The Short and Intriguing History of V-16 and W-16 Engines
The production automobile started life with relatively small engines, but as luxury cars emerged in the 1920s, carmakers began developing larger V-8 and V-12 engines. Some companies even went as far as to develop massive V-16s.
Although these engines delivered lower vibration, thus increasing comfort inside the cabin, they typically produced as much power as a V-8 or V-12 engine, while being notably more expensive to produce. As a result they were rarely used in automobiles. Let’s have a closer look at the short but intriguing history of V-16 (and W-16 for that matter) cars below.
10 Classic Cars You Should Own In Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 is rich in automotive options. From penny-pinching rides to exorbitant exotics, the expansive car simulator has all of them in spades. The game is also rich in classic cars, and while some of these cars sometimes don’t get the shine as modern performance cars get in the game, there’s a case to be made that owning these classics will elevate the status of your virtual car garage.
The list of classic cars in Forza Horizon 4 runs long, and identifying the 10 best classic cars to own in the game proved to a far more challenging ordeal than we thought it would be. But we managed to trim down the choices and all have one thing in common: they’re as desirable in the video game world of Forza Horizon 4 as they are in the real world.
The Best Jump Starters in 2020 (Reviewed and Tester)
The last thing you want when traveling, especially at night, is getting stranded in the middle of nowhere. One of the most common reasons is a failed battery, which could happen for a variety of reasons, like leaving a light on or driving with an old battery. And, this isn’t something you can fix easily, like a tire change, with the basic tools available in your boot.
Unlike the old days where you’d need to connect jumper cables to another vehicle’s battery and jumps start it, there are portable jump starters available in the market these days. Apart from just helping your battery come back to life, some models also double up as power banks, air compressors, and so on. So, here’s a list of the best jump starters you can buy in 2020.
The Best Ceramic Coating for Cars - Reviewed and Ranked
As more car owners become more proactive in protecting their cars from Mother Nature, ceramic coatings have become more prevalent options among the population, at least compared to traditional car wax.
It’s not a surprise, really. Ceramic coating offers a lot of benefits, including heightened durability, longer-lasting results, and, of course, a more attractive exterior look. As the popularity of ceramic coating for cars continues to grow, it’s important to know which of these products are worth your money. Given what ceramic coating does to protect your cars from the elements, choosing the best one that suits your needs will go a long way in protecting your prized steeds. Consider these ten products, then, when you’re in the market for a ceramic coating for your car.
10 Common Car Mods That Are Illegal in the United States
Car modifications have become integral parts of car culture that it’s hard not to go a day without seeing at least one car that’s received modifications from the automotive aftermarket world. But just because modifications are popular, that doesn’t mean all of them are legal. As the aftermarket industry has evolved through the years, certain modifications began skirting state and federal laws of the U.S.
As such, measures were taken to curtail a lot of these modifications. Some have become illegal in some states while others have become illegal across the board. So before you decide to install a cold air intake or strap on lightbars on your car, consider first which modifications are legal and which ones are illegal in your neck of the woods. Check out this list we made of the most popular modifications performed on cars that are either illegal or, at the very least, frowned upon.
Best Car Wax Buying Guide (2020)
Just like our skin, a car’s paint job is exposed to a lot of external factors. And while we get to wear clothes that offer some degree of protection, the same doesn’t hold for your car.
Luckily, there are ways of protection your car’s paint as well as wheels, mirror housings, and even windows via other solutions than keeping it inside a garage. More often than not, the go-to product when it comes to car paint protection is the humble car wax. That’s step one. Step two is picking something from the gazillion products out there. Yeah, we know, that particular something has to be the best there is and also fit your budget. This is where this list comes into play.
These Are The Coolest V-10 Cars Ever Made
While V-8 and V-12 engines have been somewhat popular since the early days of the automobile, the V-10 made its debut in production cars much later. That’s mostly because each cylinder bank works as a straight-five engine, preventing the mill from having the natural balance found in other powerplants. Reducing the vibrations in a V-10 engine requires further development, which also adds additional costs. While the first V-8s and V-12s were developed as early as the 1900s, the first known V-10 appeared in 1936 when Busch-Sulzer created a prototype locomotive. Porsche then introduced a massive 37.4-liter V-10 diesel for the Leopard 1 tank in 1965. In 1983, Tatra launched its own V-10 diesel for the T815 truck. The first production car with a V-10 didn’t arrive until 1992 when Dodge launched the Viper. Since then, a handful of automakers created performance vehicles powered by V-10 mills. Here’s a list of the most iconic cars.
10 Cars That You Should Pick Over a Supercar Anyday
Supercars are some of the most fun cars to drive, but their steep price tags inhibit a lot of people — myself included — from driving one, let alone actually buying one. In the absence of any form of financial resources to actually scoop up a six-figure exotic, there are other options on the table that allow us to have our proverbial cakes and eat them, too. Truth be told, there is a multitude of vehicles in the market today that allow us to enjoy some of the thrills provided by supercars without forcing us to fork over our life savings. We picked out the best 10 vehicles that will make you forget about owning the newest Ferrari. These vehicles don’t have to be fast or powerful, but they all are fun to drive.
Automakers have been racing to produce the fastest car in the world since the early days of the automobile, but thorough documentation about this battle only goes back to the 1940s. The 1980s brought the first major breakthrough when the 200-mph barrier was broken. Another benchmark was set in 2005 when the first car reached 250 mph. In 2019, Bugatti finally broke the magical 300-mph barrier with a beefed-up version of the Chiron. As of 2020, three automakers threaten this record. SSC claims that the Tuatara will hit more than 300 mph, while Hennessey says that the Venom F5 is capable of at least 310 mph. Finally, Koenigsegg claims that the Jesko Absolut will reach 330 mph. Until these cars go into production and their respective automakers document potential records, here’s a list of the ten fastest production cars in the world.
The Best Car Phone Mount For 2020
Car phone holders, or car phone mounts, are often overlooked accessories. A lot of car owners don’t even use them. But these mounts are important car accessories, especially with new laws in place prohibiting us from using our smartphones while we’re driving. Notwithstanding the dangers of using our phones while we’re driving, car mounts help us maximize our smartphones while we’re on the road.
Ideally, a proper car mount can hold our phones so we don’t have to touch them while we’re driving. These mounts hold our devices in optimum positions that make it safe for us to view them while we’re driving. Some car phone mounts even charge phones while they’re in place. These are the many things that are car phone holder can do, so the next time you see one, you might want to buy it. Not only will it help you while you’re driving, but, more importantly, it ensures that you don’t break any laws and keep the people around safe from potential dangers.
The V-12 Cars That Paved the Way For Cars We Love Today
Initially developed for use in racing boats in the early 1900s, the V-12 engine became a popular choice for luxury carmakers in the late 1910s and 1920s, especially in the United States. Following World War II, when it was used to power aircraft and tanks, the V-12 made a comeback in European sports cars during the 1960s. Although V-8 engines are capable of similar output in a smaller package, the V-12 remained somewhat popular in exotic cars from Ferrari and Lamborghini, as well as full-size luxury sedans and coupe starting with the late 1980s. Today, you can buy several cars with large V-12 engines, but let’s have a look at some of the vehicles that actually made them popular.
The Best Racing Games of All Time
Car racing is one of the backbone genres of the video game world. That’s been the case since Pole Position arrived in arcade parlors in the early 1980s. Forty years later and the pixelated days of car racing games have morphed into a world of beyond-realistic racing simulators that have become more and more realistic as new titles are released. In that span, several classic games entered our lives, leaving their mark in several different ways. We pay homage to these ten iconic car racing game titles, or as I like to call them, the ten best racing games of all time.
The Rarest American Muscle Cars in Existence
Sports cars and supercars may be the most popular performance vehicles nowadays, but back in the 1960s and early 1970s America was hooked on muscle cars. Usually defined as two-door sports coupes powered by big, powerful V-8 engines, classic muscle cars are highly sought after as some of the most beautiful and powerful vehicles ever built.
While some iconic muscle cars were built in big numbers and are easier to find and buy 50 years later, others were released in very limited numbers and are not only tough to find, but very expensive to buy. Here’s a list of the rarest muscle cars ever built.
The Most Aerodynamic Cars Ever Made (Including Concepts)
Alright, we get it, the great Enzo Ferrari believed aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines but when you’re trying to move an object with as little energy as possible, a streamlined body is crucial to the task. So whether they’ve been built to compete in green races or with the intent to serve the masses or break speed records, these care are the ultimate masters of aerodynamics.
The 10 Most Reliable Cars Ever Made
Some say cars aren’t as reliable as they used to be. While it is true that modern vehicles enjoy a shorter life cycle than some cars built in from the 1970s to the 1990s, some of the automobiles that are available right now, new or used, are reliable enough to be driven for at least a decade and up to 500,000 miles.
Many of these cars also don’t have major issues and are relatively inexpensive to repair anyway. Expert websites like Consumer Reports and J.D. Power have plenty of into about that, but we compiled a shorter list with the 10 most reliable cars of all time with examples from the 1990s to the 2010s, and even 2020.
The Best Ford Mustangs of All Time
When you think of American cars, the Ford Mustang is among the first that comes into mind. It’s been around since 1964 and went through six generations that spawned all sorts of models and trims. It debuted as an affordable sports car and it quickly evolved into a powerful muscle car. It then became a not-so-powerful compact and switched to turbocharged performance in the 1980s. It rebound as a muscle car in the 1990s and became a full-fledged sports coupe in the 2010s. It comes with an incredibly vast history and it’s one of America’s greatest automotive legends. But what are the best Mustang models ever built? Let’s find out from the 13-model list below.
10 Modern Cars Destined to Be Classics
Every car that is considered a classic these days started life like all other cars that came before and after it. These classics, though, stood out from the rest of its kind, whether it was due to their exclusivity, memorability, or simply because so many people loved them. There’s no exact science to determine which car has “potential classic car” written all over them; a series of events or circumstances typically tips the balance in their favor. Some cars take a while to be considered a classic whereas others — like the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — are already there despite them being in the market only recently. With so many cars to choose from that arrived in the last decade or so, we identified 10 models that have the potential to become classics in the future. How long it’ll take for them to get that level is another question entirely. But in the case of this exercise, all 10 of these rides have the chance to reach that level.
Best Cars For Uber Driving
Looking to join Uber? Then you’ll need a car that ticks a few boxes in order to maximize your profits. Usually, there are three main factors that matter most when picking your next Uber car, and most drivers set them as priorities: reliability, costs, and safety.
Naturally, you’ll want to stay away from repair shops for as long as possible and avoid costly repairs. What’s most, the car’s frugality is significant, too, for the obvious reasons, so don’t be surprised that the list below is brimming with hybrids. On top of that, there’s the safety aspect - you’ll be driving a lot, both alone and with passengers, so your and their well being is important.
The Best Chevy Camaros of All Time
Very few cars in the history of the American car industry are as famous as the Chevrolet Camaro. The Ford Mustang can give the Camaro a run for its money, and so too can models like the Dodge Challenger and the Camaro’s own cousin, the Chevrolet Corvette. As iconic as those models are, the Camaro is no less important. It’s one of the first American-made performance cars to capture the hearts and pockets of Americans, and while the Camaro did have an almost decade-long sabbatical in the 2000s, the nameplate still stands as one of the most famous nameplates, not just in the U.S., but all over the world. The Camaro has been around since 1966, and in that time, Chevrolet has rolled out more than its share of memorable Camaro models. Here are the 10 best Camaros of all time, at least as far as we’re concerned.
10 Road Cars That Are Barely Street Legal
Supercars are by far the most extreme road going vehicles ever built. They deliver performance similar to race cars, they can be driven with great results on race track, but they were actually designed for public roads, as most of them come with a host of convenience features and state-of-the-art technologies.
However, there are high-performance cars that were actually designed exclusively for the track, but they were also built in road-going specs because carmakers were forced to do it for homologation. These cars are barely legal for street use and were among the most extreme vehicles during their introduction. Here’s a list of the coolest such creations.
What Are the Best Mercedes-Benz Models of the Decade?
Mercedes-Benz has built a solid reputation based on a couple of factors baked in the brand’s cars from day one. Performance is one of them, as are luxury, and comfort. The Stuttgart-based carmaker was quite busy over the past ten years, so here’s a list of the best Mercedes-Benz models to come out on the market between 2010 and 2020.
The Best American Car Brands
The United States of America is home to some of the biggest automakers in the world, and for more than 120 years, American-made car have been deeply ingrained in the history of the business. These days, some of America’s biggest car brands have become global brands, dominating several markets all over the world. American car makers like Ford, Chevrolet, and Jeep are as popular in other countries as they are in the U.S.
Upstarts like Tesla have also become major players in the business on the back of their aggressive pioneering efforts in auto-related technologies. Then there are brands like Cadillac that are coming back in big-time ways. Through the years and for more years to come, America will remain home to some of the biggest and most popular car manufacturers in the business.
The Most Reliable SUVs 2020
Looking to get an SUV that won’t make you break the bank after you’ve bought it? Or are you simply looking to buy new, keep the vehicle for a while and then sell it for a good price unhampered by depreciation? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of 2020’s 10 most reliable SUVs of all shapes and sizes. Hopefully, it will help with your next buying decision and allow you to own the best new or used SUV in terms of reliability. Let’s check out the entries.