Contents

  • History of Automotive Design
    • Introduction

      The invention of the wheel allowed land transport vehicles. ​ ​ ...

    • Automotive design

      The earliest engine powered vehicle capable of carrying a passenger dates back to the 1700's Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot 's steam wagon   ...

    • Modern automobile design

      Henry Ford is considered by many to be the father of modern .automobile design. . ...

  • Fossil fuel Economy
    • Internal combustion engines.

      Early automobile designers chose internal combustion engines due to their low cost and high energy output. ...

    • Petroleum extraction

      The earliest recorded uses of petroleum date back to 4000 yrs. ago in Europe and Asia where surface seeps of heavy oil were used to create road material and wall building materials.  In ancient China, wells were drilled (347 A.D.) using meta...

    • Transporting fossil fuel

      Once extracted from the ground, the petroleum must be transported.to a refinery. This may involve tanker ships. ​...

    • Petroleum production

      Oil refineries are large industrial complexes.  Changing crude oil into useable products ...

    • Future fuels

      Modern technology has developed using fossil fuels as the main power source. ...

  • Car body aerodynamics
    • Aerodynamic body shape

      ​ Aerodynamic design (streamling) reduces Drag. ​...

    • Body shape

      Body contours should be smooth and flowing.  Abrupt changes disrupt air-flow. ​...

    • Lift and down force

      Vehicle aerodynamics can also change the weight of the moving vehicle ...

    • Mass (weight)

      Lighter cars will  - accelerate faster ​ ...

  • Wheel aerodynamics
  • Future designs
  • CO - 2 dragsters, Gravity cars