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@Gianluca FairladyZ @Other Will The only BMW (ignoring the i3 etc) that comes close to the 95g/km is the 116d Efficient Dynamics at 99g/km. From a petrol perspective, the 114i is 127g/km which just gets under the current target. On that basis, if EVERY BMW sold in 2020 had the current 116d engine, BMW would miss the target. They won't because the i3 will bring the average for the total sales down (because the EU don't consider CO2 from fossil fuel generated electricity as an emission in cars for some reason) but you can understand why currently manufacturers are shying away from producing powerful cars, and those that do have to sell a number of extra low emission vehicles just to dodge the penalty fee i.e. Aston Martin's Cygnet
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Welcome To The Nismo Festival
That's a pretty controversial place to put a tachometer!
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Carbs ’n Bags:</br> Toyota Soul With Ken Automobile
@Gianluca FairladyZ Probably because, in europe at least, manufacturers CO2 emissions performance is assessed on their entire sales average emissions. The target for 2013 was 128.3g/km (it's 95g/km by 2020). With manufacturers being charged a penalty fee for every gram of CO2 over the target, in 2019 this will be €95 per gram per car sold. The current UK market Juke Diesel sits at 104g/km, keep that up and Nissan are looking at a bill of €855 per Juke sold. €17,100 per GT-R, thats about the cost of a UK Juke - in EU fines.
Ten years down the line when manufacturers notice we are printing copies of their cars, we have to agree to license terms that say we have only paid for the right to use the car, we are not legally allowed to look at its internals.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on To The Stratosphere & Beyond:</br> 3D Printing & The Future Of Cars
I remember the first time I saw a Morgan, the DeWalt Aero 8 Le Mans entry in 2002(?). I remember laughing at the audacity of entering such a serious race in some kind of 30's mobster car and have since loved Morgan's complete refusal to build a car with modern styling while 'modern' companies all around them struggled to make ends meet.
1 month, 1 week ago on How To Sharpen A Wooden Sword:<br /> Morgan’s Mean GT3 Machine
@John That reflection does look far too much like him.
I remember about a month ago I was driving my Eunos Roadster in not exactly the best of open top motoring weather (with a slight grin on my face) and stopped at a junction then heared this cacophony of exhaust bark and an old boy went past me in an open top Morgan. I couldn't help but break a smile, I can't think of any other single car that does that.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Making A Morgan: <br/>If You Could, You Wood Too
@WesleyCouture NVH probably, theres nothing inherently wrong with a timing belt.
2 months, 1 week ago on Triple Boost: Volvo’s 450hp 2.0L Four
@thecottonmouth That damper mounting does look like a pretty bad idea now you mention it.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on An Audi That Hates Corners
An Audi that hates corners? A regular Audi then? Sorry. I can't believe how well that old block holds up to power these days, especially given how many generations of engine Audi have since replaced it with.
Boom. 10th photo down and video.
3 months, 1 week ago on The Twin Turbo V8 Porsche Boxster
@Speedhunters @noseflip1 I think it was in another article somewhere, not a featured car though. I will have a trawl
Wheel fittment people, take note.
@Peter_Kelly @cnk 100,000rpm is fairly slow for a turbo I seem to recall. Double that is more than possible on smaller ones.
@ITB I'm still trying to work out what kind of professional shop fits an understeer inducing wheel setup on a front wheel drive car. I don't entirely understand the concept of fitting performance parts, then fitting un-performance parts.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on A Golf Cup Car For The Street
Bah! Plastic overfenders, what happened to grafting on Vauxhall Nova GTE box arches!
Given it's a blue car, I think it should have Willans harnesses, they do the exact same shade of blue.
But that wouldn't be the point would it.
4 months, 1 week ago on You Decide: LaSupra Is Asking…
Call me bland but I would really like to see the Austin Healey Sprite MK IV, with the late model facelift. Maybe one of the late 90s John Cooper Si A-Series engines though, 90bhp sounds better than 65bhp and it's technically the same engine. The reason being that if something is going to be re manufactured, it may as well be something I could afford to buy and drive.
4 months, 1 week ago on 50 Years Old But Brand New:</br> The Return Of The Lightweight E-Type
Why can't Toyota run something like this in the UK? Or is it because it 'encourages spirited driving' and is therefore illegal?
4 months, 1 week ago on The Scion Tuner Challenge Starts Now!
@robert armantrout Nope, I think the only factory turbo Miata / MX-5 / Roadsters were the BBR Turbo (or whatever it was called), which was a turbo kit endorsed by Mazda and the limited edition 787B coloured one sold in the UK based on the BBR.
The 1.4 Multiair would be a brilliant engine choice, the output is certainly sufficient but would put Mazda in a sticky spot if they wanted to release one at the 200bhp mark.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Do You Hear Boost? <br />The Sound Of The 2016 Miata
I thought it was already pretty much confirmed it was getting a Skyactiv stupidly high compression NA engine. I forget the source of that statement though, might have been Autocar (for what that's worth)
@Onecton Nothing wrong with the choice of model from Ford's current lineup. I blame marketing. he should have a RS200 there, still Ford, still rally.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Hoonigan Racing HQ: The Video Tour
How do different layouts of multi turbo systems affect gas flow.
On a V engine for example...
-Left head exhaust feeds left head turbo, right feeds right, both feed the same intake manifold.
-Left head exhaust feeds left head turbo, right feeds right, left feeds left head intake manifold, right feeds right.
-Left head exhaust feeds left head turbo, right feeds right, left feeds RIGHT head intake manifold, right feeds LEFT.
-All cylinders feed larger single turbo.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Boost Control: We Want Your Questions!
Must be pretty annoying to be so in Ford's pocket that the most interesting car you can get in your shed is a current model reasonably priced family hatch.
@TarmacTerrorist @Hotcakes I tried to find a EK4 Civic last month, nothing left is in good condition. Same goes for the 1.4 non-vtec. I had a 1.4 once, sold it for peanuts because 'there's loads of them right?' All that's left are EK9's which I can't really justify around £7000 for. I can almost buy a Audi RS4 for that kind of money.
7 months ago on Six Of The Best From SoWo
@Jake Laird @jcali Don't take horsepower too seriously. My current car has 190bhp more than my previous car, I think it's boring in comparison.
7 months ago on 2015 Mustang: To Wide, Or Not To Wide?
Don't designers get taught about proportions in design anymore? The Porsche 993 GT2 is widebody, the arches blend nicely with the rear of the car. These just extrude straight out the side. The front extensions ruin the angularity of the light cluster and appear to form a crease offset from the car's natural feature line. The rears interfere with the haunches in very much the same way because they are too small in diameter and a completely opposite to the square shoulder of the original body.
The proposition of a Turbo charged 2 liter 4-wheel drive sports car is anything but interesting, soon it's all there will be.
7 months, 1 week ago on Return Of The S2000? With AWD & Boost?
Dropping a car that low makes the wheels look oversize, oversize wheels are like oversize watches.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Cruisin’ The Family Supercar
I still cant get my head around SUVs. If you want a 4 wheel drive luxury car with loads of luggage space that pulls like a train, you buy a RS6. In this price bracket at least. The only one I can really understand is the Range Rover, and that' only because if you want a luxury car to drive over a field, it fits the bill.
1 year, 3 months ago on Sport Utility Bonkers: The Cayenne Turbo S
Get someone to drive either Snake Pass (A57 between Sheffield and Glossop) or Cat 'n' Fiddle (A53, A54 and A537 between Buxton and Macclesfield) in England. Both have a sheep hazard, which always adds to the mix and a each has a good pub.
1 year, 3 months ago on A Good Day To Drive Hard:<br />Hahntennjoch In An Evo
Rover 75 V8? If only they put the proper cylinder heads on it.
1 year, 3 months ago on Discussion: The Best Factory Sleeper Ever
@Speedhunters_Bryn @Acc Someone needs to tell Audi how to do this, then maybe they can start putting engines where they are supposed to be. Not hanging off the front of the chassis like a Morgan three wheeler.
1 year, 3 months ago on Carbon Not Dated: The Secret Zakspeed Calibra
It's like watching German highlights of the DTM
-This guy won, now you can sit and watch it knowing the outcome.
1 year, 3 months ago on In The Moment: The Pole Sitter
Being designed and built by the original model's manufacturer. Doesn't matter if it shares nothing but shape in common.
1 year, 4 months ago on Poll: A Question Of Authenticity
@JDMized @cornerbalance The world needs to see a tour of Engine Developments
1 year, 6 months ago on Carbon Fiber Magic: A Look At Dome
@Brad_S There are plenty of cheaper options on the market (and I'm not talking about spring chops). You just get a lower grade product. You definitely get what you pay for with things like dampers.
1 year, 6 months ago on Ask The Expert: Kw Answers Your Questions
Is that a leather covered trunk? I need to get on the case, need to expand my side pods to fit some audio equipment.
1 year, 6 months ago on ULTIMATE WAGON: THE DUBKORPS AVANT
You would have to trade it in for a 330d first, then use the money left to buy some wheels and wrap.
1 year, 6 months ago on Messer Is More: The Turbo Fan Audi A7
I don't agree with the S badge on the grill. The grill mod is fine but leaving the S badge on it is no better than sticking a Type R badge on a D14 Civic or fitting an intercooler behind the grill to give the impression of a turbo setup. Its subtle but its still 'rice'. Or 'sausage' in this case.
Also S-Line and S are two different things entirely. S-Line cars say S-line on the grill. This just says S.
Have Toyota got so far out of touch with developing sports cars that they need a more experienced manufacturer to hold their hand these days?
1 year, 7 months ago on TOYOTA WORKING ON NEW SUPRA WITH BMW?
@ComJive Those days of manufacturers being competitive 'to prove they were the best' has long gone unfortunately.
There should be a rule set by the FIA that to use a manufacturers name, the car must be built inside the manufacturers plant by a team of engineers who have x number of years experience designing road cars. Modern race teams have no soul.
1 year, 7 months ago on Sébastien Loeb Tests The 208 T16 Pikes Peak
@Matt Burgess Current production engine!
1 year, 7 months ago on The Gt-r Versus The Ski Slope
That would be amazing but given the effort to rework it into a 2L N/A (which I don't recall Nissan having a good one) or a 1.6T makes running a 1.6T Juke a much more sensible option.
Cramming a R35 into the small engine restrictions of the FIA rules would probably ruin the car as a whole and leave it uncompetitive.
The world needs more snow / ice hill climbs
No Rover V8!?
1 year, 9 months ago on Poll: Great American V8s
@speedhunters_dino That's awesome. Still, surely its life could be prolonged by not having it drag along the floor.
1 year, 9 months ago on Style Comes First At The Excite King 2013
That Skyline must get through a few tow rings.
Actually you're probably still correct.
1 year, 9 months ago on Fast Car Magazine Preview: Dirty Downforce
Are daft shoes a prerequisite of a feature?