Saturday, January 28, 2012

The New Innovations That Are Going to Be Installed in the Future Cars

New innovations that are being added into cars are unlimited. Presently, we have the GPS system that is being incorporated into cars which makes traveling from one point to another very much easier. Before this high-tech system was installed in cars, you had to refer maps to do so. There are some more of the technological advancements that are being experimented with at the moment. Most of them are associated with computer technology.
One is the night vision systems that are being installed in some of the cars for experimental purposes. These cars are able to illuminate the road with infrared beams in order to find their paths in the night without switching on the lights. Though these are still on experimental stage, they will be incorporated in cars in a short time. There are two technologies that are being used by two companies on their efforts to perfect a good system.
One of the new technologies that are going to be used in cars will detect objects in front and will display all the details about them on the dashboard. In some systems the display is going to be in the windshield. The advantage of this system is that even if a car comes behind you at high-speed on the same lane in which your car is being driven, the system could warn you and show you how to change lanes to avoid collision.
There are efforts to use the same technology to help repair cars. Now, at least one company is developing a pair of glasses for technicians that help the technician to locate faults easily. Once the fault is located, he could do the repairs after referring the manual or a video that gives detailed instructions on how to do the necessary repairs.
There are efforts to provide this facility to passengers of cars as well. In a system that provides this technology to passengers, they will be able to look at an object with a glass and get such details as the nature of the object and distance from the car to object etc.
When all these new technologies are incorporated in cars, it will easier to drive them and the roads are going to be safer places. On top of all, you will save valuable time and your hard-earned money spent of staying in traffic jams. The day they become realities is not going to be far away.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

2013 Nissan GT-R - Let's Settle the Debate

Some will argue that the 2013 Nissan GT-R is too tame, overly sophisticated, and even soft, making it an unworthy successor to the R34 GT-R. True, the current generation GT-R is loaded with more tech than a spaceship, well not quite but you get the picture, and worse yet, flappy paddles have replaced the tried and true stick and clutch. What you're left with is a driving experience that may not be quite as engaging as many GT-R enthusiasts would expect. No one can argue that and we all know this story by now. But, let's also consider what else the GT-R was known for, the GT-R became the legend that it is, especially within tuning communities, due to its amazing performance in stock form and seemingly limitless potential. In that regard, the GT-R is still every bit a true GT-R and then some. A stock 2013 Nissan GT-R comes with 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. Meaning, that there's plenty of power on tap and being delivered via an all-wheel drive system, per usual. This combination of insane power and incredible grip enables the 2013 GT-R to hit 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. That type of speed is hard not to fall in love with. Whether or not that's enough for you to forgive the fact that the car is doing all the work, effortlessly swapping through gears at the blink of an eye, is something that only you can determine based on your own preferences.
Aftermarket tuners, such as AMS Performance are also showing that the sky is still the limit. Initially, it was said that the GT-R wouldn't be highly modable, but again in the right hands the Nissan GT-R can be modified to a point that will have your average car igniting in flames at the mere thought of producing the power that the GT-R is capable of. AMS started with the Alpha 12 GT-R, a ridiculous build that produces over 1,300 whp at 35 psi of boost! What that equates to, besides one heck of a ride, is a quarter mile time of 9.05 seconds. You simply cannot produce those numbers, let alone maintain street-ability at the same time in many other cars. The R34 was one of the few cars that could consistently surpass the 1,000 horsepower mark without needing to be towed to and from the drag strip. Now, the R35 finds itself in the same company. More recently, AMS Performance has taken things even further with their newest build, the AMS Alpha Omega. The Alpha Omega runs the ¼ mile in 8.62 seconds at 173.81mph. It also holds the GT-R top speed record of 218mph, completed at the Texas Mile.
Which begs the question, isn't this what the GT-R is all about? Great stock performance, value, and amazing potential, a tuners wet dream. By now, it should be safe to say that the R35 easily fits the same mold as the R34 in that regard, yet there are still naysayers out there. If you're really hung-up on the transmission you could always take a page from the Ben Sopra GT-R, which uses a Holinger sequential, slightly moving things in the right direction.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Used Car Sales: Both Parties Can Make It Ride

Pertaining to most consumers, the vendor's reputation affects the price that people are willing to pay for a used car. Statistics have shown that the amount of advertising paraphernalia or hype produced has no significant affect on the acceptable price of the vehicle. The vendor is the one that can affect the amount the consumer is willing to pay.
The used car business has exploded over the years. Some consumers don't know all of the options, when it comes to used car shopping. These vehicles are available at many corner car lots, brand name dealers, auctions, article advertisements and online. It is amazing how much this industry has grown. Over the years the used car sales, of North America, have racked sales in the $81 billion range. That is truly remarkable. Surprisingly, eBay has contributed to high marks in sales, in addition to the Manheim Auto Auction vendor.
Both shopping and selling online or at a 'brick and mortar' establishment has its risk factors. On one hand, the consumer's concerns gear towards the seller's honesty and integrity of the sale. On the other hand, the vendor has to be concerned about the possibilities of a non-payment; causing a loss of sale. However, the sale over the internet is still labeled as being more risky...? They are just paranoid.
Both buyers and sellers have been participating in internet used car sales. The options of remaining professional and secure are always available. Granted, as previously stated, the reputation of the seller does have a principle affect on just how much monetary trust will be invested, by consumers. Moreover, eBay showed its stance by offering a STS (Short-term-service) warranty on a used car. This particular warranty covers a 1 month/1,000 mile limited coverage of the vehicle, without adding an extra fee to the sale on either end; the consumer or vendor.
Both parties of the sale will develop a reputation; so, it goes both ways. On the eBay website, there are feedback segments available for the buyer/seller to communicate the valued outcome of the transaction experience. Both positions are equally valuable. Honesty, is the best option. Sellers should include the pertinent information: the year, model, color, transmission type, engine size, mileage, and the other options installed in or on the vehicle. This, in turn, will promote the value of the sale, while promoting the used car industry. All in all, the availability of used car sales will remain consistent. Conversely, it it the responsibility of the market and its consumers to ensure a smooth ride.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Performance With a Jeep Grand Cherokee ECU

The purpose of the Electronic Control Unit (ECU)installed in your Jeep Grand Cherokee, is designed to maintain the correct fuel/oxygen ratio. It controls the richness factor related to the mixture of the two elements, ensuring a well balanced power and fuel efficiency is maintained. A Jeep Grand Cherokee performance chip is a means of improving your throttle response and the engine horsepower. The function of this component is not designed to increase the actual power; it has the purpose of helping to utilise the advantages that are already available with the ECU, generally termed a Power-train Control Module (PCM).
A Jeep Grand Cherokee performance chipmodifies signals interpreted by the ECU and then adjusts the fuel curve. It is designed to create the best fuel/oxygen ratio to provide the vehicle with added horsepower, with a variant in the ratio setting between 12/1 and 14.7/1. As power is increased, the performance chip effectively decreases your fuel economy factor by a reported maximum of half-mile a gallon. The installation of this innovative component will not in any respect, prejudice the factory warranty and it is recorded that it operates efficiently with other minor performance upgrades that have already been installed.
Road conditions are a primary influence on fuel consumptionand the ability of drivers to use their vehicles as economically as possible has become increasingly dependent on a controlling device and its effect on performance. The innovation of this unit will automatically calculate the RPM, related to the engine load and thereafter diagnose the most favourable time to open the valve. This ensures the facility of precise timing with the combustion. The ECU has the capacity of controlling various actuators, which ensures high performance levels in an internal combustion engine. The creation of this factor is by way of multiple sensors, which supply data to the device. The related values are transformed into usually referred to ''Look-up Tables'' and based on this information the actuators are adjusted to meet the prevailing, driving conditions.
The electronic controlling device or PCM has a construction primarily consisting of microprocessors and various actuators. Since the recorded inception of this type of device in 1939 by BMW, it has introduced a new concept of performances in automobiles. In the process the need for sometimes, erratic manual control of fuel/oxygen mixture and ignition timing has been eliminated. The Jeep Grand Cherokee ECU determines the quantity of fuel to be injected, based on for example, the position of the throttle, the facility of air related to its quality and available quantity and the temperature of the engine coolant.
A controlling unit will adjust the timingto an extent whereby increased power would be experienced, with the benefit of improved fuel economy. Any form of knocking from the engine would be detected and the timing of the spark would accordingly be retarded, or delayed. As this type of actions usually occurs at low engine revolutions, a consequence would be for the device to instruct the Transmission Control Module to activate a gear downshift, to match the recorded RPM factor.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Brake Repair Basic Knowledge

Keeping a vehicle safe is paramount. Almost everyone wears their seat belts and makes sure to pay attention on the road. Most responsible drivers don't speed or run red lights and we all know not to drink and drive. But what are we doing to ensure there is not a catastrophic mechanical failure. Well one good way to make sure that this does not happen is to stay abreast of maintenance and have regular inspections of the vehicle and tune-ups of its systems. As part of that task one should be sure to have occasional brake repair and make sure that the most vital system is in good condition.
Having some knowledge of one's own is a good start to the process and will ensure that when there is a problem it is the driver who recognizes it first even before it begins to cause issues. One should do the research and learn what different sounds and feelings signal so that they can be prepared to assess what is going on and how urgent it is to have brake repair.
Preferably you would be able to examine the system in a dire situation and be able to determine what the problem was even if they were stranded miles form the nearest garage. Also, in situations like this if one has a small amount of requisite knowledge it can sometimes be possible to fix it oneself and not have to have the vehicle towed. Even if it is not possible to fix it hopefully it will give the driver the ability to explain to a mechanic or towing service over the phone what the problem seems to be.
The first place to begin is understanding what type of system is installed on the vehicle so that you know what sort of brake repair may be necessary. There are drum systems that apply a pad to a drum in order to slow the rotation of the wheels. The other type involves a rotor being squeezed by pads. Regardless of what kind of system is used they both use hydraulic pressure to function. If there seems to be a sudden loss of braking ability it may be indicative that there has been a leak and that the system is low on fluid.
For brake repair it is always better to rely on the services of a professional but that is not always possible. In emergencies understanding what is happening to the vehicle and what needs to be done can make a huge difference in assuring that safety is protected. A small amount of research and exploration of the car can offer a world of information.