Eco Plastic Fuel System Component
Two interesting things to know about the fuel vapor separators (which prevent fuel vapors from reaching the atmosphere and maintain fuel tank pressures) being produced by Dytech Dynamic Fluid Technologies (dytech-dft.com), which is headquartered southwest of Turin:
1. The separators are being produced for Ferrari and Maserati, so presumably they are top-notch. (And it also explains the location of Dytech.)
2. The fuel vapor separators are being produced with EcoPaXX polyamide 410 from DSM (dsm.com/automotive), an engineering plastic that is 70% derived from renewable resources and is said to be “carbon neutral.”
It is also resistant and impermeable to gasoline, and exhibits high thermal and good dimensional stability.
Conventional thinking would have it that the world’s most successful small car plant would be located either in Asia, Eastern Europe or South America. It’s not. Convention also would dictate that the most affordable small car on the market would not be made from plastic, but it is. Here’s how Little Tikes defies convention.
On Easter morning in Moab, Utah, when the population of that exceedingly-hard-to-get-to town in one of the most beautiful settings on Earth has more than doubled, some people won’t be hunting for Easter eggs, but will be trying to get a good look at one of the vehicles six that Jeep has prepared for real-life, fast-feedback from the assembled at the annual Easter Jeep Safari.
This is a 1979 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the first year the model appeared with its Schwarzeneggerian robustness, which happens to be incased in a block of amber-colored resin: Unlike the insects that are sometimes found encased in actual amber, objects that you can hold in your hand, this object measures 5.50 meters long, 2.55 meters wide and 3.10 meters high.