Among the many engines Toyota has built, two stand out. Both of them were conceived in the early 1990s and would go on to power some of the most recognizable Japanese cars ever made. We are talking about the 1JZ and 2JZ engines. Although the technology behind them is now over 30 years old, they are still some of the most popular engines used in builds. But do they differ simply in displacement, or is there more to it? Here’s what you need to know about both these Japanese straight-sixes.
Everything You Need to Know About The McLaren Senna
Named after beloved Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna, the McLaren Senna is an Ultimate Series model sharing apex predator status with the likes of Elva, P1, and Speedtail in the British supercar maker’s lineup.
At the same time, the Senna is part of a new breed of supercars that feature F1-derived technology, so it’s basically a competitor for the likes of Mercedes-AMG One and Aston Martin Valkyrie. As a result, it’s brimming with features that make it both unique and a beast on the road or on the track. Stick around for an in-depth run-through of the Senna’s quirks and specs.
10 Must-Have Car Features To Look For Your Next Car
Cars today aren’t just cars anymore; they’ve become four-wheeled technological hubs, fitted with a dizzying array of tech features that can make anyone’s head spin, Regan from the Exorcist-style. It’s hard enough to keep track of all the standard tech features included in cars, but the real madness happens when you’re presented with a catalog of options, packages, and accessories, all of which are available for the taking.
The downside to all of this is that the more features you avail, the more expensive the cart becomes. On that end, we’re presenting a list of car features that we believe are must-haves for your next purchase.
Everything You Need to Know About Torque
We’ve learned in our previous article - Everything You Need to Know About Horsepower - that torque and horsepower are related when discussing cars. This time, we will, however, focus more on torque, how it works in cars, and how is it calculated, all while trying to answer whatever questions you may have.
Everything You Need to Know About Horsepower
Making the Case for a Tesla Cybercar
The Tesla Cybertruck put the car industry in shock with its outlandish design,incredible performance, and the best range ever announced by the American automaker. All this at an incredible starting price of $39,000! The Cybertruck quickly prompted rumors that Tesla could also create its cheapest model yet, thanks to its revolutionary exoskeleton: enter the Cybercar. That new vehicle would be perfect to serve as the Robotaxi fleet Elon Musk talked about in recent years, but what would a Cybercar look like and what will it bring to the market?
Are Electric Cars a Hoax?
Electric cars seem to be our only way to the future. They will save the planet and give us more comfort. They are quicker, faster, and more fun. Heck, EVs also have the potential to be cheaper and more accessible alternatives to any ICE-powered vehicle. In this article, I will try to explore the broader ramifications of electric car mass production. I will show you why electric cars could give governments more control over your life and give car companies more money out of your pockets. Electric cars will do all that while taking away from you the one thing that gasoline and diesel-powered cars selflessly provided - freedom. I have a question that is almost in the realm of conspiracy - are electric cars a hoax?
When Can You Buy the C8 Corvette Convertible, Z06, Grand Sport, ZR1: A Timeline
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it’s an engineering home run. For others, it’s a history-making performance car. Whatever your thoughts are of the Corvette C8, there is one thing that everyone can agree on. The Corvette C8’s market launch, whenever that will be, is going to be one of the most anticipated dates in the calendar. As it is, Chevrolet hasn’t announced when the C8 will arrive. We only know that production of the mid-engine performance car will kick off late this year. With that current timetable, it’s reasonable to expect the model becoming available to the masses sometime in early 2020. That’s less than a year from now, so it’s not that far into the future. Once the C8 arrives, questions will now be asked about the model’s other trim levels and when those are coming out. The Corvette C8 Convertible will assuredly arrive soon after the C8 launches, but what about the Z06, Grand Sport, and dare we dream, the ZR1? It’ll probably take Chevrolet a few years to round out the entire C8 lineup, just as it did with the C7-generation Corvette. That’s not going to stop us from speculating, though, right? Cross your fingers that our estimates are correct because if everything that’s been rumored about the Corvette C8 ZR1 is true, then that bad boy can’t come soon enough.
2020 McLaren GT - Quirks And Facts
Blurring the line between a supercar and a grand tourer, McLaren developed an all-new car appropriately called the GT. While retaining core McLaren principles such as a mid-engine layout and monocoque chassis, the McLaren GT provides a unique blend of luxury, refinement, and performance. It is the only mid-engine grand tourer on the market, and it could give us a whole new segment of luxury mid-engine cars. Remember, Ferrari is currently working on the new V-6 Hybrid. That may well be the luxury mid-engine GT relatively similar to the McLaren GT. However, it may end up being more powerful. Now, as the whole hype has calmed a bit, I give you most amazing quirks and facts about the new 2020 McLaren GT.
Warp Coils Seem Closer To Reality Than A Battery With Energy Density Of Gasoline
It does not seem that the electric car trend will perish. Sure, the economy of it does seem sketchy, and I do not believe that manufacturers would invest as much in it without generous government subsidies and incentives, but electric cars are on the roads and they are here to stay. However, the single most challenging hurdle of the further development of electric vehicles is battery technology. Since the very beginning in the 19th century, manufacturers had problems storing, or actually, creating electrons. That did not stop them from trying to create an electric car. After all, in the year 1900, 38 percent of all vehicles on American roads were electric, 40 percent steam-powered, and only 22 percent ran on gasoline.
I am not making this up - the U.S. Dept. of Energy reported that “by 1900, electric cars were at their heyday, accounting for around a third of all vehicles on the road. During the next 10 years, they continued to show strong sales.”
More than 100 years of development dramatically changed battery technology. Health hazardous batteries from the first electric vehicles have evolved into a state of the art lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride batteries, but even to this day, they do not seem to be able to serve as a replacement for gasoline and diesel.
So, what new battery solutions will shape our future?
Where Can You Get the Best EV Tax Credit in the U.S.
Ever since the Obama administration released the EV Tax Credit to push car electrification and incite manufacturers to produce electric cars, consumers became eligible for the so-called EV Tax Credit. The government incentive worked well, but the $7,500 EV Tax Credit isn’t the only incentive you can receive while buying an electric car. In fact, with the White House’s intention to end subsidies for EV purchases, it may seem that the EV Tax Credit is on its last leg. However, there’s still a lot of time for you to buy an electric car and claim all the rebates eligible to you. Apart from the nation-wide EV Tax Credit, some states offer additional incentives. They can be so huge that, if played right and in the right place, you can buy the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 for $26,250. In this article, I will answer all the obvious questions about the EV Tax Credit, rebates, and incentives for the purchase of the electric cars and plug-in hybrids.
Why 2019 was the year of the little guys at the Geneva Auto Show
The Geneva Auto Show is the first and, arguably, the most important European car show of the season and, in 2019, it was unusually crowded with supercars and hypercars. Some were electric, some still moved by virtue of the good old combustion engine, but what was abundantly clear was that boutique manufacturers and coachbuilders-turned-automakers were out to steal the show and shade the giants. And that they did.
While other once-great auto shows have disappeared – take the Turin Auto Show as pertinent example – or have faded as years rolled by, like the London Auto Show, the Geneva Auto Show is as lively as ever. Granted, Ford, Volvo, Land Rover, and Jaguar elected to skip the Swiss show to save some cash, but almost everybody else was there - plus there was a healthy dose of smaller automakers.
The likes of Bugatti or Koenigsegg, manufacturers that are by no means small but that will never come forth with a genuine product for the masses, were also on site. The ones in the latter category stole many of the flashes from cameras and pundits dedicated long pieces to their extravagant lines and mind-bending spec sheets. Nobody from the established group of players in the exclusive supercar club had a proper answer to the small guys this year.
Direct Injection: Efficiency at a Price
For a while now, direct injection (DI) engines have been all the rave: boasting better efficiency, more power, better economy. Sounds wonderful, right? Who wouldn’t want that? Well, DI engines have a dirty, dirty little secret that you will not discover until you are deep into a relationship with them. DI engines have much higher maintenance requirements and associated costs. If you ignore those requirements, the cost is going to compound itself many times over in the form of major repairs. If you’re thinking you’re going to save a few bucks at the pump, you had better save those few bucks because you’re going to need them..
10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018
If you’re anything like me, you probably enjoy powerful and sporty cars (especially of the big engine displacement or forced induction type), and you might even be thinking about upping the soundtrack of your drive with an upgraded exhaust.
We’ve all heard cars buzz by us with all sorts of exhaust systems (or lack thereof), and sometimes it’s just nothing but unenjoyable noise, like two beehives having a fight inside a coffee can, or grandpa’s flatulence after soft serve ice cream. Most common, cheap, ready-made exhaust systems are—to be frank—crap, and most of the cars you hear those on are crap, too (or are owned by those who have no idea or care what they’re slapping on their cars).
Exhaust systems are supposed to be more than some pipe and a round can with a little bit of sound deadening. The majority of car manufacturers put significant effort into R&D, desiring a specific sound (or lack thereof) from their exhausts via the use of various mufflers, resonators, equalizers, and flow dynamics. Different materials make different sounds. This is lost on many aftermarket exhaust companies since they’re trying to sell basic crap in mass quantity to the naïve. On the other hand, there are many companies who value style, design and quality materials, and who create quality products for your vehicle.
Why would you want an aftermarket exhaust anyway? It goes FAR beyond just a good soundtrack. Car companies have to make exhausts fit their vehicles so sometimes good dynamics are not top of the list. They have to fulfill emissions and noise requirements, among other requirements. Some low-quality products are made of crush bent metals, making them extremely restrictive. When exhaust is restricted, the engine has to work harder to expel used exhaust gases. Using a quality exhaust, perhaps with larger piping and fewer restrictions, you are freeing up that previously restrained power. Also, factory exhaust tends to be heavy, and when you get into the more exotic materials (like 304 stainless and titanium), you see fewer weight savings as well.
Again, why would you want an aftermarket exhaust? The answer is simple: more power, better sound, less weight AND better fuel economy. Yes, better fuel economy! It can, however, be a double-edged sword, because the engine doesn’t have to work as hard to make the same power, so you can be lighter on the long pedal, BUT the sound from the upgraded exhaust is usually so enjoyable that you’ll find yourself accelerating more than usual, so those fuel savings can go right out the window!
When picking your exhaust system for your vehicle education is important, so let’s review types of exhaust and materials used in them.
A Few Important Things To Keep In Your Car At All Times
I could start this article with some nightmare scenario designed to scare the living daylights outta you and force you to read on in hopes that the author (that’s me) provides you with the answers needed for survival. But I’m not gonna do that – there’s more than enough scary shit on the web, I don’t need to add to it. Rather, I’ll just start by saying bad stuff happens, and when bad stuff happens, you’re gonna wanna be prepared. That extends to the things you keep in your car. So what are a few important items you’ll wanna make sure you’ve got stashed away before leaving the driveway?
First up, the most obvious – a spare tire (pumped up to full), a jack, and whatever tools you need to change a flat are all vital. Some cars use run flat tires in lieu of a spare, so make sure you know what you’ve got before you see that tire pressure monitor light up on the dash. A tire pressure gauge is useful as well. Next up – road flares and a flashlight. Bad stuff happens at night too, and if it does, you don’t wanna be bumbling around in the dark trying to figure it out. The road flares will help if you’re stuck in a less than optimal spot on the side of the road so other drivers will see you. A first aid kit is obvious, as is a pair of jumper cables, but don’t forget one of those little window smash hammers in case you need to make a quick exit. And if you happen to live somewhere cold, a blanket, hat, and pair of gloves are both highly recommended. A lighter or some matches is also a good thing to have. Also, a basic tool set is invaluable in a variety of situations, complete with the two basics of fixing anything, duct tape and WD-40. A few spare water bottles couldn’t hurt, plus some storable food like crackers or an energy bar. Finally, if you got it, a solar-powered cell phone charger is a good thing to have as well.
What are the important things you keep in your car at all times? Let us know in the comments.