vineri, 23 martie 2018

How Do Racing Teams Store Fuel?

by on 08:12
For those who race, and those who simply have a passion for the sport, the subtle intricacies of the most successful teams can prove fascinating. Every detail of their strategies is finely honed, so that they can do in seconds what the mere mortals among us take hours to accomplish.

We’ve each watched the Formula 1 teams perform their pit stops in open-mouthed fascination. Cars are jacked up, tires are ripped off and reset, and damaged parts are replaced, all in the blink of an eye. The overall-clad figures move like an automaton, the routine as fluid and seamless as a finely tuned machine in motion.

For those who aspire to be like them and enjoy their own degree of success, and even those who simply want to gain a greater knowledge of the sport, understanding how teams are managed is a real point of interest, and one factor that should never be overlooked is how fuel is stored and transported on and between racetracks. That’s why we’ve created this handy breakdown for your reading pleasure…

The Formalities

Despite the passion and rawness of racing, it is an incredibly well regulated sport, and this strictness applies as much to fuel as it does to every other area. There are various guidelines set out by the governing bodies behind major motorsports, and these must be followed to a tee. They determine everything from the type of fuel that’s used, to how it’s stored and transported between racetracks, and teams must have an in-depth knowledge of all of the rules and regulations relating to this.


Many of these rules and regulations focus on how fuel is stored, and most bodies require the use of bunded tanks. Hardwearing and strong, they prevent any spillages from contaminating the racetrack and surrounding areas, and are particularly useful when fuel or oil is being stored close to drains or an area of natural beauty. They tend to be crafted from dark plastic or materials, as lighter coloured outer surfaces let in too much light, and this often contaminates the fuel, impacting its lifespan and potency.


Although bunded tanks are perfect for storing fuel on-track, they are not ideal for transporting it between different locations, so additional specialist equipment is usually used to move it from A to B. This helps to prevent any contamination or safety risks arising during its relocation, and thus stops injuries to the team and problems with the fuel from materialising.

Safety Features To Look Out For On Your New Car

by on 08:07

As much as we want a glam car which can get us from A to B, safety is definitely something that should be the top priority. After all, with millions getting into an accident every year, we need to make our vehicle as safe as possible. That way, we can avoid accidents while on the road. Therefore, when it’s time to look for a new car, you need to make sure it has these safety features before you sign on the dotted line.

Lane detection technology

I think we are all guilty of drifting into other lanes by accident when we are driving. After all, we might get distracted which can cause us to go off course. Or if you have been driving for a while on a long stretch, it’s easy to drift over by accident. But if you do this, you could end up in an accident with another car on the road. In fact, a lot of accidents which result in injuries and even death have been down to people not staying in their lanes. Therefore, you should look into a vehicle which has lane detection technology. That way, it will alert you if you are drifting so that you don’t end up in the other lane. And it can help you to avoid accidents when you are out on the road. A lot of the new cars like the Subaru Levorg estate have this technology which can keep you safe.

Traction control

When bad weather occurs, it can be hard to keep control of our vehicle. But it might mean that our tyres can slip when we try to accelerate. And then the car might end up out of control. In fact, you could end up going off the road or onto the other side in front of another vehicle. Therefore, to ensure this doesn’t happen, you should get a vehicle with traction control which will stop wheels from spinning widely. It will limit the power of the car meaning you are less likely to get a wheel slip which will see you sliding out of control!

An automatic braking feature

A lot of people who have been in accidents look back to wish they had breaked quicker. After all, they might have stopped an accident from occurring which could have prevented your family getting injuries. However, if you get a car with an automatic braking feature, it can do the work for you so that you don’t live with regret.

After all, if the vehicle thinks a collision is about to occur, it will help you to slow down in time, so the impact isn’t so great. And it will make a loud noise which will also alert you to how close the other vehicle is from your car. That way, you won’t get in a high-impact accident which will see you needing to find some form of a lawyer like Bradley Johnson Attorneys to claim the damages to your car and your family members! And the system works as studies have shown that automatic braking has reduced road accidents!

And remember to opt for a vehicle which has front and side airbags which could save your life!

miercuri, 14 martie 2018

Be the Safest Driver You Can Be

by on 04:06
As a driver, you have a responsibility not only to yourself but to everyone else on the road as well. So, if you can improve your skills in any way, you should take steps to do this.

As well as looking after your own safety and the safety of those around you, keeping out of accidents also has the other advantage of reducing your insurance premiums.

So, in this blog post, we will be looking at a few of the ways that you can train yourself to be a better driver. Whether you are just getting behind the wheel for the first time or you are an experienced motorist, here is some advice that you can use.

Take Additional Driving Courses

You may have thought that the one to get your license was the last driving test that you needed to take, but there is nothing wrong with advancing your skills.

First of all, there are many classes like American Safety Council's defensive driving course which can save you money on insurance and keep points off your license. Some of the information provided in these courses is likely to be things that you have long-forgotten and the course may even give you useful tips to be a better driver.

There are also plenty of advanced driving courses which will help you to upgrade the skills you already have.

Go Back to Basics

When you are learning to drive, the techniques that you are being taught are designed to make you the best driver that you can be.

However, a couple of months (or even a couple of minutes) after you have passed your test, many of these good habits quickly fall by the wayside. For example, keeping your hands properly positioned on the steering wheel to give you maximum control is an essential part of driving, yet so many people keep one arm by their side or resting out of the window.

Before you even set off, you should be adjusting your mirrors to give you the best view of the road around you. The last thing that you want to be doing is fixing your mirrors when you are out on the highway!

Remove All Distractions

Let’s face it, the main distraction while you are driving is one item - your smartphone. The number of accidents caused by people on their phones is rising, and to avoid adding to this number, you should keep your phone elsewhere.

To avoid any temptation to check in while you are on the road, you could set it to silent mode and store it away in your glove compartment. Getting caught on your phone can also result in a hefty fine and points on your license if you needed another reason to put it away.

Stick to the Limit

Though we all want to get to our destinations faster, there is no point doing so at the expense of your safety. If you don’t end up in an accident, you could easily wind up with a ticket.

Not only this, it is the more fuel efficient method of driving as well, so you will also save yourself some money. In fact, conservative driving is always going to be the best approach when it comes to fuel efficiency, so avoid any harsh braking and acceleration when you can, don’t follow too close to the car in front of you and adjust your driving depending on the conditions. We will go into more detail about this later on in the article.

Know the Best Way to Merge in Traffic

Lane merging is an issue for a lot of drivers - even many of the more experienced ones. While some people wait right until the last minute to join the flow of traffic, others take their place a long time before an exit.

In fact, the ‘zipper merge’ system is a good one to learn. But even when people are driving aggressively and try to force their way in front of you, the best policy is to simply let them do this. If you try to block them off, you could lead them into becoming more unpredictable and an accident could easily ensue.

Adjust Your Driving Depending on Conditions

Hazardous conditions can affect even the best drivers, so you need to be prepared to adjust your driving depending on what you are facing. For example, you need to know what to do if you start skidding in icy conditions, how to drive properly at night time, and how to deal with reduced visibility caused by snow or rain.

Once you have the theoretical knowledge, you then need to start putting the techniques into practice on the road. Good driving takes a conscious shift in what you are currently doing rather than being a quality which comes naturally.

Drive safe!

marți, 6 martie 2018

Renault EZ-GO, an electric, autonomous, shared « robo-vehicle » concept

by on 01:54
Today at the Geneva Motor Show, Renault introduced a robo-vehicle and ride-hailing concept, with an iconic design meant to integrate into the environment, and maximize new ways of moving around congested cities.

A first of its kind, Renault EZ-GO, an electric, autonomous, shared « robo-vehicle » concept is both a vehicle and a service that allows people to hail a ride either from a fixed or mobile location. Renault believes vehicle-service integration combined with connection to city infrastructure - leveraging sensors, data analytics, connected services, multimodal systems and more - will be a key characteristic of successful mobility solutions and smart cities of the future.

EZ-GO is the first of a series of Renault concept cars focused on mobility services that will be unveiled during 2018. EZ-GO follows the successful introduction of Renault’s electric, connected, level-4 autonomous drive demo car for individual ownership, SYMBIOZ.

EZ-GO, a shared robo-vehicle and service which could be operated by private or public companies, is complementary to passenger cars and public transport options such as the metro or buses. EZ-GO was designed with individuals or small groups in mind.

Available on demand, via an application as well as through permanent stations throughout the city, the robo-vehicle combines the flexibility and comfort of individual cars with the efficiency, safety and worry-free driving delegation offered by public transport.

EZ-GO’s innovative architecture and cocoon-like styling was designed to maximize the field of vision of the autonomous system's sensors, and allow natural light through the panoramic glass roof. The robo-vehicle’s height does not interfere with pedestrians' view of the city. Once connected to its station, EZ-GO offers a wide flat floor flush with the boarding ramp, making it easy to get onboard, whether walking or with wheels. The characteristics of EZ-GO make it possible to change usage and user scenarios, keeping with the "Easy Life" approach which is at the heart of Renault’s DNA.

Renault EZ-GO has level 4 autonomous driving capability which means the vehicle is able to manage its distance from the vehicle in front, stay in lane, change lanes and turn all by itself at a junction. It can also move into a safe position in cases of exceptional incidents in its vicinity, either by itself or through its connectivity with a monitoring center. Renault EZ-GO actively bolsters its users' safety thanks to its limited speed (50 km/h – 30 mph), its wide front opening is safe and away from the road for passengers when getting in and out, and the light marking the ground outside to indicate where the platform will land.

4CONTROL, Renault’s innovative four-wheel steering technology, is also employed to impart agility and increased safety.

While EZ-GO represents a vision of the robo-vehicle of the future, Groupe Renault’s ambition is to bring new shared mobility solutions to market through a mix of car sharing, carpooling, ride hailing and robo-vehicle services. To deliver these mobility solutions Groupe Renault will continue in an open innovation approach with partners, public sector and leveraging the deep R&D resources across Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

luni, 5 martie 2018

Perfect Convertibles For Summer :-)

by on 06:35
Summer is amost here, and with it predicted heatwaves all across the world. You might be in the market for a new car this summer, and the heat has convinced you that maybe purchasing a convertible could be helpful to combat the heat for all the years to come

There are a plethora of stunning convertibles out there these days, but which should you purchase? Are all of the best convertibles manufactured in 2017, or can you afford to go cheaper with a used vehicle from a few years ago and still maintain the levels of style, comfort, and class that you’re after?

What cars are easy to maintain, and can help you keep costs low when hiring a mechanic repair service? Cars come in all different shapes and sizes, but the practicalities must be taken into account when it comes to owning a convertible because it’s easy to get less car for your money thanks to the adjustable sunroof.

Whether you’d like to go for soft-top or hard-top vehicles, follow this list and you’re sure to be well-informed about your purchase.

Our's favorite: MINI Convertible :-)

Audi TT Roadster

The Audi TT Convertible Roadster is a beautiful car but in exchange for that beauty, it has slightly less practicality. The car only sports two seats, and that can mean that there’s a select set of considerations that you’d be happy driving this car for. You won’t be able to pick up the children from school in it, for example.

However, the Audi name is hard at work here, and the luxurious feel allows you to feel right at home in it’s technologically advanced interior. Sporting either an 181 brake horsepower TT Ultra diesel, or a petrol engine such as the TTS can help you saved more money than a similarly priced Porsche Boxster. The limited seats in this vehicle can also work in your favor economically, less weight equals less fuel used to consume during your long-distance journey. This might seem like a small consideration to place in the ‘pro’ category, but during a long distance drive, or if you want a retirement vehicle you’re sure to appreciate it.

No matter what convertible you choose, you’re bound to look stylish when driving it. Be sure to maintain your hood well, and you’ll have a vehicle on your hands that will treat you well for years to come.

MINI Convertible

For a great little runabout, a MINI is all you need. Developing a reputation for style and class over decades, Mini convertible options now continue that legacy with beautiful soft-top options that look arguably better than any convertible roadster you can get your hands on. Cooper D and Cooper DS diesel options can help you save money in fuel costs, and this focus on economical operation has the MINI crowning our list.

For the money, you get an awful lot of car. If purchasing one new seems out of your price range, then consider getting one used, and making sure all of the convertible roofing is still operational. If interested, you can read into the fascinating history of the MINI on web. You’ll fall in love with the MINI brand after this purchase for some time to come.

Good benefits of buying a new car

by on 05:41

Good benefits of buying a new car

The majority of people look into getting a used car when it’s time to replace their current vehicle. After all, it’s cheaper, and many used cars are still in brilliant condition. That being said, there are some benefits to buying a brand new car that might just make the expense worth it. Here are 3 benefits you should look into:

Economical Reasons

New cars are becoming more and more eco friendly. They don’t cause as much damage to the environment thanks to lower Co2 emissions, and have come a long way in years passed. You can even get great hybrid cars that have the benefits of traditional models and eco friendly models com

Available Features

Having a state of the art new car is a dream for many people. The available features in brand new cars are second to none and will give you the ultimate driving experience. Automotive electronics are evolving so quickly, that buying a used car means your technology is already outdated. You can usually spec your car just as you want it to be too, making it the perfect car for your style and needs.

Better Finance Rates

A used car will cost less than a new one at first, but the interest rate you pay will be higher. Low interest financing and even cash rebates are offered to those considering buying a new car, so this is something you should think about.

The signs of a good car

by on 05:38
We all know that reliability is one of the most important factors in any car. Yet it is often not until you have had a car for a long time that it becomes clear how reliable or not the vehicle is. It is helpful to know however, as it can help to prepare you for the worst.

Fortunately, there are a number of clear signs that your car is likely to prove to be eligible, even fairly early on. In this article, we are going to discuss this very topic, and take a look at some of the most obvious and clear signs of reliability in a car. If you see these in your car, you can be sure it is probably a pretty good sign indeed.

There Are No Strange Sounds Or Smells

It is useful to keep all of your senses wide open here, as there are a number of ways in which problems can manifest and show themselves up.

As well as watching what the car actually does when you are driving it, it makes sense to keep an eye out for anything which seems wrong in terms of the smell it makes or any sounds which you might be able to hear. Unusual smells and sounds are usually not a good sign, so if these are lacking you can probably feel pretty safe with your vehicle.

It Starts Well

One of the biggest things you should watch out for is how well it starts. If you turn the key and find that it takes ages to choke, then you might well have more serious problems with it further down the line. However, if it tends to just start right away, then you can be relatively sure that it will do you good in the future.

There are plenty of other aspects to cars of course, so the engine isn’t everything. But as long as it is starting without any hassle, you can at least be sure that it is likely to be fairly reliable all round. If you start to notice your engine taking a little longer to start, then you might want to have it looked at before it becomes much worse.

It Rarely Breaks Down

Of course, the last thing you want with your car is for it to break down. Having to take your car to the auto repair every month is not a good sign. Nonetheless, cars do break down all the time, so it is vital that you keep an eye out for this particularly overt sign of an unreliable car.

If your car never breaks down, there is not really a clearer sign that it is a healthy and reliable car which should serve you well. If it starts to happen, the last thing you want to do is to ignore it, as this can easily lead to further and further complications. So make sure that you keep on top of it, and if breakdowns start happening all over the place, it might be time to find a more reliable vehicle.