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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Review- The 2007 Lincoln MKZ

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As you can see the brand new Lincoln MKZ is very stylish, but that's not all there is to it. The car has this sporty look to it that makes it a target for teenage drivers, and that sporty look is highlighted by the grill of the car and enhanced by the 17 inch wheels. Some other features include a remote sunroof button on the fob. The Lincoln gives you the option to open your sunroof even before you get in the car.

The Interior

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As you can see the interior of the Lincoln MKZ is very luxurious, after all it is a Lincoln. On top of all the features that you see here, The Lincoln MKZ has a ultra quite interior, to help you get away from the busy city and just relax. To achieve that Lincoln added thicker windows and extra padding on the side of the doors, and wallah its quite.

Like all other luxury cars, the Lincoln has power seats and it also has memory on the seats. The driver can adjust the seat any way that they like and recall it with a push of a button. The Lincoln can recall up to 2 saved seat positions.

The Lincoln also has a THX II certified sound system. The system is consisted of 14 speakers placed on just the right place to bring your music to you in just the right way.

After you saw it all and you like it you should know that the Lincoln MKZ starts at around $29,950.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Review - Honda Fit

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The Honda Fit is the all new "car" from Honda. I say "car" because this is not a mid sized car and its not a mini van either, its both. The Honda Fit is called Fit for a reason. Although it might not look like it it is very roomy. This car has more room on the inside then most SUVs have, but it looks more stylish and it is more gas efficient.

What makes the Fit so roomy is what is know as 2nd-row Magic Seat. What this does is it fold the second row of seats and creates so much room that it makes the room of the SUVs look small. This car is now being introduced because people need smaller cars with more room, and with today's soaring gas prices the Honda Fit is the perfect solution. The Honda Fit 5-speed automatic averages 31 miles/gallon in the city and 38 miles/gallon on the highway, and this is the reason why some people buy this car.

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Another reason why people buy it is because the Honda Fit Sport. The Sport model is basically the same except it comes with 15 inch alloy rims and some bumpers and side skirts. The regular model costs around $13,000 and the Sport is about $15,000. The price, the space, and the gas efficiency are some strong reasons for people to consider buying this car, but I personally won't buy it because I don't like that type of cars, but hey that's just me.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Attempt at a New Diesel Land speed Record

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British construction equipment manufacturer JCB aims to set a new diesel land speed record with this Bonneville streamliner powered by two backhoe engines. Really. The JCB Dieselmax H1 is motivated by a pair of JCB444 diesels normally used with the company's backhoe models.

The firm announced Thursday that the streamliner is scheduled for an August attempt to break the 33-year-old diesel speed record of 235.756 mph, set by Virgil Snyder in the Thermo King Streamliner. The Dieselmax will be driven by Britain's own Andy Green, holder of the unlimited land speed record.

The two LSR four-cylinder diesels use a standard production engine block, cylinder head and bedplate, upgraded with direct injection, two-stage turbocharging and a host of other mods to boost power output to 750 hp. Redlined at 3800 rpm, each engine produces nearly 1,100 ft-lb of torque. The engines will run with about 75 psi (!) of boost at full power. At 150 hp/liter, JCB claims the Dieselmax engines are the world's highest specific power diesel car engines.

[Source: JCB]

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Chevy Impala SS - Every Rapper's Dream

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This is the car that every rapper dreams about at night. This particular one is a 1964 Impala SS. These cars, although they might not seem like powerful cars, have a 200 horsepower engine. If you watch rap videos you probably have seen one of those in between the dozens of girls with their boobs half way out of their bra's. This car, hooked up with hydraulics and some 8 inch wheels will make some rapper very happy, or some white spoiled suburban kid who knows?

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Lamborghini Murcielago Crash!

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Lamborghini makes some of the best cars on the face of the Earth. These cars look sexy, drive fast and crash bad. Some people just can't handle the temptation of the car and decide to speed. Speeding in urban areas is always bad as the video below will demonstrate.

I personally don't feel bad for the guy because he is dumb for speeding in the first place. Also I think that if he had enough money to buy a Lambo he will gave enough to buy a new one, or at least repair this one. Anyway, lets get to the fun part, the crash...








I think that this guy doesn't deserve to have a driver's license!

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Monday, March 19, 2007

The Biggest Rims

Also check out The Biggest Rims 2 !

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I was looking trough the internet and I saw the picture above. I don't know what kind of a car it is, but I do know that the rims are 40 inches. 40 inches!!! Event 18 wheelers don't have rims that big. The only thing that I am wondering right now is if the car can clear the sign at those indoor parking lots :D ! Enjoy the , most likely, biggest rims in the world!



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Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Saleen S7 - The Airplane of Cars

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The Saleen S7 is one of the most amazing cars now days. This car not only looks nice, but is also one of the highest performing cars on the road. The S7 has 750 hp (horse powers) and this power is achieved with a engine that is only 7 liters, something American car manufacturers can only dream about. Here is a list of its full specks taken from the Saleen website www.saleen.com

GENERAL

Curb weight

2950 lb (1338 kg)
Weight distribution, F/R
40% / 60%
Fuel capacity
19.0 U.S. gal. (72 liters)
Wheelbase
106.30 in. (2700 mm)
Track, F/R
68.82 in. (1748 mm) / 67.32 in (1710 mm)
Width
78.35 in. (1990 mm)
Front overhang
40.59 in. (1031 mm)
Rear overhang
41.14 in. (1045 mm)
Length
187.95 in. (4774 mm)
Height
40.98 in. (1041 mm)
Ground clearance
4.00 in. (102 mm)
Trunk space, F/R
2.65 cu ft (75 liters) / 2.82 cu ft (80 liters)


CHASSIS
4130 lightweight steel space frame
with honeycomb composite panels


ENGINE
Type
All-aluminum V8, 2-valve pushrod
Displacement
7.0 liters
Bore and stroke
4.125 x 4.00 in. (104.8 x 101.6 mm)
Compression ratio 11.0:1
Pistons
Forged aluminum
Connecting rods
4340 forged billet steel
Crankshaft
4340 forged billet steel
Induction system
Air enters a roof intake, passes through a 90-mm mass air meter, feeding a carbon fiber plenum; from the plenum, air is routed to two twin-ball-bearing turbos, passes through an oval bore-throttle body into an aluminum intake manifold with eight individual runners
Cylinder heads
CNC machined, all-aluminum, Saleen high-flow
Valves
Stainless steel with titanium retainers;
Intake: 2.125 in. (54.0 mm); Exhaust: 1.625 in. (41.3 mm);
Beryllium exhaust seats
Valve train
Solid lifter/roller rocker
Exhaust system
Stainless steel high flow with merge collector incorporating dual catalysts per cylinder bank and EGR system; two twin-ball-bearing turbos with 44-mm wastegates
Required fuel
91 octane
Alternator
140 amps
Battery
12 volts
Front Engine Accessory Drive (FEAD)
Compact drive system with side-mounted water pump
Emission control system
OBD-II compliant; dual, heated oxygen sensors
per bank; high-volume EVAP system
Fuel system
High-capacity returnless with 42 lb/hr injectors
Oil system
High-vacuum dry sump configuration;
Capacity: 12.6 qt (12.0 liters); aluminum oil tank
Horsepower
750 bhp @ 6300 rpm
Torque
700 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM
Redline
6250 rpm


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Whit these specks it is not surprising that the S7's top speed is 248 mph. Just to give you an idea of how fast that is I made a little comparison. The average takeoff speed for the commercial airplane Boeing 737 is 180 mph (source: http://www.aerospaceweb.org/question/performance/q0088.shtml) check it if you don't believe me. So this car is basically a airplane on the ground. Actually it is faster then a airplane on the ground, if it had wings it would be an airplane.

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This is a nice car with some serious performance, but its not for anybody, as you might have figured out already. The price for a brand new Saleen S7 is about $ 555, 000., so you might want to brake a lot of piggy banks before you could afford one.

Enjoy:

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Crazy Car Audio

You know how every car owner wants to put a nice sound system in their car, well these guys put a new meaning to that. I am not going to say much, just look!
































Now that you have seen the coolest ambulance on the block you might one to rethink your definition of crazy car audio. Just look how many car batteries it takes to power the whole thing. You cant even listen to anything if the car is not running because the batteries are going to die in about 1 minute. This is just crazy, but I like it!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Pimp My Ride- Lamborghini Style Doors

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We all know how cool lambo doors look on cars like this Eclipse here, but most people, like me until a couple of days ago, think that it is something that only the super rich can get, well guess what? It's not! Recently I was looking trough the web and I found a website that sells lambo doors, it's called WingDoors . The prices I saw on the website were just outrageous. They charge well over $ 1000 for two door hinges with 2 or sometimes 4 shock absorbers. I thought that the idea of having lambo doors is really cool and I decided to look for a cheaper alternative and I found it. I thought about it for a second, if you want to buy something cheap that you usually pay a lot for what do you do, and then it hit me eBay! So go here and see for yourself how much cheaper the door hinges are. Look here and see how much cheaper I found them on eBay. So if you have an extra $ 300 and want your car to become a real show stopper, buy lambo doors if not pay for gas with them. I am out, and if you have any questions about lambo doors or would like me to write more about the subject post a comment and I will consider it and greatly appreciate it. Thanks for reading my blog.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

The 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

http://www.moddedmustangs.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/06/2007-ford-shelby-gt500-mustang.jpgThe Ford Mustang has never been seen as a race car. In a world with competitors like Lamborghini, Ferrari, BWM and almighty Mercedes-Benz the Ford Mustang seems like a kids toy. In most cases people will be right to assume that the Mustang is not a very good sports car, but when it comes to the Mustang Shelby Cobra, its a totally different story. That is the most powerful Mustang that Ford makes, the engine is a supercharged V-8. It is usually 300 hp (horse power), but when the supercharge kicks in it goes from 300 hp to 500 hp. This car is not only good looking, but it also goes form 0 to 60 in 4.9 seconds. This sounds more like a sports car. The only way to get that kind of performance is to buy the Mustang Shelby Cobra, because the other mustangs just look the same, but preform just like any other crappy Ford. Like a said before what makes the GT500 different is the fact that the V-8 engine in it is Supercharged, giving it that extra boost to send it up there with all the other sports cars.
Enough said about the car, why don't you just see the video and enjoy your eyes, because that car is a piece of candy.



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Friday, March 9, 2007

Mitsubishi Evo Vs. Lamborghini Murcielago

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As you can see the Evo has much better grip on the road, and that is no surprise since the Evo is 4 wheel drive. The Lamborghini is faster then the Mitsubishi but when it comes to high speed turns it doesn't do that good since it is rear wheel drive. In general cars that have rear wheel drive spin off on high speed turns because when you exit the turn the push comes from behind, where in all wheel drive cars, like the Evo, all four wheels are contributing to the acceleration so it helps the cars handling and hence it can take turns faster. I think that having a slower car with better handling is better since you can actually go on a track and race, and most likely win. I am not saying that its bad to have a slow car, but if the handling of that car is bad the only good use of it is on the straight parts of the race track, and if you are on a track that is very curvy, you will most likely loose.
On the other had the Lamborghini is very great looking. The Evo is not bad either, but the Lamborghini is just off the charts. If you have a couple of hundred thousand dollars laying around your house and don't know what to do, buy a Lamborghini, but if you want to race and win and not break the bank buy a Evo! That's it from me until next time!




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The world's biggest subwoofer

60Inches

This story was not written by me and can be found on: http://www.thetechzone.com


This is the world's biggest subwoofer to ever be put into a car. On the left is Richard Clark and on the right is David Navone, the creators of this beast. How powerful is it? Here's what Mark Eldridge had to say about it.


The 60-inch subwoofer absolutely has the capability to produce SPL levels well above 180 dB. It is simple math and the laws of physics.


Actually, before designing it, we looked at a comparison between a large number of conventional subwoofers, or a single giant one. After we did the math, the obvious choice was the one giant woofer. It's output displacement is comparable to 160+ ten inch woofers. It can move a lot of air!


The original idea for the giant subwoofer came about in 1994 when Doug Winker, Chris Lewis, and myself were investigating how to create the highest SPL levels, just for fun. The giant sub was the best performance option, but we didn't have the capability or finances to build it at the time. Anyway, that year was when Chris and Doug installed the dual compression drivers with the horn mouth right below the mic location against the windshield. Unfortunately, the horn system was "disqualified" by the head SPL judge because the rules said the competitor could not have any windows cracked open, and Chris' windshield was cracked. I guess it didn't make any difference that the rule was intended to ensure all the windows were rolled up, and there were no openings to the outside that could affect the SPL reading.



Anyway, the 60-inch sub came about in 1997 while I was working with RC and Dave in North Carolina. Tim Maynor wanted to build a new SPL vehicle, and wanted Autosound 2000's help. We looked at the different possibilities for woofer configurations, and with Dr. Eugene Patronis' help (from Georgia Tech), we designed and built the giant subwoofer in about a six week period.


Unfortunately, Tim and his crew didn't realize just how much acoustical power the sub could generate, and didn't build the vehicle to contain it appropriately. Even at less than 1/2 output, the doors were blown off the tracks, and the entire vehicle ballooned in and out several inches. The woofer was installed in the "bread truck" anyway, and it went to Finals not fully tested.


At the Finals in 1997, Alma protested the use of the computer used to control the energy fed to the subwoofer by the power supply, so RC had to try to do it by simply touching two cables together with no feedback, and hope that the energy level was correct when it was set off. As it turned out, it wasn't at the right level, and the speaker's motor simply drove the cone assembly too hard and too fast, and snapped part of the main conecting tube in half. But, it did do 162+ dB with a single positive stroke of the cone before it broke!


The woofer was updated with several modifications after that incident so that it won't have problems with breaking again.


A couple of facts about it...


The cone moves 6 inches peak to peak under full-tilt output.


The actual cone diameter is 54 inches, with the 3 inch wide surround on the outside of that. The radiating surface area is 2,290 square inches. That yields a one way displacement of 6,871 cubic inches. That is equivalent to the displacement of 161 ten inch woofers that move 1.5 inches peak to peak.


The motor is capable of producing 6,000+ pounds of linear force, which is necessary when considering the very large surface area and displacement volume required to produce high SPL levels.


The woofer was designed with the capability to produce SPL levels of 188 dB, which are entirely possible, given an appropriately built vehicle. It is simply a matter of displacement and containment.


It hasn't seen the light of the car audio industry since 1998 for several reasons. First is money... It isn't cheap to haul it around, and unless it would produce some significant return on investment... You get the idea. Basically, it would be a very high price to pay for some entertainment value and bragging rights.


Also, it would not be legal in competition by current rules because it isn't a typical production, commercially available product.


It is still one of my goals to bring it back out, and let it rip a huge SPL number. Maybe someday, it will prove what it can really do. But for now, only a few people have truly experienced its capabilities. It is outrageously loud, and can make you a sick to your stomach when it plays those very low frequencies.


For those that don't believe it can do what it can do, that's your choice. But, I can tell you that it was designed with strict attention paid to solid engineering principles and practices. Believe it or not, given the right vehicle design, structurally built to withstand the acoustical power of the giant woofer, it could easily produce SPL numbers in the high 180's.


It is one of the coolest things ever created in car audio. It's just too bad no major manufacturers recognize what it could do for their marketing efforts, with a little creative effort.


Oh well... Someday...

Source: [http://www.thetechzone.com]

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Concept cars in the Geneva auto show














There are a lot of new concept cars in this year's 77th International Motor Show in Geneva. The car you see to the left is a Mazda Hakaze. It is a new concept car by Mazda that looks like it can go in mass production. I think that the designers at Mazda did a very good job with this concept, because not only is it stylish, but it also looks very useful and versatile. Mazda manged to combine some very stylish looks, that are highlighted by the Lamborghini style doors, with some very familiar to us features like the third row seats that fall forward to make more room.
This car, with its rugged yet stylish design, will be
one of the cars that we will see a lot from in the near future, at least that is what I think. If Mazda puts a reasonable price tag on this SUV I am sure that a lot of people will consider buying it, I know I will...












Now lets take a look at the competition. This is a Assystem City Car. You can decide for yourself, but I think this is one of the worst looking cars of the century. I mean sure it has Lambo styled doors, but that's not what makes a care great. This car looks like an unfinished mini van, and I am not saying that in a bad way. If you want to make a concept car, the car needs to look fast even when its not moving, your car needs to look futuristic and mysterious. Also just for the fun of it, it should have a lot of useless gadgets, I mean after all it is a car of the future, and sadly this car has none of that. Now you might see my point of view better, but I don't know who would like this car anyway.

Now lets move on to a car that is the absolute definition of a "concept car". This is the new concept from Peugeot. This car has the futuristic look that I was talking about, it also has the look of a really fast car, and that is what a concept car should be. Concept cars should not be all about being useful and serving a purpose. They should be about looking cool, and unique and this car not only achieves that purpose, but I can easily say that it surpasses it by much.

Here is another great view of the Peugeot.














Here are some pictures of the other concepts from the show.

I think I am in love...
SBARRO 20e


SBARRO 20e


Cool a flying car!
MAGNA STEYR Magna Steyr


The first flying car is the first convertible flying car, how cool is that !?
MAGNA STEYR Magna Steyr


Well these are some of the coolest rides that you will probably never see on the streets, or at least not for a long time, but hey its a little window that lets us see into the future and its cars the coolest thing ever!




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Highlights From The Geneva Auto Show

Yup the 2007 Geneva Auto Show is here, and all the buzz is on. I bet you are all wondering which car get all the attention. Well wonder no more just look below.

This is the new concept car from BWM. It is the 2008 M3. This is something unusual for BWM because they didn't expect to get that much attention at this year's auto show. So this years Geneva Auto Show has some competition. The race now is between the Lexus IS-F and the BMW M3. Check out the Lexus IS-F below.


In my opinion there is no comparison. When it comes to German cars you can't have competition. The M3 is one of the most reliable cars and also it happens to be one of the best sports cars. How many other cars combine these two things together. The M3 is a car that you can see a rich suburban mom drive and at the same time a spoiled teenager that wants to be a racer. I don't think that any other car can have such broad audience. That is all I can say, and if you think something different let me know in the form of a comment!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Buying Your First Ride.

This post is directed to all the people that plan on buying a car anytime soon, whether that is your first car or your tenth car. I believe that we all have something to learn so read on and learn.
The first thing you need to know when buying a car is what you are going to use the car for. If you are a teenager in high school and you want to buy a car first think about it. Are you going to use your car for something other then going to school, if not then why even buy a car. If you are going to use your ride to go to school and back, just consider the expenses that you will have to meet. First you need to save money to buy a car, but lets say that your parents are cool and they buy you car.
Insurance
Now you have to worry about insurance. Although there are some insurance companies that claim to give you good deals, you get what you paid for. Make sure that before you sign a contract with the first insurance company that you see you do some research. It will be great if you got some quotes from some websites and also if you called a few of the companies and asked for insurance over the phone. One thing that I can tell you right now is that if this is the firs time you are getting insured prepare some big bucks. If you are between the ages of 16 and 20 and you are a guy your insurance will be trough the roof. One thing that you can do to prevent that is to get listed on your parents policy which will save you some money, but it will still be pretty expensive.
Gas
Assuming that you have enough money to pay for your insurance you now have to think about gas. If you are on a budget you might want to seriously think about this one. Just look at gas prices and you will see what I mean. I am not trying to say that you shouldn't buy a car because gas is expensive, but what I am saying is that you should consider when to use your car and when to take the bus. One really creative thing that people do is give rides to their buddies and take there bus fare. That works great for both parties because your friend get a ride from their house to school and you get some compensation for the gas that you waste. These are some of the ideas that I can give you on how to spend less on gas and how to get more "bank for your buck"
Pimping Out Your Car
There is a reason why I put this section last. That is because tricking your car out should be the last thing on your mind. If you have money left over after all the expenses that you have to cover, then you should think about buying the 24" chrome rims, or the lambo doors from e-bay. What I trying to say is that you will look foolish if you save up $ 1000 to buy chrome rims and not even get to ride them because you don't have money for gas.
Conclusion
With that said I hope that I helped in your decision of buying a car. Make sure you take all of the above listed steps into consideration when buying a car and prioritize! Thats it from me!

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Welcome!

This is the first post for my blog! I am just getting this thing started, and whit all the content that I plan on putting here I just cant wait to start. This blog is all about cars and everything that revolves around them. The information that is to be included ranges anywhere from car maintenance to tricking out your car. I think that if you stick around for the next few days you will find this blog very interesting and rich in information. So why not check back tomorrow or even latter today, and who knows you might find something that you really like!

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