In the search for cars that are efficient, fast, and earth-friendly, a lot of car makers have attempted to create unique vehicles that can help lower pollution without the risk of slowing down transportation for drivers and passengers alike. Some have failed and some have come up with brilliant ideas that most of us have embraced today. One of these ideas is the methane powered cars – cars that use biogas that has effectively helped in lowering air pollution throughout the years. (more…)
If you are repairing or restoring a vehicle there will come a time when you need to transport the parts required for repair. In most cases, repairs require a few small parts that are easily transported, but what about a larger repair where car body parts or larger mechanical parts are needed? This isn’t a problem if you have a large vehicle or truck, but not all of us have this type of vehicle. In this situation a standard vehicle may have trouble transporting these parts and you may need an alternative. This is where a hire trailer could make the job much easier. (more…)
I’ve always enjoyed geeky projects. From the look of my house, it would seem that I like to leave half finished ones everywhere as much as I like to actually complete them. For years, along with other devices and gadgets, an old espresso machine eyed me from the corner of my office. It felt to me as if it was glaring in my direction. One day I finally grew tired of feeling disconcerted every time I walked through the room, and I decided to tackle the espresso project.
One day several years ago I picked up the machine from a co-worker. They admitted that it needed much work to run, but considering I got it for free I wasn’t going to complain. When I first brought it home and looked at it, the entire thing seemed overwhelming. In turn, it sat in the corner for years. I knew I was going to need some parts to restore it to working order. I thought long and hard about how to find parts for this ancient machine. Looking out my window as I thought, my eyes passed over an old rusted out car that sits in my yard. At first this seemed far too crazy, but the more I considered it the more plausible it sounded. Further, the thought of not spending any money to buy new parts sounded great. The next day, I set to work.
The Reservoir –
My espresso machine had somewhere down the line lost the tank that holds water before it is brewed. I looked around the house for several different containers before an idea occurred to me. I laughed as the words “go big or go home” flashed through my mind. The car had a 20 gallon fuel tank. 20 gallons is a lot. Even so, I had the space, and the espresso machine was commercial grade itself. The less often you need to refill the reservoir, the better. Right? I spent time scouring the Internet learning of various ways to cleanse and purify containers that held gasoline. The process was extensive, but I was able to safely cleanse the tank.
The Hoses –
My next step was to somehow connect my brobdingnagian reservoir to my espresso machine. Holding to the pattern I had previously set, I considered the fuel line of my car. It was a bit too rotted out to be effective. I opened the hood to find all sorts of hoses that were in acceptable condition. I took one to run from the espresso machine to the reservoir. It needed to be long enough to reach the bottom of the tank, and also to fit snugly into the machine. This required some fine tuning on my part. After finding a circular clamp, I was able to tightly attach this line to the espresso machine.
I took this process a step further. Some other hoses from the car effectively replaced mysteriously absent lines in the espresso machine. Now, I had a sealed system that effectively could send water from the reservoir, through the system, into a cup for espresso. My next problem was a complete lack of power.
Electrical Problems –
There were several pumps and other mechanisms in my espresso machine that required electricity to function. All of the wires were in place, but several looked chewed through, (presumably by mice) and some of the contacts were too rusted to be effective. A trip out to my car remedied this problem as well. Pulling apart the dash and the fuse box, I was able to find all the wires and contacts that I needed. After some crimping, splicing, and stripping, I was once again good to go.
The Big Moment –
Now to test my device. I plugged it in and crossed my fingers. To my absolute astonishment, everything seemed to be working. So much of it seemed rigged, I had not been optimistic. I took a moment to admire my handy-work before going for a coffee cup. This part made me especially weary; but after a few sips of my espresso I realized that the taste was fine and I was safe.
I enjoy drinks from this machine to this day. For those who don’t have an old car and a non-functioning espresso machine to fix, you can get some great espresso machines here. On the other hand, I’m happy to have improved my rigging skills. I even got a free espresso machine at the same time.
I am used to the noises that my cars give off during a ride. But I must confess, there were moments when I wished that the ride would just be smooth, noise free and calmer. Admittedly, noise cancelling technology for cars was still premature even few years ago. Luckily, these days you have more options. Naturally with options, comes decisions making dilemma. Which one do you choose and why? How do you go about comparing these hi-tech Noise Cancelling Devices?
My personal favorite is the new noise cancelling technology for cars developed by Bose. This new technology is specially designed to muffle many kinds of noises that emanate from any car. Bose noise cancellation is facilitated by a specially developed chip technology. The Bose noise cancellation feature can easily be added into the NXP SAF775X semiconductor chip to offer noise cancellation ability on cars. The ability of the feature fitting into the chip has made it possible to work on cars that do not run Bose audio systems. This NXP semiconductor chip works along all types of audio systems and other car infotainment packages. It can thus be made to fit part of a car regardless of the audio system the car uses easily.
The NXP chip is designed to offer noise cancelling ability thus creating a quieter environment for the driver and the riders. While it does not prevent the engine or exhaust from producing noise, it takes on the noises produced and provides back noise on an opposite frequency. In simple terms, the system picks on the sounds that can be heard inside the car like the engine, exhaust, or road noise. It then plays opposing sound waves which then leads to the unwanted noise being cancelled as the waves cancel each other out. This in turn leaves the inside of the car with limited sounds or leaving it noise free.
For the Bose noise cancellation feature to work on a car, there is a need to fit on the car microphones that capture the cabin noise which needs to be eliminated. After capture of the cabin noise, a signal needs to be sent to the processor to initiate the noise cancellation process.
The noise cancelling system does not work independently but relies on the functions of the audio equipment installed in the car. It thrives on the frequency of the equipment and the integrated circuit working in the manner that the technology requires to offer effective noise cancelling effects.
The Bose noise cancellation for cars is an ingenious idea which is now easier to access. Most cars now come with in-car microphones as well as speaker systems. The design of this Bose technology allows for easy integration with the speaker systems. If you already have Bose Speakers, the integration is even more seamless. With more and more noise pollution on the road, noise cancelling technology is becoming more and more sought after everyday. It’s a small price to pay for peace and quiet you will seek often, while you were on the road.
Just about everyone knows that it is always a good idea to carry a good knife that will stay sharp when you go camping, working, or just to have fun in your pickup truck, travel all, or Jeep. Just about any car or truck for ‘roughing it’ needs equipment in case you get stuck, or have some sort of accident.
If you need a good, sharp, and reliable knife, try a Tac Force Knife. You’ll find them reliable and stable; not dangerous like a cheap and dull knife. More importantly, they provide some features that will help you in car malfunctioning emergencies.
When you think about “car safety,” what usually runs through your mind? Is it the crash test rating? A history of defects within a certain make? Rollover ratings? These are all specifications that will help you determine if your car will save your life in an accident.
But did you know that from 1990 to 2000, there were over 150 reported fatalities from airbags? There have occasionally been reports of seat belt related fatalities as well! Although airbags and seat belts have drastically reduced deaths nationwide, what will you do in the event they malfunction? How can you protect yourself from the car that’s trying to protect you?
From my research, seat belt webbing can range from having 3000-5000 lbs of breaking strength. That means there is absolutely no way you’re going to tear it apart with just your hands. If you are in a situation where the webbing is stuck, a Tac Force assisted opening knife has a seat belt cutter that will get you out of that situation.
One emergency situation that seems to always happen in the movies is a car catches on fire and explodes in dramatic fashion. Now the likelihood of this happening seems slim, but there are over 150,000 automobile fire per year. Tac Force Knives typically come equipped with a glass breaker, and in the event a civilian needs to be saved, or you can’t get out of your own car by traditional means, you’re going to need to break the window. Car glass isn’t a joke; they can handle 2000 lbs of force (I love numbers; it’s probably the engineer inside of me), and if you somehow manage to punch through one, you’re going to destroy your hand.
Aside from that, a knife has many practical uses when it comes to car repair. When you have electrical wiring issues, you will need to trim the insulation to inspect damage. I also know from experience that installing a new car stereo required me to strip some wires. I wouldn’t trust that sort of job to any rusty blade!
Aside from all that, a good sized foldable knife is the perfect knife ready for anything when you are. So if a buddy invites you for fishing on the fly, a knife like this is ready at the rescue too. Maybe you just want to open a beer; most of these knives can help with that all-so important task.
You might want to check them out at a flea market to get your first one, and them if you really like them, this site will give you the best you can find. After you know what you want they will get you exactly what you need.
Although I spend a lot of my time researching places to find cheap cars and car parts, I had never heard about police car auctions until a few weeks ago.
I was talking to a friend of mine who restores cars and he told me about a deal he found on a T5 Volvo. He managed to buy a model that hadn’t done too much mileage on the clock for about 20% less than I’ve seen them being sold on sites like Autotrader. So, naturally, I was intrigued as to how he’d grabbed such a bargain.
He told me he’d put a bid in on the car at a police auction. I had never heard of them but after doing a bit of research and visiting one I wanted to let others know about some of the deals that can be found because I was quite astonished at some of the pricing. I think these auctions are relatively quiet compared to other car auctions and they are not as well known as online auction sites like eBay. I’m not completely sure why but most of these auctions are not that competitive, which means you don’t have to spend hours watching an item go up in price or keep adding in new bids; if you’ve ever been to a car auction and tentatively watched the floor when a car you like comes out then you’ll know what I’m talking about. Not only does the lack of competition mean it’s less stressful when trying to buy a vehicle but obviously the lack of competition can lead to some bargain purchases too.
Police car auctions happen all over the country and they are a way of local constabularies selling off their ex-fleet cars. Once fleet cars reach a certain age or mileage (usually three years or older) they are put up for auction and people can bid on them. Obviously each car going under the hammer is an ex-fleet model and what’s up for auction depends on what vehicle the police are selling at that particular time. So if you’re thinking of going along to one of these auctions and looking for a specific make and model you may struggle to find what you are looking for. But if you are relatively open minded and are interested in buying a variety of vehicles then police auctions are worth a look.
I have yet to make an actual purchase but I did attend one with my friend and have seen a few different models come through the auction floor including a Ford Mondeo, a BMW 330D, a Vauxhall Astra and a Landrover Freelander.
As well as being in immaculate condition, the vehicles also usually have all of their documentation with them. If you regularly attend auctions then you’ll know how impressive this is. I have been to so many auctions where the right paperwork was missing which can be frustrating.
Police Auctions can be good for a variety of people. The police also hold auctions across the country to sell off any stolen or unclaimed items they have recovered from a crime scene. These items can be anything from iPads to mobile phones. But for those people interested in car parts then police car auctions are the place to go. Whether you are a trader with trade insurance looking to buy and resell cars or just someone interested in buying cheap vehicles for their parts, then I reckon you ought to be attending these a couple of times a year. Although I have only been to one I am already planning my next visit!
For today’s post I want to focus on something I really hope that you readers will never have to go through. I recently had to fly to Boston for one of those family reunion events that we all love and hate. Yes, it’s great to get together with aunts, uncles and cousins I haven’t seen in a year or more, but this has become increasingly more difficult with two young kids under 3. Even getting on a short flight is an arduous task, but we decided to brave it.
We followed all the instructions recommended on the TSA website and that did help a lot. We had only recently done a lot of research, and thought we really had found the best double stroller. We had bought a Baby Jogger City Mini as it really ticked all the boxes. I probably now know as much about strollers as I do about cars
The first problem we did find was with airport security, as the stroller did not fit through the standard machines. TSA agents had to take it away and inspect it separately and that did delay us about 20 minutes. We were aware that this could happen though, so we had allowed for plenty of time.
The next problem came up with the airline, which shall remain nameless, as they stated that the stroller was too big. It took 20 minutes and two different supervisors to get them to understand that the airline website stated that the dimension of our Baby Jogger fit within that range. Thanks to modern Smartphones I was able to bring up the details on their site and they conceded to making an error.
But the real problems started with the car rental. We had submitted for a midsize family car, as we had only limited luggage for an overnight trip. We were handed the keys to a Honda at Logan Airport and I really didn’t think much else of it. The rental company supplied car safety seats and we loaded our kids in first. Then I folded down the double stroller and tried to fit it in the trunk. Within just a few minutes I realized that there was absolutely no way that it was going to fit.
As a car enthusiast I probably should have known better, but that is no excuse for the car rental company to advertise this Honda as a family car. The good thing was that the staff were very understanding and were able to find a car for us that would fit the stroller. Unfortunately that car had just been returned and had to go through the inspection and cleaning process. 45 minutes later we were finally on the way with two very grumpy babies and two very exhausted parents.
I still cannot understand why a car maker and rental car company can say a car is suitable for a family, when one of the smaller double strollers available doesn’t fit in the trunk. If you are planning a trip somewhere with kids, make sure you keep that in mind.
So, the recommendation for when you travel with two kids really is to get a cheap lightweight umbrella stroller, and if you have two kids, just get two of them. You will have fewer problems with security, there is no way the airline will tell you its too big and most importantly it will fit into the trunk of the smaller type midsize rental cars. Alternatively, you will have to spend the extra money for a minivan or SUV, but it you’re going for more than a couple of days that can become very expensive.
As you may or may not have heard, the Italian car brand Fiat has introduced the first car ever that comes with a build-in coffee machine. Now, of course you can question whether this is a good or safe gadget to add to a car’s interior, especially for people with children, the hot water that a coffee machine produces can be a hazard when you are going 50 miles an hour on the highway; you definitely need to be cautious when operating such a device when driving. On the other hand, a coffee or espresso machine in your car for use on the road can come in handy; suppose you overslept and you’re late for work, no time to wait for your coffee maker to drip out? No worries, you can make a fresh cup on the way and wake up with a caffeine intake just the same.
The Fiat 500L is equipped with a stunning glass roof, enough room for a seating of 5, and the option of up to six engine choices; but also the world’s first “true espresso coffee machine.” placed in the center, right between the two front seats. It plugs into its own power source and does everything you’d expect it to; boils water, dispenses caffeine, and is a java juicer. The kit, in order to give drivers a complete “coffee experience”, comes with car coffee cups, a sugar container, and a spoon holder to aid in the coffee making.
Drivers can have their very own coffee-to-go machine now. The machine works by simply filling the Lavazza 500 with water (which you’ll need to supply yourself) and popping it into the cup holder, where the machine will then boil the water and steep the coffee-filled pod into the boiling water to present drivers with a hot cup of coffee just seconds later. Then you’ll also have to add creamer and sugar, if that’s to your liking, til the coffee suits your tastes. As a bonus the coffee maker is also detachable for use outdoors ( you will need a 12v power supply to use it ) and for easy cleaning, i believe it is even dishwasher safe.
As appealing as an in-car coffee maker may sound to some, it should be used with great caution and not likely a feature any driver should attempt while in a moving vehicle; attention should always be on the road foremost, and hot substances while driving do not mix. You should consider all the pros and cons of having a coffee maker inside your vehicle and if it’ll be very beneficial to you. It’s great if you want to pull over in a safe parking spot, make a cup of nice hot coffee and then take it with you as you go into work or just need a pick-me-up during the need, but boiling water so close to your lap while zooming down the highway? Not so much, in that case i would strongly advise to stick with a regular coffee maker and to brew your coffee in the safe environment of your own home.
Everyone has an outlet, something that gets you out of your head for a couple of hours. My outlet is cars. Whether I’m working on one, going online to learn some new stuff, or scouring through junkyards looking for parts, I appreciate every chance I get to spend time with my hobby. In fact, to the outside person, if they saw my focused face in deep concentration, they would probably think I’m hard at work. This is not the case, it’s just that I take my hobby seriously!
What really excites me is buying old, beat up cheap cars, then finding cheap replacement parts, often for free and rebuilding the cars until they run like new or almost new. For me, there is simply no bigger thrill on this planet. Even if I won $10 million in the lottery, I don’t think I would get the same satisfaction as putting together a car. Specifically, I love stumbling on some item that is worth infinitely more to me than to the seller. Just recently I worked on an old Corvette and was able to rebuild the engine and interior with little effort, however I was stuck when it came to the windshield. Fortunately, I was able to find this website where I was able to learn more about securing a windshield replacement at a very fair price.
Now, most people think that since I work in software, I would be excited about the newest models with their software driven operating systems powering much of the car. And, I do admit enjoying these cars and marveling at their advances. However, I am still more drawn to older cars which are almost all mechanical. They make sense, and give me a different sort of intellectual stimulation than I get at work. Now, working on a new car would be more like work.
My favorite part of the entire process is taking these new cars to the road and testing their performance. Often, the “testing” phase does not work out so well as the car is not road ready. Needless to say, I have had more than a few interesting incidents. Recently, I was working on a truck and took it out for a spin. Much to my chagrin, the truck started sputtering about a few miles down the highway. As I was waiting for a friend to pick me up and making arrangements for a tow, the sky opened up and huge chunks of hail started coming down, pounding the ground with fury.
Well due to the storm, the tow trucks were backed up quite a bit, and my truck ended up sitting out there for hours. When I saw the truck, I was stunned by the damage and heart-broken that my painstaking months of work were viciously ravaged by Mother Nature in a matter of minutes. The car was marked with massive dents and the truck windows were littered with chips and cracks. Thankfully, due to my expertise of auto parts I was able to find this useful truck window replacement info. The solution for the car’s exterior was much simpler and instead just took some time. Now, I always check the weather before going for my test rides!
With the advent of clean diesel and new technological breakthroughs, car manufacturers are once again building diesel performance cars that meet national emission standards.
The thought that these engines can replace high-performance gasoline engines in light trucks, cars, and SUVs may appear ludicrous at first, but high-performance enthusiasts are quickly learning that there is more to diesel-powered vehicles than meets the eye.
Diesel engines are no longer sluggish and smelly, but these engines now sport high speeds and smooth acceleration, resulting in an increased demand of diesel-powered vehicles.
With the advancement in diesel engine technology, diesel engines combine ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel with improved exhaust treatment to meet the national emission standards. Because gasoline technology has plateaued, diesel technology advancements have utilized the benefits of gasoline engines without having to deal with fuel octane and resultant detonation.
Similar in design, gasoline and diesel engines share many of the same principles, differing only in a few areas, but these differences take diesel engines to a whole new level of performance. Since the diesel engine is designed to have a streamlined and straight shot combustion system, there is no worry that it is going to have a “miss” like gasoline engines do. This combustion system is much more efficient, giving diesel engines an edge in power and quick acceleration.
Equally impressive in diesel design is the power and compact-size of these engines, making them smaller and more powerful than their gasoline counterparts. High-performance enthusiasts can look forward to the following benefits of diesel engines:
What this means for performance levels is that diesel engines in performance vehicles will surpass gasoline vehicles in horsepower per liter, resulting in twice the amount of torque per liter and 20 to 40 percent increased fuel economy. When combining the lighter weight with quick acceleration capabilities, diesel engines are just as, if not more, desirable than gasoline-powered performance vehicles.
With the increase in demand for diesel-powered performance vehicles, car owners are vying for models that are not only compliant with U.S. emission controls but also offer stylish options. Car owners who wish to purchase a high-performance vehicle that sports an advanced diesel system can choose between the following top-five options:
Meeting the California Tier II and Bin 5 emission control standards, this diesel-powered vehicle boasts a lightweight design and efficient fuel mileage. With premier German engineering, the Volkswagen Jetta manipulates wind to give car owners outstanding performance.
These high-performance vehicles sport a 2.1-liter displacement engine and rail direct injection to churn impressive horsepower and torque. Car owners can obtain higher performance levels without sacrificing on fuel mileage. Turbocharged Mercedes are available in three distinct diesel engine designs, including:
Powered by a turbo V12 diesel engine, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S offers the perfect alternative for those looking to drive long distances in style. This diesel-powered vehicle provides exceptional horsepower and torque for a thrilling driving experience.
Able to churn out 500 horsepower, this high-performance vehicle accelerates to 62 mph in 5.5 seconds. As a top diesel competitor on the market, the Audi cranks out 738 foot-pounds of torque.
Operating with a four- or six-cylinder engine, this diesel-powered BMW offers high performance levels to car enthusiasts. This vehicle operates on twin turbochargers through the exacting coordination of various-point activation for running individually or together, providing a fast driving experience with outstanding fuel consumption.
According to a report released by the Robert Bosch Corporation, the market for light diesel vehicles is predicted to increase by 15 percent over the next 10 years. With the demand for diesel performance vehicles increasing across the country, car owners are becoming more aware of the advantages that come with owning a diesel-powered vehicle.
I’m often asked whether I would rather have been a mechanic and an auto designer, instead of becoming a software engineer. I love that question, because it’s so fun to think about. Would I have been happy as a designer of automobiles?
I’d probably love it. After all, I host a blog about cars and car parts–why wouldn’t I love being employed by the auto industry?
But the more I think about it, the more I realize that automobiles are a hobby, and you need something on the side that you can do–without the pressure of deadlines, bosses, and so on.
And, at heart, I think I’m a software designer. It’s just how my brain works.
But, just as a mental exercise, here are five careers I could actually see myself doing–and how they relate to designing software.
1. Therapist. Believe it or not, when I was an undergrad, I had two majors, and one of them was Psychology. I was fascinated by how the brain works, and how people interact with each other, and why they do the things that they do (I still am fascinated by those things). For a while I even considered becoming a counselor. I liked the idea of being a therapist, and I liked the idea of helping people. But, as time went on, I found that I loved psychology, but software and software design took up most of my thoughts. I still love psychology, and I think that a lot of my more intuitive designs come from the things I learned in some of my counseling classes. I still think, though, that I’d be a great shrink.
2. Social Worker. Unlike a lot of software designers, I spent a lot of time reading about current events (I’ve found that a lot of the guys I work with aren’t too concerned with world events or national politics). But I am concerned about all that, and I think a lot about how social forces create influences in people’s lives, about how their circumstances and their environments guide people in certain directions, and I think a lot about how unjust it can be for people who grow up in difficult places. I often think about going back to graduate school and picking up a masters in social work.
3. Sherlock Holmes. Ok, ok–I could have said “Detective,” but “Sherlock Holmes” is a lot more precise. I love the idea of finding clues, interviewing suspects, and solving mysteries. It probably goes back to my interest in psychology and the therapeutic process–sizing people up and figuring out their motives. I think that would be a ton of fun, and it would be something I could use my “whole mind” for.
4. Psychiatrist. I love chemistry, and while I’m not particularly good at it, I enjoy it a lot. I think that I would make a pretty decent doctor (especially since some of the guys I went to high school with have become doctors, and if they can get through medical school, then so can I!). This is kind of similar to the “Sherlock Holmes” career–when you’re diagnosing someone, you review all of the information and calculate a problem. I like the idea of gathering all the facts and weighing them. To specify, I’d love to be a psychiatrist, because of–well, everything I’ve written.
5. Captain of a Wrecking Crew. Ok, so there’s not much of a reason for this one–it’s just fun to take things apart.
As I look over these careers, I’m amazed to find that so many of them are related to psychology! Maybe I liked my other major more than I thought!
So the Detroit auto show just passed a few weeks ago and I haven’t gotten a post up to talk about visiting it until now. Oh well, other things (work projects for example) have been pressing. I hadn’t been to the Detroit show for quite some time so it was a little surprising to me how much smaller it is than some of the other shows like the one in Frankfurt which is pretty massive by comparison. I’m guessing the Frankfurt show is a good 3x as large. Audi and Mercedes basically had whole buildings to themselves at that show and Ferrari, Aston Martin, Rolls etc. were all in attendance to some level or another.
You could tell there was a lot of excitement around the Audi building seeing how Audis are super popular and there’s a good chance you’ll be passed by one at high speed if you spend any time on the Autobahn network.
Detroit was still a nice show it’s just that I don’t get as excited about the latest American metal in the same way I find European (especially German) brands exciting. The new Mustang was nice to see of course. As was the new Corvette and accompanying cut-away illustrating the construction. I’m no automotive engineer but I can still appreciate the novel design and layout of the sports car. If you aren’t familiar with it yourself one of the big differences from traditional layouts is that the transmission is mounted in the rear. The drive shaft directly exits the back of the engine and runs back to the rear end and into the transmission.
The brand new F150 was there but even though it is the best selling vehicle in the United States I have a hard time getting too excited about it. Some of the new Jaguars were more interesting to see as well as the new Range Rover which is pretty massive and attractive looking. The trouble with the Range Rover is that if I could afford one easily it still seems really impractical because although it is a very large vehicle it doesn’t really have more usable space for seating or cargo than something like the X5 which also comes in a nice diesel variant (the Range Rover doesn’t).
Probably my favorite vehicle to see there was the blue Audi RS7. The A7 and S7 models are pretty impressive themselves but the top-of-the-line, high-performance RS7 is in a league of it’s own. I’m pretty sure it would be a tough vehicle to drive in slippery conditions if not for the Quattro AWD system (BTW, for those of you new to the topic AWD is different than 4WD which is the type of system you’d see on a truck like the new F150). There was an R8 parked in front of the RS7 and although the R8 is super impressive the high performance AND practicality of the RS7 make it almost more attractive than the super car it shared booth space with.
Probably the last vehicle highlight I’ll add is the new Porsche Macan. I’d read that it would be similar to the Audi Q5 -and it is- but it seems much lower and portrays more speed/performance capability than the Q5 does. It’s quite a nice car and if you have the cash and need a small SUV I’d recommend a test drive to at least see how you like it. I’m not sure I’ll be a serious buyer for some type for a vehicle of that caliber but we can all dream right?!