The next big things  Formula 1-inspired car makers

Business secretary Greg Clark on the need for Britain’s car industry to put the D back into R&D

> ANTICIPATING THE future is fraught with difficulties. Faced with all of the technological possibilities, you need to prepare for it, to make sure you make the right decisions now in order to succeed in the years ahead. That’s why the automotive sector features prominently in the industrial strategy we launched just before Christmas.

> WE’RE PROUD of the achievements of the sector. It’s a sector that employs over 400,000 men and women in this country, providing not only good jobs

Meet the perfect engine

Valve control is fundamentally compromised on conventional engines. But that’s all changing with the arrival of infinitely variable valves. By Ian Adcock

IMAGINE A VALVE control system without compromises, one that isn’t crank-driven and doesn’t play by conventional rules. Such an engine would allow infinitely variable timing on all its valves, independent of one another, meaning it could effectively tune itself on the move, boosting power and efficiency. It could also offer cylinder deactivation, eliminate a turbocharger’s wastegate, switch between four- and two-stroke cycles and even run as an ingenious, very efficient 12-stroke.

The Race to Recycle The Future

We’re told the car of the future will be electric and stufed with lightweight composites, but how green can it be if it can’t be recycled? By Jake Groves

ELECTRIFIED, MADE USING innovative materials and almost certainly autonomous: three interlinked future-car themes that car makers repeatedly tell us are The Next Big Things. Volvo, for example, has famously promised that all of its future new cars will offer an electrified derivative from 2019, while VW is planning to sell three million electric vehicles annually by 2025, and BMW’s i3 and i8 blazed the trail for the use of stiff but light composites in EVs, to help offset heavy batteries.

Does it work? GTI Superdrive on Waze

LIKE THE Wimbledon tennis championships and Robinsons Barley Water, Waze and VW’s GTI Superdrives initiative is a neat collaboration: the popular route-finding navigation app and Volkswagen’s storied GTI sub-brand, teaming up to offer squiggly, scenic alternative to the quick-but-dull route to wherever you’re headed.

You don’t actually need a VW to take advantage of the function – although for us it was a handy excuse to get behind the wheel of the out-gunned but still sweet Golf GTI.

EU transport commissioner Violeta Bulc sees innovative car tech helping less able people become mobile again

AS HUMANS we make our decisions in relation to freedom. Mobility helps us address this need for freedom – boats and horses in the beginning, more sophisticated solutions in the 21st century.

> WHEN CARS became widespread, they have shaped our world, given us freedom of movement and expression.

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