Luxury Cars

"The difference between men and little boys is the price of their toys."

Fast Cars

"Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car."- E.B. White

Car Technology

"And I, I took the road less traveled by. I was using a GPS system."- Robert Brault

Green Cars

"Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option ... they will become a necessity."- Fujio Cho

Safe Cars

"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." - Albert Einstein

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Learning More About Audi Concept Cars

Audi is always at the forefront in introducing new vehicles that will amaze any car enthusiast as well as casual drivers. The power and speed of Audi vehicles is always an assurance that the vehicle they manufacture will be nothing short of impressive.

But aside from improving their consumer line of vehicles, Audi is also about innovation. Just like other car manufacturers, they are also constantly introducing different types of concept cars. While most of these cars will still require decades before commercial production, the ideas are very impressive and can be integrated in today’s vehicles.

Audi Quattro Concept

The Quattro line from Audi is no stranger to innovations and a concept car based on this popular model line is almost a necessity. Introduced in 2010 at Paris Motor Show for Quattro’s 30th anniversary, the sleek vehicle features five-cylinder engine with a unique twist on its engine firing intervals. It’s also designed to be lighter by more than 200 kilograms compared to Audi’s other sports cars.

R8 TDI Le Mans Concept

The R8 TDI Le Mans is all about power. The 12-cylinder diesel engine comes with a displacement of 6-liters of power. The beautiful slide design at the back can easily make heads turn especially the air inlets in the front which signifies the potential power of the vehicle.

Audi Urban Concept

Bound for Frankfurt Auto Show, the Audi Urban Concept is an “etron” or electronic vehicle with a very quirky and very urban-friendly design. The vehicle will be powered by a lithium-ion battery which should be enough to power two electric motors. The notable unique design of the Audi Urban Concept is on its oversized wheels.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Learning More about the Electric Cars and their Power

The adoption of electric cars has been a bit slow in the past decades because of the limitation of technology. But for the past few years, car manufacturers have been pushing for hybrid (gasoline/diesel with electricity) and eventually moving to pure electric vehicles. Along with the increasing number of electric cars is the improving technology in battery efficiency.

Number One Challenge: Charging Efficiency

The biggest problem facing electric cars is charging efficiency. While it costs a lot less than gasoline and diesel, charging a car 10 years ago could take days before it could have a decent run. Today, the development of efficient batteries with powerful car design means charging a car to its full capacity will only take hours. Car manufacturers are also developing charging stations for home use and even commercial use so that electric car owners can easily recharge their vehicles anywhere.

Powerful Electric Cars

The development of electric cars is not only limited on practical transportation. There are also car manufacturers that are pushing for electric sports cars that can easily rival some of the best gasoline-powered cars today. The most popular is the Tesla Roadster with mileage of up to 393kms and the capacity to maintain up to 201kph. The latest model is the 2.5 version that comes with significant improvement on the design.

Another powerful electric car is the Artega SE with mileage of up to 124 miles and speed of up to 155mph and the manufacturer claims that the full charge only requires 90 minutes. There’s also the Lighting GT with mileage capacity of up to 200 miles in a 10 minute-charge.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Meet Tuatara – the World’s Fastest Production Car

American car manufacturer Shelby SuperCars is aiming for the “world’s fastest production car” crown with its Tuatara. The 1,350 horsepower mammoth of a vehicle has the capacity of reaching 275mph. Shelby SuperCars is looking to beat Bugatti’s Veyron, the current fastest production line vehicle with a 268mph top speed.

The choice of name is quite unique. “Tuatara” is a New Zealand reptile. A direct descendant from the dinosaurs, the reptile was able to survive harsh conditions from changing environment because it has the capacity to change its DNA in a very rapid rate. Shelby SuperCars opted to adopt the name because they believe they have made significant changes not only on small portions of the vehicle but in its entire makeup.

Under the hood, the Tuatara sports a turbocharged twin7.0-liter V-8 engine. At first glance, it’s just like any sports vehicle with some upgrade in the engine. But the charged-up engine is encased in carbon chassis with carbon fiber on the outside. Even the wheels come in carbon fiber to ensure that it’s lightweight with optimal capacity in handling top-speed. The super sleek design of the vehicle even pushes the envelope for a super car. Curved in the rear, Tuatara takes full advantage of aerodynamics to easily reach the full speed. Its seven-speed manual transmission practically completes the packaging for the sports car. With that kind of power and optimal speed, you need more than six-speed manual transmission for additional control.

Pricing and torque is not yet available but it should peg a price only the really rich and speed crazy could afford. It should be interesting to see if it can beat the Bugatii when it hits the road for an actual speed test.


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