Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The $6,800 84 MPG Elio! Review & Test Drive

The Elio is a 3-wheeled autocycle with a 0.9L 3 cylinder engine producing 55 horsepower and 55 lb-ft of torque. The car weighs just over 1,200 lbs, and has an estimated highway fuel economy of 84 mpg. It costs $6,800, and comes with a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty. 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 and performance. This video is a review of the P4 Elio prototype. 


Related Links:
Elio Website - http://www.eliomotors.com

Features Include:
Fuel injected SOHC gasoline engine
12:1 compression ratio
Air Conditioning/Heater
AM/FM stereo radio
Power windows
Power door lock
5.75” ground clearance
0-60 in 9.6 seconds
Top speed over 100 mph
8 gallon fuel tank
5 speed manual or 5 speed automatic
3 airbags
ABS

Price As Tested: A lot, it’s a prototype. :) $6,800 for production version.

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What Is Roll Center?

The body roll of a car is influenced by the distance between the roll center and the center of gravity of the vehicle, The larger this distance, the larger the roll moment, and thus the more body roll the vehicle has. By manipulating the suspension geometry, you can alter the amount of body roll by increasing the height of the roll center and bringing it closer to the center of gravity. 


 

Friday, June 26, 2015

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI - Review & Test Drive

The 2015 VW Golf GTI MK7 features a 2.0L TSI turbocharged inline four cylinder producing 210 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This German hot hatch features a sport suspension, driving mode selection, electro-mechanical power steering, XDS cross-differential system, and 18" alloy wheels on all season tires. 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 and performance.


Features Include:
- Heated, adjustable front sport seats
- 60/40 split folding rear seats
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Cruise control
- 8 speaker audio system
- Anti-theft vehicle immobilizer
- Multi-function display
- LED reading lights
- Glove compartment with adjustable cooling
- Heated washer nozzles
- LED front fog lights

Packages Options (No additional charge):
- Tornado Red Exterior
- Titan Black Cloth Interior
- 6-speed manual transmission
- 18" Bridgestone summer performance tires

MSRP as Tested: $25,605

 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2015 Mercedes GLA45 AMG - Rich Man's Subaru STI

The 2015 Mercedes GLA45 AMG is in many ways a nicer version of the 2014 Subaru WRX STI hatchback. The dimensions are nearly identical, it has more power and more torque, and even manages to get significantly better fuel economy. This AMG is a rich man's STI. It features a 2.0L hand-built turbocharged I4 engine with direct injection. It produces 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, sending power through a 7 speed dual clutch transmission. The vehicle features AMG performance 4Matic all-wheel drive, independent front and rear suspension, and summer performance tires.


Related Videos:
2015 AMG GLA45 Review - http://youtu.be/Y10xoSqdQwc
2014 Subaru STI Review - https://youtu.be/X2uUW3r8YHM

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Center Of Pressure vs Center Of Gravity - Aerodynamic Engineering

What is the center of pressure? Why is the center of pressure important? How do you alter where the center of pressure is located? In order to have a somewhat neutrally handling vehicle, it is ideal to have the center of pressure and the center of gravity on top of one another. If the center of pressure is too far back, the car will understeer. If the center of pressure is too far forward, the car will oversteer. 


Related Videos:
Nissan LMP1 Car - https://youtu.be/CKerNGiERTs

 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Strut Replacement - Monroe Quick Strut Vs Naked Strut

When replacing worn shocks absorbers, you can either replace the entire strut assembly or simply replace solely the shock. Monroe Shocks and Struts has supplied quick struts and naked struts for comparison in this video. Using the quick strut, installation is faster and easier as you do not have to use a spring compression tool and disassemble the old strut. 


Related Links:
When To Replace Struts - http://youtu.be/HL7K5F-XsZs
Installing New Struts - http://youtu.be/VUHEymwb-tk

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

 

Friday, June 19, 2015

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG - Review & Test Drive

The 2015 Mercedes GLA45 AMG features a 2.0L hand-built turbocharged I4 engine with direct injection. It produces 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, sending power through a 7 speed dual clutch transmission. The vehicle features AMG performance 4Matic all-wheel drive, independent front and rear suspension, and summer performance tires. 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 and performance.


Related Videos:
Mercedes GLA250 - https://youtu.be/iv0zWEY3370

Features Include:
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Power front seats, lumbar support and memory
- Split folding rear seats
- Rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers
- Collision prevention assist plus attention assist
- Automatic headlights
- Adaptive brake technology
- AMG 3 stage electronic stability system

Options Include:
- AMG black redcut leather
- Carbon fiber trim
- AMG performance exhaust
- Parktronic with park assist
- AMG performance steering wheel
- AMG performance seats
- 20" 10-spoke alloy wheels
- AMG aerodynamic package (splitter, dive planes, rear deck lid spoiler)
- Premium package w/ Harmon Kardon audio
- AMG night styling package
- Multimedia package
- AMG redcut exclusive package
- Driver assist package (including adaptive cruise control)

MSRP as Tested: $66,975