Automotive Engineering II

Learning Objectives:

The students have an overview of the modules which are necessary for the tracking of a motor vehicle and the power transmission between vehicle and roadway. They have knowledge of different wheel suspensions, tyres, steering elements, and brakes. They know different design versions, functions and the influence on driving and braking behavior. They are able to correctly develop the appropriate components. They are ready to analyze, to evaluate, and to optimize the complex interaction of the different components under consideration of boundary conditions.


  • Chassis: Wheel suspensions (rear axles, front axles, kinematics of axles), tyres, springs, damping devices
  • Steering elements: Steering elements of single vehicles and of trailers
  • Brakes: Disc brake, drum brake, retarder, comparision of designs

Knowledge of lecture Automotive Engineering I [2113809] recommended


  • Robert Bosch GmbH, Automotive Handbook, 9th Edition, Wiley, Chichester 2015

  • Heißing B, Ersoy M, Chassis Handbook - fundamentals, driving dynamics, components, mechatronics, perspectives, Vieweg+Teubner, Wiesbaden 2011

  • Reif K, Brakes, Brake Control and Driver Assistance Systems - Function, Regulation and Components, Springer Vieweg, Wiesbaden 2015

  • Unrau H-J, Gießler M, Gnadler R, Scriptum zur Vorlesung 'Automotive Engineering II', KIT, Institut für Fahrzeugsystemtechnik, Karlsruhe, jährliche Aktualisierung

Written Exam (90min.) - takes place every semester.