TTAC Commentator haroldhill writes: Dear Sajeev, My wife is driving (and loving) her 2009 MINI Cooper which has been a delight and remarkably trouble free for ten years. However it recently developed a problem which has befuddled us and our highly reputable independent mechanic as well. Under certain conditions the engine stumbles, feeling somewhat like an erratic misfire on one cylinder or fuel starvation; however, the stumbling vanishes when accelerator load is increased. The required conditions are: fully warmed up (10-15 minutes of driving), engine speed between 2700 and 3300 rpm, and light throttle appropriate to steady cruising. The stumbling will eventually bring on the “check engine” light and a P115C error code (Mass Air Flow). If the engine is turned off for a few minutes (e.g. for a highway rest stop) the stumbling will disappear and won’t reappear until the car has been driven for another ten minutes, suggesting the fault is something remote enough from … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Metering a Prince’s Air Flow?
PUBLISHED: 21:52 22 April 2018 | UPDATED: 21:52 22 April 2018 Gemma Mitchell Firefighters were called to a false alarm at Felixstowe Port. Picture: MIKE PAGE Archant Eleven fire crews were sent to the Port of Felixstowe today amid fears a shipping container was alight. This turned out to be a false alarm. The massive emergency response was prompted after smoke was seen coming from a container. However, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said this was later confirmed to be helium gas. The brigade was alerted just before 7pm and crews were dispatched from Ipswich East, Woodbridge, Ipswich Princes Street, Holbrook, Felixstowe and Felixstowe Dock. The incident was declared under control at 7.50pm. The Port of Felixstowe is the UK’s busiest container port. … [Read more...] about Eleven fire engines sent to false alarm at Port of Felixstowe
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is a known motorcycle enthusiast. While he’s said to have nearly given up riding after having kids, the Prince is still known to take an occasional spin on motorcycles he fancies. While inaugurating the recently held Commonwealth Summit, Prince William took some time off to check out the Interceptor 650, a motorcycle that Royal Enfield will soon launch. The Royal Enfield head honcho Siddharth Lal was around to show Prince William the motorcycle. In the recent past, Prince William has been spotted taking a quick spin on a Triumph motorcycle at the bike maker’s Hinckley factory in the UK. Notably, the Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT 650 twins will first be launched in the United Kingdom and European markets in a few weeks from now, after which it will make it to the Indian market. Both bikes were unveiled at EICMA 2017, and since then have been shown at the Royal Enfield Rider Mania at Goa which happens a few weeks after … [Read more...] about Prince William checks out the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 parallel twin motorcycle
"Anybody that's in the car industry that ignores this car is doing it at their own peril," says design consultant Sandy Munro. As teardown engineers dive deeper into the Tesla Model 3 -- beyond its poorly aligned body panels -- the car has been praised as revolutionary in terms of electronic design.Speaking to Autoline in a recent video interview, Sandy Munro, head of design consultant firm Munro & Associates, suggests the Model 3's electronic modules are far beyond the rest of the automotive industry. The car's drive modules are compared to the flight controller in the F-35, with closely packed chips similar to the layout of boards in cellphones or high-end computers."Anybody that's in the car industry that ignores this car is doing it at their own peril," he said.The Model 3's battery pack is also said to deliver unprecedented cell balancing, while its suspension system is said to be engineered at a level that would be expected of an "F1 prince.""This is not inching up," Munro … [Read more...] about Teardown engineer praises Tesla Model 3 electronics, suspension
A VINTAGE BMW that once belonged to Prince William's godfather has emerged for sale for a world record £2.2million. The 507 Roadster was first owned from new by Prince Constantine of Greece in 1959 and was one of the most stylish cars of the era. With just 252 ever made, the 507 Roadster was popular with celebrities including Elvis Presley, John Surtees and Fred Astaire. If this particular model sells for its estimated value, it will smash the current BMW 507 world record by more than £1million. The white classic has a V8 engine and is capable of reaching top speeds of around 120mph. It also has a pristine white body with chrome trim, a dark leather interior and a classic wooden steering wheel. The car was sold by Constantine after two years of ownership in 1961 and has been with it's current owner for around 30 years. It will now go under the hammer at Bonhams Auctions' Monaco sale on May 11. According to the auction house, the fact that the car is linked to the man … [Read more...] about A 1950s BMW 507 Roadster owned by Prince William’s godfather to sell for a world record £2.2MILLION