Thursday, 15 May 2014



A drag race is a contest between two vehicles racing side by side in a straight line at a designated, controlled racetrack, usually on a quarter-mile. In most drag racing categories, the first vehicle to the finish line wins. In some cases, such as Jr. drag racing, the course is an eighth-mile instead of a quarter-mile.

A drag racing event is made up of a series of individual two-car races called eliminations. Winners of each two-car race advance until only one winner remains.

NHRA offers two types of drag racing: heads-up and handicap. Heads-up racing is the easiest to understand because both cars leave the starting line at the same time, and the first to cross the finish line wins. Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Top Alcohol Dragster, and Top Alcohol Funny Car race heads-up.

In handicap racing, the object of the game is to predict how many seconds it will take your car to get to the finish line, then try to run as close to that number as possible without going quicker, or "breaking out." The driver who comes closest is the winner. Handicap racing allows cars of different speeds to race one other because the slower car gets a head start. In some categories, the driver chooses his or her own handicap, or dial-in/dial-under. These are Super Stock, Stock, E.T. bracket, and Jr. Dragster classes. In other categories, the class handicap is predetermined and may not be changed. These classes are Comp, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street. In Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street, breakout rules apply.
 Electronic timing and speed sensing systems have been used to record race results since the 1960s.

World's Greatest Drag Race!

This is the first look at the hardcore Porsche Cayman GT4

The 2014 911 GT3 engine fire debacle was a black eye for Porsche. As the smoke clears, though, there are a couple things we know. Porsche's commitment to the GT3 philosophy of keeping revs and driver involvement at a slow boil is intact, and it's being downsized. You see, the GT3's chief engineer, Andreas Preuniger, likes mid-engined platforms. This is the result: the Cayman GT3. Or possibly the Cayman GT4—both names are swirling around in the ether.

A spy shooter in Germany caught this Cayman mule out on the road, and in a glance we can see that this isn't any Cayman we've seen before. Unlike the GTS, which is the newest official Cayman variant, the front splitter wraps around all the way to the wheels, there's a vent on the top of the front bumper cap, and there's the massive rear wing whose shape loosely resembles that of a 911 GT3. Underneath that, there's a revised ducktail spoiler. It's lower than a normal Cayman, and it has larger brakes.

According to Porsche's GT model tradition, it should be a higher-performance model that combines excellent trackday abilities with acceptable comfort and refinement levels to make it useable as an everyday car.

What we can see from these pictures is the new styling and aerodynamics package with an extended front lip spoiler, an additional air inlet in front of the hood, a fixed rear wing, a rear bumper with a diffuser and twin pipes similar to that used on the GTS, plus different wheels and huge brakes on all corners.

We can't see what's hiding under the sheetmetal, but rumor has it that the Cayman GT4 will sport a flat-six with a larger displacement than the GTS at 3.6-liters and an output of around 360-horses that would place it just about the base 911 Carrera. Suspension tweaks are to be expected as well. Whether it will be offered exclusively with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission or if Porsche will give the option of a manual gearbox, remains unknown at this point.

Top 10 Signs of Transmission Trouble

Diagnosing car problems yourself may seem like an impossible task, but try to think of it in terms of your own body. For instance, if your stomach begins to hurt without warning, you'll probably start thinking of the last thing you ate in order to figure out why you're having the pain. A similar type of thinking goes into diagnosing car trouble. The moment you start noticing something out of the ordinary, it's time to start considering the problem and finding a way to fix it.

Mechanical auto problems, as opposed to electrical auto problems, are usually coupled with distinct sounds and sensations that are key indicators that something isn't functioning the way it was designed to. Transmissions take a lot of use over the years, and after a while, they're bound to start having some problems. Transmission repairs can be expensive, so it's worthwhile to pay attention to anything that seems unusual.

1.Refuses to Go Into Gear

One potential problem is that the transmission refuses to budge when you depress the clutch pedal and attempt to move the stick shifter.

It may happen when trying to get into first gear from a stop, or at any point up and down the assorted gears. Common causes include low transmission fluid, wrong viscosity (thickness) of fluid, or required adjusting of the shift cables or clutch linkage.

2.Burning Smell

If you get a whiff of burning transmission fluid, be advised it is definitely not the sweet smell of success. That's because it may indicate your transmission is overheating. Transmission fluid not only keeps the transmission's many moving parts properly lubricated, but it prevents the unit from burning itself up, by providing much-needed cooling.
In some vehicles, the transmission even has its own mini-radiator (an oil cooler) that circulates fluid to transport heat away from the transmission unit itself.
Common causes include low or inadequate transmission fluid, which can in turn indicate a leak or dirty fluid that needs changing.

3.Transmission Noisy in Neutral

It seems intuitive that if you hear weird noises when the car should be shifting, that the transmission is acting up. But would you suspect it if things were going "bump" in neutral? Yes, it could be the transmission.
Such sounds could have a simple and inexpensive solution -- as with many of the problems on our list, adding or replacing the transmission fluid sometimes does the trick. Bear in mind that as is the case with engine oil, different vehicles do best with the specific formulation called for in the owner's manual.

Alternatively, lots of noises from the transmission while it's in neutral could signal something more serious, like mechanical wear that will need the replacement of parts. In this case, common culprits are a worn reverse idler gear or worn bearings, possibly coupled with worn gear teeth.

4.Gears Slipping

In a normally functioning transmission, the car stays in the gear you designate, or that the computer designates for a given RPM range, until you or the computer initiate a gear shift.
But on a transmission in which the gears slip, the car can spontaneously pop out of the gear it's in while driving and (in a manual) force the stick back into neutral.This is unnerving at best and potentially dangerous at worst: when you mash the gas pedal to avoid an out-of-control vehicle, the last thing you want is a transmission that doesn't get power to the wheels. No need to scratch your head over whether this is trouble or not: if it happens, you know it's time to have your transmission examined.

5.Dragging Clutch

Here's another transmission trouble sign that haunts manual transmission vehicle owners: the dreaded dragging clutch. A dragging clutch is one that fails to disengage the clutch disk from the flywheel when the driver pushes in the clutch pedal.
When the driver attempts to shift gears, he or she can't because the still-engaged clutch is still spinning along with the engine. The driver is abruptly made aware of this by the grinding noise that then ensues with each attempt to shift.

Fortunately, the most common cause for this problem is not that severe or costly to fix -- at least not compared to some other transmission issues. More often than not, the problem is too much slack in the clutch pedal. With too much free play, the cable or linkage between the pedal and the clutch disk doesn't have enough leverage to disengage the clutch disk from the flywheel (or pressure plate).

6.Leaking Fluid

Leaking transmission fluid is probably one of the easiest ways to identify that your transmission needs attention. Automatic transmission fluid is vital to your car's shifting capabilities, so a little fluid on your driveway can quickly turn into a major problem. Automatic transmission fluid is bright red, clear and a little sweet-smelling when everything's working correctly.

                  Automatic transmission fluid should be bright red, clear and a little sweet-smelling.

When you check your automatic transmission fluid, make sure it's not a dark color and that it doesn't have a burnt smell. If it is, you'll need to take it to a mechanic and have it replaced. Unlike your car's motor oil, the transmission doesn't really consume or burn up any fluid during use, so if you notice you're running low on fluid, then it's definitely leaking out somewhere.

If you have a manual transmission, checking the fluid levels may not be as easy as simply lifting the hood and reading a dipstick. Manual transmission fluid has to be checked right at the transmission case -- usually through the fill plug.

7.Check Engine Light

The check engine light can be a great early indicator that something is starting to go wrong with your transmission. The check engine light can come on for any number of reasons not related to your transmission as well, but don't overlook this clear warning sign.

In newer cars there are sensors throughout the engine that pick up irregularities in the engine and notify the computer that there's something wrong in a particular area. In the case of transmissions, these sensors can pick up vibrations and early problems that you may not even be able to feel or see. If you want to know if your check engine light is telling you about a transmission problem, you can purchase a diagnostic scan tool that you plug into your car underneath the driver's side of the instrument panel. The scan tool will display a code that corresponds to the area of the vehicle causing the fault. If the code tells you there's a transmission problem, well, that's a good time to see your mechanic.

                                  Pay attention to your car's warning lights.

Car Dashboard Warning Lights - Understanding What They Mean 

Dash lights are nothing new, but the messages are. The following list of warning lights are the most common lights used by auto manufacturers. Not all warning lights are universal. Always refer to your owner's manual when you're not 100% sure what the light indicates.

Many warning lights indicate that a fault has occurred inside the vehicle's system, but it doesn't pinpoint the item or system that has failed. In these cases, a code reader or scan tool can help determine the part that needs to be replaced.

Here are some warning lights:

  • Check Engine or Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL):

Indicates the engine computer has set a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC). Usually requires diagnosis with a professional scan tool. 

  • Coolant Temp Warning:
Indicates temperature has exceeded normal limits. Check coolant level, fan operation, radiator cap, coolant leaks.

  • Oil Pressure Warning:
If this light stays lit, it indicates loss of oil pressure. Immediately check oil level and pressure.

  • Brake System
Indicates one of three possible conditions: parking brake is on; problem with the braking system/brake fluid is low, or ABS problem. Check brake fluid and make sure the parking brake is fully released. If the problem is in the ABS system, it may need a professional diagnosis.

  • ABS Light:
Indicates that the Anti-lock Brake computer has set a code and needs professional diagnosis.

  • Traction Control or ESP:
Illuminates when the vehicle's traction control/anti-skid or electronic stability system is in use. Usually an indicator that conditions are slippery.

  • ESP Fault
Indicates that there is a problem with the vehicle's traction control/anti-skid or electronic stability system.

8.Grinding or Shaking

Depending on whether you have a manual or automatic transmission, your car may respond differently when your transmission isn't working correctly. As noted in a previous section, with a manual transmission, a common sign of trouble is a grinding sound or feeling when you shift into a new gear. If you fully engage the clutch, shift and then hear a grinding sound, you may have a worn clutch or you may just need to have it adjusted.

Or perhaps one or more of your transmission's gear synchronizers, or synchros, is worn out or damaged. Grinding gears can be caused by a number of different factors.
For automatic transmissions problems, you'll most likely feel the car shimmy into each gear rather than the typical almost unnoticeable shifts, or the transmission will make a jarring transition into the next gear. Both are signs that your transmission needs attention.

9.Whining, Clunking and Humming

It's difficult to nail down exactly how your car may sound if there's transmission trouble, but one thing's pretty certain, you'll probably get a that-doesn't-sound-right feeling when you hear it. Every car is built differently, so the sounds they produce can vary greatly, but if you have an automatic transmission, there's a good chance you may hear a whining, humming or even a slight buzzing sound.

With manual transmissions, the sounds will usually come across as a bit more abrupt and mechanical sounding. If you shift gears and hear a clunking sound, then you definitely need to have it checked out by a professional.

10.Lack of Response

Transmissions are designed to go into the correct gear every time, so when they hesitate or refuse to go, it's a sure sign there's something wrong. With manual transmission problems, you may notice after shifting into a gear that the car's engine will rev up, but the car won't be moving as quickly as the engine is running. In this case, a worn-out clutch or more serious transmission problem may be occurring.

Automatic transmissions have the same lack-of-response problem, but will usually manifest the issue while engaging the "Park" or "Drive" selection. The car should shift quickly into either of these modes, but if your transmission hesitates to go into either one, then it's likely there's an issue with the transmission.

                             The Chevrolet Corvette is powered by this GL80 transmission

                        A graphic illustration of a Mercedes-Benz C-class sport coupe's 
                                               six-speed manual transmission

Interesting Facts About Cars

A car is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transporting passengers, which also carries its own engine or motor. Most definitions of the term specify that automobiles are designed to run primarily on roads, to typically have four wheels. Here are some interesting facts about Cars:

1. The first car was invented in the year 1672 by Ferdinand Verbiest. 

2. The first self-propelled car was invented by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot in 1769. It was designed with three wheels and an engine in the front along with the boiler. The car was able to run at a speed of 6 km/h.

3. The first cars did not have steering wheels. Drivers steered with a lever.

4. World’s first motor-accident was in 1769. The vehicle is still preserved in the Conservatoire national des arts et m├ętiers in Paris.

5. The first engine powered car was built in Mannheim, Germany by Karl Benz in 1885. 

6. The first steam car was invented in 1769 by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot in France. 

7.  The first gasoline automobile was made in 1885 by Karl Friedrich of Germany. 

8.  The car that sold more than one million units in 1965, setting a record that even stands till date is the Chevrolet Impala. 

9. The first auto insurance policy was purchased in in 1897 in Westfield, MA. 

10. Windshield wipers were introduced by a woman. 

11. An airbag moves up to 4500 mph within a second when triggered. A force of 200g is generated. They are designed to explode at an impact speed of 19 mph. The bag inflates within 40 milliseconds of a crash. 

12. In 1924 a Ford automobile cost $265. 

13. The word 'automobile' is a blend of French words 'auto' and 'mobile' which means self and moving respectively. 

14. Chevrolet Impala was one such car that had enjoyed a breaking sales record of more than one million in 1965.

15. The Most expensive Car ever sold is 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe with price of  $87,00,000.

16. First Car Radio was invented by Paul Gavin in 1929.

17. Red Cars Are prohibited in Shanghai,China.

18. Being used in movie Gone in 60 seconds, 1967 Shelby Mustang GT-500 is recognizes as one of the most famous cars ever.

19.Ferrari produces a maximum of 14 cars per day.  Most manufacturers put out thousands of cars on a daily basis. As a case in point, Ford reaches an astronomical production rate of  8,000-10,0000 each day.

20.An airbag takes only 40 milliseconds to deflate.

21.1 out of every 4 cars produced in the world come from China.

22.Drivers kill more deer than hunters.

23.The world’s most profitable car manufacturer is Porsche.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

2015 Porsche Cayenne

2015 Porsche Cayenne is a luxury SUV.On the roads around the world is present since 2002.Represents a great pride of the German car factory from Leipzig.

The platform as some other parts the Porsche Cayenne shares with the Volkswagen Touareg.Equipped with high-quality, advanced equipment that is connected to the performance of the exterior.A special air suspension system provides a comfortable and dynamic drive.Active vehicle suspension adjusts ground conditions.Air vents on the front side are available in two versions.Their job is to control the behavior of the chassis when driving.The design of alloy wheels fits in perfectly with the design of Cayenne.The wheels are available in size from 18 to 20 inches.With excellent performance easily digestible different fields and is suitable for off-road driving.On the roof is a large glass panel and aluminum roof rack.To be complete it is possible to use a hitch.Behind can tow a maximum payload of 7,716 pounds.By using light materials in the production the weight of the vehicle is reduced. In this way, reduced fuel consumption.The headlights have been redesigned and equipped with high-quality LED lighting.Some of the changes included the hood and rear bumper.Certainly everything has improved for the better.There is a well-designed roof spoiler.Rear lighting is slightly different but with excellent features.

Interior of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne:

The cabin of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne is just as it corresponds to a luxury SUV vehicle.To that contribute the quality and comfortable seats and plenty of carbon fiber parts.Dominated by black color, with a sleek gray accents.Built-in three-spoke steering wheel that is sensitive to speed.While at the hybrid version of the Cayenne present electro hydraulic servo.Luggage space is large enough and sliding rear seat becomes huge.Passengers can absolutely enjoy the extra quality audio system.From other equipment should also mention the use of phones, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, electronic diary and HD radio.It really is a long list of what is represented in the new Porsche Cayenne vehicle.In addition to the above-mentioned pieces of equipment and safety is high, making it easier to drive for anyone who get behind the wheel.

The engine of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne:

Additional certainly contributes the good engine that will be found under the hood of the Porsche Cayenne.It is a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine.It will produce a power of 420 horsepower.As a second option comes V6 diesel engine with 300HP.As for the hybrid mode it is connected to 3.0-liter V6 engine with 316HP and 9.4kW lithium ion battery and an electric motor.From this combination comes 94hp.All engines can be combined with 6-speed manual transmission or a Tiptronic S automatic transmission with 6 or 7 speed.

For now, the exact date when the 2015 Cayenne can be found in the sale is unknown .There are assumptions that it will be in the summer of next year.Estimated price for the basic model is currently around 50.000$.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C  is made of a combination of high-quality carbon fibers and aluminum. This just shows that certainly provides a good driving performance and fuel economy. The headlights are simply phenomenal and reminiscent of the eyes of some bugs. The lights may be a halogen or a Bi-LED with carbon fiber. Wheels are 17 and 18 inches or aluminum or matte black with diamond finals. Even the brake calipers can be ordered in different colors. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C has the exhaust system which is provided through two pipes, and you can choose a regular or sport. At the rear has been redesigned light signaling and enhanced with LED lighting. Weight of the car is only around 890kg and installation of the power steering pump is avoided. The front grille proudly carries the company logo and shape is tapered down until it reaches the peak. On the left and right side are also set lattice parts which act as a leaf. Air vents are awesome and embedded in the upper right corner above the door. It all seems very aggressive and dynamic.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C interior:

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C  with it's interior, new colors and high technological advancement provides phenomenal fun in drive. The steering wheel is totally sports, and passengers have plenty of room to comfortably accommodate.Into the cabin is injected a cup holder and holder for mobile phone. Seats are without a doubt sports and are available in black and red leather, submitting to unambiguous fabric with red stitching and a mixture of leather and microfiber fabrics. Of course for the better enjoyment in the equipment will enter a new audio system with an excellent sound system, the display in the center console, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, and more.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C engine:

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C will place under it hood 1.7 liter turbo 4-cylinder engine based on a level playing field models from the factory Alfa Romeo.It is promoted with a new intake and exhaust system. Innovation is also the use of Alpha’s “scavening” system. His job is by using using a computer controlled valve overlap, torque and throttle response. The result of all these combinations and connecting is output of 240HP and peak torque of 258lb/ft. And acceleration is improved. In just 4.5 seconds exceeds 62mph and reaches maksilanu speed of 160mph. For lovers of fast and aggressive driving there is a button for Race Mode. Just one click and achieves phenomenal feeling.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C price:

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C will come to market later this year.Customers in the United States will have to wait the start of 2015 to ride one such athlete.It will give you the comfort, speed and dynamics. It's price will be around 45,000£ or 75.000$.