The world’s fastest electric car? – BBC Top Gear

Remember the Detroit Electric SP:01? Announced in 2013, it followed a well-thumbed recipe and promised to be an esoteric entrant in the eco-friendly sports car class.

SP:01

SP:01

Well, it’s back and in production form ahead of official sales in 2015. And it’s a bit different to before, adopting a new fastback body which lends it bold new rear styling as well as better handling, thanks to its new rear wing and diffuser combination.

SP1

As a result, it looks helpfully different to an Elise or a Tesla Roadster, with a hint of the wonderfully hardcore original Exige about it now. Good job, given it’s set to cost around £80,000, a figure quickly approaching BMW i8 money.

Under the skin, a 282bhp electric motor drives the rear wheels. With a hot hatch-like weight of 1175kg, it’s enough to hustle the SP:01 to 155mph via a 3.7sec 0-60mph time.

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via The world’s fastest electric car? – BBC Top Gear.

Would you consider an electric sports car like this?

By the way, if you thought this looked like a Lotus…you’d be correct, they used the base platform (frame, etc.).  Lots of heated comments on this item, some say it’s not the fastest electric car!!  Join in, let me know what you think!!

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Detroit Electric shows its year-late battery sports car

Detroit Electric giving a look at the rear end of what it considers the final version of its SP:01 battery-fueled electric sports car. The car will be somewhat similar to the Tesla Roadster no longer in production. Both are pure battery-power two
Detroit Electric Unveils Revamped SP:01

While production of the Detroit Electric car is set to fire up soon, don’t expect to see too many rolling around on American streets. The company says that it will be concentrating on establishing itself in key Asian and European markets before taking

C6 2007 Corvette – Fuel Gauge/Low Fuel/Service Fuel System

If you’ve viewed the links below you’ll know that there are a few glitches that you need to be aware of with the some of the C6 Corvettes and most you can live with….at least for a while.

One of those is the fuel gauge issue mentioned in this  posting  C6 07 Corvette – Fuel Gauge/Low Fuel/Service Fuel System http://wp.me/p2YxYx-I4 .   So here’s the rest of the story.

The gauge issue started out as an intermittent annoyance, which only occurred when I filled the tank(s).  As you can see in the above posting and subsequent postings/comments that there was a common ‘solution’ for the problem.  Most owners believed that the use of Techron gas additive would clear that up.  But I’m betting most of them discovered that it wasn’t a dirty sensor, but a defective on.   I tried the Techron solution for months and it never seemed to clear up.  Eventually the gauge failed to work at all, except every now and then it would kick up and hang at a position on the gauge for a few miles and then drop back to the empty position.

Recently (within the last month) it began to work in the opposite direction, steadily showing some sort of fuel level, but inaccurate.

Here are the offending pieces – (there a long back story on how I got the old parts and I’ll share that in the past part of this post).

Fuel Pump

Fuel Pump

Fuel Pump with pressure fuel line fitting

Fuel Pump with pressure fuel line fitting

Bottom with sensor connection

Bottom with sensor connection

Fuel pump - Top

Fuel pump – Top

Fuel filter

Fuel filter

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Bottom

Bottom

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Fuel Pressure fitting.  You need the release tool to disconnect

Fuel Pressure fitting. You need the release tool to disconnect

Sensor and float

Sensor and float

sensor

sensor

Sensor

Sensor

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The sensor run about $150 depending on where you find them and the fuel pump it’s self from $499 – $600.

More of the store coming up.

Stay Tuned!!!!

Tim

Also see  Livin’ with the  Glitches – 07 Corvette

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C6 07 Corvette – Fuel Gauge/Low Fuel/Service Fuel System

http://wp.me/p2YxYx-I4

Carbon-Fiber and Red Pagani Huayra! – Auto-Hype

Awesome looking, yes?

Crazy Exhaust!!!

Crazy Exhaust!!!

With Huayra’s  mid-engine placement, heck that exhaust is much more then just headers!!!

What the hell is up with those mirrors?!!??

What the hell is up with those mirrors?!!??

 

The mirrors are just a ‘NO BUY’ for me.  If I’m going to spend over 1mil for a car it wouldn’t be with those…..what?  Look at the spec before making that statement?  O.K. let’s look at ‘em.

 

MY MY!!!

MY MY!!!

 

O.K.   I’d buy it and rip the mirrors off…that ought to be good for 100th of a second off that 3.0, 0-60 timing.

See more here:    Carbon-Fiber and Red Pagani Huayra! – Auto-Hype.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Beautiful Pagani Huayra Unloaded at Monticello

The Monticello Motor Club in New York was built for the purpose of testing drivers and cars, but also designed to be safe for the novice first-timer. The road course has over four miles of track and is set on 175 wooded acres. This club puts on many

Compressed-Air Supercharging

Westech performance compressed air-supercharging

Westech performance compressed air-supercharging

 

There are very few new ideas in the world of high performance. But with modern technology, we can often revisit a clumsy, old idea and make it more efficient. Such is the case with compressed-air supercharging. The idea is simple enough. Compress and store a large volume of air into a high-pressure tank. Use a pressure regulator to control the air coming out of the tank, and step it down to a traditional boost pressure. Introduce the air on demand, and you have a killer supercharger that doesn’t create parasitic losses because the engine is not using power to drive it. Sounds simple enough, so what’s the catch?

Check out the details @ Compressed-Air Supercharging.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

New 8-Speed Enables Quicker, More Efficient Corvette

I’m a GM fan. Have been since I  was a kid and currently drive a C6 Corvette as my daily.  I’m also a manual transmission guy so automatic transmission really aren’t a preferred option. Of course the new Corvettes has paddel-shifting which is state of the art, but what do I do with my left leg???!!!!

 

DETROIT – The all-new, GM-developed Hydra-Matic 8L90 paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission offered in the 2015 Corvette Stingray and Z06 enhances performance and efficiency, while delivering exceptional refinement and world-class shift responsiveness that rivals the world’s best dual-clutch transmissions.

In fact, in the 2015 Corvette Stingray, it enables a class-leading 29-mpg EPA highway estimate – a 3.5-percent increase in fuel economy over the previous six-speed automatic – and a quicker 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds, all while delivering wide-open-throttle upshifts quicker than those of the dual-clutch transmission offered in the Porsche 911.

“GM’s new 8L90 eight-speed automatic represents a rare win-win-win scenario for customers,” said Kavoos Kaveh, global chief engineer for eight-speed automatic transmissions. “It offers greater performance and efficiency, while weighing less than the transmission it replaces. That’s a rare accomplishment in the industry today – and one for which GM has been awarded more than two dozen patents.”

via New 8-Speed Enables Quicker, More Efficient Corvette.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2015 Hydra-Matic 8L90 (M5U) Eight Speed RWD Automatic Transaxle

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Chevrolet Corvette (C7)

seven-speed manual with rev-matching technology or an Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, a
GM makes 8-speed automatic transmission standard on 2015 Chevrolet …

The GM-developed Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed is approximately the same size and weight as the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic. Its 7.0 overall gear ratio spread is wider than GM’s six-speed automatic transmissions, providing a numerically higher …

This is the 707bhp SRT Charger Hellcat – BBC Top Gear

Rowan Horncastle14 August 2014

This is the 707bhp SRT Charger Hellcat

Dodge’s tuning wing unveils the fastest and most powerful production four-door in the world. Run for the hills

via This is the 707bhp SRT Charger Hellcat – BBC Top Gear.

 

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

hellcat charger

Why Dodge Is Building a 707-Horsepower Hellcat Charger

Fiat Chrysler unveiled the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat on Wednesday. Like its Challenger sibling, the Hellcat Charger is being positioned as an extreme high-performance car that is also a practical daily driver. Source: Fiat Chrysler. To the

Roush previews their own version of the 2015 Mustang | Mustang News

As we get closer and closer to the 2015 Mustang getting into customer hands, we are also starting to see more previews of the various aftermarket Mustangs that will be built. We’ve earlier shown you versions from Saleen, Steeda and Galpin Auto Sports, and now we can show you the newest one from Roush. The company today released a photo with the outline of what is presumably a 2015 Roush Mustang on their Facebook page, although with the exception of the 5-spoke wheels it’s impossible to tell some of the design changes.

Roush didn’t offer up much information either. They simply said to “keep a close eye on our page during the coming weeks as we start to pull back the curtains and reveal what Roush Performance has planned for the 2015 Ford Mustang.”

From the looks of the image we suspect the photo is real and not just a rendering like other previews. This wouldn’t be a huge surprise, as Roush has close ties with Ford and often collaborates on engineering. In the past Roush has had early access to create parts for the Mustang and often is first to market with their aftermarket version. We fully expect to see a Roush Mustang in the next couple months, so stay tuned!

via Roush previews their own version of the 2015 Mustang | Mustang News.

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Thanks for reading.

Tim

Roush Teases Their 2015 Ford Mustang – We Reveal More with Crude Editing

While we don’t know anything about the 2015 Roush Mustang, we do have the shadowy image above that teases the next generation aftermarket tuned Mustang and thanks to my very questionable photo editing skills – we have an even better look at the fine …

roush mustang

 

Ain’t Social Media Great? Converstation with Top Gears’ Rutledge Wood

Are you a fan of Top Gear?  I am!  Have been since it’s been on cable.  Of course we don’t travel in the same circles, Rut has his Fox Sports gig(covering motorsports) beside all the Top Gear filming and promo events and I’m a wannabe writer, covering the automotive world.  So it’s highly unlikely we’d cross paths and sit down for a car discussion.  Unless????

That is what’s so great about the age we live in.  On my twitter account (@restortation)  I’m a follower (among many) of Top Gear and guys (Tanner, Rut (@rutledgewood) and Adam).  Just luck let me catch a Tweet by Rutledge that mentioned that he had a Facebook event today where fans could chat with him.

So I closed my office door (yeah I was at work) and joined the crowd on Facebook.  I actually got a few questions answered.  Here they are:

Write a reply…

Tim Sweet: Who finds the cars you use in the show? Private individuals?

Rutledge Wood: I have found almost all the ones I’ve used…but I’m not in LA to go test drive them. We have some amazing producers that bust their butts for us. Huge support team…but we find most of them online. Craigslist, Auto trader, and even a few on ebay

Tim Sweet: Thanks…great!!!!

Tim Sweet:  So who is the STIG…I won’t tell anyone….?
Rutledge Wood: honeslty…I have no idea. They wont talk to me. Never seen them.

Rutledge Wood: I want them to give me a hug

Tim Sweet: Everyone wants to hug the STIG

Tim Sweet: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. I got to get back to this ‘work’ thing I do every day…my C6 needs a super charger!!!! Take care!!!!

Rutledge Wood: Thanks! Good luck with the C6 !

 

Twitter and Facebook are great tools.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

'Top Gear's' Rutledge Wood on

Two Time Trophy winner. 1970 Mustang

Two Time Trophy winner. 1970 Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang GT output released

The 5.0-liter V8 is probably what fans are most excited to hear about — it’s good for 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. That’s a tidy 15 hp and 10 lb-ft increase over the outgoing model, and it’s within spitting distance of the 444-hp Boss 302. Not bad.

The two other motors aren’t too shabby, either. The 3.7-liter V6 gets 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, and the turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four EcoBoost puts down a very respectable 310 hp and 320 lb-ft. For some perspective, the V8-powered 2005 Ford Mustang GT put down just 300 hp, so we’ve clearly come a long way — and there’s no telling just what other, even hotter versions of this new Mustang are in the works.

Read more here:

via 2015 Ford Mustang GT output released.

2015 Mustang - 435 HP!!!

2015 Mustang – 435 HP!!!

That’s an exciting car!!!!!

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim