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Sports Car Racing: Speeding with Safety

posted 4 Feb 2013, 06:15 by Manish Abraham

Whether racing professionally or simply enjoying the pace of a race, sports car racing is an activity for just about anyone with the drive. 

However, as all races are competitive, youre always on the lookout for ways to improve your time. Here are some tips you can take with you next time you hit the asphalt.

At the start-up
- If youre a beginner, try not to floor the accelerator at the starting line. You may still not be used to controlling all that power. 

- For advanced racers, rev your engines as high as it can go within safe limits. When the signal is given, ease off the clutch, letting the engine go.

On the straight-aways
- You should be close to your maximum speed on straight-aways, but be very mindful of your steering. 

- Beginners should use both hands for the steering wheel placing them at the 10 and 2 positions.

- Advanced racers should know how to steer by accelerating and decelerating. Acceleration will bring the car towards the outer track while decelerating pulls it inside. Steering with the wheel is minimal and should only guide the direction of the pull. 

Making the turns
- Racers approach turns in two ways: gradual and sharp. 
Gradual turns apply towards the outside of the track making for a slightly wide approach. Beginners should get used to this kind of turn first.

Tight turns tuck in towards the inner track, allowing the car to drift around the corner. This is for more advanced racers as it requires a lot of maneuvering with the steering, brake and throttle.

- Approach a turn slowly and pull out fast. When nearing a turn, ease off the accelerator, letting the car slow down to a speed thats easier to steer. Resume acceleration as you reach the apex of the turn.

Racing attitudes
- Assess your performance every time. Take note of how you performed each time and determine how you can improve on them. Did the lines you take improve your times? Did you accelerate smoothly or did you race in bursts? This will take patience on your part, but will pay off in the long run 

- Finally, although it is a race, develop the attitude of working on improving your technique, rather than beating other drivers time. Focusing on being faster than the other guy takes away your concentration on what you need to do right. Remember that youre running at speeds around and over 100 mph. Small mistakes can make for big accidents.

With these racing tips, you can be well on your way to sports car racing with satisfaction and in safety.

The Travails of Collecting Sports Cars

posted 4 Feb 2013, 06:14 by Manish Abraham

The exact definition and classification of a sports car is sometimes hard to distinguish. Some people even think that they already know how to tell if a car is a sports car because most think that they have to be flashy, expensive, fast, and definitely built for action on the road.

Sad to say, it is not the absolute description of sports cars. With all the artistic minds of car geniuses these days, they can develop something that does not look like a sports car, but is a sports car in actuality.

For this reason, more and more and people are fascinated by how most of sports cars maintain their appraisal value. No wonder the percentage of sports car buyers has increased to almost 30% of all car buyers compared to the last survey taken.

Many people find buying and collection sports cars not only a gratifying hobby but a lucrative one as well. This is because sports cars are absolutely remarkable investments.

However, one cannot dismiss the fact that collecting sports cars can be as expensive as their value in the market. There are instances where collecting the cars for a hobby can drain your financial resources if not managed properly.

There are still many sports car collectors who are merely sports car dreamers or fanatics. The average sports car collector can have as many as 10 to 15 cars in their collection.

One of the most well known sports car collectors is Ralph Lauren. Most people think that Ralph Lauren is only about perfumes and mens clothing. What they do not know is that Lauren also enjoys the gratification he gets from his own sports car collection.

Many sports car collectors like Lauren contend that collecting cars or sports cars is not just a luxurious hobby but they also get something of value in return. For instance, Lauren often enters his cars in a major race in many countries. Quite often he wins the race as well as hefty monetary prize for the victory.

Therefore, if somebody is thinking that sports car collection is just a fad, think again. With the growing rate of sports car sales - and buyers, the sports car collection has come to stay.

Wealthy people can afford the growing trend of collecting these wonderful cars. After all, for the rich and wealthy people, having these big toys is an absolute value for their money.

Sports Car: The Lure of It

posted 4 Feb 2013, 06:11 by Manish Abraham   [ updated 4 Feb 2013, 06:12 ]

Sports cars in general, are mostly about style and performance. This is why these types of cars lure so many drivers in the market.  Sports cars are head turners and usually look best in the color red. 

Sports cars have power placed to its pavement across its rear wheels or on all of the four wheels.  The cars are principally constructed for the driver, although there are a few have rear seats. 

The lure of sports cars demonstrate, as surveys show, that nearly sixty percent of young car drivers between the ages of seventeen and twenty, select a car based on appearance with  little consideration on its affordability.  Only seven percent base their selection on the cost of insurance cost and/or running condition and thirty percent base their selection solely on appearance.

While views greatly vary with regards to the sports car precise definition, the majority of sports cars come with two doors, two seats and are designed for tremendous acceleration, high speed, and of course, attractiveness.

Their attractive looks are that lure car drivers and enthusiasts, second only to the performance, surveys said.
Sports cars do not have much room capacity or may not be reasonable or economical. Passenger space and fuel cost-effectiveness are not generally the main considerations of an individual who is in the showroom ready to purchase an image-boosting vehicle. 

The lure of a sports car is really all about impact and style; most say that sports cars are vehicles that after parking it and when walking away, there is that compelling force that makes one turn back  for another look at that handsome car. 

While many sports cars fans were lured by its appearance, there are others attracted to its performance.  When a sports car entails superior road handling, performance and implementation compared to the standard passenger vehicle the sports cars have a more firm and tight- tuned suspension and efficient steering system,  improved aerodynamics, a transmission that is out to perform,  high-execution tires and a superior weight to power ratio. 

These are the reasons why the sports car simply is a fun vehicle to drive and why it lures so many drivers.  A fabulous car such as a Range Rover or a Lexus may also be satisfying, a true sports car will give its driver immeasurable feeling of contentment that will place a lasting and satisfied smile on any drivers face. 

Tuning Up Your Car

posted 4 Feb 2013, 06:10 by Manish Abraham

Tuning up your car is very important since it will be one of the factors that will determine your car's fuel mileage, engine performance, ride-ability, and the car engine's life. It should be done regularly to maintain your car's excellent condition. Here are some pointers to consider when tuning up your car.

Proper Handling

A car with good handling should have stability when making turns and going around sharp corners. The rear tires should have just the right amount of grip to allow it to slide a bit during tight corners. This is crucial since a car with too much grip will make the car lose the right trajectory. Having little grip, on the other hand will make the car slide too much which will cause a loss of control and a decrease in speed during acceleration. Some of the things that are related to a car's handling are: the car's specifications, the style of driving, center of gravity, the total weight of the car, and the car's chassis among others.

Driving Style

Driving aggressively but with total control is the best style possible. Putting your car near its limit as long as possible and avoiding damage the car will be a great challenge. A driver's consistency and smoothness are major concerns when tuning your car to racing standards. Being fast and out of control is useless. Being quick and in total control will greatly improve your time.

Tools to use

Here is a list of the tools that you will need when tuning the car: screwdrivers, long nose pliers, normal pliers, vise-grips, electrical tape, scissors, wrenches, and some specialized tools. If you have no time to do it yourself or if you have no idea how to do it, then it is better to have the tune-up done by an expert mechanic since he will have access to all of the tools needed.

Some tips to getting a faster race time

First of all, you must have fun. Don't push yourself to the limit since this might entail an accident. Always keep in mind that there is always another time to improve your racing performance. Always be on the alert for any situation that may arise from the competition. Try to keep away from any dangerous situation.

These are just a few things to consider when planning to tune up your car. Keeping your car in good condition means savings - fewer trips to the garage to change parts. Keep your car running smoothly and you will not have any headaches.

What Makes Sports Car Popular To Car Enthusiasts?

posted 4 Feb 2013, 06:09 by Manish Abraham

There are certain things that arouse the emotional bond between the sports car and the auto fanatics.  

Driving excitement and appearance are that sets the sports car apart from all the rest. The sports cars appearance is important especially to men; making the one reason the sports car is so popular.

Sports car enthusiasts bond with each other in clubs, talking, and exchanging ideas. They spend a substantial amount of spare time engrossed with their sports car. 

There is in fact, something in sports cars that causes drivers to have a unique attraction and attachment to vehicles, making them very popular among the many vehicles on the market.

Others say that sports cars are toys for the big boys.  Studies do show that sports cars are a popular hobby of many men and they often occupy the time, as well as the hearts, of many fans.  

Here are reasons why they are popular:

1.Sports cars are popular because they are symbolic.  Sports cars are considered a source independence or freedom.  Drivers are no more hindered by the limitations and inadequacy of conventional cars and are able to have a flexible and free life maneuvering and tackling elements on the road with ease. This perception of freedom makes the sports car popular.

2.Sports cars are popular because of their innovative technology.  People are attracted to technological progress; sports cars are a moving combination of technical and mechanical expertise.  

Sports cars are considered by auto fans to be a complete package of technological advancement; from compact but robust engines to aerodynamic tailoring, sport cars symbolize the frontier of industrial design.  

3.Sports cars are popular because of their capability to respond or counter the driver.  Sports cars are sold, as surveys show, as extremely driver-responsive cars.  The driver is has the complete control.  

4.Sports cars are popular because they appeal to the drivers desire of combining power and speed on the road.

While others look for performance, others desire a distinct design, and still others want both. Without any doubt, the sports car comes in a package that can match the consumers needs and wants.

Whatever ones reason for possessing a sports car, it does not really matter; what matters is, if its the car that you want, and you can well afford it, then it should be what you are driving.  

Sports Car Styling Tips

posted 4 Feb 2013, 06:07 by Manish Abraham   [ updated 4 Feb 2013, 06:08 ]

Are you planning to improve the aesthetic appearance of your car? Want to get that sporty and sleek look? Then here are some pointers that will help you dress up your car.

What products to choose from

When deciding what kind of setup you will do to your car, you should first keep in mind that there are a multitude of products being sold out there which claim superior performance and economical. But the reality is there are some good ones and and many of bad ones. Be picky when looking for car accessories and remember it is not a bad idea to look at the established brands before considering untested brands.

The wheels

One of the initial things that a car enthusiast does when dressing up a car is to replace the existing wheels with custom made ones. But this is not just for looks since performance wheels and tires also enhance a car's handling and performance. Choosing between tall wheels and short ones will be the next step. Bigger wheels get noticed more and increase the look of a car dramatically. Smaller wheels on the other hand have that vintage or retro look.

Stickers Galore

Applying sticker designs on the car hood or the other parts of the car body is one of the cheapest ways to alter and customize your car. Sticker designs range from popular performance parts logos of manufacturers as well as those designed for rally and indy races. If you are capable of making your own stickers, it is important to get permission for copying a design as it may be copyrighted. If you are planning to put stickers on the hood, choose the kind that will not be damaged by the heat of the engine. Metallic foil stickers are ideal for use on car hoods.

Lowering kits

Lowering your car means making your car more stable in turns aside from giving it an aggressive and sporty look. Cars are not the only ones that have lowering kits, so if you have a pickup truck, chances are, there is a lowering kit made for your vehicle. Although having a lower ride means improved handling, the trade off is poor ride quality since the car springs are stiffer and shorter.

These are some of the things that you can do to improve the look and stance of your car. Your car is a represents you so naturally you want it to look appealing. Of course, having a good looking car also means spending thousands of dollars. If this is your passion, then paying extra will not be a problem with you.

Sports Cars: Getting Started on Your Need for Speed

posted 4 Feb 2013, 06:06 by Manish Abraham

If high acceleration, top speed, and appearance are what you want in a vehicle, then a sports car is probably what you're looking for. 

Sports cars are a $4.5 billion industry with about 55,000 units sold annually.

Sports cars are built as performance vehicles  meaning they are to be pushed in ways regular cars cant. For example, acceleration is often no more than 5 seconds to go from 0 to 100 mph.

As it is more difficult to maneuver a speeding object, sports cars are specially designed to be handled at top speeds. 

The term sporty was coined to refer to a sleek but robust design that exudes a powerful persona for the person behind the wheel.  

What follows is a basic run-through of sports cars out in the marketplace  their general designs and layout, as well as a listing of the more popular models and makers.

- FF  front engine, front wheel drive. 
The FF layout has a moderate capacity for high speed handling and is seen in select models such as the Fiat Coup, and the Lotus Elan M100. 

- FR  front engine, rear wheel drive
Considered the classic sports car layout, the engine drives the rear wheels but keeps the weight off the back.  The FR is good at drifting corners while still maintaining control. Mercedes-Benz is recognized for using this layout for its models.

- RR  rear engine, rear wheel drive
With the engine at the back driving the rear wheels, weight placement on a RR layout provides excellent traction for a car. However, without auxiliary driving aids like stability control, handling becomes difficult. As of today, the only maker who keeps the RR layout for its cars is Porsche.

AWD  all wheel drive
An AWD layout provides the easiest handling, making it ideal for those who are just starting out with sports cars. Audi started the widespread use of this technique with the Quattro. Japanese manufacturers like Mitsubishi used this layout to increase handling making it an excellent rally car.

Because of higher restrictions in the states, sports car manufacturers are more prevalent in Europe than in America. Nevertheless, American brands are in equal competition with its European and Asian counterparts. Some recognized makers and models are:

Alfa Romeo
Aston Martin 
De Lorean 

Now that you've gotten started, take your next step by discovering the excitement a sports car can bring you today, just like it has for generations.

Keeping Your Sports Car in Shape

posted 4 Feb 2013, 06:04 by Manish Abraham   [ updated 4 Feb 2013, 06:04 ]

Making sure that your sports car is in shape all of the time is not difficult. All it takes is preventive maintenance to avoid the hassle of taking it to a repair shop when the engine suddenly dies or the lights in the control panel light up.

One of the leading car manufacturers in the world is BMW. Not everyone can afford to buy a sports car from this company but here are some tips that will help you maintain your sports car...

Before going out for a drive, it is wise to check the brakes, the tires, the oil and the steering system to make sure that everything is normal. If while driving the car, you hear a sound or noise that was not there before, take it to your mechanic or local repair shop to have it checked. 

Have the mechanic check all the parts or the of the ignition system, for example: check the spark plugs as their condition is a very good indicator of how the engine is performing. They should be changed every 100,000 miles but there is no harm in checking them every 30,000 miles just to be sure that everything is alright.

The rotor and distributor cap are made up of plastic which deteriorate over time due to wear and tear. To make sure that these are not causing any problems when starting the vehicle have them checked/\. 

The filter acts as a deterrent against rust and other harmful objects that may disrupt the performance of your vehicle. There several filters such as those for oil or fuel. These filters should be checked frequently  about every 3,000 miles.  

The cars mileage can be checked by calculating the amount of fuel purchased and the miles driven as shown by the odometer before and after fueling. If there is a sudden change in the number of miles per gallon, be concerned and take the car to the repair shop for analysis.

In the event that the cars sensor lights come on, pull the car over to the side of the road then call for help. There is a possibility that the problem can be remedied there or it may have to towed to a repair shop.

Even if sports cars come with better and smarter engines, the possibility of something going wrong is still there.  By taking every precaution, the driver can get to the place where he wants to go safely. 

Ins and Outs when Buying a Sports Car

posted 4 Feb 2013, 06:02 by Manish Abraham   [ updated 4 Feb 2013, 06:02 ]

Many financially gifted individuals are thinking wondering what to do with their fat wallets  should they put it in the bank for future investment use it for something that is tangible.  They might just say hey, this is exciting! and what better thing to buy that can cause a phrase like this - a brand new sports car!

But here's how to look at both the positive and negative sides of spending cash for a sports car.  

Fanatics can find the most interesting and beautiful reason to own a sports car and the good news are is:
- Sports cars fit the lifestyle of the rich, the famous and the elegant. 
- These sports cars have more powerful engines with up to 750 horsepower. 
- Sleek, convertible types depreciate more slowly than hardtop rivals. 
- The newer the sports car model, the more impressive the driver is. 
- Fans of pricey sports car can choose between the coupe type and convertible type. 
- Automatic transmission sports cars have better resale values. 
- High-end exotics have been largely immune to the recession 
- Less striking cars do best, often losing as little as 6 to 10% of their worth over five years. 
- Sports cars are used in many cases for car racing.  Both men and women are starting to become addicted with the sport.

 Although fitting, as it can be, for their lifestyle, its not all that easy when it comes to buying a sports cars, the not so good news is:

- Sports cars are prone to being affected by recurring and financially viable trends.
- Some sports cars have very expensive and hard to find repair parts. 
- Sports car buyers should not expect to ever get back their full investment when reselling the car. 
- Expensive sport cars infrequently serve their purpose as just a means of transportation.  They just become the collectors item that is rarely used.  
- Driving an expensive sports car means spending extra money for gas. 
- Models that were sold at special discounts decrease in value faster than other models. 
- Various exotic sports cars that only a minority can find the money for are often resold because of costly maintenance.

On the other hand, sports cars have become a passion for some. It could indicate that the buyer would spend more than he should, since it brings enjoyment to the owner, and he is willing to sacrifice the costly price of owning one for the joy and prestige it gives. 

Simple Ways to Improve Gas Mileage

posted 4 Feb 2013, 05:59 by Manish Abraham   [ updated 4 Feb 2013, 06:00 ]

Gas prices have been growing increasingly higher for the past several years. Everybody wants to save money on gas especially now that the price has been rapidly increasing. One way to save gas is to increase gas mileage. 
Here are some tips on improving gas mileage. 
These tips will not only save on gas but will enable the car to last for a longer time:

1. It is very important to keep the car well maintained. The efficiency of the car will be greater and the performance of the car enhanced if proper maintenance is performed. This in turn helps in improving the gas mileage of the vehicle.

2. The tires of the car should always be inflated properly. Tires that are not inflated properly will make the cars wheels have difficulty rolling and it will then require more energy and would consume more gas. Car owners can save gas by having the tires properly inflated.

3.  Cars are heavily load consume more gas. It is recommended that unnecessary weight be removed from the car. The lighter the cars load, the less gas is consumed. Carriers can add weight to the car and should be removed when not in use.

4. Drive smoothly. If the driver uses the brakes a lot and then suddenly speeds up, or if the car is accelerated abruptly will result in greater fuel consumption. Therefore, it is recommended that you drive smoothly to improve gas mileage.

5. Always keep the car clean and washed. It is also recommended that the car be waxed regularly. This helps by improving aerodynamics and can help in improving gas mileage.

6. Another way to improve gas mileage is by saving on ventilation. A cars air conditioner uses more gas when being used. The air conditioner may be turned off and the windows opened when driving slowly - weather permitting. However, it is not recommended to open the windows when driving fast since it adds extra pressure and drag on the vehicle.

There are many ways gas mileage may be improved. Car owners should be responsible if they want to save on gas and money. It does not require big sacrifices to improve your vehicles gas mileage. All it takes is a little responsibility and proper care of the car. These simple ways can each help improve gas mileage a bit but when done regularly and in combination will help save a great deal of money.

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