Course detail

Motor Vehicles

FSI-FAUAcad. year: 2023/2024

Comprehensive presentation of basic problems in designing vehicles. The course focuses on motor cars, and commercial motor vehicles. Students will be made familiar with the main development trends in the field presented on theoretical analysis of solved problems. Theoretical knowledge acquired in the previous study will be applied to concrete problems.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

The student needs to have knowledge appropriate courses of theoretical basics of bachelor study programme at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Technology, Brno

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Graded course-unit credit is awarded on condition of having attended the seminars, and passed control tests. Examination tests student’s knowledge of presented study material. The exam has a written and an oral part.
Attendance at seminars is compulsory and systematically checked by the teacher. Absence may be in justified cases compensated for by the agreement with the course supervisor.


The aim of the course is make students familiar with the design of undercart parts of motor cars and trucks, buses and vehicle trains.
Students will be have an overview of the current situation in design of undercart parts of vehicles, and will be able to forecast their development. Students will acquire knowledge necessary for an independent design activities.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Kaplan, Z.: Převodná ústrojí motorových vozidel.
Bosch: Automotive Handbook. 6th Edition, 2004

Recommended reading

Kaplan, Z.: Převodná ústrojí motorových vozidel.
Bosch: Automotive Handbook. 6th Edition, 2004


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-STR-P Bachelor's

    specialization SSZ , 3. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


01. Train resistance.
02. Train limits.
03. Axles, constructional principle.
04. Systems of suspension and damping.
05. Tyres and wheels.
06. Braking systems.
07. Vehicle steering systems.
08. Clutch
09. Gearbox, synchronizing
10. Planetary gearbox
11. Transmission and cardan shaft
12. Axle drive
13. Differential

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


01.-02. Measurement of vehicle´s centre of gravity
03.-04. Wheel suspension - measurement of kinematic characteristic of axletree
05.-06. Measurement of wheel alignment
07.-08. Damper testing - diagnostic of dampers without disassembly
09.-10. Measurement of train resistance - trailing throttle test
11.-12. Brake testing in laboratory terms
13. Credit