Have you ever had that mate who seems to get all of the attention to matter where you go? You know, the bloke that seems to have at least one really hot bird hanging on at all times, yet there is no discernible reason for it. Well, that is how torque must feel about horsepower. Torque is the number that truly measures a vehicle's power. After all, you can have a million ponies under the bonnet, but if your gearbox only pushes 100 N-m to the wheels, you are just wasting your time. To that end, we tracked down nine cars that offer more torque than horsepower. Ah, torque, sweet, sweet torque. By, the by, if you do not laugh about number five, you should nip down to see a doctor.
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One of the oddest fascinations that many people have is to read about the things the ultra-rich can buy for themselves. Most of the items make absolutely no sense to the average bloke; but, it is fun to read about them and shake your head in disbelief. Automobile options like the mechanical dash clock that Bentley revealed for the 2017 Bentyaga, priced at L119,500 are true head-shakers, but that is just a pittance when compared to some of the outrageous options that have been available over the years. Granted, adding the clock nearly doubles the base price of a Bentyaga and your cell tells time more accurately, but when you have it, why not blow it needlessly? Continue reading “The Most Oppulent Vehicle Options Available” »
The automotive world may be between auto shows at the moment, but there are still plenty of concepts to tell you about. One that is very promising for the not-so-distant future is the Audi h-tron. Heavily based on Audi's e-tron electric Quattro concept(a prelude to the new Q6) that debuted at this year's Frankfurt show, Audi claims the h-tron can travel 595 km per fueling and can be refueled in less than four minutes. The manufacturer also claims the h-tron has a top speed of 204 km/h and only uses a single kg of hydrogen for every 100 km driven. Throw in AWD grip, a 0-100 km/h time under seven seconds, and clean, quiet driving and who wouldn't want one? Even though it is just a concept at this time, let's have a closer look, shall we? Continue reading “hTron: An Audi On Hydrogen!” »
If you build it, they will come. A well known line from the movie A Field of Dreams, but it is poignant here as well. In this case, the ''they'' are autonomous cars coming to Mcity. A city where no humans can roam the streets or occupy the buildings. A city dedicated to the testing of driverless and connected vehicles of all types and sizes. The goal, according to a recent write-up in Automotive Testing Technology International is ''to develop and implement an advanced system of connected and automated cars in Ann Arbor(Michigan, USA), by 2021. The proving ground, part of the Mobility Transformation Center(MTC), is intended to facilitate the smooth transition from hectic, stressful traffic to the serene movement of millions of people around the globe without incident or accident. Continue reading “Mcity: A Look At The World's First Autonomous Vehicle Development Center” »
Mazda Motor Corporation has always been a fringe automaker. From the small size of the corporation to its use of the Wankel rotary engine; the entire corporate dynamic screams independence...yet another anomaly in the automotive realm. Mazda sold just under 1.4 million units in 2014, less than half that sold by Suzuki. The only Japanese automakers that are smaller are Subaru and Isuzu, but Subaru is quickly catching up; especially outside of Japan where it outsells Mazda 2 to1 in some markets. Continue reading “Mazda: A Company Stoically Staying The Course” »
When we think of smooth drive, we usually think of horsepower and top-performing engine. However, little of us are aware that powerful engine is pretty much useless without driver’s ability to control the car. That’s where shock absorbers take the stage. As their name entails, shock absorbers, literally absorb unpleasant effects of bumpy roads and unavoidable holes thus enhancing driver’s control over the vehicle as well as overall comfort of all passengers. Being an important part of overall vehicle performance, these absorbers must be maintained properly in order to assure safe and smooth drive. Read on to find out some of the benefit of shock absorbers. It is recommend to renew the shock absorbers every 80,000km ideally.
For most of us, vehicle safety means buckling up and not driving over speed limit. However, for licensed mechanics and car manufacturers, car safety equals impeccable suspension system. Main component of suspension system are shock absorbers. Thus, their major role in vehicle safety is to provide steering stability and complete vehicle safety. Thanks to them, our cars do not veer to the sides when it’s windy and have no trouble stopping. If you are, however, experiences these then you must repair or replace the existing shockers. Worn out shockers lack the capacity required to control the car and add about twenty percentage to your vehicle’s stopping distance. Continue reading “3 Benefits of shock absorbers” »