The Lamborghini Aventador: Hearing the Roar of a Ferocious Bull God

Lamborghini has done it again and has come up with another sinister of a sports car. The Aventador’s 700hp V12 engine makes it the most powerful sports car around. It was not surprising that Lamborghini chose this name for this new model. Aventador is the name of the famous bull that fought a most courageous battle at the Trofeo de la Pena La Madronera held at the Saragossa Arena in 1993. The Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador faces the sports car arena as the car company’s flagship racer. Evidently, this fierce racer is fitted with everything to beat all others on the race track.

Lamborghini Aventador
in red

All of the Aventador’s 4.78m x 2.26m x 1.14m body has been specially designed and engineered for the best aerodynamics possible, integrating front and rear spoilers into the body’s shell. The entire body is optimized for directional stability and high speed handling. The look of the Aventador is imposing with its bi-xenon headlamps beaming from its glossy black frames. Its sides stretch out in sweeping strokes that look like sinewy muscles that extend towards the rear wheel. The upward-opening doors add the distinctive Lamborghini mark to the Aventador – the air intakes behind these doors double as cooling features for the engine.

The heart of the Aventador is its 6.5-L V12 engine that racks up 700hp at 8,250 rpm and a torque of 509 lb/ft at 5,500rpm. This first all-new Lamborghini developed engine is an improvement over the previous V12 versions. This engine manages to get up to 60mph from standstill in only 2.9 seconds. Stepping on the gas kicks up the needle to a top speed of 217 mph. The faster speed is achieved with the lighter load brought about by the aluminium-silicon alloy used in the engine casing. On the whole, the Aventador still packs the highest power to weight ration in the sports car arena. Even as Lamborghini has pumped up its production line for the Aventador, the list of people willing to shell out almost $400,000 and waiting in line for this sports car is still quite long.

History of Radio Controlled Cars

Radio controlled cars have come a long way over the last few decades. Since the mid-1900’s, enthusiast’s have been clamoring to the store shelves to scoop up parts and accessories for their projects. But did you know that radio controlled cars have actually been around for much longer, as early back as World War II? Few people are aware that radio controlled technology has been around since the 1940’s but wasn’t a public commodity until the mid-1960’s.

The very first remote controlled car was introduced by Elettronica Giacattoli in 1966, by an Italian company that introduced the Ferrari 250LM and later followed with the Ferrari P4. It didn’t take long for Britain and the United States to follow suit.

By the 1970’s, the U.S. witnessed a jump in radio controlled car sales and gave way to improved technology to make the already popular models faster, more customizable and more affordable.

controlled cars
Arrma Raider

It was thanks in large part to the increased interest in this hobby that organized races began popping up all over the place. Enthusiasts all over the world now had life size models to lust after but that didn’t keep radio control car sales down and it didn’t keep them from forming their own model car races.

As decades passed, the models turned to increased speeds, advanced components and a wider selection of models. Parts were introduced to make that radio controlled car even faster and last longer. Of course this has impacted the price of ready out of the box models which is part of the reason more and more hobbyists are building their own from scratch; right down to the lug nuts. Advances in technology make it even easier to build the car they want.

Since the introduction of lithium-ion batteries, technology has exploded in the radio controlled car world. Modern day cars run longer and faster and look cooler in general.

Today there are a many different brands and types available for radio controlled cars. Duratrax RC cars, Axial, Electrix XC, and Venom are only a few names of the popular options available for hobbyists to choose from.

Although organized races for radio controlled cars has seen a decline in registrations over the last few years, you’re still likely to see a kid running his car up and down the street or a dad out at the park teaching his kid all the tricks.

There’s no sign that radio controlled cars are losing momentum anymore and with all of the newest gadgets and technology, the kids playing in the park with their dad today will someday be that dad that wants to pass down his knowledge of the miniature sport.

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Power on the Road

This Lamborghini moves as great on the road as it looks good in the driveway. Car lovers are sure to turn heads when they take the Gallardo Spyder on the road. It’s not just eye-candy. Its powerful specs overdeliver on the promise of a driver-oriented sports car. Considered as an exotic car, the 2-seater Gallardo was met with great success, selling over 12,000 units since its first appearance in 2003 at the Geneva Motor Show. Numerous other variants came after the first Gallardo. The latest addition to this sports car line is the LP550-2 Spyder.

Race it!

The Spyder is a rear-wheel drive model, following Lamborghini’s 1998 Diablo SV Roadster. Industry experts compare this to the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni, a rare model that was launched in 2009 and aptly named after the company’s chief test driver. The company tweaked the roof on the Spyder for a drop-top version of the famed sports car model.

Peeling off the aluminum skin of the Spyder will reveal a powerful 550-hp 5.2L V10 engine that torques at 398 lb/ft. It connects to an automated gearbox that allows for 6-speed single-clutch transmission. The electro-hydraulic e-gear automatic transmission hooks up to paddle shifters conveniently mounted right on the column behind the steering wheel. There are also buttons with pre-programmed gear shifting modes to activate Sport, Automatic, and Corsa settings. The Corsa sets this model apart from all others as it makes for faster shifting for larger drift angles.

The Spyder revs up to 60mph in a quick 3.9-second period. Its top speed of 198mph does not quite put it up to speed with other recent race track faves. But, this speed augurs well for normal road conditions. This sports car guzzles gas at about 13mpg on city driving and 20mpg on highway driving. It retails steeply at a little over $250,000. For racers who want to feel the wind and the sun on their faces while enjoying a smooth and powerful ride, the Spyder is definitely best choice.

The Speediest Bug Around

The Volkswagen engineers have done it again – they’ve put another bug on the road that’s not easy to squash. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse top down made an appearance at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. As beautiful as the Bianco and Light Blue open-wheel racer looks on the pedestal, the test of the mettle is on the road. And roadsters were not disappointed when they took the Vitesse for a test ride.

bugatti veyron vitesse
Fall in Love

Here’s what they found:

Road tests proved Bugatti’s claim that the Vitesse can go from 0-62 mph at an amazing record time of 2.6 seconds. Under the hood is a forced-induction quad-turbo W16 engine that racks up an output of 1,200 horsepower at 6,400 rpm, and a maximum torque of 1,100 lb./ft. at 5,000 rpm. Top speed of almost 255 mph can be reached on the laps. Normal road driving can push the pedal only up to 233 mph. The Vitesse has a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a modified air ducting on the drivetrain. Even with the increased output, the engineers of this Bugatti have succeeded in coming up with system configuration that result in reduced fuel consumption. Its four-pump fuel tank takes after the earlier Bugatti Super Sport.

This bug is definitely no ordinary bug. Although more than a few units of this Bugatti rolled off the factories, there is not likely to be a lot of these on the roads. The production of the Grand Sport line of Bugatti is capped at 150, including all variants of this model. The limited number of units of this Bugatti and its high price tag of more than 2 million dollars make this speedster truly a car for the elite. As the moneyed scramble to get their hands on one of these bugs, Jay Leno already has one of his own — a Grand Prix winner, parked in his garage.

McLaren marks 50th Anniversary

McLaren celebrates 50 years of racing excellence with 3 short films featuring the legacy of its founder Bruce McLaren. Yes, half a century of being at the forefront of racing and development, McLaren pays homage to the man who started it all.  The first film titled “Courage,” follows a version of the team’s founder as he recounts his brief life on the day of his death. Directed by Swedish Marcus Söderlund,  the short film shows the ghost of Bruce McLaren as he retraces the scene of his crash at the Goodwood circuit in 1970 – which took his life at the tragically young age of 32.

McLaren P1

The film then ends with McLaren’s own words:

The news that he had died instantly was a terrible shock to all of us, but who is to say that he had not seen more, done more and learned more in his few years than many people do in a lifetime? To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy. It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one’s ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.” – Bruce McLaren on  death of team mate Timmy Mayer.

5 Things to Consider When Buying New Tyres

At some point in the life of your vehicle, you may very well have to add on new tyres. Purchasing the car might feel easier than this as you knew what you wanted in a car, but you don’t really know what to look for in a tyre. Keep these suggestions in mind when purchasing these new and necessary parts for your car.

tyre, new tyres

Your Budget

One of the biggest factors that often prevents you from getting what you want is your budget. Before you go to the store, have a number in mind per tyre or overall, but be a little bit flexible with that figure. It’s important to choose a quality tyre over a cheap tyre, in most scenarios, so you might have to pay a bit more than expected.

Consider the Car Usage

As noted, you generally want to go for quality over price when you’re choosing car tyres; however, a couple of exceptions to the rule exist. Maybe you use this car for work only, and you live only two kilometers or so from your place of employment. This is not to say you should purchase cheap tyres that will break down in a matter of days or that are unsafe, but you can go for the less expensive options.

Ask About Warranties

No matter what type of tyre you purchase, it should not fall apart the minute you walk out of the store. In the event that it does break soon after you purchase it, you absolutely want to be covered; therefore, it’s important to ask about warranties. Before making the commitment to buy a certain tyre, ask if you can read through the warranty. This ensures you know exactly what you are getting into by signing the contract.

Performing Maintenance

Some shops that sell tyres will also perform maintenance on them if a problem exits in the future. Opting for a shop that does both of these tasks is smart because you’ll then know that the people who work here have knowledge in these types of tyres. Furthermore, you might be able to schedule regular service appointments with them. Instead of waiting until there is a problem with your tyre to bring it in, you can visit them every several months or so to make sure everything is in proper working condition.

Make, Model and Year

This probably seems like an obvious tip, but so many people forget it. A friend picks them up to bring them to the shop, and they realize they do not know one of these important factors about the car. It’s necessary to know this information if you want to pick a tyre that matches up with the car!

Purchasing new tyres can be a little bit overwhelming. If the process is frightening you, it’s best to bring along a person who has knowledge of different types of tyres to help you out.

David Spencer is a Mechanic from Sydney, Australia. He says that choosing the right set of tyres will be easy if you follow his five tips. For all your tyre needs, David recommends contacting Jax Tyres.