Tipping its bonnet to safety
August 17, 2007, 11am. Nissan has developed a “pop-up engine bonnet” to reduce head impact injuries in a pedestrian collision.
It will first appear later this year on the new Skyline coupe.
A sensor in the bumper activates a pop-up control unit, which triggers an explosive actuator that raises the bonnet.
Jaguar has asimilar technology on its XK Coupe.
Greater control over used tyres hinted
August 17, 2007, 11am. Land Transport NZ is looking at tightening controls over used tyres coming into the country, but would not seek a ban.
The comment came as it reminded motorists of potential risks driving vehicles fitted with “inappropriate tyres,” including mixing winter tyres and summer tyres on the same vehicle.
The warning followed tests to assist with the investigation of a fatal loss of control crash near Levin. The crash involved a vehicle fitted with regular tyres on the front and snow tyres on the rear.
“The tests established that in wet conditions, the mixing of aged worn snow tyres and new summer tyres on the same vehicle can result in loss of control when the vehicle is subjected to a sharp steering input,” LTNZ said.
Wellington auto technician in Subaru finals
August 17, 2007, 11am. Rick Wheeler from Armstrong Subaru in Lower Hutt will represent New Zealand at the World Subaru Technician competition in Japan in November.
Wheeler won his place in the final after contesting regional competitions at Subaru Australia’s new National Technical Training centre at the Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney’s western suburbs.
Together with Craig Packard from Winger Subaru Hamilton and Fraser Smith of Armstrong Subaru Christchurch, Wheeler won through to the Sydney competition after local eliminations.
The competition included tests on vehicle fault finding; mechanical assembly; and diagnostic interpretation.
Wheeler is the service foreman at Armstrong Subaru, where he has worked wide range of experience with the brand, including working with several rally teams, including former national champion Joe McAndrew.
“Rallying teaches you to think quickly because you never seem to have much time to fix things,” he says.
It was the first time Wheeler has competed in the Subaru Star Awards Technician of the Year competition.