Course detail

Motor Vehicles

FSI-QMVAcad. year: 2020/2021

Subject motor vehicles focuses on problems of construction, testing, driving charecteristic and modern motor vehicles and trailers operation. Private cars, trucks, buses, semi-trailers and trailers. This subject is about structural solution of basic parts of modern motor vehicles e.g. axles and their suspension and damping, brake systems including electronic systems (ABS, ESP, HBA,... ), steering mechanisms, incorporation of engine aggregate into a car including its operating mechanism. Following will be a talk about active and pasive safety of vehicles including the most modern asistent systems in vehicles.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Graduates of this subject will obtain complete rewiew of basic connections for motor vehicles construction including illustrations of specific technical solutions of both private cars and trucks of the most modern style. Furthemore, graduates will get an idea about possibilities component and complex automobile testing.


kinematics basics, dynamics basics, strength of materials basics, machine parts design and mechanisms, vehicle dynamics


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

REIMPELL, Jornsen. The Automotive Chassis. 2nd edition. Oxford: Butterworth - Heinemann, 2001. 444 s. ISBN 0-7506-5054-0. (EN)
HANEY, Paul. The Racing & High-Performance Tire. 1st edition. Warrendale: TV Motor-sports and SAE, 2003. 286 s. ISBN 0-9646414-2-9 (EN)
DIXON, John. The Shock Absorber Handbook. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2007. 432 s. ISBN 978-0-470-51020-9 (EN)
VLK, F. Podvozky motorových vozidel. Nakladatelství a zasilatelství vlk, Brno 2006, ISBN 802396464X (CS)
JAN, Zdeněk, ŽDÁNSKÝ, Bronislav a ČUPERA Jiří. Automobily (1): Podvozky. Brno: Avid, spol. s r.o., 2009. 245 s. ISBN 978-80-87143-11-7 (CS)
PUHN, Fred. Brake Handbook. Tucson: HPBooks, 1985. 176 s. ISBN 0-89586-232-8 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Requirements for Course-unit credit award: The orientation within problems discussed and the ability of solving them, examined by working-out assigned tasks without significant mistakes. Continuous study checking is carried out together with given tasks verification. Examination: The exam verifies and evaluates the knowledge of physical fundamentals of presented problems, theirs mathematical description on a presented level and application to solved tasks. The exam consists of a written part (test) and an oral part. Final evaluation consists of: 1. Evaluation of the work on seminars (elaborated tasks). 2. Result of the writing part of the exam (test). 3. Result of the oral part of the exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The target of this subject is to acquaint the graduates with fundamental part of modern technology of vehicles construction in connection with the user and technology of production.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at seminars is obligatory, checked by a teacher. The way of compensation of absence is solved individually with a course provider.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-ADI-P Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Types and conceptions of road vehicles – passenger cars (types of vehicle body and drive), trucks, buses, trailers and semi-trailers
2. Vehicle body – types of vehicle body (relation to the chassis), design of the body (styling, materials)
3. Vehicle body – design of the vehicle body in relation to active safety conditional, observational, controlling safety
4. Vehicle body – design of the vehicle body in relation to passive safety (crashes of the vehicles, biomechanics, traffic participants protection)
5. Tyres and wheels – tyres requirements, tyre designs, wheels, new tyre-wheel systems
6-7. Wheel suspensions – rigid axles, independent wheel suspensions, multiple-axle systems, wheel supports
8. Springing – springing types, anti-roll bars, shock absorbers
9. Steering – wheel alignment – axle kinematics (camber, caster, toe-in), steering systems, steering components (ball joints, power steering systems)
10.-11. Braking systems – friction brakes, braking components (components of braking systems), retarders, Anti-lock braking systems
12.-13. Motor vehicles testing

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Tyres – measurement of the tyres temperature, wheels (tyres) balancing
2. -3. Centre of gravity measurement
4. Moment of inertia measurement
5. Wheel suspensions – measurement of sprung mass and unsprung mass
6. Wheel suspensions – measurement of axle kinematics
7. Measurement of wheel alignment
8. Shock absorbers testing - dismantingless diagnostics of shock absorbers
9. Coast down test – measurement of aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance (vehicle drag) odpor je resistance
10. Brakes testing – on the roll/brake testing machine
11. Brakes testing – driving test
12. Vehicle circle test
13. Analysis of track test data – analysis of the data from race car data acquisition system