Modern Sport Cars: An Annotated Bibliography

Gartman, David. “Three Ages of the Automobile: The Cultural Logics of The Car,” Theory, Culture & Society 21.4-5 (2004): 169-195.

Taking the angle of sport car technologies development, we find it critical to estimate the cultural atmosphere surrounding the sport-utility vehicles. As Gartman (2004) claims, viewing an automobile as an object of consumption, we shouldn’t ignore the evolution of meanings and identities it carries. Each characterized with a specific cultural logic, these shifts disclose how the perceptions of class distinctions have been expressed through possessing first retro cars, then sports-utility vehicles and eco-cars. From this standpoint, no longer being simply a consumer commodity, a car serves as a symbol of status, as a trademark for individuality and lifestyle in its particular time-form. Though caught in certain theorization gaps, Gartman (2004) is hard to disagree with in his fundamental assumption: indeed, the broadening of the cultural logic in each of the “automotive ages” ultimately contradicted car configurations, and thus pushed the technologies forward to the next stage. The research could thus be applied in the frameworks of theoretical approach to understanding the logics of innovation in sport car industry in the age of postmodernism.

 

“High-performance cars: Mean and green”, The Economist Online, October 8 (2014). Retrieved from < http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21623169>.

The recent article by the Economist claims that the latest generation of sport cars is more environmentally friendly than ever before. In particular, the review of the most of recent models shows that many of them made a shift towards hybrid engines, like, for instance, Lamborghini Asterion combining a petrol engine with three electric motors, Porsche 918 Spyder Supercar, LaFerrari and McLaren’s P1. As the market observers state, such hybrid system allows not only launching from 0 to 60mph in just 3 seconds, but also doing that with much lower fuel consumption and even driving for short distances on battery power alone. It should be admitted that though greener sports cars are becoming progressively expensive, the general turn towards cost-effective fuel economy is inevitable. Focusing on this issue in our subsequent paper, we will also make an accent on the tightening environmental regulations which is directly linked to the current boom in hybrid systems development.

 

Marqués-Bruna, Pascual. “Design of the Grand Touring sports car wing: geometric and aerodynamic twist,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology 227.1 (2013): 70-80.

The study presented by Marqués-Bruna (2013) reveals the essence of wing twist technologies in sport cars that contribute to their highly effective aerodynamic shape. According to the researcher, wing twist optimization is responsible for the functional improvements in downforce, stall control and aerodynamic efficiency. Thus, Marqués-Bruna’s (2013) study focuses on exploring the influence of linear aerodynamic and geometric twist upon downforce, spanwise upwash velocity and induced drag distributions. Further, using the modified versions of the Prandtl’s Lifting-line Theory, the author calculates optimum twist at minimum induced drag and high downforce for straight wings and wings with geometric, aerodynamic and optimized twist. In particular, the author claims that the straight and geometrically-twisted wings present superior aerodynamic efficiency at angles of attack ≤ 1°, while an optimized twist nearly duplicates the ideal aerodynamic performance of an elliptic wing. The comparative analysis performed by Marqués-Bruna (2013) is generally valuable for further aerodynamic efficiency innovations, especially in terms of estimating their safety, which is one of the crucial points of our further research on sport cars modernization.

 

Ping, Zhu, Jun, He, and Meng Jin. “Fatigue life analysis of the autobody in a sports utility vehicle and its improvement using the homogenization method,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering 222.12 (2008): 2291-2305.

In their article, Ping et al. (2008) represent the results of their study on autobody improvement options and their effect on sport utility vehicles’ fatigue life though analyzing the stress distributions obtained by the finite element (FE) method. The authors of the research mainly focus on developing a reliable test paradigm, in particular, they suggest applying a bilateral track model to obtain load spectra, nominal stress method to evaluate the total life of the autobody, and the multiaxial fatigue theory to investigate the life of car components with critical stress regions, and moreover, experimentally confirm the preferability of the latter in estimating components’ damage risks. In the light of the fact that the fatigue life analysis generally makes the core of car technologies research, the methodology developed by Ping et al. (2008) should further be effectively applied to any recent sport car models, especially due to the efforts of method’s homogenization performed by the researchers. The reference to this article could also be used in conjunction with other reports made at the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, in particular, Rao’s et al. (2013) extension study on probabilistic fatigue life analysis of welded steel plate railway bridge girders using S–N curve approach, and Zarrin-Ghalami and Fatemi’s (2013) research on fatigue life predictions of rubber components and its applications to an automobile cradle mount.

 

Works Cited:

Gartman, David. “Three Ages of the Automobile: The Cultural Logics of The Car,” Theory, Culture & Society 21.4-5 (2004): 169-195.

“High-performance cars: Mean and green”, The Economist Online, October 8 (2014). Retrieved from < http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21623169>.

Marqués-Bruna, Pascual. “Design of the Grand Touring sports car wing: geometric and aerodynamic twist,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology 227.1 (2013):70-80.

Ping, Zhu, Jun, He, and Meng Jin. “Fatigue life analysis of the autobody in a sports utility vehicle and its improvement using the homogenization method,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering 222.12 (2008): 2291-2305.

Rao, K. Balaji, Anoop, MB and Ali Rajadurai. “Probabilistic fatigue life analysis of welded steel plate railway bridge girders using S–N curve approach,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part O: Journal of Risk and Reliability 227.4 (2013): 385-404.

Zarrin-Ghalami, Touhid, and Ali Fatemi. “Fatigue life predictions of rubber components: Applications to an automobile cradle mount,’ Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering 227.5 (2013): 691-703.

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