Jul 302012
 

A new regenerative braking system has recently been introduced by Mazda. The machine uses kinetic energy from braking to power the car’s electrical system. The “Intelligent Energy Loop” system is called I ELOOP for short. The system is intended to make an internal combustion automobile function as almost as possible like a hybrid automobile.

Energy converted

Generally kinetic energy is lost in the brakes and heat but is converted into electricity with this system. An Electric Double layer Capacitor is used for storage. This is where the electricity is then sent.

Engine going on and off

You are able to conserve fuel with the “i-stop” program named by Mazda that shuts off the motor automatically whenever the automobile stops. The electricity stored in the super-capacitor is then used to run auxiliary capabilities such as the sound system, lights, heating, and ac. Then, you are able to get the engine to automatically start. The accelerator gets depressed at that point.

Much better gas mileage

For stop and go city driving the system will be great. As reported by a Mazda press release:

“In real-world driving conditions with frequent acceleration and braking, ‘i-ELOOP’ improves fuel economy by approximately 10 percent.”

What’s wrong with it?

Power comes out very easily out of the super-capacitors that can only store electricity for a short while, as reported by “Car and Driver” arguing against the device. The article also explains that the super-capacitor doesn’t take long to charge. In fact, it will only take seconds. You will most likely never have to replace the super-capacitors since they last for a long time. This is certainly an advantage. Batteries do not do it.

BMW comparable to it

The system is comparable to the BMW EfficientDynamics system in that it stores power generated while braking. However, the BMW uses a more costly glass-mat battery instead of the capacitor.

Accessible in 2012

Mazda Motors plans to start introducing the machine in its new vehicles next year.

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Jul 292012
 

Carbon Motors, an automobile company that has produced a special law enforcement automobile, has just produced an open letter addressed to the White House Cabinet. The company wants the federal loan it requested two years back to be approved, so it can begin supplying the country’s police with vehicles.

Business wants to put bespoke cruiser on the streets

The E7 is a po-lice automobile produced by the Carbon Motors Corpora-tion that would be very beneficial to several law enforcement forces. The compa-ny hoped to obtain a loan it applied for two years back, according to Auto Blog. This loan would be given to the business under the Advanced Technology Automobile Manufacturing Program, which is an initiative the George W. Bush administration put together for the Department of Energy. There would not be any consumer versions of the car pro-duced, producing it solely a police automobile.

The White House Cabinet was given an open letter from the compa-ny recently. Hopefully this will allow the start of production on the first bespoke law enforcement interceptor.

An excellent car

As reported by Carbon’s site, the E7 police car should produce over 250 horsepower and obtain from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds. Its price is projected to be comparable with standard po-lice automobiles, which are typically retail vehicles with extensive modifications.

The two things that the Carbon E7 has over all of its competition is that it emits 40 percent less carbon than other police cars and gets an average combined gasoline mileage between 28 and 30 miles per gallon. According to the EPA, the 2009 Ford Crown Victoria gets 19 miles per gallon as a popular law enforcement vehicle.

BMW agreed to license its 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder diesel engine for use in the E7, accord-ing to AutoBlog. BMW currently offers a 3 series sedan, the 335d, and the X5d SUV with the 3.0-liter diesel in the U.S.

With over 20,000 E7 cruiser or-ders already in, the company could create 10,000 jobs in Connersville, Ind., to build the automobile. This would only be possible if the business were to get the $310 million loan.

Most popular diesel

The E7 cruiser would be the most used diesel vehicle on the road if it is able to produce the 20,000 vehi-cles that have been ordered with the loan.

The three most popular diesel automobiles are the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the Volkswagen Golf TDA and the BMW X35d. The Jetta is the number one sold Jetta in the United States with 56,717 sold this year between January and July. The other two do not even come close in sales to the Jetta. Only about 3 percent of all passenger cars sold even have diesel abilities. Not very several individuals own a diesel automobile.

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Jun 152012
 

The business Mini John Cooper Works, a division of BMW AG, says it promises to release the brand new hard-top John Cooper Works GP II in May. It is meant to be an improved sequel to the much-coveted 2006 Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works GP, or the Mini Cooper GP, which had a very restricted run.

Next month debut

Never known for its comfort, there were only 2,000 of the performance-skewed 2006 Mini Cooper GPS ever made; and of those, only about 415 were ever shipped to the U.S.

The introduction of the Mini GP II will happen in La Castellet, France at the Mini United Festival. The festival will last from May 11 to May 13.

BMW’s M section CEO Dr. Kay Segler publicized this on Wed at a meeting about the New York Auto show. The New York Auto Show will open on April 5.

Perform well with the Mini

The original Mini Cooper GP was a commemorative run, marking the end of production of the automaker’s Mini Series 1. Packing 215 horses and lacking the burden of 100 pounds of back seat, the Mini Cooper GP was the highest-performing model Mini ever produced. Eminently collectable, the entire line was snatched up, in spite of the lofty $30,000-plus price tag.

Although collectors are still interested in the 2006 Mini Cooper GP used, the value for them has decreased a lot in six year.

Checking out specifics

The exact details about the Mini Cooper GP II remain deliberately vague, but Mini hinted that the model will feature a “particularly high-performance turbo engine, racing-oriented suspension technology and exclusive, aerodynamically optimized body components.”

Regardless of the mystery, most experts speculate that its engine will pack more than the 208 horsepower available in the current Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works. World Car Enthusiasts goes so far as to predict that it will “have a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, with approximately 220 horsepower.”

There will only be a short, minimal run of the GP II, more than likely, just like the original GP. That is something that will make collectors more interested. The Mini Cooper GP II is also anticipated to have better performance than the first with less weight in the car, according to Car and Driver.

American anniversary

At the New York Auto show, Mini also publicized that it will release a new Mini special edition in red, white or blue to the public. This will be released to commemorate 10 years in the States.

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Mar 212012
 

It’s a longstanding argument that dates back to well before car blogs even existed, and it doesn’t seem set to go away any time soon. The reason for the constant comparison is that they are very similar companies. They both want to occupy the luxury end of the market, they both come from Germany, and they both boast performance and comfort as their best qualities. The fact that comparative models come at similar prices makes this all the more competitive.

Mercedes is regarded as a luxury brand, and with good reason. They’re a very comfy car to drive, and their after sales department take really good care of you. They’ve made some solid choices towards sticking to this image despite financial problems, and a constant reputation for being a loss maker for Daimler-Chrysler. Apparently the tactic is to stick it out making expensive luxury cars rather than down pricing in the hope of competing with the rest of the car market as a whole. Unfortunately Japan is increasingly catching up when it comes to luxury, and they’re doing it for cheaper too, so time will tell whether this is really a wise strategy.

In contrast BMW are doing brilliantly. Even in the current downturn of the economy they’ve seen their sales rise, and they continue to expand production. They’ve worked hard to get a good reputation for performance cars that give a great driver experience at the same time as showing off how much money you have. It’s hard not to admire their tenacity, and ability to adapt to new ideas. Also, their Mini range shows a real love of innovation, and has paid off for them in a big way.

So that’s how the companies are doing, but what about what their cars mean for you as a driver? For the most part the distinction is fairly clear. Mercedes are cars for people that want to command a certain amount of respect. Over one hundred years of car manufacturer has given them the right to charge a lot, and subsequently that makes them a status symbol for drivers. When it comes to BMW it’s about enjoying the driving more than the price tag.

So if you’re wondering which is ‘best’ it comes down to what you want: something that will reward you as a drivers’ car, or something that’s rewarding as more of a status symbol.

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Mar 212012
 

With a awesome victory, Audi returned this year to the world famous Sebring International Raceway for the very first time since 2009 on Sat., March 17th, 2012. This 60th Anniversary for Mobil 1’s famous event, “Twelve Hours of Sebring” was backed in full by Powered by Fresh from Florida. Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish all finished the 301 laps, all driving their Audi R18’s and winning by an overall 4 laps. This was all accomplished in the very first race of the American Le Mans Series. Once again, this ALMS race was shown by the world known Tequila Patron and The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Endurance Championship.

In the world of profesional racing, the Sebring challange is of one the most challenging for drivers and race teams. Most view this evet as an essantial opportunity to compete before to the most highly regarded endrance race event(24 hours at Le Mans) in the FIA series planned in May of 2012. Here nearly all of the FIA racing teams race in preperation for the top motorsport endurance event with the “12 hours of Sebring”, which presents an awesome”measure” for race team owners to polish the fine points of the pit crew and thier high tech race cars.

To many race fans delight, Audi placed first and second place at Sebring for the 1st time since 2005. Kristensen advances his career advancing his Sebring record, being 6th in to finish. Capello is a 5 time champion and McNish is a four time winner. Kristensen, Capello and McNish all controlled the second half the event. They overcame serious obstacles with their gearboxes. The motorsports fans was stupefied with Audi’s performance and ranking. The second place R18 suffered from contact with a slower auto in the last hour of the race.

Dyson Racing took full benefit of the fuel management issues for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and won the ALMS ‘ P1 class. Chris Dyson, Guy Smith and Steven Kane held on to the lead with approximately 30 minutes to finish. Last year’s P1 team championship was Dyson Racing, while Dyson and Smith also claimed the driving championship.

Saturday’s victory was within one week of testing the new Lola-Mazda. The Muscle Milk’s crew was torn apart in their last hour about their fuel managment. Klaus Graf, Lucas Luhr and Simon Pagenaud seemed to be in the running for most of the 2nd half in their HPD ARX-03a prototype.

The two P1 winners continued on thru a race which started with 62 vehicles and had 51 cars running at the end. This race was more about patience and opportunity with definitely some luck.

With the absence of Peugeot from this seanons race at Sebring, Team Audi ruled the twelve hour endurnace event throughout the day. We would like to see the French return next year but Audi would rather view them from the rear view mirror.

Jack Sneed has been a writter in the automobile and motorsport industry for over 20 years and now contribute articles at Redline Review. Check out the latest ALMS racing news, videos and photograph galleries by Jack Sneed.

Mar 212012
 

With a great victory, Audi returned this year to the famous Sebring International Raceway for the very first time since 2009 on Sat., March 17th, 2012. This 60th Anniversary for Mobil 1’s famous event, “Twelve Hours of Sebring” was financed in full by Powered by Fresh from Florida. Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish all finished the 301 laps, all driving their Audi R18’s and winning by an overall 4 laps. This was all accomplished in the very first race of the American Le Mans Series. Once again, this endurance race was featured by the world known Tequila Patron and The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Endurance Championship.

In the world of profesional racing, the Sebring challange is of one the most challenging for drivers and race teams. Most view this evet as an essantial opportunity to compete before to the most highly regarded endrance race event(24 hours at Le Mans) in the FIA series planned in May of 2012. Here nearly all of the FIA racing teams race in preperation for the top motorsport endurance event with the “12 hours of Sebring”, which presents an awesome”measure” for race team owners to polish the fine points of the pit crew and thier high tech race cars.

To many race fans delight, Audi placed first and second place at Sebring for the 1st time since 2005. Kristensen advances his career advancing his Sebring record, being 6th in to finish. Capello is a 5 time champion and McNish is a four time winner. Kristensen, Capello and McNish all controlled the second half the event. They overcame serious obstacles with their gearboxes. The motorsports fans was stupefied with Audi’s performance and ranking. The second place R18 suffered from contact with a slower auto in the last hour of the race.

Dyson Racing took full benefit of the fuel management issues for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and won the ALMS ‘ P1 class. Chris Dyson, Guy Smith and Steven Kane held on to the lead with approximately 30 minutes to finish. Last year’s P1 team championship was Dyson Racing, while Dyson and Smith also claimed the driving championship.

Saturday’s victory was within one week of testing the new Lola-Mazda. The Muscle Milk’s crew was torn apart in their last hour about their fuel managment. Klaus Graf, Lucas Luhr and Simon Pagenaud seemed to be in the running for most of the 2nd half in their HPD ARX-03a prototype.

The 2 P1 champions continued on through a race which began with 62 automobiles and had 51 automobiles competing for the checker flag. This race focused on patience and opportunity with actually some good luck.

With the absence of Peugeot from this seanons race at Sebring, Team Audi ruled the twelve hour endurnace event throughout the day. We are hoping to see the French return next year but Audi would rather view them from the rear view mirror.

Jack Sneed has been a writter in the automobile and motorsport industry for over 20 years and now contribute articles at Redline Review. Check out the latest ALMS racing news, videos and photograph galleries by Jack Sneed.

Mar 142012
 

Aftermarket could be the market place during which the components or add-ons associated with a machine, particularly the cars can be found. Furthermore, it consists of the help with each other with the items. As an illustration, anytime a vehicle is bought, it will require upkeep after although. This falls inside of the aftermarket segment. At times there is certainly a necessity of some add-ons for virtually any car, when it incorporates a breakdown in these kinds of instances even the add-ons are designed available in the aftermarkets.

An aftermarket is an additional medium to help hold communication amongst your manufacturer and in addition the end client. It may make conscious and educated the maker by what components or add-ons are usually more vulnerable to breakdown or broken. This allows these to further improve folks; in addition to be sure they are available in additional amount. Varieties of called secondary for car marketplaces.

Given that they serve the client adhering to the tactic is presented, they’re known as so. These aftermarkets will even be valuable when individuals must personalize or decorate their automobiles inside a specific way because they desire. Using this type of, they demand a variety of add-ons, they enter aftermarket. Also, when there’s an excuse for modification within a vehicle, aftermarkets arrive as beneficial put.

The aftermarket parts are produced accessible based on the certain automobile designs also. This will be for just about any cars inside or exterior. Several in the interior components are flooring mats, palms brake handles, seat belt harness, seats, adjust knobs, steering wheels, interior mirrors and so on. Apart from these, you will discover exterior areas offered also inside of the aftermarket. Exterior areas usually sought out there are aerodynamic kits, doorways, fender trims, front air dams, front bumper canards and so forth.

Other exterior parts include entrance bumpers, front wind splitters, grills, front lights addresses, hoods and so forth. These add-ons and after parts result inside the motor vehicle seem more stylish and stylish. Just in case of some accident or harm to the car, these automobile areas are incredibly helpful.

The advantages of aftermarket car elements

The key benefits of aftermarket car parts fluctuate drastically and count to the supplier and also the normal from the component by itself. In case you intend on choosing this kind of solution, it truly is highly recommended to execute somewhat of analysis regarding the producer through the element and obtain each of the needed details within the guarantee that accompany the merchandise. Much like any business accessible these days, you may discover plenty of imitation opportunities, a number of them good while some less.

In the huge the majority of the situations, these aftermarket factors are significantly less expensive in comparison to OEM areas. You’ll uncover some instances whenever a particular component is 80% less costly as a result of the truth that it will not put on a brand name, but this does not suggest the standard is incredibly minimal. Based on some estimations made during the U. S. States, the consumers conserve to $1.five billion every year by buying these kinds of products in the hindrance of o.e.m components. After a long time of constant and comprehensive crash checks, specialists have began to the ultimate end result that by setting up these aftermarket areas within a motor vehicle will not lower its overall performances nor does it reduced the protection degree of the automobile. Within the other hand, in particular events (a lot in excess of you might consider), these aftermarket vehicle components shown to be considerably better than OEM elements.

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Mar 142012
 

Advance Car Components is actually a pacesetter within the car aftermarket, and that we convey over 75 a few years of grease, muck and grit underneath our finger nails to show it.

Shop and purchase your components on the net and request them to able to get in the nearest shopping center in an hour. Help save your time and cut costs. Assistance will be the best aspect about Advance Automobile Parts.

You have witnessed it once more and once more even though driving within the long term. The red colored sign making use of the black and whitened checkered flag. It is the brand design for Advance Automobile Parts. Possibly you’ve even stopped set for washer fluid or new wipers.

But Advance Car is a whole lot more than that. Find every kind of parts to the vehicle to make sure that you are able to fix and change your car on your individual. It’s going to help you save time, cash and likewise have the satisfaction to perform employment yourself.

Advance Auto Parts for Repairs

Arrived at Advance Car Parts for that repair service employment that for you personally to do yourself. Receive the best part and in addition the best answers to all or any your restore inquiries employing the professionals that truly work there. In the event you know your work, do not need help or never use a close by shop in your area, purchase on the internet.

Do-it-yourself! Hold your car amid assessments within the garage. Reinstate your traditional motor vehicle by oneself quantity of time in your garage. Undertaking autos are amazing to spend a while on as well as a great way to bond with an additional man or woman even though working beneath the hood or underneath the car by itself.

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Aftermarket Components: The marketplace for supplying add-ons and vehicle areas

Aftermarket will be the market in which the parts or add-ons linked to a machine, especially the vehicles could be found. Furthermore, it incorporates the assistance together with the products. For example, every time an automobile is acquired, it will require maintenance after a although. This falls within the aftermarket section. Sometimes there is a necessity of some add-ons for almost any car, when it features a breakdown in such instances even the add-ons are created available during the aftermarkets.

An aftermarket is yet another medium to help hold communication amongst your manufacturer and also the end customer. It can make conscious and knowledgeable the maker by what parts or add-ons are generally more vulnerable to breakdown or broken. This permits these to further improve men and women, in addition to ensure they’re obtainable in additional quantity. Types of referred to as secondary marketplaces for automotive marketplaces.

Offered which they serve the customer adhering to the tactic is provided, they are generally known as so. These aftermarkets will also be useful when individuals must personalize or decorate their cars inside of a selected way simply because they wish. With this particular, they call for various add-ons, they enter aftermarket. Also, when there’s a justification for modification inside of a motor vehicle, aftermarkets arrive as beneficial location.

The aftermarket parts are designed offered in accordance for the specific motor vehicle versions also. This could be for any cars inside or exterior. Some of the interior areas are flooring mats, hands brake handles, seat belt harness, and seats; alter knobs, steering wheels, inside mirrors and many others. Aside from these, you are going to find exterior areas offered as well inside of the aftermarket. Exterior components typically sought out on the market are aerodynamic kits, doorways, fender trims, front air dams, and front bumper canards and so on.

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Mar 022012
 

There are many car dealers in the market and quite renowned among the used BMW dealerships Bay Area. This may also imply the significance of getting the right dealer for your car. There are a few things that should help you in getting the right merchants whom you can purchase your car model from and these factors will include:

There are many ways of determining a good dealership company and one of them is the kind of feedback it has from its clients. Therefore, try finding out from family, friends or work mates on their experience with some of the car traders. More often than not, you will not miss someone who knows about your prospective dealers.

Secondly, it is advisable that you get the right rates for your car. This should mean doing some research on the market rates for your car model and decide on which dealer offers anything close to that. There are times, when dealers are slightly expensive than others meaning that take your time analyzing them.

It is also important to know the condition of the second hand car. Sometimes second hand cars will also be slightly expensive because they are quite new. On the other hand, some of them will demand higher maintenance costs than its buying price meaning insist on knowing its state.

In addition, a good dealer knows his job and what is expected of him or her. On the other hand, the local dealers may even be a better option than some of the online auto dealers. This should also guarantee you of a safer deal.

In other terms, finding a good used BMW dealerships Bay Area may be more important than the prices of the car. This should also mean that never go for the first dealer you come across but rather take time to do your research. Sometimes, the last dealer in your list could be the one that will give you your car model. used bmw dealerships bay area

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Feb 292012
 

Are you on a budget? Most men and women are price conscious these days gasoline costs are higher than ever just before. Are you looking to invest in a automobile with out spending a small fortune? It is complicated to come across a automobile for sale that is affordable however nevertheless dependable but that does not mean that it is impossible. Here are a handful of recommendations to help you discover a reasonably priced vehicle.

The easiest way to come across a lower price tag on a car is to sacrifice a couple of factors that you absolutely want but do not necessarily need. Confident you might want a black vehicle or 1 that has a CD method but you can surely live with no these specifics. Factors such as color, style and amenities are flexible and may possibly need to have to be compromised depending on your spending budget. Strip all of that away and you are left with a bare bones vehicle that is very economical. It’s also important to do investigation on the net so that you do not get price gouged through the negotiation process.

Go on the net and use a web page such as Kelly Bluebook in order to figure out the actual value of cars that you are contemplating getting. Also type the year and make model into the Craigslist “For Sale” search engine in your locality. This will give you a superior idea of how considerably a certain model and make is going for based on whether the seller is a dealer or a private party.

Use this knowledge in order to drive the cost down. Just tell the salesperson that his or her competitor in town is providing the similar car but at a lower cost. Most sales men and women are willing to negotiate if you show them a local dealer offering a greater deal.

Auctions are yet another option to explore if you are short on cash. Vehicles at auctions might be previously government owned while others could have been seized by law enforcement. The advantage of obtaining from a car auction is that costs tend to be particularly low. However, these cars might not be in the ideal condition and have mechanical problems

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