The Bible of Technology – The Bosch way

As always is the trend, we have brought the latest Bosch technology Bible for our beloved readers. This time it is more on the technical side rather than usual flowery stuff. Now, we are getting hardcore here man. Some of the key features in a car which comprise its engine, interiors and chassis components are being explained in here.

Boost :

This is not the usual secret of our energy stuff but then it means a turbo booster. It is the additional pressure that a turbocharger creates in order to feed more air into the cylinders to produce more power. This pressure created is above the atmospheric pressure and hence it enables the engine to produce greater power ratings. This same procedure is also carried out in a supercharged car.

Baffle :

This feature is used to reduce the exhaust noise. These are actually metal plates which are found in an exhaust which absorb as also reflect the exhaust gases. The overall performance of a vehicle is increased manifold due to this Baffle. However the one factor limiting it is its construction. If constructed and fitted properly, the Baffle enables a vehicle to be even more fuel efficient.

Bucket Seats :

We must have come across this term now in recent times. These are actually individual seats which are not connected to the other seats in any ways. These seats provide better support and comfort as compared to the other type of seats. In the old days, car seats used to be bench seats which mean that there was no difference between the passenger and the driver seats.

Efficiency Line Generators or EL :

The danger of a wheel lockup is highest on low friction surfaces like wet roads, or even the roads covered by oil spills. If your vehicle has got ABS, then it would detect this early on that one or more of the wheel is about to lockup whilst the car is braking. ABS ensures that the force applied while braking the wheels is reduced or even kept at an appropriate level. The central component of the ABS system is the hydraulic modulator. There are many valve in it which control the brake pressure at each individual wheel plus a return pump and also an electronic control unit. There is a speed sensor in each of the wheel. It measures the speed of each of the wheel and relays the information to the control unit. Under heavy braking, if a wheel is about to lock, the system reduces the pressure on that wheel alone and thus the wheel lockup issue is avoided. The brake pressure is once again increased once the wheel starts to rotate freely. A signal on the brake pedal ensures that the ABS is working just fine. During sudden or emergency braking, ABS helps keep the driver in control of the vehicle and thus maintain the maneuverability of the vehicle. The vehicle’s stopping distances are also vastly reduced.

Low Dead Center :

This is a term which is used to refer to the position of the piston instead of an engine. It is the lowest point of the piston and connecting rod travel inside a cylinder. It is also called the Bottom Dead Center or BDC.

Long Block Engine :

Engines have varying cubic capacities. An engine with a large capacity and big bore with six or more cylinders in it is usually called as a Long Block Engine. Compared to normal engines, this engine has a longer length. The crankshaft is also on the longer side of things.

Low Beam :

If you would have noticed, it is always  mentioned behind trucks that use dipper at night. Well, the headlamps of a car always have two light settings. One is the high beam or the upper and the second is called as the low beam or dipper. Dipper is usually preferred since it lights the area nearest to the car without causing any kind of trouble to the oncoming vehicles on the opposite side of the road. On the contrary High Beam causes a glare and can distract the oncoming traffic leading to accidents and low visibility.

Lateral Tyre Clearance :

It is actually the distance between the nearest point in a vehicle and the tyre. These Lateral Tyre Clearances get reduced due to an increase in the rim offset or even an increase in the tyre size. Most of the manufacturers leave an option or rather margin for the customers to upsize the tyre, so usually the lateral tyre clearance is kept more than desired.

Lock Differential :

In a Lock Differential, the power and torque transmitted to the powered wheels is equal much unlike for a non locked differential. In the latter, the power is transmitted to the free wheel rather than the wheel that is actually stuck in the loop. A Lock Differential is usually seen on cars or SUVs which proclaim their off-road nature or pedigree.

These were some of the technologies in which Bosch leads in and hence were discussed in this article.

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