Throughout The Car Industry
Joining the growing list of auto companies that have unveiled a Vision GT-themed virtual concept car for the popular Gran Turismo 6 video game, MINI took the wraps off of its Clubman Vision GT car, which is a compelling look at a race-ready MINI that embodies some of the futuristic cues made possible by GT6.
Tags: mini, mini news, GT6, Gran Turismo news, Gran Turismo 6
One of the easiest ways to go faster— i.e. generate extra horsepower—in cars built in the last few decades is to remap the car’s electronic brain. Service providers often allege that not only will their work allow the engine to develop more power, gas mileage will improve too due to the efficiency of the new, bespoke engine management tune. By definition, “chipping” must compromise reliability, since components such as clutches and driveshafts engineered to manage ‘X’ horsepower are now being subjected to ‘X+’ horsepower. The practice remains extremely popular since most people “chipping” a new car do not expect to still have the car four or five years or thousands of miles down the road, and the change is both easily reversed and impossible to detect without diagnostic tools. Illustrating this, the car I drove was leased, and soon to be returned. As the current keeper gave me the keys, he explained it had 274hp, up about 50 from standard, adding how “front wheel drivey” it was, a comment I remembered throughout my time with the car.
Tags: VW Golf GTi, Golf GTi, GTi, chip, chipping, tuning, modifying
When the 2017 Ford GT was unveiled to the world at the 2015 North American International Auto Show last month, it was an unexpected suprise that few saw coming. With the GT now traveling the show circuit, the backstory, as well as the level of secrecy that once enveloped the project, is now beginning to rise to the surface, and it will sound like the backdrop to a movie plot.
For many people in today’s world, a car is a necessity. In most cases, though, purchasing a vehicle requires financing, which can be difficult for those with recent financial setbacks to obtain. Some estimates show that as many as 50 million Americans suffered significant damage to their credit ratings during the banking crisis of 2008-2010.
Posted In: Driving, Reports
Tags: Auto financing, subprime loans
We all know that operating a motor vehicle is dangerous. The rules are simple. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t text and drive. Obey the speed limit and other traffic laws. Pay attention to the road. Sometimes this isn’t enough. It’s impossible to account for the driving habits of others on the road with you and it’s almost as impossible to compensate for someone else’s mistakes. Don’t read this article if you are easily shaken. It deals with people who weren’t reckless at all, but still died in driving related incidents. They are tragic but they come with a moral.
Some of America's scenic roads are all about the scenery, while others focus on the region’s heritage or history. But in Kentucky there's a route devoted to the fine art of making whiskey. Known as the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, it gives visitors a chance to visit nine of the most famed distilleries in the world. Along the way, drivers can enjoy scenic small towns, rolling hills, and outstanding dining and lodging. The drive has become hugely popular in recent years, with more than 2.5 million people from all 50 states and several foreign countries completing the route.
Posted In: Driving, Reports
Tags: Tourism, scenic drives, road trip, Kentucky
Electric cars have a lot going for them. They're whisper-quiet, highly dependable, and offer freedom from the gas pump. Of course, they have drawbacks as well. For example, try driving cross-country in a battery-powered car. You'll count yourself fortunate to find enough charging stations along the way. Add to this the thorny problems of limited range and high sticker prices, and it's easy to see why electric cars make up only a tiny percentage of American vehicles.
Posted In: Car News, Driving, Hybrid / Green, Reports, Technology
Tags: Renewable energy, alternative fuels, west coast electric highway
I listen to NPR in my car when I’m not listening to my own play lists. If that makes me old, so be it. It helps me keep in touch with the world, though, since I don’t watch the news. I would rather hear bad news than see it.
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When my oldest son was young he had a bad attitude toward the status quo. He watched his parents go to work every day to earn money and then send most of that money away to pay for things like electricity and water bills, cable and credit cards, and, of course, gas and insurance. In an effort to minimize his need to succumb to such a slavish existence, he vowed never to have a credit card and to never go anywhere that he couldn’t get to on his bike. He managed to secure his first three jobs within riding distance of our house. I pointed out that it would be inconvenient and unprofessional to clock-in dripping water on the floor if it happened to be raining, but this was of little concern to him in his “big picture” concept. He did eventually give in and buy a car (which he lived in for six months), but that’s a story for another day. He never used public transportation which I always thought would have been the perfect compromise.
Take a trip back with me about 25 years or so. It was a time before navigation systems and smartphones. It was a time when we had to depend on ourselves to get where we wanted to go, even if we had never been there. If you aren’t old enough to remember, then you’ll just have to take our word for it.
Tags: jaguar, ghost car, navigation, directions, technology
Modern technology is great! It can help lowly human beings in a variety of situations—when it works. The problem with technology is that it is designed by the lowly individuals who use it and can have the same sorts of limitations as the designer. Another issue is that users frequently come to depend on it to the exclusion of common sense and personal responsibility.
Tags: AAA, warning systems, blind spot, lane deaparture