Despite of the fact that the cars manufactured by Italian car maker Ferrari are recognized for their power, speed and aerodynamics look there are lots of Ferrari owners who are not satisfied from the existing performance and manoeuvrability offered by these cars and therefore are in search of the options that are helpful in meeting their requirements. Interestingly, today there are lots of renowned car modifiers that offer the service of altering the existing power and performance of the cars depending upon the requirement of the owner or up-to the last level till which they can extract out the hidden power from that car. And therefore tuning the Ferrari is not an exception to it.
It would be interested that the service of Ferrari Tuning offered by these modifiers is not only applicable for the classic Ferrari cars that ruled the hearts decades back, but also for the recent Ferrari cars. Well, this might surprise that why the owner of F1 car will like to tune his Ferrari which is already blessed with powerful performance, because if an owner of an old Ferrari plans to modify the power and performance his car then his concern is quite understandable but tuning the new Ferrari do not seems feasible at first instance for a layman. Anyhow the best reply to this question can only be expected by the owner for such car, but still going through my knowledge I think to take out the hidden power generation efficiency of the car.
This might surprise, but it is the fact that whenever any of the manufacturers launches his new car in the market he hides its actual power generation and acceleration generating efficiency and launch the car with permissible figures that are allowed in the different regions depending upon its driving conditions. These deficiencies are although not recognized by a normal person, but as the owners of cars like Ferrari are already the great lovers of the car they are aware about these standards. Therefore, when they buy any of such cars they wish to take out that hidden power to enjoy the seamless drive of their beloved car.
Going through the needs of such Ferrari owners there are different types of tuning options for Ferrari cars offered by the modifiers that are helpful in enjoying the drive these super cars to their full extent. But before we know about those options, let us briefly understand the concept of car tuning.
What is car tuning: In simple terms it can be defined as the process of modifying the certain parameters of the car according to the requirements of the owners. The common components which can be modified are engine, exhaust system, ignition system, spoilers, wheels and few more. Modifying these components help in enjoying not only improved power and torque generation efficiency, but also improved performance in terms of fuel delivery efficiency, acceleration efficiency and smooth driving.
Tuning options for Ferrari Cars:
Engine tuning: With changing time there is change in the car manufacturing techniques, the cars manufactured today are smarter than their ancestors. With changing time and increasing use of computers in our day-to-day activities, computers have made their entrance in the manufacturing of the cars and therefore the engine installed in vehicles is controlled by the computer software installed in the engine control unit of the car controlling its functionality through sensors. Tuning the engine re-writes the program of the software with new parameters that are helpful in bringing out the actual performance of the car resulting in improved power generation efficiency and acceleration abilities.
Exhaust system: After engine tuning the most important component that needs to be tuned is the exhaust system, because it is the exhaust system that facilitates the smooth flow hazardous gases from the engine. As the system installed by the car makers are mostly made of cheap material it soon gets damaged due to regular wear and tear. Installing and upgrading the existing exhaust system with the aftermarket exhaust system helps in improvising the flow of these gases resulting improved fuel efficiency and emission figures.
Air intake system: As exhaust system helps in exit of harmful gases from the engine similarly air intake system helps in smooth flow of air and fuel to the engine. Upgrading the air intake system enhances the flow of air and fuel helping in enhancing the life of the engine.
Over sixty years of active motoring, one has observed with interest the changing styles followed by manufacturers in search of popularity and volume sales. From a British perspective it was always Ford of England that initiated a radical departure from the established norm, risking the derision of critics but, more often than not, capturing the imagination of a public always eager to be seen in something radically new. This pattern of progress continued virtually unchanged for five decades until it was overwhelmed by the Asian dominance of the new millennium.
In the 1950s, the new look in motor cars was ushered in by the Ford Prefect and Anglia saloons. The innovation may have had antecedents in the USA, where the evolution of private vehicles had continued while suspended in Britain during World War II, but, if so, it was reproduced without the ostentation and glittering chrome so characteristic of American cars of that era. At any rate, it proved immediately popular in Britain, and other motor manufacturers rushed to follow the new style, hoping at the same time to add some distinctive feature of their own.
The three-box style had a long life. It was amenable to great variation in detail and was readily adapted to two boxes in estate car or station wagon varieties. The influence of wind tunnel testing led to more streamlined shapes reputed to reduce air resistance and improve performance and fuel economy. Streamlines proved to be as aesthetically pleasing on cars as they were on aircraft and Ford continued to lead the way in an evolution that culminated in the universally popular KA model of the 1990s.
From there, there was nowhere to go. As far as is humanly possible, perfection had been achieved. The Ford KA inspired numerous copies from other manufacturers but all, in striving for a unique feature, degraded the beauty of the original. Many people, tired of constant pressure to buy something new, might have liked the KA to become a standard product in perpetuity. But the industry had now passed through Japan to South Korea and China, countries eager to promote worldwide sales of newly manufactured products.
Making something different from perfection means making something less pleasing to the eye and the Asian manufacturers have certainly succeeded in that quest. Yet so dominant is their global stance that the residual industry in the West has felt compelled to copy the Eastern degradation. It is an old English saying that after the Lord Mayor’s coach co
In today’s fast moving world, technology and new inventions are popping up every day, making life easier on us. The auto industry is no different. We have seen this industry progress very quickly in the past few years. Seeing the invention of electric vehicles, more efficient vehicles and now including the amount of autonomous safety features, the question is often brought up, what will the auto industry look like in ten years? Here are three reasons why autonomous vehicles will be here sooner rather than later.
1. Humans are bad drivers. If the industry moves to being 100% autonomous or self-driving, the need for us human drivers would be completely eliminated. This would bring down accidents and auto related fatalities nearly by 100%. While it is hard to imagine no drivers on the road, it makes sense when we see how safe these autonomous vehicles can keep us. Not all drivers are bad, but in today’s technologically driven world almost everyone you see will have a smartphone in their hand or pocket. And the same goes for while they are behind the wheel. These smartphones allow drivers to become easily distracted which results in accidents and injuries, often deadly.
2. Technology is making us more comfortable. Technology arguably runs our lives. It surrounds us and makes our daily lives easier. The same goes for autonomous vehicles and their technologies. These new safety features have come around so quickly and the art has been perfected. It is almost impossible to find a new car without some sort of autonomous safety feature. Anything from voice control, rear-view cameras, automatic parking and automatic braking you can expect to see. As these additions become even more common and present in our driving experiences, we will get more comfortable and used to them. And once we realize the ease and safety that these features provide, we won’t look back.
3. Everyone can be apart of the autonomous industry. From young children to old grandparents or those with a disability, anyone can use these autonomous driving services. The safety and ease of use of these self-driving vehicles will allow anyone to get to their destination, even if you were not able to physically drive regardless of the reason. This will make transportation easier and safer, especially for the disabled and elderly community. These self-driving vehicles will gives us more freedom, independence and options for everyone. Imagine your next road trip not having to worry about driving, directions or how your grandparent might get there.
Between a car buyer and the motor carrier tasked at shipping the purchased car is an auto transport broker whose primary task is in the shipping and transportation of vehicles. Auto transport falls under the category of “specialized freight trucking” because they additionally deal in boats, RVs, motorcycles, and the many different vehicles.
How it Works
The personal vehicle freight industry is quite big and even includes auto transport brokers. While they cover an integral portion of the industry, all broker companies aren’t legally allowed to operate unless they have a proper licensing from the FMCSA. Brokers are part of the industry because they can access freight load boards where the posting of jobs and location of carriers within a particular locality is done.
A shipper is a term used to refer to the car buyer who needs the vehicle moved. As such, the shipper liaise with the broker to have it transported after purchase. The broker is thus expected to locate the shipping firm (a carrier). The shipping firm will then carry the new vehicle to the buyer.
When they access the freight load boards, brokers can view the current bids from carriers and will have the benefit of comparing them to the best suitable and economical options available for the client. A broker will also verify insurance holding certificates are up to date and carrier operating authority is valid.
Numbers & Figures
It is mandate of the US Department of Transportation to ensure that statistics on cargo shipments are kept. In 2007 alone, over $651 billion worth of vehicles, including the motorized ones were moved by truck. From that cost, a whopping $452 billion of cargo used the for-hire trucks. Of course, the figures have exceeded that right now, partly because of the advent of the internet.
The web has ushered in a lot of avenues and opportunities in the auto transport industry, creating a route for the emergence of new brokers. The influx majorly motivated by the low cost of starting a brokerage firm online means that the cut-throat competition, while encouraging lower expenses in the industry. The practice has also initiated an increase in the number of fraudulent cases and complaints surrounding the entire auto transporters and auto transport brokers industries.
As aforementioned, no single auto broker is legalized to transact without a proper license from the FMCSA. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is a government agency that vets candidates wishing to become vehicle shipping brokers, usually for a small fee. The process ends with the agent getting an Operating Authority number, a permit for the job.
It’s important to mention that Brokers obtain a bond, officially called a Freight Broker Bond, that serves to cushion against any losses incurred by the motor carrier. In case the carrier commits a fraud, the bond will be used to compensate the shipper. Before 2012, the minimum bond was $10,000, although it wasn’t surprising to see a broker choosing higher amounts than that.
The 2012 Regulations
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act passed by the then President Obama brought in a lot of regulations. The amount in minimum broker bond was raised from $10,000 to $75,000, and currently, the rule applies to all brokers retroactively.
The BMC-84 Freight Broker Bond is annually paid for and the freight broker bond cost calculated as a percentage of the amount in broker bond. The final figure obtained depends on:
1. Years of existence in business
2. Amount of experience
4. The credit of ownership – credit score, the age of any existing records, etc.
The status of the FMCSA license – it is reviewed after every five years.
The mandatory 3-year experience and certified training requirement prior to getting the certificate. It likens the auto shipping broker qualification requirements to those of the ocean shipping sector.
Tighter rules regarding “interlining” – this is the illegal task of freight carriers hiring other carriers to do part or the entire services the original carrier is entitled to offer. Auto shipping firms wishing to do that must first contact government authorities and procure separate broker authorities. The same carrier will be expected to notify the client and be clear in the role the original carrier will play.
Reactions from the industry…
There’s an Association of Independent Property Brokers & Agents that brings together over 1,400 members in the US. This group has always protested the raised broker bond fees and harshly criticized the new law.
At the forefront of the vehemence are the group’s founder and president, James Lamb who has severally termed the rules an attempt to drive small brokers from the market for the benefit of certain individuals. In support of the criticism is the National Association for Minority Truckers who also disagreed with the new broker bond fees.
But some groups have also supported the new move, including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association that thinks the final rules presents a win-win for legitimate brokers and truckers. Another third-party logistics trade organization called the Transportation Intermediaries Association acknowledged that indeed the costs are way too high, but will keep incompetent and unscrupulous brokers out of the industry.
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Night driving can be a lot of fun. You can turn your music up loud, there’s less cars on the road and less distractions. However, driving at night, especially longer distances can be tricky and have more dangers than daytime driving.
Did you know that more crashes and auto accidents happen at night? It’s true, there’s about 1 and a half times more crashes at night than during daylight hours. In addition, nighttime crashes have a higher fatality rate as the crashes tend to be much more severe. In fact, the fatality rate for nighttime crashes is almost 4 times the fatality rate as those that occur in daylight hours.
The main issue that contributes to this is the decreased visibility you have at night. Not only is your depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception less at night, but road markings and signs are simply harder to see at night. The older you get, the more trouble you may have with driving at night, since a 50 year old will need more light to see than a 20 year old driver. Fatigue can also be a factor, for both old and young people.
Here are some essential safety tips to help you drive at night with less worry:
First, always make sure that your mirrors and windows are clean, as any dirt or dust on these areas will increase the glare you get from lights and oncoming cars. Also make sure your headlights and tail lights are clean to make sure others can see you. Whenever you stop for gas, make it a habit to clean your windshield.
Next, make sure to turn your headlights on before the sun sets. You’ll also want to keep them on until at least an hour after dawn.
Speed is a big factor in crashes, so be sure to obey the speed limit at night. In addition, visibility, even with your high beams on, is much less at night so obeying the speed limit is critical to be able to stop for any obstacles in time to avoid them.
Since there’s a lot of glare at night, you’ll want to check your side and rearview mirrors frequently, this can help lower eyestrain and keep your eyes focused.
Never drive when you are sleepy. Drivers who are sleepy are almost as dangerous as drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you’re sleepy, stop and get a cup of coffee to make sure you stay awake, or take a nap in your car until you feel refreshed enough to drive again.
Should you have car trouble, always pull over to the shoulder of the road and make sure to turn on your hazard lights so others can see you.
Also, be sure to watch the roadsides for the reflection of any animal’s eyes. You’ll be able to stop or slow down more easily if you spot them before they run into the road.
Use your high beams and fog lights only at appropriate times. Don’t use high beams if there are oncoming cars or fog lights if it isn’t foggy.
It’s smart to be a defensive driver at night, especially on weekend nights, due to the higher risk of encountering drunk drivers.
When a car is wrecked or damaged, what do you do with it?
Your options are repairing it and reusing it. Many a time this is not possible. In such cases, you can sell your car to an auto-dismantler. An auto-dismantler recycles the car for repairing other cars, selling used parts, etc.
An auto-dismantler removes all the functional and non-functional parts from a car. It also removes various fluids. The metallic portion that remains is crushed into a small piece and shred into pieces.
Recycling of wrecked cars has become a lucrative business option because the number of users of recycled car parts has increased.
Reasons for users of recycled car parts increasing:
• They are nearly half the price when compared to new parts.
• Manufacturers of car parts make these parts so that they are durable. This ensures that these parts last even after the car reaches its end-of-life.
• Used car parts have a good fit as they have been detached from original vehicles.
• Used car parts market caters to a wide range of cars.
• For cars whose models have been discontinued, the only option to look for spare parts is used car market.
• Vintage cars can find their spares in the used car market.
Besides these benefits, an auto-dismantler benefits the environment also. Imagine if cars were not dismantled and reduced in size, how much of waste we would generate? Cars also contain various hazardous and non-hazardous fluids which can impact the environment adversely.
Let us see what service an auto-dismantler provides to the environment:
1. Recycling of parts:
Various parts are removed from the car. Those that are intact are sold ‘as is’ in the market. Those that can be repaired are restored and sold. Others that cannot be reused as functional parts are used in other applications. This reduces wastage and saves landfill. It also conserves our natural resources by reducing the need to manufacture new parts.
2. Recycling fluids:
A car contains many fluids such as coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, etc. Some of these fluids are recycled and can be reused. While some other fluids can be converted into fuels, etc. and reused. This is beneficial to the environment because some of these fluids contain harmful chemicals. If they are released into the earth, they can be detrimental to the health of animals, aquatic creatures, and humans. Some fluids are inflammable and so cannot be released into the environment.
3. Recycling Steel:
Steel is required for a variety of applications. But its manufacture uses up valuable natural resources. Therefore, recycling steel reduces the need to manufacture fresh steel positively impacting the environment.
What do you do if the windshield of your car is damaged? There is no other option but to replace it. But did you know the broken windshield can be recycled? Yes! It is possible to recycle windshield of cars and create numerous useful products from it.
Wondering what products? If you look around, you will realize that you are surrounded by different types of glass products. Although it is fragile, products made of glass add a touch of class. In fact, glass is replacing wood in many applications.
Why recycle windshields?
A shattered windshield is of no use to the car owner. Besides, if it is just abandoned, it will occupy the precious landfill. Our planet cannot afford that. Recycled glass serves as raw material for manufacturing a variety of glass products. The recycling process also reduces the quantity of carbon-dioxide released into the atmosphere thereby reducing the carbon footprint.
How are windshields recycled?
Earlier recycling the glass from windshields was difficult. This is because windshields consist of two layers of glass with PVC membrane between each layer. But the advancement of technology has created machines that can successfully recycle glass from windshields through a crushing process.
The machine for recycling glass is seventy inches long and fifty inches wide. The windshield is manually rolled into the machine. In the machine, the PVC is broken into chunks enabling easy separation. The glass comes out of the machine as a homogenous product. Its thickness is less than a quarter of an inch.
Applications of recycled glass:
1. Glasses and bowls:
It can be used to make a variety of glasses, bowls, vases, pitchers, etc. Since they are made from recycled glass, these products are not very expensive.
2. Dividers and doors:
It can be used for making dividers and glass doors. These can be fabricated for different sizes to suit your requirements.
Recycled glass is used extensively in fabricating floor tiles.
It can be used to make new windshields. If you ever require a windshield for your car, you can consider a recycled windshield. This is because it will work out to be an economical option for you instead of purchasing a new one.
Driving is the most common activity people do nowadays. With so many people on the road, we all have to abide by the law and stick to the road rules. This is good, but it you also need to be polite and friendly for a good driving experience..
Driving on highways is more difficult these days because of the amount of cars on the road. This sheer volume of cars causes congestion which brings with it other problems. The easiest way to get the best out of the driving experience is by being courteous and polite.
• Let a driver through – if you see a driver indicating and moving ahead of you to change lanes, let them through. It won’t affect your trip in any way and you will feel better knowing that no one will swerve in front of you.
• Stop at a pedestrian crossing – when you reach a pedestrian crossing and see that people are waiting to cross the road. Do the right thing and stop. Allow them to cross safely then proceed. Do the same at a stop sign. Many people do slow down at the stop sign and proceed when they know it’s their turn. Remember that a pedestrian is allowed to cross the road too. Since they were there first, they have right of way too.
• Move to the slow lane – there are usually three or more lanes on a highway. The lane on the far right side is for cars to pass by. The lane on the far left side where you should be if you driving the speed limit or slower. Usually trucks choose this lane as they do not usually have to pass any cars. If you want accelerate past the car ahead of you, don’t hoot at the car that is in the correct lane or put pressure on them. Simply move to the right lane and pass them. The rule is keep left, pass right.
• Fast lane is for passing – the same applies for the fast lane. Don’t drive half the speed limit of the fast lane. This lane is only for passing other cars. If you tend to pass cars often, you can remain in the middle lane and pass in the right lane when approach other vehicles.
• Own the mistake – if you have made an incorrect manoeuvre, make sure that you apologise to the other drivers that had to slam on brakes not to crash into you. It would also be wise to do the apology sincerely without laughing or smiling innocently.
• Warn people – sometimes people don’t realise that their lights are not on at night. Warn them by simply flashing them with your “brights”. When drivers flash another driver it usually means that there is something wrong or that you need to put your lights on. Also warn people if you brake suddenly by using your hazards. There may be an accident or a wheel on the road that causes congestion.
• Say thank you – if someone lets you through into their lane make sure that you thank them. You can do this either by putting your hand up to show that you have acknowledged their kind gesture or you can switch your hazards on for two blinks.
• Simultaneous stop – this is where your “brights” come in handy again. Not often does it happen that two drivers arrive at the same stop sign at the same time but often a little bright light can indicate that you give them right of way first.
Following the general rules of the road as well as a few courteous one will make the journey more pleasant. Always be polite to the other drivers and they will surely be polite back to you.
The green movement has gathered momentum in the recent years. This has brought automotive recycling ‘industry’ in the limelight. What was once looked on as a salvage yard where cars were dumped has now evolved into a full-blown industry for reusing most auto parts. Car parts are recycled extensively with the help of auto wreckers who salvage each and every part of the car.
Reasons for the growth of auto recycling:
1. Technological Advancements:
Technology has introduced ways to recycle most auto parts that were earlier discarded. There are processes that convert parts that cannot be reused ‘as is’ into other useful products. For instance, tires are now processed for making pavements, etc, glass from cars is recycled to produce products such as tiles, counter-tops, etc.
2. Environmental Pollution:
A car is a large structure and if abandoned it will occupy our precious landfill. Besides a car has parts such as tires, windshields, and others made of non-biodegradable material. These also cannot be allowed to lie as waste material on the land. Cars contain various chemicals and fluids. If cars are not disposed of, these toxic chemicals will seep into the surrounding environment. This will contaminate the water bodies affecting our drinking water and the aquatic life. If cars are not recycled, they will have an overall negative impact on human and plant life.
3. Huge market for recycled auto parts:
Functional parts of cars are carefully removed and are sold in the market. There is a huge market for recycled car parts because these parts serve as spare parts at low prices. Many a time they are the only option for spares (as in the case of vintage cars). Car manufacturers design parts with long life. So, even when the car is discarded, these parts can be reused. Since these parts are extracted from original cars, they provide a good fit.
4. Saves Natural Resources:
Auto recycling drastically cuts down the number of new parts to be manufactured. This has a positive impact on our natural resources. By recycling steel, plastics, etc, we reduce the energy and water consumption to a large extent. Additionally reusing different materials from cars reduces the need to manufacture them from scratch. This reduces the environmental pollution that results due to the fabrication of products from scratch.
Whether you’re a first-time car buyer or a seasoned veteran there’s always the tough decision of deciding if you should go with a new or pre-owned vehicle for your next purchase. New cars have the latest style, tech features, low interest rates, and that much-loved new car smell but are they really the best choice for you and your budget? We’re going to overview some used car wisdom and give you 4 great reasons to go pre-owned on your next car.
1. They’re Less Expensive
Let’s get the obvious out of the way – in most cases you’re going to save money to buy your car used and probably quite a bit of money at that. Once you buy a brand-new car and take it around the block it’s no longer new and that value drops quickly. According to Consumer Reports your car new car on average will be worth 54% of the original purchase after just 3 years – that hurts!
The average cost of a used car is predictably well below that of a new car model and that’s not the only space for savings. Logically you’ll pay less taxes on a lower priced car and it’s often more affordable to insure them as well. However, you should take note of the vehicle’s mileage because the distance driven and the remaining warranty will likely impact your maintenance expenses.
2. Financing Rates & Terms
With low manufacturer financing rates and longer terms available dealers are able to show you some very attractive monthly payments on a new car but don’t forget to do the math. Even a lower rate can really add up over a 7 or 8 year financing term and the growth of certified pre-owned ( CPO ) programs has really narrowed the gap. Not only do banks offer aggressively low used car rates but certified used cars offer even lower rates still plus the added bonus of additional warranty coverage and extensive vehicle inspections. The new car advantage is really starting to fade with exceptional used car financing options available.
3. Vehicle History Reports
Maybe your hesitation about buying a used car is that you just don’t know where it’s been or what you’re getting and that’s understandable, but with transparent reporting using tools like CarProof you get a very good idea of what you’re dealing with. Vehicle history reports might not catch everything but you’ll usually get some essential information like
The number of previous owners
Any accident or damage history with details
Previous registration status ( Personal, Lease, Taxi, Rental etc.. )
Mileage validation and maintenance records
If you’re thinking it might be a risk to buy a used car because it won’t last long then you should do some research. According to several studies the average vehicle on the road today is over 10 years old and that numbers continues to rise as car manufacturers continue to improve their line-ups. Modern cars, trucks, and SUVs simply have a longer life-span than they used to and that’s great news if you’re in the market for a pre-owned vehicle.