The all-wheel drive story, York

10 May, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:30

The success of the Land Rover led to technological innovation.
The success of the Land Rover led to technological innovation.

About this event

The speaker is well known as a commentator on all things Austin. Here he explores the hidden story of the WW2 Jeep to show how the first prototype 4x4 lightweight military vehicle evolved from the British Austin 7, licenced to the American Bantam Company in the 1930s. It's a story of political intrigue and military duplicity that leads to the design passing to Willys and Ford for mass production.

The story continued in Britain when Rover decided to produce a similar civilian vehicle that became an international icon. As it became popular as a military vehicle, others such as Austin Champ joined the fray. The success of the Land Rover led to technological innovation, as electronic devices like microprocessors, ABS and digital cameras inevitably moved towards the abandonment of purely mechanical systems.

The speaker will explain how electronic all-wheel drive systems such as that employed by Audi and Land Rover in the 1980s gave rise to other technologies that offer current driverless car development.

Speaker: Dr Dick Etheridge BSc CEng FIET

A joint event with IMechE and IET.

Book

Places can be booked via the IMechE website

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Nicky Baxter
t: 0113 391 0537
e: yorksadmin@imechenetwork.org

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