Make Money Repossessing Cars or Doing Other Unusual Things

Today’s economy is requiring creative ingenuity from many people just to survive. There have always been students who sell their plasma, and people pawning possessions to earn a few extra bucks. But there are many more ways to bring in extra cash legally. Here are a few of them. Continue reading Make Money Repossessing Cars or Doing Other Unusual Things

How Hybrid Cars Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

There is a saying that the cleanest gallon of gasoline is the gallon that isn’t used. But people all over the world depend on cars and trucks for personal and business transportation. Unfortunately, when gas is combusted in a car or truck engine, the carbon in the gas combines with the oxygen in the air to form carbon dioxide, or CO2. Carbon dioxide is one of the major “greenhouse gases,” or gases that cause the overall temperature of the earth to rise. Continue reading How Hybrid Cars Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Bugatti sold for €3.4 million

The 1937 type 57S Atalante Bugatti car was gathering dust in a garage for 50 years before it was sold for amazing €3,417,500 in an auction in Paris.

This is a very special car. Only 17 of them were built and sold. One of the owners was Harold Carr, Newcastle doctor, who died recently and left this amazing car to his relatives. They listed the car in an auction in Paris with the following description:

“The new owner will have the pleasure of firing up [engine] 26S and hearing that turbine-like sound that so excited Earl Howe when he collected this car from Sorel in 1937. Once again [chassis] 57502, a true supercar with impeccable credentials, emerges to take its place on the world stage.”

What do you think? Is´t to much money for this car?

10 Best Engines Of 2009

WARD`s 10 best engines of 2009:

•  Audi AG: 2.0L TFSI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (A4 Avant)
•  BMW AG: 3.0L turbocharged DOHC I-6 (135i Coupe)
•  BMW AG: 3.0L DOHC I-6 Turbodiesel (335d)
•  Chrysler LLC: 5.7L Hemi OHV V-8 (Dodge Ram/Challenger R/T)
•  Ford Motor Co.: 2.5L DOHC I-4 HEV (Escape Hybrid)
•  General Motors Corp.: 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Cadillac CTS)
•  Honda Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Accord Coupe)
•  Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.: 4.6L DOHC V-8 (Genesis)
•  Toyota Motor Corp.: 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350)
•  Volkswagen AG: 2.0L SOHC I-4 Turbodiesel (Jetta TDI)

Key points:

Nissan’s ubiquitous VQ, which up to this point, was the only engine series that had made Ward’s Ten Best ever since the list’s inception in 1995, is conspicuously absent. That’s a big deal. Also note a couple of turbodiesel engines, one in BMW’s favored inline-six configuration and one that powers VW’s Jetta TDI.

Source: Ward’s Auto

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Ward’s Announces 2009 10 Best Engines Winners

SOUTHFIELD, MI – Amid plummeting vehicle sales, thousands of job losses, an economy officially in recession and pleas for federal assistance, a handful of auto makers have cause to celebrate.

Ward’s Automotive Group announces its 2009 10 Best Engines list, which reflects the diversity of powertrains that will play a role in reshaping America’s automotive landscape.

Selected by Ward’s editors, the 2009 list marks the 15th year for the Ward’s 10 Best Engines program, the North American auto industry’s only awards honoring powertrain excellence and considered by many to be the “Oscars” for automotive engines.

The winners for 2008 (engine and tested vehicle):

* Audi AG: 2.0L TFSI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (A4 Avant)
* BMW AG: 3.0L turbocharged DOHC I-6 (135i Coupe)
* BMW AG: 3.0L DOHC I-6 Turbodiesel (335d)
* Chrysler LLC: 5.7L Hemi OHV V-8 (Dodge Ram/Challenger R/T)
* Ford Motor Co.: 2.5L DOHC I-4 HEV (Escape Hybrid)
* General Motors Corp.: 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Cadillac CTS)
* Honda Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Accord Coupe)
* Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.: 4.6L DOHC V-8 (Genesis)
* Toyota Motor Corp.: 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350)
* Volkswagen AG: 2.0L SOHC I-4 Turbodiesel (Jetta TDI)

Awards to be presented during Detroit auto show in January.

“A decade ago, few consumers in the U.S. paid serious attention to hybrids or diesels. This year, they have to, if they don’t want to be pinched the next time fuel hits $4 a gallon,” says Tom Murphy, executive editor of Ward’s AutoWorld magazine.”The diesels from VW and BMW and the Ford Escape Hybrid all got better than 30 mpg (7.8 L/100 km) during our testing, and often they topped 40 mpg (5.8 L/100 km),” he says. “And the diesels meet the strictest emissions regulations in the world. If Americans want to find a vehicle that consumes less fuel and is fun to drive, our list is a great place to start.”

Among the winners is Ford Motor Co.’s redesigned 2.5L 4-cyl. hybrid-electric powertrain, which motivated President and CEO Alan Mulally’s Escape Hybrid cross/utility vehicle to and from Washington D.C. for federal-aid talks, makes the cut.

During Ward’s testing, the front-wheel-drive HEV managed to easily surpass the federal fuel-economy rating of 34/31 city/highway mpg (6.9-7.5 L/100 km).

BMW AG’s new 3.0L inline 6-cyl. turbodiesel scores a slot on the list in its first year available in the U.S. Joined by the auto maker’s twin-turbocharged and direct-injected gasoline I-6 engine, which returns for the third year, the diesel employs a sequential twin-turbocharger system that provides the 335d sedan with impressive fuel economy and a stunning 425 lb.-ft. (576 Nm) of torque.

Volkswagen AG joins the clean-diesel party this year, as well, with its new 2.0L 4-cyl. turbodiesel powering the Jetta TDI sedan. Fun to drive and frugal at the pump, the TDI is an affordable and entertaining alternative to many larger gasoline and hybrid-electric powertrains.

Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd. appears for the first time on Ward’s 10 Best Engines list with its all-new Tau 4.6L DOHC V-8. Introduced in the new Genesis luxury sedan, the engine’s velvety power delivery, competitive performance and attainable price epitomize the Korean auto maker’s drive for world-class engineering.
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Chrysler LLC’s venerable 5.7L Hemi V-8 returns to the rankings with added refinement, power and variable-valvetrain and induction technology. Its guttural roar and low-end grunt serves double duty this year in the all-new Dodge Challenger R/T and Ram pickup.

Toyota Motor Corp. scores its fourth consecutive 10 Best Engines win with its Lexus 3.5L DOHC V-6, a brilliant design that employs a unique, combination direct- and port-injection fueling system that helps generate 306 hp and 277 lb.-ft. (376 Nm) of torque.

General Motors Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. also make return appearances with their high-volume V-6 engines exemplifying practicality balanced with precision engineering.

GM’s high-feature 3.6L V-6 with direct-gasoline injection returns for the second time. Tested in the Cadillac CTS, yet flexible enough to proliferate through the auto maker’s CUVs, the advanced V-6 makes a hardy 304 hp on regular gasoline.

Honda underscores its longstanding reputation for great engines with the encore performance of its 3.5L SOHC V-6 in the Accord lineup. Merging exceptional performance with reasonable fuel economy, the engine employs advanced cylinder deactivation in the sedan and engaging power delivery in the coupe.

Audi AG’s 2.0L TFSI turbocharged 4-cyl., freshly revamped with 211 hp and a mighty 258 lb.-ft. (350 Nm) of torque for the all-new A4, rounds out the list with a fourth-consecutive 10 Best Engines placing as one of the best all-around turbo-4s on the market.

This year, six Ward’s editors nominated 32 different engines for the Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition. The nominee list consists of the 2008 winners as well as all-new or significantly improved engines.

Over a nearly 2-month period, the editors evaluated and scored each engine against all others in a number of objective and subjective parameters. Each engine must be available in a regular-production U.S.-specification model on sale no later than first-quarter 2009, in a vehicle priced no more than $54,000, a price cap indexed to the average cost of a new vehicle.

The awards will be given at a Jan. 14 ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show.

Complete stories about the 10 Best Engines will be featured soon on WardsAuto.com and in upcoming issues of Ward’s AutoWorld magazine and Ward’s Engine & Vehicle Technology Update newsletter.

Ward’s 10 Best Engines is a copyright of Penton Media Inc. Commercial references to the program and/or awards are prohibited without prior permission of Ward’s Automotive Group.

GT By Citroen

Meet the super Citroen that’s a real play station! This striking concept demonstrates what can happen when the worlds of computer gaming and car design come together. Rivalling any Ferrari or Lamborghini for visual drama, the GTbyCitroen – to give it its full name – was first seen at October’s Paris Motor Show. Now, it has hit the road, and Auto Express got behind the wheel for an exclusive drive.

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The GT is here thanks to the passion of two enthusiasts: Citroen designer Takumi Yamamoto and the boss of Polyphony Digital – the firm behind the award-winning Sony PlayStation racing game, Gran Turismo – Kazunori Yamauchi.

Essentially, the pair collaborated to create a supercar not for the road, but for the computer screen. Several sketches later, the GT was born. Yet they weren’t content with having an exclusive machine for the best-selling game – so Citroen decided to build the working concept you see here. The car in the game uses a fuel cell, but this roadgoing model features a race-derived 560bhp V8 engine. No official figures have been provided, and Citroen is keeping tight-lipped about its performance. Judging by the pace on offer, though, we’d guess at a 0-60mph time of around four seconds. With no sound deadening, the noise is awesome. The big V8 roars through the rev range and pops and bangs angrily when you lift off the throttle.

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But it’s not really the engine or how big the brakes are that’s important – it’s the way it looks. The GT is more than five metres long, and its menacing exterior is made up of 21-inch diamond-effect alloy wheels, scissor doors, blue LED headlights and enormous air intakes. The smooth-flowing lines along the side of the car are met with sharp edges at the front, which accentuate the angry look. Gran Turismo’s designers said the GT needed to be aesthetically pleasing from the rear, too, as that is the view most gamers will see while playing. Citroen has delivered. The carbon diffuser hangs beneath a massive air vent, horizontal LED lights and wing.

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Inside, the space-age interior would make NASA proud. The only similarity between the GT’s cabin and any other road car is its pedal layout. The dashboard is covered in a copper material and features flared lines and edges, while the switchgear is in a race-style aluminium pod to the right of the driver. You change gear using two steering wheel-mounted push-buttons, with a digital display in the roof showing the chosen ratio.

It is without any shadow of a doubt one of the most striking cars ever created. The GT has been brought to life to prove that the French company can take a fantasy machine from the computer screen to the road and that it is able to build supercars if it so wishes. Unfortunately, the only way anybody will ever own one is by buying a PlayStation 3 and a copy of Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, then earning one million credits. But while you won’t be seeing it in a showroom near you any time soon, maybe its dramatic design cues will shape the Citroens of tomorrow.

Pagani Zonda R

It´s finally revealed. After three years in the making, Italian supercar brand, Pagani, has launched its fastest creation ever – the 739bhp Pagani Zonda R.

This supercar´s body and chassis are made from carbonfibre, aircraft aluminium, titanium and magnesium. By using a mix of carbonfibre and titanium in its basic body structure, which is 4 times more expensive than regular carbonfibre, Pagani has successfully removed 25kg from the weight of the “tub”.

With a weight of 1070kg and power from the Mercedes 6.0-litre racing engine, this amazing car is capable of 0-62mph (0-100km/h)  in just 3 seconds and a maximum speed of 233mph (375km/h).

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Pagani Zonda R is an exclusive car. Only 16 of these will be built and only 5 of those are unsold. So, if you have £1.4m (2.05 million dollar) laying around, this baby can be yours. 🙂

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