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Two Person Car-The world’s most aerodynamic two-person car achieves 110km/hr on batteries … – Quartz

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The world’s most aerodynamic two person car achieves 110km/hr on batteries …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Two Person Car-New car project will play a big part

This new car design is claimed to be one of the most aerodynamic car ever built with greater efficiency than many other cars ever designed. The guy who designed the cars and the cars engineers were funded

by a scheme called the “Kickstarter Campaign”. This is a business funding scheme that lets investors offer the collateral towards any worthy project that they feel as though they could invest in, and the investors will offer their money to make the Project Management work. The Project Ideas will have a time limit and the money is paid out at the end

Two Person Car

Urbee

of the project.

Funding has been very effective at creating new ventures and getting the inventors and investors round a table to help get some great ideas off the ground, including this Two Person Car . As I have said the money will not be paid out until the project has been finished and up to this day over 40% of projects have reached their climax for more information… http://www.kickstarter.com/

“The name of the new Two Person Car will be Urbee, because of its lozenge shape and it has the ability to slip through the air. The car will be driven by a 7 horse power engine the type used in a lawn mower and is thought to be capable of speeds nearing 70mph, the top speed allowed on British motorways. To prove the cars “green status” the engineers who made the car are hoping to travel from New York to San Francisco on just 10 gallon of bio-fuel a distance of just short of 3000miles, which must be some kind of World record ,if it is achieved.

The car was put together by a 3D printer, which allows for seamless parts

Which makes the car more efficient and reduces the total weight of the completed car. The parts are thinner and much lighter than the ones which are made from the conventional car manufacturing methods”.

Eric Roberts...www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

 

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Air Filters-How they Work-Chevy High Performance Magazine

Air Filters

Air Filters

How Air Filters Work

Chevy High Performance Magazine

For performance air filter manufacturers like Airaid, determining the ideal filter design for each vehicle application is a balancing act between optimal flow and packaging constraints.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

What do CAR AIR FILTERS DO?

Air filters are very important parts of your cars performance system. They help your engine breathe easily by filtering out the dirt and dust that enters your car engine. The car engine sucks in tremendous amounts of air, and this air must be perfectly clean.

It is amazing what the engine will suck in, in summer time it sucks in millions of insects and dust particles and in autumn and winter apart from dirt and grime, the engine sucks in leaves and even water from the winter rains. All these things can end up in the engine compartment and eventually would be sucked into the inlet ports, but your air filter stops all this happening.

The air filter is most often encased in a plastic holder, or older cars could be made of metal. This casing is a secondary filter safeguard and is sometimes they are shaped like

kitchen pans, with the air intake looking like the pan handle, but the more modern cars have them shaped to fit in with the engine compartment. The plastic box has its own filter

air filters

Dirty air filter ready for changing

slits which helps trap larger objects such as leaves.

Air Filters

It is therefore very important to have your car serviced at regular intervals and to make sure that the garage changes the oil and air filter by asking them to see the old ones when you pick the car up. If you do not change the air filter it will slowly clog up with dirt and starve your engine from oxygen.

This will hamper the performance of your car. The biggest problem is in Fuel-injected cars, because a dirty oil filter will hamper the performance of your car. It is great when a customer has just had his car serviced and notices the difference in the cars performance, this is usually because of the new air and oil filters.

Air filters are manufactured by many different companies, but here in Halifax UK we use Unipart filters because of the quality of the parts and we are a Unipart Car Care Centre.

Thanks Eric Roberts member of… MotorCodes.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years . Working for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Hence, before starting my first business. Now own a garage and MOT testing centre.Here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Of course, that will help my business. Members of Point-S and Motor-Codes. So, also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Exhausts Changed-to meet new European Union Emission Laws

Exhausts Changed

Exhausts systems also cost much more than 10 years ago

I can honestly say that I have lived during the most radical changes ever made to cars, due to the new rules about “global warming” and emissions from cars. Back in time when we had Vauxhall Vivas Cavaliers, Chrysler Horizons old type Minis and Ford Cortinas life in the garage was much easier and certainly more stable.

The exhaust systems on those cars would stay the same year after year. So much so that we could order systems in the hundreds at a time and kept a large stock, that we would always sell. In fact we could order exhausts systems by the container load and they would all be sold, (happy days).

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Then the computer came along and car manufacturers could very quickly change car models, they became very flexible changing parts on different models at will.

This included systems. We were finding that Exhausts.  Like other parts would be left on the shelf unsold. Hence,we were becoming very reluctant at keeping exhausts on the shelves. Without, getting stuck with them.Consequently, at this time exhaust wholesalers began to spring up.As a result, and in a short period of time. We decided not to keep an exhaust stock at all. So, and leave it to the wholesalers.In fact. The last stock that we kept in was from Bosal Exhausts. Probably, (the best Exhausts in the World) and that was in the late nineties.

Exhausts Changed

The next thing to affect Exhausts were Vehicle Emissions controls. These were introduced by the British Government. Thus, requiring that cars had to be fitted with “Catalytic Converters.” These cats as we know them. Therefore, are fitted between the car’s engine onto the exhaust pipe system. The gas from the engine is filtered through the cat. Into a very fine filter system. Made from ceramics to withstand the high temperature. The cat has also some precious metals to help filter out the particulates. (this is why the cats are so expensive).

Some car models have a direct fitting cat to the engine. Thus, the engine sends out waste gasses. That are filtered by the cat. As a result, then the cleaner gases pass through the rest of the system. The Exhausts Changed boxes contain a fiberglass type material. Naturally,  that has an extra filter effect but will also muffle the sound that the gases make when leaving the engine. We all know how noisy a car is when the exhaust breaks.

Exhausts systems are better made these days

exhausts

bmw mini back box a modern type exhaust

Some cars have two or even three boxes depending on the size of the engine and car. Here in the UK we do not change the exhaust until it actually breaks, and the we have it replaced and in my opinion this is the best thing to do. Even the worst looking rusty old Car Exhausts  can last for years and it is no use changing your exhaust just because it looks rusty and old, replace it when it breaks, unless it fails the MOT test. The main part to fail on the test will be the cat, if it fails the test the cat will need replacing.

To summarise Cheap Exhaust systems are far better made these and certainly last much longer, cats are also well made and will only fail if the ceramic cone gets damaged or if you go through flooded water, this usually affects the engine management system and your engine light could be illuminated on your dash, triggered off by your cars computer and a replacement will be needed.

Eric Roberts

Lead Acid Auto Batteries-will Not Store for very long without regular charging?

Lead Acid Auto Batteries

You must not store discharged Lead Acid Auto Batteries

Lead acid batteries were a great invention; they have been going strong for over 130 years. Although they may be under threat from today’s lithium-ion batteries, I believe that they hear to stay even much longer, with petrol and electric cars driving side by side. The lead acid batteries have supplied us with Cheap Batteries for the last 60 years, with mass production (mainly from the East and China) lowering the cost of motoring. Customers were able to buy batteries online through the internet.

The advanced battery has been durable and dependable when it is also used correctly. The discharge rate is amongst the lowest in the world and is capable of high discharge rates while

Lead Acid Batteries

Lead Acid Batteries-Smart chargers are now more affordable to buy to keep your battery in tip-top condition throughout the winter period.

Delivering bursts of energy that are capable of starting your car engine on a cold morning.

The big problem occurs when you store your lead acid battery in a “DISCHARGED CONDITION”. The 12 Volt Battery will never re-charge again. The battery has a limited number of fully discharged cycles and will only take a couple of deep discharges. The electrolyte in the battery can easily spill, causing environmental damage if spilt.

Lead Acid Auto Batteries

We have a customer in Lancashire in the UK who has been using cheap car batteries to start large electric generators that are transported, on site. The batteries have been used to start the generators and charged by an alternator when it is running similar to the way a car works.

Lead Acid Batteries

Lead Acid Batteries-generator other generators in Lancashire

 

But when the batteries are left unused

But when the batteries are left stood and unused. Hence, for perhaps 2 or 3 months. Therefore, allows the batteries to discharge totally.Eventually, deteriorate until they can no longer be used. Thus,    the company then wanted to change the batteries under warranty?. This problem will also happen to a battery that is left unused, in a car for long periods. As a result, without been charged.Therefore, the lead-acid car battery has to to be charged fully, at all times. 

Then be tested at regular intervals. Hence, to maintain the charge otherwise, the battery will quickly deteriorate and fail. Even in the warranty period. This procedure also applies to other uses of lead acid batteries. Including, AGM golf batteries, motorcycle batteries and Leisure Batteries all of which, should all be fully charged . These days you can buy a smart charger that will keep your battery in a good state of charge over the winter period, or any other time when the battery is dormant.

Eric Roberts

M-O-T Testing Advice- For Diesel Engine Car Owners

Updated 12th May 2014

M-O-T Testing Advice;Pellon tyre and Autocentre offer advice for M.O.T testing for diesel owners.

M-O-T Testing Advice says. That the  first thing to do before having your diesel engined car in for a test. Is to read a free leaflet from VOSA, that is available from your local M.O.T centre.
This DVLA Rules leaflet. Will show the M-O-T Testing Advice to do and look out for during the “diesel smoke testing” part of the test.
This part of the test is very important. It helps the environment by testing the smoke emissions given out by your car. This helps to minimize the pollution and the fuel efficiency of your car. The test also checks that your car engine is working correctly. Therefore, so reduces waste, “the black smoke that you see coming from a

M-O-T Testing Advice

M-O-T Testing Advice;Popular MOT Test sign seen throughout the UK

diesel engine”.
The important M-O-T Testing Advice when introducing a diesel car to the M.O.T test. Is to make sure that the car is well maintained at all times.Because,a regular oil and filter changes are always a good thing on diesel engine cars.
You must have your cam belt monitored. Also changed at the recommended periods,(most good garages will help you and advise you about your camshaft replacement periods). Here at Pellon Autocentre we advice every car presented with a service. This helps our customers plan ahead.For this reason, and not suffer the problem of a broken belt and a possible damaged engine.

Before your diesel M.O.T test

Prior to your test, it is advisable to give your car a short run , this will warm your engine and therefore produce less smoke during the test,some people also put a diesel additive into the car before the diesel test.It is important that you do not mess with the governor settings as these are set to help your car engine run efficiently.When the time comes to do the smoke test the tester will check the oil temperature, this is to ensure that the engine is warm enough to carry out the test.

The tester will then proceed to accelerate the engine until the engines governor kicks in, he will do this up to a maximum of six times. This often scares customers who are watching the test, but the tester will not hold the engine at full speed for any long length of time.
This part of the M-O-T Testing Advice is very important.” If your car has been properly maintained the test should not cause any damage to your engine”, if you are not sure of the condition of your car engine you should tell the tester before he continues with this part of the test. M.O.T Testers are not responsible for the condition of your engine prior to the test it is your responsibility.
I hope that this part of the test explains more to you and is informative, Pellon Autocentre carry out M.O.T testing in Halifax.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.