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Local custom car builder wins Hot Wheels competition, gets ‘rat’ immortalized as a toy

ST. GEORGE — On a sunny mid-week morning, a 1957 Nash Metropolitan sits outside Speedtech Performance, a renowned custom car and after-market suspension and chassis shop on River Road in St. George. A custom rat rod known as the “Nashole” sits outside Speedtech Performance in St. George, Utah, Sept. 15, 2020 | Photo by Hollie Stark, St. George News Even among the gleaming muscle cars and other vehicles the shop has in its garage, the Nash turns heads as...

Eliminating Porosity in Die-Cast Parts Could Cut Weight in EVs

This article appeared in Machine Design and has been published here with permission. According to Automotive News and a study by Boston Consulting Group, electrified vehicle sales (mild hybrid, full hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full battery-electric vehicles) are expected to surpass internal-combustion-engine (ICE) vehicle sales by 2030, taking 51% of the market, with battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) categories accounting for 25% of total...

LEGO Bugatti Chiron: how was the 3,599-piece model designed?

Supercars are sometimes referred to as ‘toys’ by their owners – vehicles to be enjoyed and played with. But describing the new LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron as a toy would be doing it a disservice.As part of LEGO’s advanced range of products, it comes with 3,599 individual parts, 600 pages of instructions, a £330 price tag and takes around 20 hours to build. It’s a serious bit of kit featuringan almost equal amount of detail as the real car.• LEGO James Bond Aston Martin DB5 revealedBugatti is...