Wednesday, March 5, 2014
As all car enthusiasts know, Ford recently introduced their 2015 Mustang model to the world. With 3 engine options, and a lighter, sleeker design, the newest addition to the Mustang bloodline might be the best one yet. Ford Motor Company dealer, Sam Pack sure thought so. He purchased the first 2015 Mustang GT at auction for $300,000!
There is a ton of buzz surrounding this car and whether or not Ford will be able to deliver on their promises.
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A crash test is a form of destructive testing usually performed in order to ensure safe design standards for various types of vehicles. There are many different types of crash tests undertaken; frontal-impact tests are probably what most people initially think of when asked about a crash test. These are usually impacts upon a solid concrete wall at a specified speed, but can also be vehicle-vehicle tests. Side-impact tests, rear-impact tests and offset tests are also conducted regularly.
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Monday, January 27, 2014
Car manufacturers build their vehicles to certain specifications, and design models to cater for specific audiences. For example, a car aimed at wealthy drivers might have luxurious trim options inside the car whereas a sports car would be aimed at those who prefer raw horsepower over comfort.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Long car journeys can often be tedious. Whether you’re driving across the country for business or bringing your family on a holiday, you always seem to be missing a few car accessories that would solve all of the problems. Perhaps everyone’s phones die at the same time, yet there’s only one charging port? Maybe your air conditioning breaks down as you’re driving through southern France at the peak of Summer? Or maybe your suit jacket is hung awkwardly by the backseat window, being creased and crinkled as your work colleague leans against. Even driving to work every morning you may find that your flask of coffee has gone stone cold by the time you get there. Don’t worry; there are car accessories out there that are ideal for you!
Cigarette Lighter Extension Cord
Most phones come with adapters that allow you to charge your phone from the 12v cigarette lighter in your car. What a good idea you may think, but consider this. You’ve packed your three teenage kids into the backseat to bring them on a family holiday somewhere. Naturally, they will all be on their phones, trawling through Facebook and texting their friends. Inevitably their phone batteries will die and they will all want to charge them...at the same time. I’m pretty sure that’s how World War 3 is going to start. You can avoid all of this hassle be being prepared and investing in a 3-way extension for the cigarette lighter.
This cheap, but potentially life-saving, gadget is available to buy from online car parts and accessories retailers.
Dashboard fans aren’t people sitting on your dashboard cheering at you as you drive along. They are actually a very good alternative to air conditioning for the hot and clammy weather. With air conditioning and climate control, it can be difficult to get the correct temperature that suits everyone. It may be too cold for some, too hot for others, too hot in the back but too cold in the front, and so on. The possibilities of inconvenience are endless. Dashboard fans provide you with two options: on or off. It then creates a cool and steady breeze throughout the car, separating you from the sweltering heat outside.
The dashboard fan has an easy installation too. It simply sits rigidly on your dashboard and plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter. That 3-way adapter would sure come in handy for this.
Head Rest Clothes Hangar
This is exactly what it says on the tin. Instead of hanging your jacket or shirt covering the backseat window, this clothes hangar fits onto the back of your front seat. Eliminating the garment’s constant swinging back and forth that comes with the motion of the car, this clothes hangar prevents your item of clothing from getting creased, not to mention giving your backseat passengers much more room and actually allowing them to look out the window. This car accessory is a must have for any businessman to keep them looking smart and presentable when they arrive at their business meeting.
Heated Car Mug
Another essential, and very clever, car accessory, this heated car mug never lets your hot beverage go cold, as the mug itself is heated by being plugged into the cigarette lighter. That 3-way adapter is really looking like a good idea now, isn’t it? Your coffee will still be suitable for you to drink when you get to work, rather than having to gulp it down while driving and spilling it all over your lap.
This article was written by John Smyth, an avid car enthusiast who finds himself watching any and all car shows he comes across on TV, while scouring a map to find the best possible road trip available.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Most states require all licensed drivers to carry some level of auto insurance, and to be caught driving without insurance is against the law. But sometimes the premiums on a car insurance policy can put a considerable strain on the family budget. Still, there's no way around it. If you want to drive your car, you have to be properly insured. While you have little or no choice in whether or not to carry auto insurance, you do have a choice in how much you pay. The savvy driver knows that there are discounts to be had on car insurance policies. It's just a matter of knowing where to look, and who to ask. Let's look at a few common discounts that can help you lower the cost of your auto insurance.
Membership has its privileges, and belonging to an auto club can often reduce your car insurance premium by as much as 15%. Members of AAA, for example, routinely enjoy discounts on the cost of their auto insurance, as well as on hotel rooms, air fare, and road side service. If you're a member of an auto club, check with your insurance representative to see if you qualify for any discounts that you may not have known about.
Many insurance companies offer discounts to clients who keep all of their insurance needs under one roof. For example, if you insure your home with the same company that provides your auto insurance you may be eligible for discounts on all of your policies. Similarly, if you are a multi-car family, insuring every car and every driver in the household can lead to significant savings. These discounts are not always advertised, so be sure to ask your insurance agent if you and your family are eligible.
Discounts for Safety Features
Certain auto safety features can lead to discounts on your auto insurance. Some states even require that insurance companies offer these discounts as a way to encourage drivers to buy cars with these safety features. If your car is outfitted with anti-lock brakes and air bags, you may be eligible for a discount on your insurance premium. Even something as simple as automatic seat belts may affect the cost of your auto insurance policy.
Insurance companies like to maintain a base of long term, low risk, clients. This is how they make their money, and can afford to pay out when one of their insured drivers does have an accident. If you have carried insurance with a company for a few years, have had no claims, and have maintained a clean driving record, you may be eligible for a renewal discount. You're the type of customer the insurance company wants to retain, and they will often offer a discount to keep your business.
Monthly vs Annual Payments
Many people on a budget, particularly young drivers, choose a monthly payment plan for their auto insurance. At first glance, this appears to make their auto insurance premiums more manageable. However, insurance companies typically offer discounts to customers that pay their premiums annually, Choosing a monthly payment schedule will result in administrative fees, and an overall higher premium. In the long run, paying for a full year of coverage up front can be cheaper than eking it out in installments.
Automatically insurance is a requirement in most states, but that doesn't mean that drivers have to break the bank when it comes to their insurance policies. There are plenty of discounts available for the savvy, and safe, driver. Speak with your insurance agent to see if you qualify for any of the discounts discussed here.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Not too long ago, the electric car was little more than novelty.
In 1981, Joe Ball’s Sears electric car took over thirty minutes to reach the finish line. However today, electric cars are becoming a real threat to racecars in the unlimited class, as there are no limits except safety. Electric cars, or vehicles, are steadily encroaching their way into the worlds most prominent and cutthroat legal means of driving a super-fast vehicle through the sport of racecar driving.
Whereas advances in technology have not been able to permit fully electric cars to effectively compete against gas-powered vehicles, electric cars are gradually headed towards outperforming their traditional sidekick. The best may be the Nissan ZEOD RC. This superbly designed electric racecar will have a go in the 2014 Le Mans Garage 56, a racing competition that platforms revolutionary, preparatory vehicles. In fact, some of the new fangled electric vehicles may incorporate 3M’s Paint Protection Film “car clear bra,” an almost invisible continuous shield alternative to unwieldy and frequently difficult front-end protectors. The same as vinyl-bras, a “car clear bra” offers protection from scratches, stone chips, insects, and the deteriorating sandblasting resulting from years of driving.
Electric Racing Cars Prove Their Muscle
Though it all seems highly experiential, competitive racetracks have always been a hotbed for fresh automotive technology, with many of the cars competing still in the throes of technological development. The critical obstruction in electric auto racing is merely the restrictions mandated by battery technology.
In road racing match-ups like drag racing, a battery accumulates power on turns and braking. That power generating benefit is non-existent on an oval fashioned track, the same track utilized by many speedways such as NASCAR, according to one well-known electric car pioneer.
However, 2012 showed a bit of promise. Toyota’s electric car beat the fastest overall time on the highest part of the mountain mirroring its twin-motors dominance at high altitude, where internal-combustion vehicles waste roughly 30% of their power to thin air. Many racecar experts have the same opinion that “it is only a matter of time before Pikes Peak is overshadowed by electricity rather than gasoline.”
Are Electric Auto Racing Circuits Getting Better?
In the past, vehicles structured to overpower races in the past been the swiftest, most commanding cars on the road. For decenniums, racecars were the guinea pigs where the latest technology would thrive or desist, and successes frequently permeated down to manufacturer models. In order to uphold the expectancy of a close competition, state-of-the-art races from the annular tracks of the South to the Formula One course in Shanghai, currently impose stringent rules. Therefore, rather than try out new ideas, engineers have become pensive with taking advantage of small diversions.
Meanwhile, electric racecars have demonstrated their muscle by proving that eco-friendly vehicles can give just as good as they get. Many people have no clue that electric racecars have the potential for such full-bodied performances. In addition, teams are prepared to conquer various obstacles in order to adapt as well.
For example, Toyota devised a way to charge their electric car’s P002 battery at 42KWh, almost ten times more than a Prius Plug-in’s in merely ninety minutes. One expert stated, “the car transformed from a testing facility for powertrains to a test bed for high-performance charging strategies.
While internal-combustion vehicles have the advantage of a hundred-year technological advantage, electric race cars are now catching-up. It’s just a matter of patience, changing a few nuts and bolts here and there, and a bit of additional experimentation.
James Mercado is an automobile enthusiast enjoying a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle. He is also an avid blogger and advocate of electric cars, enjoys living a green and generally lifestyle.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Tech News 24h · 0
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Automatic System Switching
Mirror Image Capability
Camera, Cables and Connectors should be Weather Resistant
Vehicle Power Source
Wired vs. Wireless
CCD vs. CMOS Image Sensor
Infrared Night Vision
Rear View Monitoring System and GPS
Selecting a Rear View Monitoring System
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Whether you have your vehicle's original owner's manual or have to access it online, this booklet contains valuable information regarding general upkeep. Within its pages, you will be advised of a number of useful tips such as how often to get the oil changed. Therefore, it is important to familiarize yourself with your owner's manual to have a broad knowledge of the types of regular maintenance your vehicle requires.
When it comes to window cracks, time is of essence. While a small crack may not seem like a looming problem, there are a number of conditions that can cause these small cracks to become much larger problems. From moisture and extreme temperatures to bumps in the road and the sun, cracks can spread. Even worse, failure to fix this problem can result in the entire window breaking. As soon as you notice a crack beginning to appear, it is important to get it looked at by a professional. There is a chance it can be repaired for a much cheaper price than replacing the entire window.
Check the Fluids
Once a week, it is important that you check the fluids that help lubricate your vehicle and allow it to run smoothly. Too often, car owners neglect to do so in between oil changes, and this causes additional wear and tear on the vehicle that will ultimately shorten its lifespan. Aside from the oil level, also ensure there is plenty of coolant to keep the vehicle from overheating.
Nothing is more frustrating than finding yourself on the side of the road with a flat tire. Not only can this happen at an inconvenient time, but it can put you in danger if you find yourself alone on a dark highway when it occurs. When you check your fluids, it is also a good idea to check your tires. Be on the lookout for steel belt that may be showing. This means it's time for new tires. Also, check the pressure in each tire at least once per week. Keeping tires inflated at their recommended levels helps improve tire life as well as allows the car to maximize its fuel efficiency.
Along with proper fluid levels to stay lubricated, your vehicle also needs to be allowed to breathe. It is important to check your air filter to make sure it is not clogged. Driving on an old air filter greatly reduces efficiency. They are relatively simple to find under the hood only cost a few dollars to replace.
Know Your Products
When purchasing things for your vehicle such as oil or transmission fluid, it is crucial that you know what kind to purchase. Your owner's manual will provide you with this information, and you can often find it printed on the dipstick for the fluid you are replacing.
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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Before Lamborghini was a household name synonymous with luxury supercars, it began life from surprisingly humble origins. The company was founded in 1963 by northern-Italian mechanic, Ferruccio Lamborghini, who had previously served as an engineer in the Italian Royal Air Force during World War 2. His earliest efforts in the auto world consisted of building tractors with excess wartime armoury materials under the name ‘Lamborghini Trattori S.p.A’. The company’s agricultural success meant the business quickly became one of Italy’s largest suppliers of farming equipment, and soon the company’s goals extended into other areas of manufacture, like producing gas heaters and air-conditioners.
Lamborghini's sudden wealth allowed him many financial benefits, including his purchasing an array of sports cars. However, his entrance into the world of supercars was not planned out. It was Ferrari’s decision to dismiss a complaint that he made about one of the cars he bought which caused him to challenge their authority and develop vehicles of his own.
Lamborghini decided that the admired engineering firm, Società Autostar, would be the perfect choice for producing the V12 engine vehicles he would need his cars to have if he was going to compete against Ferrari’s designs made by renowned engineer Giotto Bizzarini, who he hired to make his vision become a reality. However, Lamborghini made an additional judgement that helped further his name in the auto world; this was the plan to give as much attention to developing domestic cars as much as racing cars. Lamborghini did not like the work Bizzarini produced, believing the engine's revolutions were too high, a design that would ultimately introduce the level of race car power that he wanted his domestic cars to avoid. Bizzarrini declined to alter his designs resulting in Lamborghini refusing to pay the Società Autostar Corporation, beginning a long feud between the two companies.
As the Lamborghini company grew, the organisation moved to a larger location in the Italian town of Sant'Agata Bolognese, part of Italy’s thriving industrial area. The region was chosen as Lamborghini's new home due to the city's communist party promising the company a 19% interest rate on all bankable finances and with zero tax on all profits in return for Lamborghini allowing their factory employees to become union members.
Lamborghini decided to revise the 350GTV with help from Milan based company, Carrozzeria Touring, which set about restyling the vehicle's bodywork. The finished car was unveiled at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show to widespread adulation, and by the end of the year Lamborghini was steadily selling the vehicle despite the financial losses it occurred due to Lamborghini's need to compete with the prices at Ferrari. When production of the 350GT finished in 1965, a total of 120 of the 350GTV had been sold.
Naturally these successes were only minor compared to the great Lamborghini driving experiences the company produced in later years, but the company’s having risen from a small agricultural company to a major sports car manufacturer makes for a truly amazing beginning.
Liam Brennan is a blogger who writes extensively about the history of sports car brands. He recommends DriveMe.co.uk for booking supercar driving experiences.
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