Friday, November 30, 2012

Shaquille O'Neal's Truck

Oversize wheels on Shaq's modified 2006 F-650 Extreme XUV.

An engraved step on Shaq's modified 2006 F-650 Extreme XUV.
Shaq's modified 2006 F-650 Extreme XUV.


Elvis Presley's Gold Cadillac

Elvis Presley's 'sold gold' Cadillac is on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennesee, USA.

The 1929 Bentley Speed Six Coupe "Blue Train Bentley"

Shown in the picture above is the 1929 Bentley Speed Six Coupe "Blue Train Bentley" the first car to actually race and beat a train over an extended distance, in this case from Cannes to Calais France. The engine powering this beast was a 450bhp version of Bentley's gigantic 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. With a 0-60mph acceleration of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 168mph the Blue Train Bentley forever rewrote the record books.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

History of Bentley Cars

A twenty-two year old obsessed by speed and its potential for changing the world. An engineering genius with an intuitive grasp of the dynamics of the amazing new internal combustion engine. Put those images together with a precocious visionary who believed nothing was impossible and you have some sense of W.O. Bentley on the brink of creating a legend in his name. And just one more thing. He liked to win.
Competitive motorcycle racing at the Isle of Man and the newly-opened Brooklands circuit gave him his taste for speed but couldn’t satisfy his hunger for power. That was to come in 1912 when he and his brother, H.M. Bentley, acquired the UK agency for the French Doriot, Flandrin & Parant (DFP). On his first run in the Aston-Clinton hill-climb, W.O. broke the class record – with his wife Leonie in the passenger seat. The DFP was “quick, robust, sporting in character and of the highest quality”, the very qualities that were to become the foundations of the cars he went on to produce.
 On a trip to the DFP factory in France he noticed an aluminium piston being used as a paperweight by one of the company directors. He adapted his own DFPs with this revolutionary material and drove them to one racing triumph after another. Indeed, these lightweight pistons quickly became the “secret ingredient” of Bentley success with his conservative competitors continuing to regard aluminium as too weak to withstand the inferno of the engine block.
The beginning of the Great War brought new challenges. The frivolities of the DFP era were over. W.O. turned his attention to more serious affairs, creating the Bentley Rotary I (BR1) following an Admiralty Commission to power the Sopwith Camel, and with it, Allied dominance of the air.
The BR1 and the subsequent BR2 epitomised Bentley’s ability to transform raw design ingredients into masterpieces of power and reliability. In his later life he admitted that nothing had given him more pride than this contribution to the war effort.
In 1919, with the war over and British industry booming, W.O. turned his attention to the dream he’d been cherishing these long seven years, building the car that would satisfy his own extraordinarily high expectations as a driver, as an engineer, as a competitor and as a gentleman.
Luck and good judgement helped him to recruit the finest available talent. Sheer persistence and the will to succeed rewarded him, in October 1919 at his service shop in New Street Mews, with the deafening bellow of the very first Bentley engine, the awesome 3-litre.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Car Barter - Is it possible ?

Bartering is again becoming popular the world over.With the world facing recessionary pressure barter is again gaining acceptance.Is car barter possible ? I think it is a great Idea.How many of you agree with me.please comment on this.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Intelligent Smart Approach to Design an Automatic Featured Car

Intelligent vehicles enhance the safety and convenience for both the drivers and passengers. An intelligent vehicle uses various intelligent sensing and control algorithms to assess the vehicle’s environment and assist the driver with safe driving. These algorithms include the collision warning system that allows the driver to avoid a collision. Because of the ability to enhance the safety and convenience, intelligent vehicles becomes a crucial research area for the intelligent transportation system Car headlights are among the most efficient safety measures available. Studies have shown that the accident rate is 1.5 to 2 times higher during night-time than in daylight. The general trend in the Westernized world has been a decrease in road casualties, although the impact that road deaths and injuries have on society is still too great technology can be used to make vehicles that allow
a much greater level of vehicle automation to take place. These changes will also mean a much greater interaction between the driver, the road environment, the vehicle, and other vehicles using the transport system.
All the steps taken towards automation of vehicles, reduces the instances of driver error, which is a contributory factor in at least 9 out of every 10 road accidents. Technology supports a driver in different ways and at different times depending on the vehicle or circumstances, and there are many potential interventions to prevent an accident that can be implemented up until the point at which the accident occurs. There are areas of passive safety in which improvements can be made, such as safer vehicle drive system which has automatic headlights and wipers and anti-collision system and vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility. However, progress in this field is expected to slow and any future work about passive safety is likely to be based around enhancing and developing existing technology rather than new design initiatives.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Electric Cars -What is the future ?

Findings by Transportation Research Board Business Office,Washington (USA) show that
Driven by concerns related to climate change and the depletion of fossil fuels, there is a renewed interest in electric cars. Because electric cars are more expensive than fossil fuel cars, have a limited range and battery charging facilities are still limited, the question is to what extent they will penetrate the market. This paper reports on a state choice experiment conducted in the Netherlands to examine the car drivers’ trade off among purchase price, range, fuel cost reduction and the availability of slow and fast battery charging facilities. The results indicate that especially purchase price, range and the availability of fast charging facilities influence electric car purchase. The results further indicate that market shares for the typical electric cars now available on the market probably will remain low and the target of 200,000 electric cars in the Netherlands in 2020 will likely not be met without policy measures. The analysis suggests that providing a purchase subsidy of 5000 euro and realizing fast battery facilities at all fuel stations both can stimulate electric car purchase to about the same extent. However, providing fast charging facilities is a cheaper option and therefore may be considered the more cost-effective policy measure.

Battery Cars cause higher life cycle emissions than gasoline-powered series hybrid cars

In a  recent finding submitted by Christoph Meinrenken of
Columbia University it is said that ;
Battery cars powered by grid electricity promise reduced life cycle
green house gas (GHG) emissions from the automotive sector. Such scenarios
usually point to the much higher emissions from conventional, internal
combus-tion engine cars. However, today's commercially available
series hybrid technology achieves the well known efficiency gains in
electric drive trains (regenerative breaking, lack of gearbox) even if
the electricity is generated onboard, from conventional fuels.
Here, They analyze life cycle GHG emissions for commercially
available, state-of the-art plug-in battery cars (e.g. Nissan Leaf)
and those of commercially available series hybrid cars
(e.g., GM Volt, at same size and performance). Crucially, they
find that series hybrid cars driven on (fossil) gasoline cause fewer
 emissions (126g CO2eq per km) than battery cars driven on current
US grid electricity (142g CO2eq per km). They attribute this novel
finding to the significant incremental emissions from plug-in battery
cars due to losses during grid transmission and battery dis-/charging,
and manufacturing larger batteries.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ferrari F430 Spider

The F430 Spider joins the F430 as the latest addition to the new generation of Ferrari V8-engined sports cars. The F430 Spider's innovative aerodynamics, honed to generate dynamic air flows to increase down-force and improve cooling, and the F1 gearbox featuring upgraded software, are just two examples of how Ferrari's technological excellence has been transferred from the track to road.
The F430 Spider's all-aluminium bodywork and chassis have also been carefully strengthened, to guarantee both occupant safety and the structural rigidity demanded by a car of such high performance.
Two very robust steel roll-bars are integrated into the windshield structure to guarantee maximum occupant protection. The electric hood is fully automatic and folds away under its own flush-fitting tonneau cover, allowing Ferrari engineers to hone the aerodynamics of the car with the hood down.
Source- Ferrari

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The new Golf Cabriolet from Volkswagen

The new Golf Cabriolet has striking front end which provides more than just a hint of sportiness. A glance at the headlights and turn indicators under the same clear-glass cover and the door mirrors with integrated turn signals give an indication of the dynamic character of the new Golf Cabriolet. The same is true of the streamlined silhouette, which the stylish, fully automatic fabric hood blends into perfectly. The decorative hood trim strip in chrome rounds off the overall sporty picture.
It takes less than ten seconds for the fully automatic, electro-hydraulic fabric hood on the new Golf Cabriolet to open – and for you to savour the ultimate cabriolet driving experience. The hood is opened simply and fully automatically at the touch of a button, at a speed of up to 30 km/h. The wind deflector reduces annoying wind noise during the journey and at the same time protects you from unpleasant draughts around the neck.
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