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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Cold Air Intake for Good Performance

Does your car manufacturer go all the way in giving you a high performance car? Well not quite. And the reason is simple. Not everyone wants a car purely for its performance. But if you do like to take a stock car’s performance higher you can do that with select car aftermarket products. For example you can install a cold air intake.

Cold air intakes are products that as their name suggests carry cold air to the engine. An engine has a fixed amount of volume to carry out the combustion of the fuel. The more is the oxygen in that volume the better will be the combustion of the fuel. Now cold air contains more oxygen for the same volume than hot air. That is because cold air is more dense. Therefore the combustion is better when the engine gets cold air than when it gets hot air. Why would the engine get hot air? Well in a stock car the air travels in the volume under the hood where it gets hot on its way to the engine. With a cold air intake the air goes directly to the engine and does not get hot on the way.

A cold air intake therefore improves the fuel efficiency of your car in an elegant manner since the combustion of the fuel is more complete. It also increases the power since more fuel is burnt in every cycle.

A cold air intake also gives the distinctive deep roaring sound to the car. This sound too is very popular amongst car enthusiasts. Cold air intakes are not expensive and they are a great way to give your car a personal touch and to improve its performance. Since the air intake is usually visible it also gives your car a hot performance car look.


Classic vs Vintage Old Cars

A layman will be forgiven for assuming that vintage and classic cars are the same, but that assumption would reveal you as a novice somewhere like the Vintage Car Rally. If you’re thinking of going ‘retro’ with your next vehicle it’s important to get clued up on which is which.

It turns out that nailing down the answer can be easier said than done and the debate amongst real enthusiasts and fanatics can get pretty heated. Broadly speaking, in Britain any car that was made over 15 years ago could fall into one of three categories. We’ll look at them in chronological order:

A car will qualify and be classified as vintage if it was built before 1930. Cars in this category include the Rolls-Royce Wraith and Triumph Roadster.

The second category covers World War 2 vehicles, also known as post-vintage thoroughbreds. American Jeeps from this era later inspired one of the most well known cars on the roads today, the Land Rover.

Classic cars make up the third category. This classification is slightly muddier as it spans cars made in the 1940s right through to the 1980s. As such this could include anything from a Austin A40 to a Peugeot 205GTi.

If you are thinking of investing in an old car spend some time researching your car before you buy it. Once you’ve found a model you like go down and talk to the owner and check it from bumper to bumper.

Rust is the retro car owner’s biggest concern. Engines can be rebuilt but if the bodywork has been damaged by rust it is very difficult to replace. You may even have to arrange to have a bespoke one built.

Some vintage cars don’t have the safety features offered by most modern motors. For example many are exempt from having seatbelts or even window washers. Investigate what safety features your preferred make and model would normally have and whether you might be able to install them if not. Also consider who your passengers will be, and whether they will object to forgoing all the ‘mod cons’. Plus it’s important to consider how many people will regularly be travelling with you, as many older cars can only carry a limited number safely.

Before purchasing you may want to consider that some older classic car models are exempt from road tax. If your car was built (as opposed to registered) before 1st January 1973 then it will be classed as Historic by the DVLA and as such will qualify for zero rated road tax. That said you will still need to display a tax disc to demonstrate that when you applied for the disc you had current insurance and MOT.

Whether you’ve got a vintage or classic vehicle, car insurance is essential. For some vehicles you may need to go to a specialist insurer, who will understand the specifics of your car and differences between how a classic car driver will drive compared to an owner of a modern car. Remember to tell the insurance company how often you use the car and where it is kept. It’s important to remember that some insurers will assume that a classic car will be kept in a garage and driven a minimal number of miles per year.

For many enthusiasts the pleasure of owning an older car is simply getting it on the road and keeping it in mint condition. So remember buying a classic or vintage car is just the beginning of the journey.


Tips Driving In Rain Or Snow

There are lots of fun stuffs you would be able to do using your car. It is you who that should be making things come on your ways. It is you who is the owner of your car. For the same reason, it is your responsibility to do tackle the hard stuffs yourselves.

As mentioned above, your aim should be to love your car more than anything. If you are with a strong intention of doing something you would be surely be tackling the stuffs on your ways for accomplishing the tasks. Same thing goes in the case of our car.

If you are thinking of enjoying your driving experience to its fullest, you should be making sure you are on a good track. The surroundings and the atmosphere in which you are going to drive your car is something that would be deciding the driving experience.

So, if you are thinking of enjoying a cool driving this season, you should be first of all making sure that you have already chosen a good driving destination. The roads on which you are going to drive would also be taking a good part in deciding the driving experience. It would be really fun to experience driving in snow. But for doing so should be with good driving experience.

A newbie won’t be finding it easy to drive in heavy rain. Same would be the case, if he is ordered to drive in snow. Experience is something about which we should be thinking here. If the guy is an experienced driver, he won’t be finding any trouble in taking his car on roads, even if the road is filled full of snow.