Monthly Archives: October 2012

Tanner Foust wins Global Rallycross Championship with win at Las Vegas

Tanner Foust wins Global Rallycross Championship with win at Las Vegas

Ford Fiesta driver Tanner Foust clinched his second consecutive Global Rallycross Championship Driver’s Championship and gave Ford the series’ maufacturers’ title on Tuesday in Las Vegas on a special course built across the street from the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. Foust won the first and second round of heats and he started the main event alongside fellow Ford driver Ken Block. Block was off the line first in the main event and led until the eighth of 10 laps, when Foust took the inside corner on turn one to take the lead. Block then parked his … Continue reading

Radiator Problems? Avoid Replacement Radiator

Radiator Problems? Avoid Replacement Radiator

RADIATOR TROUBLESHOOTING: If your vehicle is more than five or six years old, you may notice that your engine is running a little hotter that it used to, you may have radiator problems or be in need of a dreaded radiator repair. You might even find at the end of the day you are in need of a complete radiator replacement. You should expect to start having radiator problems by the time your car enters its sixth year of life. It doesn’t matter whether the odometer reads 500 miles or 50,000. The fact is that over time, environmental factors … Continue reading

Today and tomorrow’s AAPEX 2012 Schedule. Take a chance to stop by VR-12′s booth!

Today and tomorrow’s AAPEX 2012 Schedule. Take a chance to stop by VR-12′s booth!

VR-12 will be sharing booth Nr. 35014 with Freezetone at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) from October 30th till November 1st. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012     7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Who Has the Right Stuff to Lead? How to Develop Your Next Generation of Leaders Speaker: Jay Forte, Humanetrics LLC   Some say leaders are born. Others say leaders are made. It is actually a combination of the two. The challenge is to identify natural leadership abilities in your current team and those you hire, then to know how to develop them to be ready to lead when the time … Continue reading

How to Go Green: Hybrid Cars

How to Go Green: Hybrid Cars

[by Michael Graham Richard] Everyone knows that our automotive way of life has had a massive impact on the environment. Better public transportation, getting more people on bicycles, and carpooling and car-sharing all have their place in making the world a greener place, but the transition to a green utopia where we’re whisked through tubes and dropped delicately at our destinations without emitting a single molecule of CO2 isn’t going to happen overnight. For now, most of us need (and many of us love) our cars – not to mention the open road and all that is good about … Continue reading

Stock Car Racing: Engine Coolant Recirculation Systems

Stock Car Racing: Engine Coolant Recirculation Systems

Spectators new to Winston Cup racing may be puzzled by the puddles of water in the garage area on race weekend, but those puddles are the by-product of a key part of each team’s qualifying run. The water is from engine coolant re-circulation systems used to cool engines before the cars hit the track for qualifying. After a practice run, team members can be found filling the cooling systems’ water tanks with ice before it melts into cool water and flushes out the steaming water from the radiator on the cars. As the systems work to prevent cars from … Continue reading

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits performs temperature test with VR-12

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits performs temperature test with VR-12

The test was done by legendary “Big Daddy” Don Garlits. It was performed on an engine with the following specifications:

-1953 Ford Truck Flathead V-8

-239 Cubic Inches

-3.187 Bore 3.750 Stroke

-7.7 to 1 Compression Ratio

-Produces 110 HP @ 3800 RPM
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SEMA Show 2012

SEMA Show 2012

SEMA Show takes place October 30 – November 2, 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. About The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more. SEMA Show 2011 drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 1,500 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In … Continue reading

Smoking in Cars Produces Harmful Pollutants at Levels Above WHO Indoor Air Quality Standards

Smoking in Cars Produces Harmful Pollutants at Levels Above WHO Indoor Air Quality Standards

Smoking during car journeys pumps harmful particulate matter into the indoor air space at levels that far exceed World Health Organization guidance — even when the windows are open or air conditioning is switched on — finds the largest study of its kind, in Tobacco Control. Such levels of exposure are likely to affect the health of any child passengers, say the authors. Levels of fine particulate matter were measured every minute in the rear passenger area during typical car journeys made by smokers and non-smokers over a three day period. The measurements were made using an aerosol monitor … Continue reading

Electric Car 101: Liquid vs. Air Battery Cooling Systems

Electric Car 101: Liquid vs. Air Battery Cooling Systems

Everyone agrees that the batteries that will run the next-generation of our electric vehicles need to operate within a certain temperature range. But not everyone agrees on what to use to baby the battery. The debate over liquid vs air-cooled batteries rages on. Batteries have to be babied. That’s because batteries simply perform better when they don’t have to deal with extreme heat or cold. When it comes to batteries for electric vehicles, so-called thermal management systems that ensure batteries operate within a certain temperature range, will be crucial to helping electric cars drive greater distances for a longer … Continue reading

Your Guide to Automotive Cooling Systems

Your Guide to Automotive Cooling Systems

The cooling system tends to be overlooked until a fault develops and so Rob Marshall explains how to avoid car overheating. As an internal combustion engine wastes so much energy, the cooling system is charged with dissipating large amounts of excess heat. Coolant (a solution of water and antifreeze) is pumped around the engine to a radiator, which is chilled by air forced through it. An electric fan, operated by a thermo electric switch, increases the airflow through the radiator, making engine cooling more effective. Typical cooling system components, designed to prevent car overheating. The cooling system also includes … Continue reading