Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The 2015 VW Beetle R-Line brings performance the the Beetle lineup. The R-Line features a 2.0L TSI DOHC 16-Valve turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with direct injection producing 210 HP and 207 lb-ft of torque. It has Servotronic speed-variable electro-mechanical power steering, independent suspension in both the front & rear, anti-slip regulation, electronic brake force distribution, XDS cross differential system, and 18" alloy wheels.

Additional Features Include:
- R-Line exclusive bumpers, exterior elements and badging
- Rear spoiler
- 8 speaker sound system
- Media device interface
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Manually adjustable front seats
- Split folding rear seats
- Heated front sport seats
- Leather wrapped steering wheel
- Cruise control
- Performance gauges
- Multifuction display with trip computer

MSRP as Tested: $26,015

Sunday, October 19, 2014

2015 Subaru Legacy - 3.6R Limited

The 2015 Subaru Legacy is on an all-new platform, with symmetrical all wheel drive and a high-torque lineartronic CVT. It features active torque vectoring, electric power steering, and a 3.6L boxer six with 256 hp. The all-new infotainment system includes a standard touch screen display and back-up camera. The touch screen, unlike many in the automotive world these days, is actually quite responsive.

Standard features include:
- Extensive soft-touch materials
- Eight air bags
- 60/40 split folding rear seats
- Three trim levels

The 3.6R Limited Includes:
- 18 inch alloy wheels
- Perforated leather upholstery
- Heated front and rear seats
- Rear seat climate control vents
- 12 Speaker 576 Watt Harmon Kardon Audio System
- Blind spot detection
- Lane change assist
- Rear cross traffic alert
- HID headlights

Eyesight Driver Assist System Includes:
- Adaptive cruise control (works very well)
- Pre-collision braking
- Vehicle lane departure warning
- Steering Responsive Fog-lights

MSRP as tested: $33,380

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6L

Review of the 2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6L EcoBoost. This is a compact SUV, and features a 1.6L turbocharged inline four cylinder, dual overhead cams with intake and exhaust valve timing, front wheel drive, the SE convenience package, a power lift-gate, and MyFord Touch with navigation.

Standard Features Include:
- 17" aluminum wheels
- Auto halogen headlamps
- Blind spot mirrors
- Dual power mirrors
- Fog lamps
- Keyless entry keypad
- Privacy glass
- 10 way adjustable driver seat
- 60/40 split folding rear seats
- Ice blue lighting
- Cruise control
- Rear view camera
- Remote keyless entry

Monday, September 22, 2014

Engineering Explained on Patreon

Head over to Patreon to check out my page for continuing and growing Engineering Explained! Here's the video - be sure to check out the page!

Monday, September 15, 2014

2014 Lexus GS 350 F Sport - AWD

The 2014 Lexus GS 350. This model includes AWD as well as the F Sport and Cold Weather Packages. The car features a 3.5L V6 with 306 HP/277 lb-ft torque. It has a 6 speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, active torque control all-wheel drive, drive mode select, front independent double-wishbone suspension, rear independent multi-link suspension, ABS, EBD, and brake assist.

The F SPORT package with Cold Weather Package includes:
- Rain sensing wipers
- Heated & ventilated front seats
- Power rear sunshade
- 19 alloy wheels with all-season tires
- F Sport Tuned adaptive variable suspension (AVS)
- 16-way adjustable front driver seat
- Aluminum interior trim
- F Sport Exterior Styling
- Rear Spoiler
- Heated steering wheel
- Windshield wiper deicer
- Water repellent front door glass

Additional Features Include:
- Mark Levinson premium surround sound audio system, with 17 speakers and 835-Watt digital amplifier
- Navigation with 12.3" screen and Lexus Enform
- Intuitive Park Assist

Monday, September 8, 2014

Project Integra

The Acura Integra is a highly customizable, highly modifiable Japanese import within the US market. This will become the official project car of Engineering Explained! Let's have some fun, modify the car, and learn! Any and all suggestions are welcome, if you can contribute to the project in any way, please reach out! I will begin by testing out the parts I already have. I'd like to work on the engine (rebuild, swap, turbo, cams, intake, exhaust, etc.), suspension (coilovers already installed, camber kit, bushings), wheels, brakes, tires, weight reduction (body panels, hood, steering wheel, seats, battery), clutch/transmission (flywheel, already have an aftermarket clutch), chassis reinforcement (roll cage, strut tower brace, etc.), interior/exterior enhancements. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2014 Formula 1 Engine + ERS

2014 Formula One engines. In 2014 F1 cars will be powered by 1.6L V6 turbocharged engines revving up to 15,000 RPM. The new F1 engines will also incorporate ERS, or energy recovery systems. The technology is ever improving for more advanced vehicles that operate at increased efficiencies. ERS is made up of multiple systems. MGU-H, MGU-K, and Energy storage will all play a critical role in increasing the efficiency of the vehicles, and adding an additional 160 HP for 33 seconds per lap on the track.