Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rally Car Engineering - 2015 Subaru WRX STI

The 2015 Subaru STI rally car build for Rally America features some unique engineering to optimize the car for rally racing. In this video we’ll be checking out rally cars and the engineering behind them, as I was invited by Subaru to check out the Oregon Trail Rally, where David Higgins and Craig Drew participated in their brand new 2015 Subaru STI rally car. I had the opportunity to speak with team engineer Jonathan Carey, who provided insight on this year’s vehicle. The vehicle is built by Vermont SportsCar. 

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Engineering Explained - Channel Update

Taking a ride in the 2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue, I give an update on what's going on with Engineering Explained. There are three major updates at the provided timestamps below.

Project Integra - 0:40
Car Reviews - 3:06
27 AWD Cars - 9:34

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Vehicle Weight Transfer and Load Transfer

What are the effects of weight transfer? How can you reduce load transfer in a vehicle? Ideally, you want to keep tires evenly loaded so the car can hold the highest lateral or longitudinal loads. This relates back to tire load sensitivity. By altering a vehicle's center of gravity, wheelbase, and track, you can alter the load transfer characteristics of the vehicle.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue - Review & Test Drive

The 2015 Subaru BRZ (similar to the Scion FRS) is a two door RWD coupe with a 2.0L boxer 4 cylinder producing 200 HP. It features a Torsen limited slip differential, a sport tuned suspension, and 215/45 R17 summer performance tires. It's a light weight, purpose built vehicle weighing in under 2,800 lbs. 

This particular trim is the 2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue, which features a few special options, including an aero package which reduces the drag coefficient from 0.28 to 0.27. 

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Features Include:
- HID headlights
- Audio/navigation system
- Bluetooth hands-free
- Automatic climate control
- Front fog lights
- Rear decklid spoiler
- Cruise control
- Telescoping steering column
- Keyless access and start
- Power windows, auto up/down
- Heated front seats and exterior mirrors

Series.Blue Edition Includes:
- STI front, side, and side/rear under spoilers
- 17 inch STI black finish alloy wheels
- Leather and alcantara trimmed interior
- Blue highlights and stitching
- Red painted brake calipers
- Carbon fiber pattern trim
- Undercover insulator

MSRP as Tested: $30,285


Friday, May 15, 2015

Nissan GTR LM Nismo - Technical Director Interview

The Nissan GTR LM Nismo is a front engine, front wheel drive WEC LMP1 car with it sights set on winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ben Bowlby is the technical director and team principal, and provided some insight on the design philosophy of the vehicle, what it was designed to do, and why it should be a strong contender in Le Mans. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How To Know When Your Shocks Are Worn Out

How to determine if your shock absorbers and struts are worn. There are various ways of identifying failed shocks. Monroe Shocks and Struts has supplied struts for use in this video to aid in identifying when a strut has failed. There are visual cues, such as damage to the strut itself, and there are also ways to tell by feel under various driving circumstances. 

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This post brought to you by Monroe® Shocks and Struts. All opinions are 100% mine. 


Saturday, May 9, 2015

2015 Cadillac Escalade 4WD Platinum - Review & Test Drive

The Cadillac Escalade is all new for 2015, the fourth generation of the iconic luxury SUV. This is the 2015 Cadillac Escalade 4WD Platinum, which features a 6.2L V8 engine and an 8 speed automatic transmission. The vehicle produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, with a 0-60 of less than 6 seconds. This video will take a look at the exterior, engine and drivetrain, wheels, tires, suspension, interior, features, as well as a quick test drive and summary of the fuel economy. 

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Notable Features Include:
- New exterior design with full LED front lighting
- New interior with layered materials, cut-and-sewn craftsmanship, and real wood accents
- Fold flat second and third row seats with power-folding feature
- 12.3 inch high-resolution driver information center display
- 8 inch color touch screen
- OnStar 4G LTE with Wifi hotspot
- 6.2L V8 with direct injection, VVT, and cylinder deactivation; approximately 17% more efficient on the highway
- Electric power steering
- Four wheel disc brakes

Other Features Include:
- 16 speaker Bose cabin surround sound system
- SiriusXM
- Cadillac User Experience (CUE)
- Wireless charging
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Head-up display
- Heated steering wheel
- Power adjustable pedals
- Keyless push-button start
- Adaptive remote start
- Heated & cooled front seats
- 2nd row bucket seats, heated
- Tri-zone climate control
- Rain sense wipers
- Illuminated door handles
- Front and rear parking assist
- Power lift-gate
- Power sunroof

Platinum Collection Includes:
- 22" 9 spoke premium wheels
- Unique upper grill
- 18-way adjustable front seats with massage
- Unique exotic wood
- Dual DVD headrest
- Center console cooler

MSRP As Tested: $94,565