Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car Select Make Acura Alfa Romeo Aston Martin Audi Bentley BMW Buick Cadillac Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Ferrari FIAT Ford Genesis GMC Honda Hyundai Infiniti Jaguar Jeep Kia Lamborghini Land … [Read more...] about Hondata Reflash Unlocks Loads of Power From Honda Civic 1.5L Turbo – Motor Trend
Low carbon vehicle technology company, Torotrak Group, this week presented innovative technologies for low-cost, high efficiency drive systems at the Berlin CTI symposium and exposition. These developments will allow Torotrak's V-Charge variable supercharging technology to compete with the latest boosting solutions coming to market, but without their integration challenges. In a technical paper titled, 'Low-cost developments in full-toroidal variator technology', Chris Gaskell, one of the design engineers responsible for new concepts and intellectual property for the Torotrak Group, introduced and described two new proprietary technologies, called PitchSteer and DriveDisconnect™. PitchSteer is a low-cost method of control that reduces the actuation power requirement of the Torotrak variable drive for devices such as superchargers; use of a 10W actuator means that cost, weight and losses are minimised. DriveDisconnect provides a zero output speed capability within the variator … [Read more...] about New traction drive technologies set to boost appeal of variable-speed supercharging and auxiliary drives
The proliferation of safety features such as anti-lock braking system and airbags and technology features such as hands-free connectivity are helping to boost the overall appeal of new vehicles in India, according to the latest JD Power 2016 India Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, released today. Overall APEAL averages 862 points (on a 1,000-point scale) in 2016, up from 846 in 2015. The increase in APEAL is attributed in part to a greater share of new vehicles being equipped with safety and technology features. Among safety features, half of new vehicles in 2016 are equipped with driver and passenger airbags, up from 38% in 2015. The average APEAL score for vehicles equipped with airbags is 11 points higher than it is for vehicles without them. Vehicles with ABS — now available in half of all new vehicles and more than a third of vehicles in the small car segments — have an APEAL score of 871 points, compared to 854 points for vehicles without … [Read more...] about Safety, connectivity features increase new-vehicle appeal for Indian buyers: JD Power
Aftermarket options can help you extract the best performance and mileage from your vehicle’s engine. Here are four tips to unlock the secrets behind performance oriented parts. 1) Air Filter – The basic function of an air filter is to purify the air going into the engine from all kind of dust and impurity thereby increasing the reliability of the engine. The difference between a stock air filter and aftermarket performance oriented air filter is the size of the pores of the filter. The size of the pores in aftermarket is much larger than those of the stock one, this facilitates for the free movement of the air into the engine which helps in better combustion and hence better power output. It’s like a sprinter using both his nose and mouth while sprinting to burn extra calories for extra energy. On the contrary, the reliability of engine might decrease marginally in long term. The performance gain through this is around 5-8%. 2) High Lift Cams – The function … [Read more...] about How To Boost Performance Of Vehicle Using Performance Parts
Performance parts may not necessarily only improve power, but also update the braking performance, aerodynamics, handling and even traction that help achieve optimum stability on road. Performance parts are an interesting proposition to boost your car’s performance or efficiency from the existing setup. You can achieve a lot more power with thoughtfully made upgrades that will help you unlock the true potential of your car. In our first part of unlocking the secrets behind performance-oriented parts, we discussed air filter, high lift cams, a performance exhaust unit and an ECU (you can read Part 1 HERE) and now we take that conversation forward with three new parts for our vehicles. 5) Limited Slip Differential (LSD) or Locking Differential – The primary function of a differential is to vary speeds of the driven wheels in order to help the vehicle negotiate a curve as the wheels have to travel varied distances. But why do we need to lock a differential? To answer this … [Read more...] about How To Boost Performance Of Car Using Performance Parts
Renderings of the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 300 have been revealed online. The 2016 version of the Ninja 300 might come with sharper lines and stronger graphics with a power boost likely. Young machines publications is known for releasing renderings of various bikes, they recently put out renderings of the Suzuki GSX-250R. Now their next target seems to be Kawasaki as they recently revealed their version of how the 2016 version of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 might look. The Japanese magazine has reliable sources which helps them come up with renderings and accurate news of upcoming launches. The digitally rendered bike shows the clear design aspects of the 2016 version of Ninja 300. The bike maintains Kawasaki’s design language with sharp lines, but now also features strong graphics being used all over the fully faired 300cc machine. Also the design of the bike seems to get its queues from the Kawasaki ZX-6R. There has been no news regarding the technical specifications of … [Read more...] about 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 300 To Get Sharper, More Power Possible
J.D. Power’s India APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) Survey 2016 released yesterday has given the automotive a very positive direction to go down. According to results of the 2016 J.D. Power APEAL Survey new car buyers are now more than ever before inclined to have their cars equipped with safety features at the time of purchase. The list of safety features focused on by the study were anti-lock brakes, airbags and hands-free mobile phone connectivity for the infotainment system. On a 1,000 point scale the 2016 APEAL Study averaged 862 points from 846 points in 2015. The increase in the score has been credited to a greater share of new cars being equipped with safety and technology features according to the study. The study also states that half of the new cars in 2016 are equipped with driver and front passenger airbags, which is up from the 2015 figure of 38 per cent. This can also be accounted to car makers like Honda and Maruti availing front airbags across … [Read more...] about Safety features boost new car appeal: 2016 J.D. Power APEAL Study
The new Renault Megane IV was unveiled at the ongoing Frankfurt show, with a warm Renault Sport-tuned 205 hp GT the most potent variant announced so far. No official word on a full-blown Megane RS. But on the sidelines of the IAA, Renault bigwigs have confirmed plans for the next-gen Megane RS. “Yes, of course there will be one,” Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker told Autocar when asked about the possibility of a new Renault Sport-fettled Megane. With the Clio RS “growing up” from a three-door, manual-only car to today’s five-door, auto-only hot hatch, there are fears that the next hot Megane will go down the same route. If you, like us, have these concerns, the words of Renault Sport Technologies boss Patrice Ratti will be rather soothing. He acknowledges that there’s still demand for the good old stick shift. Will the next Megane RS ditch today’s manual for the EDC dual-clutch automatic like the Clio RS? “When we made Clio … [Read more...] about Next Renault Megane RS not joining power war, manual possible
The Mercedes AMG Petronas team dominated the 2014 Formula One season, sweeping up both drivers’ and constructors’ championships. With the 2015 F1 circus making its next stop in Malaysia this week after the first race in Australia (where the team made a strong start to the championship by scoring a 1-2 finish), Petronas recently arranged a press conference with the team – including its drivers, reigning champion Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg – to discuss the national oil company’s contribution to the team’s success. Firstly, executive director of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Toto Wolff, dispelled any myths that the partnership between Petronas and Mercedes-AMG was a simple marketing collaboration, insisting that it brought real benefits to the team. “Petronas’ role was hugely important to the success of the team,” Wolff said. “The whole technical and engineering team at Petronas understood what the needs of the new power unit … [Read more...] about Petronas in Formula One – powering Mercedes AMG Petronas to two world championships in 2014
Editor’s note: Ladies and gentlemen, for one night only, it’s the return of Curbside Classics to TTAC. You can catch Paul Niedermeyer’s work (along with contributions from an ever expanding crew of TTAC commenters and more) on a regular basis at the new Curbside Classics site. But this piece? It just had to be on TTAC. There’s a big difference between creating and re-creating. The proto-hot rodders of yore scoured the junk yards for new solutions, not to replicate. The competition was as much in creativity as it was pure speed. Much of that has given way to endless replication, whether it’s a perfect restoration or a 1000 hp resto-mod. But creative juices are irrepressible, and they were certainly at work here. Want a daily driver Edsel, but not its 1950′s fuel-gulping ways? The solution was just a $200 junkyard engine away. But it had to be imagined first. Now that’s creativity, and a harbinger of the future. Which is exactly what the old car … [Read more...] about Curbside Classic Special: 1959 Edsel “Eco-Boost”
Hey Sajeev I’ve got a a bit of a conundrum with 09 GT500. I recently purchased a blue-tooth OBDII dongle and the Torque Pro app for my phone which provides a variety of useful functions including monitoring various PIDs (On Board Diagnostic Parameter IDs). While checking over the various PIDs I noticed the throttle body was limited to 75% of WOT and I’m not sure if that was just a limitation of the app or perhaps the tune was limiting the range of movement on the throttle body? Also I noticed that the boost inferred by the car’s factory boost gauge does not correlate to the boost reading in Torque Pro? The Torque Pro app has an adjustment feature to scale the boost reading by either setting it to zero, a positive value or 14.7 psi or a negative value of 14.7 psi. I’m unsure how Ford references boost with the MAP sensor since fiddling with the scale adjustment in Torque Pro hasn’t produced any worthwhile results (a best 4 PSI but the blower on the car is … [Read more...] about Factory Tune, Power On The Table?
Ram Trucks has just released the details and photos of its latest and greatest Power Wagon, a refreshed version of the heavy-duty, off-road champ that can handle nearly every strenuous task thrown its way. While the Power Wagon isn’t the only off-road-based truck out there today, it is certainly the only one capable of trudging deep ruts, climbing rocks, and fording 30 inches of water while hauling 1,490 pounds in its bed. And yes, people actually do that. While the obvious comparison is with the Ford Raptor, the trucks compete on two different playing fields. Designed as a high-speed desert runner, the Raptor is lighter and more nimble than the Ram while its suspension is designed to absorb jumps and bumps at tremendous speeds. Those Fox racing shocks work very well in those circumstances, but aren’t so great for towing or hauling. That’s where the Power Wagon picks up. Built on the back of a Ram 2500 Heavy Duty truck, the Power Wagon has the strength of the heavy … [Read more...] about 2014 Ram 2500 Power Wagon
Editor’s note: The following article originally ran on April 1st, 2015 March 31st, 2015. It’s a complete fabrication, albeit one with a purpose explained here. Note: A bug in the GPS software inverted the overall and moving averages. After this paragraph, you’ll have the chance to read nearly 6,300 words about the fastest transcontinental drive in history. Most of the important stuff is near the top; the rest of it is a detail-oriented interview with Alex for the community of fans across the country who live and die for this sort of thing. A personal disclaimer: In my opinion, having the “transcontinental record” is an accomplishment roughly on the same level as having the most awesome fox suit at a furry convention. But TTAC isn’t a charity. It’s a business. And we need those sweet, sweet clicks. Integrity? What’s that? — jb “I’ve always said I’d never do this again, but as a minor Bond villain put it, never say … [Read more...] about Giving Thanks: NY to LA. 26 Hours. 28 Minutes. With A GT-R-Powered, Dual-Control Infiniti Q50.
Sajeev, In a couple recent Piston Slap articles you’ve mentioned that when driving car with a manual transmission its most efficient to accelerate with the engine near its torque peak, then cruise in the highest gear possible. This raised two questions in my mind: 1. Does the engine’s torque peak vary based on throttle position? From what I understand, power and torque curves are generated at wide open throttle. But would the torque curve look different at, say, 50% throttle? I’ve heard that exhaust backpressure can affect the torque curve (maybe this is a myth). Could throttle position have the same effect via intake vacuum? Speaking of intake pressure, that leads me to my real question: 2. How does your strategy of accelerating with the engine near its torque peak apply to a turbocharged vehicle? My car has a turbo and according to the manufacturer the torque peak is 2000 rpm. But clearly it’s not always capable of generating max torque at 2000. If I’m … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Of Power Curves and Turbo Boost…
Each and every Volkswagen Golf to date has been flanked by a hot GTI version, with the current car pumping out as much as 286bhp in flagship Clubsport form. The Mk8 will be no different, and the GTI is likely to feature a new 2.0 TSI engine with as much as 325bhp. The new hot Golf, which is due shortly after the standard car, in 2019, will get a significant power hike, with even the entry-level model producing in the region of 260bhp. There will be a more powerful Performance Pack car with 300bhp, as well as an evolution of the Clubsport version with 325bhp. • Best hot hatchbacks to buy Our exclusive images reveal how the GTI could look, although it’s likely to be subject to subtle changes given the new details portrayed in our pictures. Yet expect all the usual sporty styling cues – like the beefed-up bumpers and red detailing, along with the trademark tartan seats. This being a GTI, all versions will be front-wheel drive, and with a choice of six-speed manual or … [Read more...] about New VW Golf GTI Mk8: on sale in 2019 with big power boost
When is a plug-in hybrid not among the most green and baby-squirrel-friendly options out there? When there’s a version of that same plug-in hybrid that doesn’t require being plugged into a dirty, coal-powered wall outlet. Witness Ford’s C-Max Solar Energi concept, which is pretty much a C-Max Energi—the plug-in variant of the C-Max hybrid—with a solar-powered charging apparatus for its battery pack. The C-Max Solar Energi debuts at the tech-intensive 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it’s being considered for production. Old Solution to a New and Sunny Problem The Solar Energi concept, with its roof-mounted solar-panel array, is appropriately high-tech. Underneath, it’s all standard C-Max Energi: There’s a 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that powers a 118-hp AC electric motor (which augments a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine) driving the front wheels. On a fully charged battery, the C-Max can travel a claimed 21 … [Read more...] about Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept: Using Centuries-Old Tech to Give Future Tech a Boost
After this paragraph, you’ll have the chance to read nearly 6,300 words about the fastest transcontinental drive in history. Most of the important stuff is near the top; the rest of it is a detail-oriented interview with Alex for the community of fans across the country who live and die for this sort of thing. A personal disclaimer: In my opinion, having the “transcontinental record” is an accomplishment roughly on the same level as having the most awesome fox suit at a furry convention. But TTAC isn’t a charity. It’s a business. And we need those sweet, sweet clicks. Integrity? What’s that? — jb “I’ve always said I’d never do this again, but as a minor Bond villain put it, never say never.” So says Alex Roy – the Doctor Evil of illegal long-distance driving events. According to Roy, women want him, and men want to be him. According to actual women, he’s got a great scarf collection, and according to actual … [Read more...] about NY to LA. 26 Hours. 28 Minutes. With A GT-R-Powered, Dual-Control Infiniti Q50.
Like many automakers today, BMW is also elbows deep into developing highly efficient vehicles with low or zero carbon-dioxide emissions. The Germans already have the i3 electric car and the i8 hybrid, as well as a series of mind Activehybrid models, but Munich has expressed its intentions to launch more efficient vehicles with a range of newly-developed technologies. There have been rumors about BMW signing a partnership for batteries and parts with Tesla Motors and even the possibility of a hydrogen-fueled i5, but what we do know for a fact is that the Germans are working on a very efficient hybrid drivetrain that goes by the name Power eDrive. Following the success of the i3 and the i8, BMW has developed a brand-new drivetrain that combines its proven turbo-four gasoline engine with a couple of powerful electric motors. BMW i sn’t gunning for efficiency alone, but it also wants to enable its future hybrid to deliver the performance customers are familiar with and … [Read more...] about 2015 BMW 5 Series GT Power eDrive
The last time we saw a G-Powered BMW it was the M5 Hurricane RR , which ended up being the world’s fastest LPG-powered vehicle. Well, G-Power is back for a little bit more, but this time in a much smaller package: the 1M. If the 1M and its 335-horsepower turbocharged 6-cylinder engine just isn’t enough for you, the BMW 1M G1 V8 Hurricane RS by G-Power just might be the ticket. G-Power took special care of this 1M coupe and brought it to a point that just about any auto enthusiast could be both impressed and scared to death of it at the same time. What’s awesome, though, is the amount of careful planning that BMW put into the 1M straight from the factory had a direct relationship with the amount of power G-Power was able to crank out. BMW fitted the 1M with the front and rear axles of its M3 counterpart, giving it the clean and stout base that the 1M needs to handle more intense power output. So, did G-Power earn another gold star with its latest BMW modification … [Read more...] about 2013 BMW 1M G1 V8 Hurricane RS by G-Power
Ever wonder what it would be like to greet the coming summer season with a high-performance convertible that’s been tuned to be faster and more powerful? Well, those questions could be answered if you own a BMW M4 Convertible and you’re in the market for an aftermarket tuning program. German tuner G-Power has all your needs covered with a new tuning kit designed specifically for the M4 Convertible. The kit follows the typical style of G-Power. There aren’t that many exterior and interior enhancements, but the lack of mods in these two departments are made up for by an engine modification that puts a significant amount of extra power on the M4’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine. It may sound trivial for some, but for those who appreciate 600 horsepower on the M4, this performance kit should be right up their wheelhouse. To be fair, G-Power has built programs for the M4 before. But this is the first time that the tuner has taken a stab at … [Read more...] about 2016 BMW M4 Convertible by G Power