Air-cooled Porsche 911s are tricky to drive quickly, and even the most modern of them all, the 993, is a challenge. These cars require patience, deliberate inputs, and respect for their significant rear-wheel weight bias. YouTuber Showdown911 just put on a masterclass driving a 993 at the tricky Nurburgring, keeping up with the more modern, track-ready Cayman GT4 Clubsport. A new 911 Carrera GTS could pretty easily keep up with a Cayman GT4 Clubsport on the 'Ring, but the 993 offers no driver aids designed to help you around the track more easily. As a result, 993 driver Sandro Ziegler has his work cut out for him to keep up with the Cayman here. Just watch how quickly Ziegler has to catch any oversteer to see what I mean. In his YouTube video description, Ziegler says the Cayman GT4 would have got away from him had there been less traffic on the track. Clearly, the Cayman has a lot more straight-line performance than the 993, but Ziegler keeps catching him under braking and in the … [Read more...] about This Is the Right Way to Drive a Porsche 993 Flat-Out On the Nurburgring
This Hand-Built Slot Car Setup Is the Cheapest Way Into Amateur Racing Slot Mods' gorgeous new raceway is hand built in Detroit and cooler than any other piece of furniture in the world. Most Popular In general, getting into amateur racing eats up a lot of money. Between the car, the gear, the fees, and the travel, you're looking at a pretty hefty cash outlay, with almost zero chance of earning any of it back with your stellar driving skills. Why not stay home and race slot cars instead? Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Detroit-based Slot Mods has just introduced a new ready-to-race slot car circuit to get you started in the world of 1:32-scale racing-or rekindle the slot car enthusiasm you fostered as a kid. The new Super Sport Raceway, like all Slot Mods circuits, is completely hand-built, with a level of detail to satisfy even the most demanding gearhead's eye. This eight-foot by four-foot tabletop raceway features hand-painted racing lines, skid … [Read more...] about This Hand-Built Slot Car Setup Is the Cheapest Way Into Amateur Racing
Ruediger Schroeder, Kärcher India's MD, speaks to Shobha Mathur about how its cleaning equipment help reduce water consumption. Kärcher set up its subsidiary in India last year and till then was only marketing cleaning products here. What is the roadmap for India in the automotive space?Kärcher set up its 100 percent subsidiary Kärcher Cleaning Systems (P) Ltd at Noida in 2011. Before that, Kärcher products were sold through dealers which also provided service.The automotive sector has been for many years an important segment with our products suiting the requirements of garages, repair shops and auto houses. The company's offerings include high pressure cleaners (hot and cold) for cleaning the car exteriors and special vacuums, upholstery and steam cleaners for the interiors.With the growing number of cars on Indian roads, people will spend more on good maintenance and that is where our products fit in. We have a dedicated sales and service team nationwide and … [Read more...] about With a Kärcher high-pressure cleaner, you need around 80 percent less water to get a better cleaning result in lesser time.
Honda has begun the sales of its compact crossover Vezel in the Japanese market. The base petrol variant has been priced at $17,950 (Rs. 11.2 lakhs). The uber cool crossover premiered at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The Honda Vezel is available in Japan with a petrol engine along with a hybrid version. The near future launch is bound to be in the US by early 2014. The European launch will follow but later in 2015. All-time full wheel drive will be provided as an option on all models including the hybrid version. The standard equipments in the Japanese market will include Electric Parking Brake and Automatic Brake Hold. The American market will get a little more excitement in the form of a turbocharged engine of the same 1.5-litre engine. The Honda Vezel is powered by a 1.5-litre, DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine. The hybrid version will sport a 1.5-litre direct injection, 130 HP gasoline engine and a 30 HP electric motor. The hybrid powerplant will be coupled to a Sport Hybrid i-DCD … [Read more...] about Honda Vezel To Get Turbo Power In The US
The Suzuki Celerio will come equipped with the DualJet 3-cylinder engine, in addition to the 1.0-litre K-Series petrol engine sold on the Indian spec version. Launched in the country earlier this year, Suzuki will be launching the Celerio (Alto globally) hatchback on 24th November in Germany with two engine options. While the old generation Alto (A-Star in India) was exported from India to the European market, the new Celerio is being exported from Thailand and comes with a new 3-cylinder DualJet engine in addition to the 1.0-litre K-Series petrol engine available on the Indian version. The European spec Celerio was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March year soon after its Indian debut. Coming to the powertrain, the 1.0-litre K-Series 3-cylinder petrol motor gets no changes and will produce 68 PS of power and 90 Nm of torque on the European Celerio and will power the base variants on the hatchback. The new 3-cylinder DualJet engine on the other hand is the more powerful … [Read more...] about Suzuki Celerio To Get A DualJet Engine For European Markets
Both Tata Super Ace and Tata Ace are set to get petrol engines after witnessing a successful period in India and other export markets with diesel motors. Market leader in the commercial vehicle segment, Tata Motors has experienced great depths of success with its large portfolio of offerings. One such commercial vehicle that has sold well for Tata for quite some time now is the Super Ace. Falling in the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) category, the Super Ace is very successful not only in India, but also in countries like Bangladesh and Thailand. The vehicle is targeted at small business owners and entrepreneurs, the Tata Ace series offers a combination of performance, ruggedness, comfort, superior ride and handling, style and best-in-class cost of ownership, meeting the requirements of intra and intercity transport. Currently, the Super Ace is powered by a 1.4-litre DiCOR common-rail diesel engine that produces 70 PS of power and delivers a flat twisting force between … [Read more...] about Tata Super Ace To Get A Petrol Engine
Japanese automaker Honda is in the process of developing a facelifted version of the fourth generation City and the updated model will be launched in 2017 The Honda City is the largest selling C-segment car in India and why not? The vehicle has constantly strived to beat the competition by offering more than its rivals and of course Honda has also had an upper hand always with its snob value, resale and reliability. With rising competition, the Japanese automaker might be feeling the heat and hence the company is coming out with a minor but important facelift of the City in 2017. The vehicle will continue to have the same styling but we can expect redesigned bumpers, new headlights with projectors and LED DRLs, new 16-inch wheels, tweaked interior colour themes and all-black interiors for the top variant. The 2017 Honda City will continue to come with the current list of features which includes a sunroof and a 6.2-inch touch-screen with an AVN system. Honda will also offer ABS, EBD … [Read more...] about Honda City To Get A Facelift In 2017, New Features To Be Added | MotorBeam
Over in Japan, automakers are looking at turning electric and hybrid vehicles into external power sources for the home, aiming to turn them into a type of rolling battery, the Nikkei reports. The push has been strengthened by such assistance provided by these green cars, which helped supply emergency power in areas during the March earthquake that hit Japan, the report says. Nissan says that electric vehicles can be used as storage batteries and supplementary power sources, and the company is working to equip its Leaf EV with the ability to feed power into homes. The car can for example be used as an emergency power source during a power outage, utilising the electricity stored in its battery overnight to be used in the house during the day. Fully charged, the Leaf’s 24 kwh lithium-ion battery can power the average house for about two days. Mitsubishi Motors, meanwhile, plans to market an optional device that will enable its EVs to supply electricity to rice cookers and other … [Read more...] about In the future, cars to be a power source for the home?
The 2012 Volvo S60 R-Design will get a significant horsepower and torque increase when it goes on sale later this year. Volvo’s T6 engine, a turbocharged inline six, will now produce 325 hp and 480 Nm, up from the standard 304 hp/440 Nm. Volvo’s most dynamic model ever will also get a strut brace under the hood to stiffen up the body structure and improve steering response. At the rear, the R-Design features monotube dampers. Unlike the twin-tube dampers used in the T6, the monotube system features compression and return damping via the same valve, giving shorter and faster fluid flow. This translates to quicker response. The springs have been shortened by 15 mm to give the car more visual attitude. Spring stiffness is 15% higher compared to the dynamic chassis in the S60 T6, while the bushings with which the rear dampers are attached to the body are 20% stiffer. The front tie-blade bushing is a massive 400% stiffer than before to counteract wheel bouncing and shaking. As … [Read more...] about 2012 Volvo S60 R-Design to get more power – 325 hp!
I've been waiting a long, long while to get behind the wheel of a Porsche. I'm one of those secondhand fans that reads the reviews and goes to the races but has never actually done more than taken a few photos of the one GT3 RS 4.0 I saw parked at a show. I've been lucky enough to spend time behind the wheel of a great number of high-performance cars, but a Porsche has always been my Carrara White Metallic whale. After some back and forth, I was given the keys to a 2017 Porsche Macan GTS. My time had come. Likewise, until recently, driving in the snow was mostly a foreign concept to me. I learned to drive while living in the South before moving to Los Angeles after college. I understand the principles and precautions on paper, but I've never really had to deal with snow the way I do now that I've moved to Michigan. In the South, mass panic ensues if anyone catches a whiff of the white stuff, with store shelves quickly emptying of milk and bread in order to stave off what's sure to be a … [Read more...] about The Porsche Macan GTS is a great way to get to a winter rally
If you fancy yourself an automotive bargain hunter, the best time to score a deal on a used car is right around the corner. So, stop clicking around on Autotrader for five minutes and equip yourself with some useful knowledge to better your odds of snagging some savings. iSeeCars analyzed more than 40 million used vehicle sales between 2013 and 2015, comparing specific times of the year and days of the month to determine when consumers would be able to find more or fewer deals (defined as savings of five percent or more) compared to an average day. Explaining the five percent metric threshold, iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly said, “The average used car costs $19,040, so even just a five percent discount on that means $952 for consumers to spend on something else.” Purchasing a used car at the end of the year is an easy way to save money with minimal effort. As the current model year draws to a close around August, consumers begin trading in their used cars at higher quantities. This … [Read more...] about When is the Best Time to Buy a Used Car? Right Now
If you’re planning on buying a car over the next month, the best day to buy—the day you’ll receive the biggest discount on the selling price—is April 30, 2011. By the way, the worst day is May 9. This information is from TrueCar.com, which provides new-car pricing for consumers around the country. TrueCar has been crunching numbers by combining historical sales figures with short-term projections. They have come up with the last day of the month as the time when consumers can expect to receive an average discount on price of 7.78 percent. This compares with the worst day—May 9—when price discounts will average 5.29 percent. Personal experience When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, one of the standard questions friends put to me was when the best time to buy a new or used car was. The last day of the month was always a good bet, as dealers are trying to boost sales figures. So was anytime around Christmas or New Year. It turns out that … [Read more...] about The Best Day To Buy A Car At A Discount? It’s In The Numbers
Have you been thinking about buying a car? Whether you're in the market for a brand new ride or something slightly used, now could be a good time to act. If you're a new-car fan, you know that most 2015 models have either rolled into showrooms or will soon be on their way. If you're a used-car fan or a bargain shopper, you know there's often an uptick in inventory around this time of year, as others trade in their old rides for the latest and greatest, and as dealers work to get rid of lingering 2014 stock. Just as importantly, interest rates are low: the average 60-month auto loan currently sits at 4.03 percent, while 36-month loans hover around 3.95 percent. Can you score a better rate? That depends on your credit score. MUST SEE: 7 Photo Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Car Online (Illustrated With Selfies From Wikimedia) A FEW POINTS MEAN BIG BUCKS Loan marketplace LendingTree recently analyzed 20,000 auto loan offers generated via queries to its website. The offers were for … [Read more...] about Your Credit Score & Your Auto Loan: 4 Things You Can Do To Get A Better Interest Rate
It’s a situation in which many an auto enthusiast has found himself: You go to an auto show, hoping to see the newest Krautwagen Alpha-Numerical-Alpha Extra Designation Denoting Actual Engine Size, and they have the car locked so you can’t rub your hands and body all over the interior to find out if said interior contains any deadly spikes, sharp corners, or sub-par LCD screens. What do you do? For most normal people, the answer is suck it up and go live the rest of your life. For self-proclaimed “wealth manager” Joshua Smith, however, the answer was slightly different: he sat right down and wrote a letter. Little did he know that Audi was about to make him approximately as famous as Kevin Federline… (Warning: plenty of NSFW language to come) Mr. Johan de Nysschen, I am the proud owner of an Audi S5, A6, and A3 and recently drove to the Chicago Auto Show to see the unveiling of the Audi RS5 to North America. I am writing this short email to make you … [Read more...] about Audi “Goes The Extra Mile” To Help A Man With Low Self-Esteem Win The Internet
There’s been some attention on the recent acquisition by a Canadian muscle car collector of what Driving.ca called “the ultimate Canadian barn find”, about 40 late model American performance cars. While the assortment of Corvettes, SRT Mopars and limited edition Fords like Harley Davidson F-150s and three Ford GTs are undoubtedly desirable, I’m not sure if the term “barn finds” applies. I’m old enough that the first time I heard “the Cobra in the barn” urban legend, it had to do with a soldier who never came back from Vietnam. I’m sure the oldest version of that story has to do with a doughboy and and a 1917 Model T or even a Union soldier and a horse drawn Studebaker wagon. Either way, a barn find to me is exactly that, a find, in Yiddish a metzia, something perhaps overlooked or abandoned and now rediscovered. I wouldn’t necessarily apply it to a business proposition that didn’t pan out. The cars that Fort … [Read more...] about Ultimate Barn Find, a Speculator’s Stash, or a Clever Way to Promote a Car Sale?
Latest industry figures suggest over 12,000 vehicles are sold at motor auctions in the UK each week. It’s also reckoned a significant chunk of those – around 10 percent – are snapped up by private buyers eager for an auction bargain. If you’re wondering whether vehicle auctions are right for you, but are worried that you’ll be stitched-up or hung out to dry by unscrupulous auction traders, this handy guide to the pros, cons and pitfalls of buying auction cars is for you. • The ultimate Used Car Guide With auctions happening around the country every week, including specialist events like classic car auctions, and even ex-police auctions to attend, there are definitely bargains to be had at wholesale prices for buyer who know what they’re doing. Car auctions are not to be confused with online auctions like eBay, where you generally have quite a long time to make your play. At the busiest car auctions, the action around a car you’ve had your … [Read more...] about Car auctions: the complete guide to buying a car at auction
Summer is long gone, meaning that nearly all of us have returned to our daily freeway commutes, which are often full of clogged construction zones. Want a tip to make the drive go faster? Use the "zipper merge" whenever possible. The funny thing about the zipper merge (aka "the late merge") is that it seems to encourage bad behavior. It runs counter to much of what we've been taught by parents, peers, and even driving instructors. ALSO SEE: Audi Q5 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class: Compare Cars Law-abiding motorists typically think that as soon as they see signs indicating a merge ahead, they ought to shift to the appropriate travel lane. And so, we dutifully tap our turn signals, check our blind spots, and migrate left or right, where invariably things grind to a halt. We see other drivers still zipping along in the lane we've left behind, wondering if they didn't see the merge warnings or if they're just being jerks. Either way, we have a tendency to sneer, happy to know that we're not … [Read more...] about What’s the best way to merge when a lane closes? Use ‘The Zipper’
Mercedes is on a mission to improve the efficiency of its new models, which means the next-generation Mercedes SLK roadster will get hybrid power similar to the new C-Class saloon and even the option of four-wheel drive for faster versions. Due to arrive in 2018 and revealed in our exclusive image, the new SLK will sit on the same modular sports car architecture (MSA) as the larger SL two-seater and the shared chassis will have the flexibility to take on a much wider variety of engines and drive trains than before, broadening its appeal for customers. The third common platform after the MFA (A-Class family) and MRA (S-Class family) the MSA platform will help Mercedes save costs and bring more tech from the rest of the range into its sports cars. The SLK currently sits on its own chassis – with the lightest weighing in at 1,435kgs – but the new car will be built in the same factory in Bremen, Germany as the next-generation SL. To ensure their retain their separate … [Read more...] about New Mercedes SLK to get hybrid power
Alpina has announced its already rapid B5 Biturbo will be getting even quicker, thanks to performance upgrades across the range. The changes are similar to those found on the limited-run 'Edition 50' car, and include a power boost to 591bhp. Based on the current BMW 5 Series saloon, the B5 Biturbo gets a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which is a reworked version of the engine in the BMW M5. The upgrade endows it with 40bhp more – up from 552 in the M5 – and an extra 120Nm of torque, bringing it up to a huge 800Nm. This is enough for a 0-62mph acceleration time of just 4.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 204mph. That's in contrast to the standard M5, which is electronically limited to 155mph. It's not just the engine that's received an upgrade. As with any Alpina changes under the skin are extensive, and the B5 offers Alpina's own Adaptive Drive sport suspension – including a limited-slip differential. A lightweight titanium exhaust is available as an option, … [Read more...] about Alpina B5 Biturbo gets a big boost to 591bhp
Holiday car hire is often a last minute consideration. What with all the kerfuffle of organising flights and tickets, choosing your accommodation - and asking whether your neighbor is available to feed the cat - rental cars may understandably be the last thing on your mind. Yet picking the right hire car, and the right car rental company, can make such a difference to holiday stress levels. That’s why it’s never wise to leave it until the last minute. Booking early allows you to take advantage of the best cheap car rentals, or use online car hire comparison sites to get the best deal. But when you rent a car it’s not just the price you need to worry about, as the choice of vehicle and what’s included are just as vital to a successful trip. So while you may think it’s fine to worry about car hire when you get to your destination airport or resort, we’d recommend always sorting out the details before leaving the UK. Waiting to hire a car until you … [Read more...] about Holiday car hire: scams, tips and how to get a cheap deal