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During hot weather getting around in a car (especially true for longer trips), may be a real pain the ass. Only thing that can ease up the suffering is an AC accessory, also known as air conditioner. It’s always a more pleasant trip if you have one of those. Yes, it’s true – some will argue that driving with an air conditioner turned on increases the average fuel consumption, but it’s also true that driving with an open window to cool interior and everybody inside the car down is even more serious threat to the fuel economy.
It all comes down to speed. When moving in a city, where there are usually various speed limits, you also have to stop more, for instance, at traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, as well there is a higher chance of stucking in a traffic jam. In all of the above stated cases it’s for sure more economic to drive with open windows than with a turned on AC. However, if the speed exceeds 45 miles an hour, the AC will be a smarter option. At a speed of 60 miles an hour if you move with the windows open, the average fuel consumption will jump up by 20%. What a big deal, right? But it doesn’t stop there: consumption will increase further if you decide to accelerate. In other words, the faster you go, the more fuel, ups, meant money, you are going to burn. It all comes down to aerodynamics and air resistance which stimulate your expenses.
Air conditioners and climate control systems are recommended to anyone driving a vehicle. No, it’s not with a purpose of boosting the economy, but as a safety precaution. It has been scientifically proven that at high temperatures, inside a car, drivers have poorer focus abilities and their reaction time increases dramatically. They become fatigue much faster than it would normally be.
The average interior temperature should be 68-72° F. However, in extreme hot it is recommended to adjust it in a manner that it would not exceed the outdoor temperature by more than a few degrees. Increased difference may lead to chills and negatively impact the driver’s and passenger’s immunity.
Those vehicle owners, whose vehicles are not equipped with air conditioning system, should pay additional attention to where they leave or park their movable property. Leaving it in direct sunlight and it will overheat. Instead, place it somewhere in shade, especially if you’re planning to be busy for some longer period of time. Once you get back, don’t rush, before you jump in and start driving where you need to get, open all windows and doors. Allow the warm air ventilate out of the interior. Remember, it’s a felony to leave children or animals inside a vehicle even for a short time, especially when it’s super hot out there!
Here’s a list of 10 fastest cars on our planet, including the Koenigsegg that happen to be partially or fully produced from the carbon fiber.
Inspired by previously published article on 5 interesting things you probably didn’t know about cars, we have decided to continue with Nissan Leaf. And here are 10 facts you probably don’t know yet about this electromobile!
Leaf is made out of plastic. About 60% of car’s plastic interior components are manufactured from recycled chemical materials, mostly plastic composites or PET bottles. Additionally, 99% of the car’s parts at the end of the production cycle will be apt for recycling, for instance, to produce same plastic bottles or – new Nissan Leaf vehicles.
Batteries have a 100 thousand miles warranty. Nothing lasts forever, and like any other thing Nissan’s batteries will eventually wear out. This is why manufacturer offers 8 year or 100 thousand mile guarantee on Leaf’s batteries. After 10 years of extensive use the batteries should maintain around 70% of their initial capacity, not less. Similarly, Nissan highlights that these modern lithium batteries are fully recyclable.
Shape of the front lights makes the car quieter. One of the toughest issues car designers have to solve are the noise that appears as a result from air resistance while driving at high speed. At 60 miles per hour or more all of the stylistic elements cause noise. Decibel amount in the cabin is particularly important in luxury vehicles, but Nissan Leaf engineers have managed to beat most of the currently produced passenger cars. They have discovered that simple adjustments in front light shape reduces the air pressure on side mirrors that cause most of the noise we can hear when driving fast.
It can be charged by 80% in half an hour. Plugin this vehicle in single phase 220V outlet will require about 8 hours to charge the batteries to their maximal capacity. American standard unfortunately is much lower – 110V which consequently means that charging time will be twice longer. If your pockets are deep enough, it’s possible to get a supercharger – three phase output will aid to charge Leaf’s batteries to 80% in under 30 minutes.
Leaf communicates with you. To be more specific – with your smartphone. Car is able to send you text messages to let you know that it has fully charged or that charging is expelled prematurely for whatever reason. Similarly, you can turn on the AC before you have actually sat in the car – that way it will be cooled down before the journey you are willing to take.
Navigation device is able to show how far you can go. Navigation device shows exact points on map which you can reach with the current battery level. It also updates itself with the newest electricity filling stations near you.
It’s max speed is a bit over 100mph. It’s electronically set maximal speed limit. Appropriate for a car like this. But it should be noted that at maximum speed the vehicle can be driven for only about 20 miles due to the battery capacity.
Leaf gives advice on how to cover larger distance. For instance, turn off the air conditioning, if you want to drive more than 10 miles. Messages like these are displayed on the monitor.
Operating costs are $ 0.03 a mile. Both fuel and electricity is relatively cheap in the US, but still you can save about $90 on every 1000 miles you cover, assuming that cost of running a petrol car is $0.12 a mile.
Nissan Leaf base model costs 19,280 dollars, but there are more expensive modifications available, too. It’s in the state of California that provides most lucrative tax incentives to the electric mobile owners – it offers additional $5,000 discount on top of $7,5000 regular discount every USA state has. To compare, Leaf’s direct competitor, Toyota Prius, has a base price tag of $30,000, that makes it more appealing than ever before.
Recently after a chance encounter with an owner of Phoenix paintless dent removal business that offers car body damage repair using a technique known as paintless dent repair in Phoenix, AZ we received a special order to produce tools used in this repair process. The just acquired client residing in Phoenix was looking for a different type of tools to perform the paintless dent repair service to sort out dents, dings and other panel damages on a car’s body. With our previous affiliation with the automotive industry we were eager for the challenge. From our own experience and from the experience of our Phoenix’s partner we knew that the current tools used for the technique had a lot of space for improvement.
PDR tool production
After some time on research, that also included learning to actually perform the paintless dent repair service on actual dented carbon fiber panels we saw that by using tools with a larger diameter for the tube, the result was an increased strength. After a number of test tools were made and tried out we discovered that that a tube made of carbon fiber with a dimeter of 1-1/4 inches was the golden star. This tube with its inherited stiffness of carbon fiber that is combined with the materials light weight was the perfect combination for any specialist performing paintless dent repair in Phoenix or any other city or country. The tool was still in the same length as the tools used before but the difference came in the strength and the weight, tool we created performed much better with less strength from the technician performing the service and the weight of the tool started at 0.34 pounds compared to the weight of regular tools starting at 1.55 pounds. We were eager to show our client what we had created.
What the client thought about PDR tools
As we presented the tool to our Phoenix’s client he was over the moon, the new tool meant no more fruitless energy used to fight the much heavier aluminum and steel rod bars, no more wasted man power on tool that bends even before applying any pressure on the repair area. We had done what he had hoped for, this was the unique tool he needed that would even further transform the way dents, dings, hail and other damages are repaired on the car’s body.
We know we have you intrigued, so we will explain in more detail about the actual process of paintless dent repair that as it turns out can also be performed on car body parts made out of carbon fiber.
What is paintless dent repair?
It is a rare occasion if a car has not been the unlucky receiver of at least some kind of body part or paint damage, that include door dings, bumper dents or the roof suffering from hail damage. These frustrating marks turns an otherwise excellent condition car into one that looks used and beaten, hence of lower value. But as already mentioned these damages can be easily repaired, with hardly any noticeable or detectable mark of service left on the affected area.
This superb technique used for the repair is known as paintless dent repair. This technique involves a highly trained specialist who with the outmost carefulness yet perfectly massages the dent out of the damaged panel. As long as the paint work is untouched the dent is pushed out when the panel is sucked back in to place from behind, this is then smoothed out for a completely unnoticeable finish. In case the paint has seen some damage this technique is supplemented with just a dab of paint instead of completely replacing and repainting the whole panel of the body that is affected by the dent or damage.
How paintless dent removal (PDR) is performed?
The process of PDR in Phoenix involves in usual case a steel pole, but now also carbon poles and body picks to ease out the dent from the other side of the car’s body surface. Then a special bonding agent is used to pull the dent out completely. The whole procedure is carried out under a fluorescent lightning, this trick ensures that all the dent is taken out, as when the light is aimed at the car the dents are highlighted by darker spots. The final step of the process is known as tapping, this smooths out the edges of the once dented area for a complete finish. The whole repair process is very delicate so must be carried out only by experienced and appropriately trained specialists.
Paintless dent removal services can be carried out on regular material such as aluminum or steel body panels, but as our training showed this can also be done on carbon fiber body panels, and the results are great. The procedure easily, quickly and with low costs gets rid of dents, dings and damage from hail. It is also the preferred repair method of most insurance companies listed on AZ Central in cases of these damages, so don’t worry about filing a claim.
If you opt to have paintless dent repair in Phoenix or anywhere else, you have opted for a process that will return your car to the factory condition with no damage whatsoever done to the original paintwork of the car!
Since auto tuning is related to the cars visual appearance transformation, the importance of its body is significant. Auto body makeover can be broken down into two parts – selecting the parts and choosing the colors. It’s each car owner’s individual choice, for instance, one may want a simple and low profile color for his ride, while the other something that would make him stand out in the crowd, some unusual tone. To get the best results you should get a decent specialist and avoid any DIY tricks. But believe us, the color selection causes less problems than decision on the right body parts. Market is full of high end vehicles with excellent design, hence they don’t require any major improvements; unfortunately, this is true for latest car models that are pretty expensive to buy and run. Best tuning cars have all sport elements custom made, for instance, like for this carbon fiber Lotus Elise. Usually all parts are produced and sold separately, so the design of the body may vary, but there are brands like MTI that support full body part assemblies, where all components have a common design.
Car bodykit is a combination of cars exterior modifications. Typically it consists of a front and rear bumper, fender, spoiler, roof, bonnet, scoop and custom paint job that you can protect by applying paintless dent repair to remove any dents. These details are designed with a manner to complement each other and generally to fit the imaginary looks. Despite this, there are hundreds or thousands of cars with front parts in one unite style, but the rear from completely different one. Bodykits can be made of many materials, but the three most popular ones are fiberglass, polyurethane or carbon fiber. Fiberglass is super cheap material, but cracks easily after a bit stronger contact. Polyurethane is quite popular because it’s more resistant to damage than fiberglass. The most popular material, however, is the carbon fiber – its ultra durable, light and flexible, it can be shaped in any form and size.
Car bodykits have become very popular over the past 20 years. This can be explained by the rapidly expanding tuning industry and the demand for custom vehicle parts. Currently there are several body kit manufacturers who work with kits for different car models and makes and we happen to be one of them!
Car equipped with external devices – roof racks, bike carriers, roof railing, tow hooks – has to be done properly. How should it be done?
Well, first of all, when attaching external devices, don’t ignore the users’ manuals they package together with the product. Follow it carefully, because when attached improperly, they are unsafe to everyone – threatens the health of people and the property around. For example, a bicycle falling from a cars roof can cause a serious traffic accident involving several autos, motorcycles and even lorries. Under such conditions, consequences can be brutal. If you are not capable doing it yourself, don’t be shy and search for help – ask your friends, family. If they can’t do it, go to a mechanic or a dealership. They will definitely know what to do.
If you go for it on your own, be extra careful with the paintwork or carbon finish – it is extremely easy to damage it while both attaching and using the external accessories. Also, be cautious about the permitted weight limits, this is especially important when carrying objects on the cars roof. You can find them in the same user’s manual you found the instructions on how to correctly perform accessory installation process. For the devices designed to be used at the rear side of the car, such as a multiple bike carrier, be sure that the external lighting works properly, that way avoiding the violation of rules and not causing dangers to yourself and others.
Before and after the trip, and during the stops on the journey, make sure that the equipment mounts are still safe. If you drive with something on the roof, it is worth to put a simple reminder (a note, for instance) in front of the panel – this will be enough to remember about the traffic objects that should be avoided like multi-story car parks, highway tunnels etc.
Last but not least, remember that external equipment has a large impact on speed, steering quality and consumption of fuel. Thus, you should remove them once they are not needed anymore.
Video documenting the design and manufacturing process of world’s fastest carbon detailed car – Koenigsegg
Cars are so common objects that we simply can’t think of an alternative lifestyle without them. We can’t recall times when you couldn’t get fast from one side of the city to the other part, just like with sms or watsapp and their predecessor – letter. Despite the necessity and widespread usage of the transport, it turns out there still are many misconceptions about cars. Monstiger Technologies will help to dispel these myths and will help you to see the reality from different perspective.
So, let’s begin. You don’t have to have a brilliant mind to say that a single horsepower is equivalent to one horse. Horsepower, often abbreviated as HP, is a unit measuring the power of any mechanical object, including your car. 1 HP is equal to 746 watts or 33000 lbft tractive. So, actually, one horse has only a power of 0.7 horsepower.
Liked that? Good, here is another one. Panel of a modern car was originally designed as a wooden structure that prevented the driver from mud, sand or any other dirt thrown around by horses when moving at high speeds.
Ok, now from something really historic to something a bit more modern. You probably haven’t heard that the longest time a single person has owned a vehicle is 82 years. In 1928 man named Allen Swift got a Rolls-Royce Piccadilly P1 Roadster as a graduation gift from his father. And owned it till his death in 2010.
The biggest speeding ticket assigned to a person was in excess of one million US dollars. It was assigned to a Swedish citizen for speeding in Switzerland. Poor guy… Imagine what supercar or hypercar can you get for that ton of money.
And… Last but not least: cars are currently the most recycled product in whole world. 95% of car crap that end up in junkyard, are reborn in new vehicles. Thanks to the modern technology, the scrap is turned into new auto parts starting from body panels to aluminum and engine parts.
How many of these 5 facts did you know?