Friday, March 20, 2015

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro - Review & Test Drive

The 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Crewmax features a 5.7L V8 gasoline engine producing 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. This Tundra includes unique TRD Pro content, a 6 speed automatic transmission, 4WD on demand and an electronically controlled transfer case. It also features a 4.300 rear differential, engine and transmission coolers, tow hitch receiver, and a heavy duty battery and alternator.

Features Include:
- DOHC 32 valve
- Stainless steel TRD dual exhaust
- Double wishbone front suspension
- Trapezoidal multi-leaf rear suspension
- Power vertical rear window
- 5.5' double walled bed w/ deck rail
- 10 way power adjustable driver seat
- Entune premium audio
- 7" hi res touch screen
- Remote keyless entry system

TRD Content Includes:
- TRD dual exhaust
- TRD front skid plate
- TRD Bilstein shocks w/ remote reservoirs
- Toyota front grille
- TRD Pro bed stamp
- Black TRD Pro fabric trimmed seats

Options Include:
- Paint protection film
- Bedliner
- Remote engine start

MSRP as Tested: $46,259.00

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2015 Nissan Juke - Review & Test Drive

The 2015 Nissan Juke SL features a 1.6L direct injection turbocharged gasoline engine producing 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. This particular trim features a CVT driving the front wheels, which does include a manual mode. 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. 

Features Include:
- 17" alloy wheels
- Leather appointed seats
- Heated front seats
- Rockford Fosgate premium audio system w/ powered subwoofer
- NissanConnect w/ navigation
- 5.8" touch screen
- Voice recognition
- Power sliding moonroof
- Integrated control system
- 6 way adjustable drivers seat
- 60/40 split folding rear seat
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Power door locks, auto-locking
- Push button start
- Bluetooth phone connectivity
- Cruise control
- LED front signature accent lights
- Fog lights
- Rear privacy glass

Options Include:
- Carpeted floor mats & cargo mat
- Center armrest

MSRP as Tested: $26,525


Bloodhound SSC - Mark Elvin: Lead Engineer Q&A

Answering your questions on the Bloodhound SSC. Mark Elvin, lead engineer, provided insight on the science and engineering behind the Bloodhound SSC.

-- Questions --
- How much horsepower is needed to reach 1,000 mph? 
- How much does the vehicle weigh?
- What are the wheels/tires made of? 
- How do you prevent the car from lifting? 
- What measures will you take to ensure the surface is ready to run on? 
- What is the drag coefficient? 
- How do you deal with vibrations at such high speeds? 
- What safety precautions and equipment are used to protect the driver? 
- What are the maximum g forces experienced?
- Is there any thermal expansion of components to be concerned with?
- What are some things that you have to take into consideration that the average human won't think about? 
- How did Mark Elvin get hired on to this project? 

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Bloodhound SSC: 0-1000-0 MPH In Less Than 2 Minutes

How does the Bloodhound reach 1000 mph? The process the Bloodhound takes to reach 1000 mph, and then come back down to a stop all occurs in less than two minutes and happens across a distance of under 12 miles. It's an incredible feat, this video explores the process involved to reach this speed.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bloodhound SSC - 1000 MPH Hybrid Rocket System - Explained

The Bloodhound SSC aims to be the first land vehicle to break 1,000 mph. It will accomplish this using various powerplants: a gas turbine, the EJ200 out of a Eurofighter Typhoon jet, and also a hybrid rocket system. The hybrid rocket system gets its name as it uses a liquid oxidizer with a solid fuel. The oxidizer is pumped by a supercharged Jaguar V8 engine through the solid rocket. The vehicle produces 210kN of thrust, or the equivalent of about 135,000 HP. This video explores how hybrid rocket systems work. 

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

2015 Toyota Camry - Review & Test Drive

The 2015 Toyota Camry XSE V6 features a 3.5L V6 engine with DOHC, 24 valves, variable valve timing, and produces 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle puts the power down with a 6 speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. This review will cover the exterior, engine and performance data, suspension, interior, infotainment system, and a test drive.

Features Include:
- Sport-tuned suspension
- Paddle shifters
- Eco and sport modes
- 18" alloy wheels
- LED Low/Hi beams
- LED daytime running lights
- Rear spoiler
- Dual chrome tipped exhaust
- Heated power outside mirrors
- Entune premium audio
- 7" touch screen display
- 8 way power driver seat
- Heated front seats
- Wireless charging
- Dual-zone auto climate control
- Auto dimming rear view mirror

Options Include:
- Blind spot monitor
- 10 JBL speakers w/ subwoofer and amplifier
- Technology package: Pre-collision system, lane departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control, automatic high beams ($750.00)
- Special color
- Illuminated door sill enhancements
- Trunk mat

MSRP As Tested: $35,169

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Koenigsegg Regera - Koenigsegg Direct Drive - Explained

How does Koenigsegg Direct Drive work? The Koenigsegg Regera debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, and uses a system called Koenigsegg Direct Drive (KDD). This car has no transmission, and instead has a direct link between the engine and the rear axle (through a hydraulic coupling). The car features a 5.0L twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing ~1100 hp and 3 electric motors with a peak power of ~700 hp. The peak for the combined system is about 1500 hp. This video explains how KDD works. 

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