectures.
  • Turbocharged engines of either 2.8L or 3.2L, with a variety of power and torque outputs depending on specific content. Turbocharging remains one of the best strategies to increase power and torque without increasing engine size.

The Global V6 was also developed to be easily configured to power an array of platforms, drive orientations and future-technology adaptations. Engineers anticipated many divergent uses for the Global V6 and from the start it was designed to power:

  • Front-wheel drive (FWD) platforms, in which the engine is typically situated transversely.
  • Rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicles and platforms, where the engine is typically longitudinally mounted.
  • All-wheel drive (AWD) architectures, which can dictate either transverse or longitudinal mounting.

The Global V6 engine is also suitable for parallel hybrid application. Parallel hybrid vehicles employ a standard petrol engine and an electric motor or motors, either or both of which can propel the vehicle. Hybrid vehicles offer the prospect of greater fuel economy and can deliver other emission and fuel-reduction possibilities.

Engine Specifications

Alloytec and Alloytec 190

Configuration: 

Peak Power (ECE): 



 

Peak Torque: 

3.6L 60-degree DOHC V-6

190 kW @ 6500 rpm (Alloytec 190)
175 kW @ 6000 rpm (Alloytec)

340 Nm @ 3200 rpm (Alloytec 190)
320 Nm @ 2800 rpm (Alloytec)

90 per cent of torque produced from:
1600 rpm to 5900 rpm (Alloytec 190)
1600 rpm to 5400 rpm (Alloytec)

Displacement : 

3564 cc

Bore x Stroke:

94 mm x 85.6 mm

Valvetrain:

Dual overhead camshaft
4-valve-per-cylinder
Roller-finger followers valvetrain
Hydraulic lash adjusters
Four-cam continuously variable cam phasing (Alloytec 190)
Two-cam continuously variable cam phasing (Alloytec)
Three-chain two-stage roller chain camshaft drive

Variable Cam Timing: 

Intake: 132 degrees ATDC initial timing (Alloytec 190)                
Intake: 126 degrees ATDC initial timing (Alloytec)
50 crankshaft degrees advance authority
Exhaust: 111 degrees BTDC initial timing (Alloytec 190)           
50 crankshaft degrees retard authority (Alloytec 190)

Compression Ratio:

10.2:1

Bore Centres: 

103 mm

Firing Order:

1-2-3-4-5-6

Engine Speed Limit:

6700 rpm (Alloytec 190)
6100 rpm (Alloytec)

Engine Idle Speed:

600 rpm (A/C off)

Fuel System:

Sequential port fuel injection (returnless)

Engine Management: 

Torque-based; Bosch Motronic ME 9 32-bit micro-hybrid controller

Intake Manifold:  

Dual-plenum, equal-length with two-position variable volume control and resonance tuned (Alloytec 190)

Dual-plenum, equal-length with tuned plenum communication orifice (Alloytec)

Throttle:

68-mm single bore; electronic control (ETC)

Ignition: 

Individual coil-on-plug; individual cylinder knock control

Fuel Requirement:  

Regular unleaded recommended (91 RON)
(PULP may provide a small improvement in performance and fuel economy)

Emissions Controls:

Dual close-coupled catalytic converters (1.4L ceramic)
Positive crankcase ventilation (PCV)
Intake-cam phasers
Exhaust-cam phasers (Alloytec 190)
Evaporative emissions system

Assembly Site: 

Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Material Applications

 

Block Material: 

Aluminium, precision sand-cast 319 with cast-in-place iron liners

Cylinder Head Material: 

Aluminium, semi-permanent mould 319

Intake Manifold:

Upper: Aluminium, gravity die 319
Lower: Aluminium, gravity die 319

Exhaust Manifold:

SiMo nodular cast iron

Camshaft Covers:

Injection compression thermoset composite; vibration isolated

Front Cover:

Diecast CA313 aluminium; internal multi-layer damping panels

Crankshaft: 

Micro-alloy 1038Vforged steel

Connecting Rods:

Sinter-forged steel

Pistons:

Aluminium, polymer-coated skirts, full-floating wristpins

Main Bearing Caps:

6 bolt caps, copper-infiltrated sintered steel

Oil Pan:

6.5 L capacity. Structural diecast aluminium, steel windage and baffle plates

Additional features:

Pressure-actuated piston-cooling oil jets
Extended-life sparkplugs, coolant, accessory belts
Cartridge-style, top-access oil filter
Oil-level sensor
Teflon crankshaft oil seal
Wide-range oxygen sensors (Alloytec 190)

Transmission Ratios:

 

 

 

4 speed auto

5 speed auto

6 speed manual

1st

3.059

3.419

4.48

2nd

1.625

2.215

2.58

3rd

1

1.6

1.63

4th

0.696

1

1.19

5th

 

0.752

1.00

6th

 

 

0.75

Reverse

2.294

3.03

3.96

Final Drive

3.08

2.87

2.87

The Transmissions

The Alloytec 190 variant will operate with either a new 5L40 five-speed automatic transmission with Active Select or a new six-speed manual transmission.

The Alloytec variant will operate with the current 4L60 four-speed automatic, to which Holden has made upgrades.

Five-speed auto transmission (5L40)

Click for larger image

The new 5L40 five-speed automatic uses the latest generation from GM. A team of Holden and GM powertrain engineers based in Strasbourg invested three years of design and development work in this 5L40 transmission. Cold testing in Sweden, altitude testing at Pikes Peak in Colorado and hot testing in Western Australia were part of a development and durability program.

Transmission Controller


A new separate T68 transmission controller accurately determines current vehicle operating conditions – such as engine speed, transmission input speed, throttle position, torque converter slip, altitude and temperature – to create a strategy for optimum shift performance. An ability to sense and compensate for all these variables allows this transmission to maintain consistent shift quality.

An additional gear allows shift points to be engineered to deliver an improved launch while delivering improved fuel economy. This is achieved by the increased ratio spread, a taller 2.87 final drive ratio and the ability of the transmission to shift at up to 6500rpm.

5L40 EC Cubing


The Electronic Torque Converter Clutch Control, or EC cubing, controls the amount of converter clutch slip – the difference between engine rpm and transmission input shaft rpm – in third, fourth and fifth gears. This increases the efficiency of the transmission during low torque applications. EC cubing can be activated at lower vehicle speeds, allowing fuel efficiency improvements to be delivered earlier.

Shift Stabilisation and Performance Algorithm Liftfoot


The transmission control system continuously evaluates driving conditions and driver inputs through the software functions Shift Stabilisation and Performance Algorithm Liftfoot (PAL).

Shift stabilisation reacts to differing vehicle loads and is active during constant speed driving. If the controller determines that optimum performance would be adversely affected by an upshift at that moment, the control system blocks this request. In real world scenarios, when driving uphill for instance, this algorithm reduces busy shifting or hunting.

PAL also responds to driver requests or driving style. To operate it requires greater than three quarters throttle pedal travel with a rapid release. This function is available while in Performance mode, and it considers the current driving style. Once the control system determines that the vehicle is being driven in a spirited manner, the current gear is held during deceleration. This assists with acceleration out of a corner, preventing unwanted upshifts, which results in the vehicle being in a more suitable gear during cornering and providing a more stable exit feel.

Active Select


The 5L40 Active Select feature is for drivers who wish to take more direct control, as it allows selection of the most appropriate gear for prevailing conditions. Safety features in this mode include maximum and minimum allowable engine speeds.

Four-speed auto transmission (4L60)


Upgrades to the 4L60 four-speed automatic transmission have improved shift feel and shift-to-shift variation through a new calibration that times shift events to ensure favourable use of available engine torque. It results in a more integrated powertrain feel between the ETC and transmission, resulting in better shift stabilisation and consistency.

This is made possible by new electrical architecture and the introduction of a more advanced transmission control module and software language.

The TCM software introduces more calibration variables – 8448 compared with 625 in the previous TCM – in the new language that allows it to process larger amounts of information, more quickly.

4L60 EC Cubing


Due to new TCM software, an upgraded 4L60 EC Cubing feature now allows for partial lock-up or controlled slip, improving the feel and fuel economy of an already efficient transmission

A new torque converter has been manufactured specifically for this application to better match the new torque characteristics of the engine. A combination of increased accuracy and a change to the coupling point of the converter allows matching of engine torque characteristics to vehicle response, providing improved engine-transmission integration, increased heat rejection and improved fuel economy.

Six-speed manual transmission (D173)

Click for larger image

A new six-speed manual transmission replaces the current five-speed.

A lighter alloy remote shifter design and shorter shift throws improve shift feel and result in more direct-feeling changes. The short throw and light effort combine for quick shifting, balanced with Alloytec V6 engine characteristics.

The gate pattern has changed. Reverse is now next to first gear, the opposite side to the Holden V8 manual.

Clutch


Clutch diameter is 14mm larger at 254mm. Clutch pedal engagement is more progressive and has been developed specifically for the ratios and torque character of the engine. The clutch friction lining is now lead-free.

The clutch cover is self-adjusting, so that pedal effort does not increase as the clutch wears, ensuring a more consistent feel over the life of the component. Wear is further reduced by the use of an integrated concentric slave cylinder and release bearing.

Ratios


Ratio selection has been optimised by computer simulation, matched to the torque curves and tyre sizes. The ratio spread from first to sixth provides a more responsive first gear for better launch feel while allowing a sixth gear ratio of 0.75. This produces cruising revs of about 1800 rpm at 100kmh with resultant reductions in noise and vibration.

56 Years Of The Holden Six


Full-scale manufacture of the first Holden six began in 1948. The 2.15 litre, 45kW 'grey' engine, named for the colour of its painted block, powered the original 48-215 Holden. Noted for its willing performance, high cruising speed, economy and durability, the overhead valve grey engine continued, with minor engineering changes, to power successive Holden models through the 1950s and early 60s.

In 1963, a new Holden engine plant began producing more powerful six cylinder 'red' engines. They were the 2.45 litre '149' and the 2.95 litre six cylinder '179', introduced with the EH model. Over their long life, the red engines underwent numerous re-engineering programs to improve performance and fuel efficiency.

With the 1980 VC model Commodore came a new range of six cylinder engines painted GM blue. They were up to 25 per cent more powerful and 15 per cent more fuel efficient than their predecessors. Features (2.85 and 3.3 litre) included a new 12-port head, new manifolding, a two-barrel carburettor and electronic ignition.

In 1984, a 3.3 litre EFI engine was introduced with VK Commodore. Also available was a 3.3 litre six with electronic spark timing and air injection. Production of the 'blue' six-cylinder engines ceased in 1986 with the introduction of the VL Commodore, powered by a Nissan-sourced 3.0 litre unit.

Holden chose a US-designed Buick V6 for the all-new VN Commodore and local assembly began in 1988. The 3.8 litre, 127kW, EFI V6 was modified to suit Holden requirements, a process which included fitment of an Australian-developed electronic engine management system.

In 1995, a $9 million investment saw the original unit replaced by a radically revised second generation ECOTEC V6. Utilising low friction technology for improved performance, it was smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient. Assembly of a 165kW Supercharged V6 variant commenced in 1996 and for the introduction of the Commodore VT in 1997 it was modified to produce 171kW of power. With the VX Commodore debut in August 2000, V6 engine power was increased and fuel economy further improved.

Did you enjoy this article?

Please consider supporting AutoSpeed with a small contribution. More Info...


Share this Article: 

More of our most popular articles.
Squirt your intercooler spray for 5, 10 or 20 seconds - all at the press of a single button!

DIY Tech Features - 2 September, 2008

Intercooler Spray Squirter

A very easy way of comparing spring stiffness between different cars

DIY Tech Features - 17 September, 2013

Measuring wheel suspension rates

This is what happens when you put a current Merc diesel into a 20 year old body!

Special Features - 12 January, 2010

Mercedes Makeover

Where turbos are heading

Technical Features - 20 July, 2007

New Tech Turbocharging

Introducing... Vortex Generators!

Special Features - 26 September, 2006

Blowing the Vortex, Part 1

Installing lights in a home workshop

DIY Tech Features - 16 September, 2008

Building a Home Workshop, Part 6

Modifying the regen braking system on a Toyota Prius

DIY Tech Features - 15 December, 2004

A World First: Modifying Regen Braking

Finding the best fuel for cars of the future - the real answers

Technical Features - 18 March, 2008

Assessing the Alternatives

Designing a DIY electric bike

DIY Tech Features - 4 February, 2005

Building an Electric Bike Part 1

You don't need an expensive factory towbar harness - even on CAN bus cars.

DIY Tech Features - 4 August, 2009

Towbar Electronics

Copyright © 1996-2014 Web Publications Pty Limited. All Rights ReservedRSS|Privacy policy|Advertise
Consulting Services: Magento Experts|Technologies : Magento Extensions|ReadytoShip