Why Do Cars Keep Getting Bigger?

bmw 3 series next to an older bmw 5 series

I was out for a walk with the little one, when I saw this <-<

Here we have a 2011 BMW 3 series on the left, parked next to a 1994 BMW 5 series.

Not a fat lot of difference, is there?

Apart from the fact the BMW stylists obviously have no imagination whatsoever, they are almost exactly the same size as each other. Continue reading Why Do Cars Keep Getting Bigger?

Another Boring Insurance Conference?

Yesterday, I had the dubious pleasure of attending the annual BIBA Conference where insurance companies apparently ply insurance brokers with information about their products.

What actually happens is you collect all sorts of stupid marketing tosh designed to promote brands, and catch up with industry gossip, whilst being plied with nice coffee, fancy pastries and sometimes even the odd beer or two. Continue reading Another Boring Insurance Conference?

Under the Mclaren MP4-12C’s Floor

Unfortunately, my rich friend is not about at the moment, (some personal issues), so I’ve still not been out in the bright, orange beast yet, but at least I managed to collar him and he’s promised me now…

He was only about for a short while, so this post will be quite brief, but with the weather being quite good, (for a change!), I thought I’d grab the opportunity to take some half decent photos of the underneath. Here you can see how the diffuser is shaped. Continue reading Under the Mclaren MP4-12C’s Floor

The Trackday Transporter…

audi s8Last night I watched one of Jason Statham’s movies from the Transporter series. You know the one’s, where he’s hired as a specialist “driver”, and usually has to evade the entire police force of a small french town armed with an Audi S8.

Very entertaining, but I wonder how much older, used ones are, as the “great” thing about top spec models like this, is how they depreciate. Continue reading The Trackday Transporter…

DIY Frontal Downforce

Myself and the other male members of my wider family attempt to go to the 24hr hour race at Le Mans every year for a lads weekend away. It’s very good fun, and after a few beers we don’t always watch that much racing 😉

Last year we went a couple of days early and so I took the opportunity on the Friday to join the masses and do the pitwalk, and me being me, it got me thinking… Continue reading DIY Frontal Downforce

Veg Oil Update

Well, we’ve now used up a whole tank, with good results:

40 litres of diesel @ £1.43.9
+ 20 litres of new and unused cooking oil @ £20.00

gives the cost of a tank @ £77.56 (this is equivalent to £1.29.3/litre)

Mileage has gone up too 😀 so we now get 690 miles out of a tank before the warning light comes on. This equates to almost 55 mpg, a 10% increase on the best we’ve seen previously, which was already a pretty good figure. Continue reading Veg Oil Update

Ferrari’s new Hybrid System

As you can probably guess, I’m not the greenest of people, but I do think electric hybrids are definitely the way to go, providing both power and economy when you need it.

First, a little aside: With my old V6, the fuel economy was shocking. I barely got 27 mpg if I drove like an old fart, but with an onboard computer giving fuel economy readouts, I noticed some very interesting things. I know it’s obvious that acceleration uses more energy and therefore fuel but quite how much I didn’t realise, and then there’s also the efficiency of the engine over the rev range. Continue reading Ferrari’s new Hybrid System

Running a Car on Cooking Oil

OK, this is the next crazy idea. I’ve done this before with a renault clio, but unfortunately I had to scrap it shortly after, so I’m giving it another go with this car, (a renault laguna 1.9 dCi turbo diesel).

So far as I can see, there are relatively few drawbacks to using vegetable oil, the main one to worry about though, is that it’s thicker than diesel. Naturally, this puts extra strain on the fuel and injector pumps, and can possibly lead to clogging of filters, injectors and stuff. Continue reading Running a Car on Cooking Oil