Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Subaru WRX - Review & Test Drive

Review of the 2015 Subaru WRX Premium. The WRX features a 2.0L DOHC twin-scroll turbocharged boxer four cylinder engine. It produces 268 HP and 258 ft-lbs of torque (from just 2000 RPM). It features a 6 speed manual transmission, sport-tuned suspension, power moonroof, fog lights, rear spoiler, and 235/45 R17 summer performance tires. 

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Features Include:
- Symmetrical all-wheel drive
- Vehicle dynamics control
- Subaru advanced front air bag system
- Driver's side knee airbag
- 4 wheel disc brakes with brake assist
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- Anti-theft immobilizer system
- Daytime running lights

Comfort Features:
- Automatic climate control with filtration
- USB, bluetooth, and iPod connectivity
- Multi-function display and rear camera
- Cruise control
- Remote keyless entry
- 60/40 split folding rear seats

MSRP as Tested: $29,639


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Brake Caliper Location - Explained

What determines the location for brake calipers? Why are some brake calipers towards the front, while others are towards the rear? What factors influence brake caliper placement? Location could be dependent upon weight distribution, aerodynamics, suspension geometry and packaging, the vehicle purpose, cost, and aesthetics. 

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI - Review & Test Drive

The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SEL features a 2.0L clean diesel 4-cylinder engine w/ common rail direct injection. The engine produces 150 HP at 3500 RPM and 236 ft-lbs of torque at 1750 RPM. The vehicle features electro-mechanical speed-sensitive power steering, front & rear independent suspension, and 17" alloy wheels with all season tires. 

Features Include:
- Power tilting & sliding moonroof.
- RNS 315 touchscreen navigation 
- Fender premium audio system
- Bluetooth mobile telephone connectivity
- Media Device Interface
- Rearview camera
- Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control
- Glove compartment with adjustable cooling
- Heated front seats
- Power adjustable driver's seat
- Multifunction display with trip computer
- Kessy keyless access with push button start
- Daytime running lights
- Front fog lights

Packages/Options Shown:
- Reflex silver metallic exterior
- Titan black leatherette interior
- Driver assistance & lighting package
- 6 speed manual transmission

MSRP as tested: $28,920


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How Rear Wheel Steering Works

What is rear wheel steering? How does four wheel steering work? Rear wheel steering operates very similarly to the front wheel steering. It can be controlled electronically or hydraulically, among other methods, and is used differently depending on speed. At high speeds, all four wheels will turn the same direction. At lower speeds, the rear wheels will turn opposite of the front wheels, allowing for greater maneuverability and faster cornering response. 

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Gumout Top Fuel Dragster - 7,000 HP Explained

How do NHRA top fuel dragsters work? How does the Gumout & Dote Racing top fuel dragster produce 7,000 HP? Top fuel dragsters use 500 cu in engines running primarily nitromethane as fuel, to propel these vehicles over 300 mph in well under 4 seconds. The engines are rebuilt after every run in just 75 minutes. 

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This post brought to you by Gumout. The opinions and text are all mine.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How Hydrogen Cars Work - Hydrogen Fuel Cells

How do hydrogen cars work? What are hydrogen fuel cells? How do hydrogen fuel cells work? How does the Toyota Mirai work? This video looks at how hydrogen (H2) can be used to power a vehicle. An onboard storage tanke send the hydrogen to the fuel cell stack, where the electrons are separated from the hydrogen via a platinum catalyst, and the energy is then used to propel the car. The electrons return to the fuel cell where they then combine with positively charged hydrogen atoms and oxygen atoms to form H2O, and the reaction is complete. The water then flows out the exhaust pipe, with no harmful emissions. 

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

2014 Audi S4 - Review & Test Drive

The 2014 Audi S4 features a 333 HP supercharged 3.0L V6 engine, matched with an optional 7 speed S-tronic dual clutch transmission. This vehicle features all wheel drive, with a 40/60 torque split front rear, and an optional sport differential, which is capable of torque vectoring. The four door sedan has seating for five, and is rated at 18/28 mpg city/highway. MSRP as tested is approximately $58,400.

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