Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Car Performance 05


The show-stopping Acura ‘Advanced Sports Car Concept’ made its world debut today at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. The dynamically styled concept provides a preview of the design direction for the successor to the Acura NSX.

Created to take exotic sports car styling to a new level, the concept is designed to incorporate a powerful front-mounted, V-10 engine and a new high- performance, rear-wheel-drive based version of Acura’s exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™).

‘The Acura brand will always be a home for people who love to drive,’ said Takeo Fukui, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. ‘As we advance toward building a car like this, I can tell you it will feature advanced technology matching our passion for performance.’

The concept’s exterior demonstrates a dynamic fusion of advanced technology and emotion. The long, pronounced hood features deeply sculpted lines and embossed air vents, both of which hint at the powerful engine beneath. The exterior lines run the length of the body, creating a ribbon- like effect from the front headlights to the rear wheel arches, evoking a feeling of movement and power.

Although modern in its appearance, the Advanced Sports Car Concept retains the subtle cues associated with its predecessor, the NSX. The concept’s slim, LED headlights are pushed wide and designed to mimic the pop-up headlights found on the first generation NSX. Other styling hints include a modern take on wraparound rear taillights and the all black cockpit.


A mixture of luxury, great performance and fuel efficiency that integrates a gasoline engine with an electric motor. ILX and Acura will be a popular cars for at Youth Centers who seek a more dynamic driving experience. The Acura auto makers will show of three advanced power-train, sporty and efficient options, including the Acura’s first-ever gas-electric hybrid. Entry-level ILX will be powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque at 4300 rpm. Paired with 5-speed sequential Sport-shift automatic transmission, 2.0 l ILX will provide EPA estimated city / highway mpg fuel economy of 24/32.
For the audience of engine performance, choose the 2.4 liter engine with 201 hp power and 230 NM of torque. With 6-speed manual transmission, fuel consumption 8.5 (in town) – 12.33 (highway) km / liter.
Hybrid drive-train uses a gasoline engine as the main resource, while the electric motor provides additional power when needed. Lithium-ion battery packs are used to capture and store electricity to 20 horsepower electric motor. Together, the electric motor and gasoline engine produces 111 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque between 1000-3000 rpm. During braking, turn off the gasoline engine and electric motor acts as a generator to recharge the battery. At the stop, 1.5-liter engine can enter an idle-stop mode to save fuel and reduce emissions. The engine until the brake pedal is released.



Acura NSX is a car that has perfection in the design and shape, as well as interior features and a fairly complete and luxurious with a maximum engine performance ever. Car body shape is sleek and dynamic as well as the bright color of the car with some fancy colors, the sleek car with the car a sporty style, Acura NSX, which travels the streets are narrow and winding with excellent stability and excellent support and maximum at Acura NSX cars cruised the streets of this highway at high speed. Acura NSX car with a different side to the design and shape luxury car with the color blue, black, gray, white and others. With such colors as well as an elegant car design add charm to the Acura NSX is.

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The British manufacturer Lotus Cars has a unique concept for sports car: “performance through light weight.” Introduced in 2000, the Lotus Elise Series 2 definitely took the Lotus family to a whole new level.

Design: The Lotus Elise packs an aggressive design, despite it’s small frame. The car is 3,8 meters long and it weights less than a ton (from 860 to 910 kilograms). It also comes with a fiberglass body shell.

Performance: Considering that the car features a modest 1.8-litre, 4-cylinders engine, one would not expect much, right? Wrong! This baby can go from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4,7 seconds, and it has a top of speed of 150 mph (240 km/h). Given its light weight, you should also have a good time braking and cornering it.

Chick Factor: Low. Some chicks like roadsters, other do not. If you want a car to impress the ladies, though, the Lotus Elise is probably not the best choice. It is, hmm… just small.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Prodrive has launched a range of parts for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, which improves the car’s performance and enhances its driving dynamics. The range includes: a performance pack for the engine; new driver-adjustable suspension; unique forged wheels; and a discreet aero package.


Prodrive has tuned the 4.3 litre V8 engine to raise peak power from 283 kW (380 bhp) to 317 kW (425 bhp), as well as increasing peak torque from 410 Nm (302 lbft) to 440 Nm (325 lbft). This reduces the car’s 0-100 km/h time from 5.0 secs to 4.7 secs (est) and increases the top speed by 13 km/h to 293 km/h (est). A new throttle map, combined with the increase in torque, also make the engine more responsive throughout the rev range.

Prodrive has worked with suspension specialists, Bilstein and Eibach, to develop new driver-adjustable suspension. A switch in the cockpit allows the driver to choose between normal and sports mode. The normal mode has been designed to enhance the V8 Vantage’s existing ride and handling characteristics, while the firmer sports mode delivers an even more focussed driving experience on the road or for track use.

The engine performance pack has a modified exhaust system with a low back pressure sports catalyst and a driver-controlled switch to manually override the V8 Vantage’s exhaust valve. This gives the option of a quiet mode, where the valve is permanently closed; auto, where the valve operates as it does on the standard car; and sport mode, where the valve is permanently open (where conditions allow).

The V8 Vantage’s aerodynamics have been analysed in the windtunnel to develop an aero package to reduce high speed lift. The result is discreet Prodrive designed and manufactured carbon composite front lip and trunk spoilers, which are in keeping with the Vantage’s classic styling. Together, these reduce lift by 45 per cent, improving both high speed stability and grip.

Prodrive runs the Aston Martin Racing team in partnership with Aston Martin. It has used its experience of designing and developing DB9 and V8 Vantage-based race and rally cars to help create this range of performance enhancements for the road car. It has also carried through the unique design of the wheels used on the Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 racing car to special 14 spoke 19” forged wheels made by Prodrive Japan for the V8 Vantage. These come complete with Pirelli P-Zero tyres, which have been selected to match the new suspension and optimise the ride and handling.

“The V8 Vantage is already one of the world’s best sports cars,” said Roland Cherry, Prodrive performance products director. “Our aim was to develop a range of parts which enhanced the car’s performance but, most importantly, did not compromise the inherent Aston Martin driving characteristics or styling. I think we have achieved this with a range of parts owners can specify as a package or individually.”


The first supercar coming from Zenvo Automotive is called Zenvo ST1. S stands for Supercharger, T for Turbo and 1 for model number one. For the engineers and designers within Zenvo Automotive, a clear list of criteria was made to ensure the car would not only be a track worthy supercar but a car that would be suitable for everyday use. The ST1 even though so powerful, is very drivable. It retains the unique feeling of driving a hand built supercar while still delivering the needs of modern motoring and safety. The car is 100% built in Denmark. From its impressive list of mechanical specifications to its striking pose the Zenvo ST1 is the result of clever Danish design. All these features are blended together to form a vehicle that demands attention but remains purposeful and practical. The frame is steel space frame and the body is in carbon.

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New 2010 Wiesmann Roadster MF5 sport car with the great speed for race. Wiesmann Roadster MF5 use the V10 engine so, the Wiesmann Roadster MF5 just need 3.9 seconds fromg 0-100 km/h. Moreover, Wiesmann Roadster MF5 sport carenthusiasts into a brand new dimension of driving enjoyment and 2010 Wiesmann Roadster MF5 also support the open-air experience that available to select of power package.

Delivering a top speed of 310 km/h, an exceptionally low power-to-weight ratio of only 2.7 kg/hp and completing the sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, the Wiesmann Roadster MF5 takes even experienced sports car enthusiasts into a brand new dimension of driving enjoyment. This exclusive open-air experience will only be available to a select few because the spirited power package is only being produced in a limited edition of 55. Equipped with a V10 engine, 507 HP and 520 Nm torque, it’s a car that appeals to all the senses. The extendable rear wing of the roadster version plus perfectly balanced suspension set-up guarantees the necessary stability, even at top speeds.


Who says you can’t be green…and mean? Not Porsche, which is debuting an assortment of high-performance hybrids at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. That includes the new 918 Spyder concept, which combines race car-like acceleration, a top-speed of 198 mph, and the fuel efficiency of a micro-car.

Taking its bows alongside the GT3 R Hybrid race car and the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, the Porsche 918 Spyder concept is a mid-engine sports car using plug-in hybrid technology. The high-revving V8 side of the package develops a full 500 horsepower at 9,200 RPM. But that’s paired with a pair of electric motors on the front and rear axle that can themselves turn out another 218 hp.

The gasoline engine and rear motor drive the back axle through Porsche’s 7-speed PDK, an electrically-shifted manual gearbox. The front motor drives the forward axle through a single-speed transmission.

The 918 Spyder Concept features a large lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged, overnight, on the electric grid.

A tap of a button on the steering wheel allows the driver to choose from any of four driving modes, including E-Drive, where the Porsche 918 Spyder concept can run for up to 16 miles on battery power alone. Sport Hybrid mode uses both gas and electric power, but emphasizes performance. Race Hybrid is a track-oriented mode that pushes the gas-electric drivetrain to its limits.

In track mode, the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept will launch from 0-100 kmh (0 – 62.5 mph) in just 3.2 seconds. The maker claims the car can turn a 7:30 minute lap of the Nodschleife of the Nurburgring, faster than the Porsche Carrera GT. Yet, the plug-in hybrid supercar is rated at about 78 mpg, and puts out well under 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer, well under most minicars. Top speed is rated at 198 mph.

To further improve performance – and fuel economy, Porsche adopts a lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced bodyshell for the 918 Spyder concept, along with magnesium and aluminum components, bringing total weight to just 3,285 pounds.


If you ever wanted a flaming love child for a car, you will find it in the Hennessey Performance Engineering’s HPE700. The car is a cross between the standard 2010 Camaro SS and the Corvette ZR1. The car looks sleek and beautiful and even comes with awesome features, which will wow you to hell.

The car comes with 15″ ceramic brakes, faux hideaway headlights and much more, and is designed to suit the tastes and needs of the rich and the famous. The HPE700 will cost $109,50 and is definitely an expensive car to buy and certainly hip looking.

So go ahead, and get this car before that annoying rival of yours at the club gets it! The car looks amazingly expensive and in fact, I would say the quoted price is too less for an elegant machine like this. Don’t fret and don’t think twice, but just go purchase when the beauty arrives in the showrooms.

Volkswagen R GTI Concept

Think the GTI and R32 are the hottest Golf's on the market? Well, think again.

Making its debut at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas is the R GTI, a look forward into the future of compact car performance and boy oh boy does it deliver the goodies.

With its striking carbon-fibre body panels, four-passenger sports car interior, powerful turbocharged engine and competition-bred suspension, the R GTI is a stimulating fusion of style and dynamic excellence, fully modern in content and achievement yet staying true to such longstanding Volkswagen values as drivability, durability and utility.

Volkswagen Chief Designer Derek Jenkins and his talented crew at the Volkswagen Design Center California collaborated with the firm OSIR Design to revamp the exterior components of the standard GTI's front fenders, hood, side rockers, and hatch door with carbon-fibre panels developed by both OSIR and Jenkins’ in-house team.

Spicing things up even further are specially constructed 19x9-inch aluminum alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ultra-high-performance radials in size 265/30 R19.


The standard 2.0-litre FSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine is extensively tweaked with a larger Garrett ball-bearing unit with twice the flow capacity and boost to 21 pounds per square inch. All of the pressure-side plumbing was strengthened with silicon hose. A large-diametre cast-aluminum, black powder-coated intake pipe feeds the big turbo the cool air it needs from the larger, front-mounted intercooler, delivering twice the stock air flow. An Inconel exhaust manifold and an APR stainless steel exhaust system ensure efficient flow-through.

The clutch was upgraded to handle the increased torque, and a Quaife limited slip differential (LSD) was installed to make the engine’s power flow more efficiently through the tyres. For the suspension Jenkins called on longtime experts H&R Tuning to supply a system that would be reasonably comfortable when the R GTI was used as daily transportation but would also deliver crisp, precise handling when the road gets twisty or for weekend track days. Replacing the stock suspension is H&R’s RSS Club Sport system of coil-over shocks and springs, augmented by a pair of adjustable sway bars. Ride height is reduced from 1.5 to 2.5 inches, but despite the ground-hugging stance and the Club Sport’s stiffer-than-stock settings, the suspension is compliant enough to comfortably dampen the rough spots in the road.

To make the R GTI stop as well as it goes, Brembo’s four-piston aluminum alloy calipers, which squeeze Brembo two-piece floating cross-drilled discs with billet aluminum hats are fitted.

It’s a tidy, factory-like transformation, and the result is a whopping 375 horsepower, on 93 octane fuel. If 100 octane fuel is used, output rises to a staggering 400 horsepower and a stonking 0-96 km/h time of 4.8 seconds!

As this is a concept car, there are currently no plans to introduce this model into production.

Car Performance 02


Audi R8 can be one of the best luxurious cars that can be chosen by people today. There are so many kinds of luxurious cars today, one of the Audi type, known as Audi R8 can be the best which is suggested for you now. Speaking about some luxurious cars today, we are going to talk about one of the best luxurious cars which have been made by the Germany automakers, the Audi. You must have known that Audi has become one of the most common luxurious cars which have been chosen by people. Today, it seems that luxurious cars are more likely show the great design of SUV or the sport utility vehicle with so many additional improvements within it. Nowadays, if you are looking for the best sport utility vehicle from Audi, you are suggested to choose the best Audi R8. It is one of the top models of the Audi which are offered for you right now. It is also made based on the concept of the Le Mans Quattro. What the best thing from this new type is about the great design which has been completed with the aluminum construction completed with the mid engine super car.


CarTuningCentral.com also recognizes that the vast majority of exotic cars are also a hot bed of innovative performance engineering. Most car tuners keep track of what many exotic car manufacturers are creating, which is why some of the best tuning car technology trickles down to the aftermarket companies and to car tuning enthusiasts usually in short period of time. Within a year or two or sometimes within a few short months, your stock car can enjoy some of the high performance perks that in the past only the most expensive and rarest vehicles enjoyed.CarTuningCentral.com also recognizes that the vast majority of exotic cars are also a hot bed of innovative performance engineering.

The SHC is a futuristic car concept that features style and aerodynamics to illustrate a clear picture of the high-performance future transportation. The selection of materials and applications has helped it to achieve the ideal weight distribution which resulted to a fast, carefully directed and cutting-edge car design.

The Super Hatchback Concept Car Integrates Sports-Car Performance with Eco-Efficiency

Featured with three powertrain alternatives including a hybrid/electric option, the car has achieved the credentials of being a sports car, while being completely eco-friendly. The chassis has been made with high tensile steel and aluminum, making the car lightweight and improved handling has been ensured with aluminum suspensions that reduces unsprung mass. The air-streamed front and rear window combines hydrophobic and super-fast screen heating technology that eliminates the requirement of wipers or washers and high-intensity LED has been used on the headlights, rear lights and lower fog lights for a clear view.


PROJECTED SPECIFICATIONS (Air-Hybrid powertrain)….

- BHP @ RPM: 272 @ 5500 – 6500
- TORQUE (Lb/Ft) @ RPM: 290 @ 1750 – 5500
- WEIGHT (KG): 1280
- POWER TO WEIGHT (bhp/tonne): 212
- TORQUE TO WEIGHT (Lb/Ft / tonne): 226
- SPECIFIC OUTPUT (bhp/litre) : 160
- 0-62mph: 5.6
- 0-100mph: 13.3
- Top Speed (mph): 167
- MPG (combined): 52
- CO2 (g/km): 115
- LENGTH (cm): 4014
- WIDTH (cm): 1924
- HEIGHT (cm): 1358
- WHEELBASE (cm): 2602
- PRICE: £27,000 (2014)

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Are you power-hungry? The AVH-P5700DVD delivers a full 50 watts x 4 channels. And it's not just 50 watts; this is MOSFET 50. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. Remember: more power doesn't only mean “louder”. It also means that your music will be cleaner at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. For clean, efficient power that will rock your vehicle, you found the right CD Receiver.

The AVG-VDP1 is Pioneer's Solution for Performance-Minded Automobile Enthusiasts, and takes car performance analytics to the next level. The unit detects a wide range of real-time vehicle performance data — including acceleration, lateral G-forces, estimated horsepower, and torque, in addition to speed and RPM. Additionally, the GPS locator provides current vector information, as well as current location by longitude, latitude, altitude, and distance to destination. The unit displays the results on a connected Pioneer Audio/Video monitor — with smart, full-color graphics that add style to the dashboard.


Car performance accessories allow for better gas mileage on the street or better ETA's at the track for your car and can be found in simple air intakes to complex nitrous systems. Air intake systems are the backbone to all car performance accessories because every car needs more air in to make more power and better gas mileage. You may think an air intake is not the answer, but the air filter is a must for your car performance accessories! A stock or factory car comes with a paper filter which out of the box is decent but clogs with dirt which robs you power, adding the simple car performance accessories such as a reusable air filter which can have better storage and stopping power of dirt to your car can give you added gas mileage and horsepower for a longer time in your car. Adjusting your cam timing for car performance accessories helps you to get the best out of your nitrous systems, by adjusting you can have a wilder setting for the track and a mild for the street with your car. Adding a fuel system keeps you in line with fuel for a higher output engine, electronics give you the ability to bump up the saved horsepower an average driver doesn't want, and short shifter to allow shorter, easier, and quicker shifts when driving which give car performance accessories the advantage over stock. Remember, the exhaust because more air in with an air filter or system means more air out to get performance power and better fuel economy you want out of your car performance accessories. Braking is a key to the major car performance accessories because if you can't stop good than going faster is just dangerous, plus stopping gives you the advantage in daily stop and go driving along with track use for your car. Car performance accessories benefit the car driver whether stopping quicker with better brake system or opening up the new exhaust to let the performance accessories out. Get the power you always wanted from your car at StreetBeatCustoms.com. We have intakes, programmers, throttle body spacers and more. TRUCK performance parts click here.


We hope you enjoyed last month's lead article "If cars were built like vacuums - we'd probably be dead." If you missed it or didn't finish reading it CLICK HERE to catch up!

So far, we learned that cars have significantly improved in critical areas like comfort, safety and fuel efficiency over the years. However, the mass majority of popular vacuum cleaners have suffered a serious decline in quality and performance to consumer demand for low prices and weight!

Now that you're warmed up to my train of thought - using something familiar like cars to better understand your vacuum - let's explore another commonly misunderstood factor

Every machine is designed to do a certain job, or set of jobs. To share the same classification, machines must obviously share specific performance criteria: Calculators have to calculate; Toasters must toast; Cars need to move, steer and stop; Vacuums cleaners have to suck and hold dirt in side. If a machine doesn’t perform the expected tasks, we either consider it broken, or we just have to find a new name for it!

Yet within those categories of machine, we often see numerous variants, brands and types. Sure, shapes and colors may vary, but most often a machine will be separated from others of its kind because of a claim to perform somewhat differently. It’s important to look carefully at these differences in claims, as it may drastically affect the machine’s ability to perform the tasks we expect.

The first part of what makes up a machine’s quality of performance depends on how well it is tailored to the task at hand. Do you have the right “tool” for the job? You can’t roast a small chicken in a regular, sliced-bread toaster. I don’t expect you’d buy a Toyota Prius to go off-roading in the mountains. And I would hope you’d know better than to buy an upright vacuum with a non-stopping brushroller if you have only hardwood floors.

The second factor falls in the realm of finer details. Two widgets may claim to do the exact same task, but have very different prices. Why? Quality is usually the one of the main reasons, yet this can be cocktail of several factors. “Better” quality usually indicates a products ease of use during the performance of its given task. Also, the better product can usually be expected to last longer or break less, providing a greater value for your dollar over time. Perhaps this product also does the particular task “better” than the other: Computes faster; Toasts more evenly; Is safer in a crash; Allows less dust escapes into the air, etc. Esthetics often plays a role too. Ultimately you need to decide how much those subtle factors affect the completion of your task, whether you feel they are worth the price, or which is just a better fit for your personal preferences. So if the next vacuum you buy is only $50, that’s fine - It may be just right for your situation. What I hope is that you will NOT BE FOOLED by the commercials and colorful packaging into believing that it will last very long or is “great for allergy sufferers!”

This brings me to the third aspect of discussion: How to maintain your equipment’s level of performance. Everything has an “Achilles Heel.” You wouldn’t dream of buying a car, whether a Hyundai or a Hummer, and never change the oil or brakes…You’d either blow up the motor or get killed in an accident! Similarly, you can’t buy a vacuum and not replace the bag or filter for 6 months without risking blowing up its motor, or you at least suffering a serious allergy attack! Just remember the KEY WORD: MAINTENANCE. All machines, especially those with moving parts, need it now and then! Otherwise, your car, vacuum, etc., cannot be expected to perform as well as it is intended to. You'll need to understand what it takes to keep it going, and whether or not you're willing and able to keep up with it!

At Queen Vacuum, we play “matchmaker” all day! It’s our job to listen and match each customer up with the right vacuum for their specific needs. Sometimes it’s a $69 Dirt Devil, sometimes it’s a $699 Miele. When you know a lot about a given type of product it’s easy to spot the differences between seemingly similar items. You can discern the main criteria: WHAT it does, HOW WELL it does it, and HOW LONG will it last. Most importantly, you can translate those differences into the potential benefits or detriments in your experience with that product. When you don’t know much about something you’re looking to buy, please do your research. But if you just can’t wrap your mind around the differences in the products you want – have an expert explain it. Or try the old trick of relating it to something you already understand well like food, electronics or (our favorite) cars!


Perform breaking and acceleration tests such as 0-60, 1/4 mile and 0–60–0 to measure your car’s true performance potential. Most tests can be G triggered for unparalleled accuracy. Each test is recorded for future comparison.