Chrysler announced that it would contract with ZF Friedrichschafen AG to run a new axle factory in Marysville, Michigan, set to open in 2010 with a capacity of 500,000 axles per year. Chrysler will retain ownership of the building, and 350 employees of the nearby Chrysler axle plant will work there; while ZF will buy the equipment needed to run the plant, easing Chrysler’s cash flow. The plan has been in the works for a considerable time; ZF, which provides axles to all three German automakers and sells transmissions to BMW, hopes to supply other automakers using the facility, which will make high-efficiency components.
Chrysler has released some details on the new axles; they will be based on a ZF design, using aluminum housings which can cut 30-35 pounds and, in some cases, welded ring gears, which can cut another two pounds. Synthetic fluids work more effectively as a coolant while cutting resistance, lowering parasitic losses while increasing life, and avoiding the need to replace the lubricant. Advanced bearings will also reduce parasitic losses.
Long before the Challenger Hellcat was officially launched, Allpar noted that the engine — which we estimated at “620-680 horsepower” (depending on when the stories were written) — was being tested in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Then we wrote that it had probably been ruled out, for various reasons. Today, one source wrote that the trademarked Trackhawk name, which we had thought [...]
Dodge is showing four concept cars at SEMA: a Dart, Charger, Challenger, and Viper ACR. You can now see them all at Allpar, courtesy of Patrick Rall — now with the story behind them. Coming soon: Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, and Fiat concepts. See all the Dodge concepts
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]