I was wondering if there has ever been an article done on building and
testing the independent electronic boost controller (IEBC)? If not, do you have
future plans to do some testing on it?
We have not yet covered the assembly,
fitment and tuning of the IEBC – but we have such an article planned to appear in a
couple of months.
WRX + DFA = Bang?
Did Michael Knowling blow up the engine in his WRX using the DFA? I’m not for
a minute suggesting it was the DFA's fault (it's all in the tuning), but can you
tell me how it happened, how easy it was and what to look out for and to avoid
before I get stuck into mine? Were you monitoring the mixtures?
Michael has never blown up a WRX
engine. A couple of years ago he purchased a ’94 WRX with a hole in an exhaust
valve and dropped in a Japanese-spec replacement motor. This all happened before
the DFA was conceived.
I just read Birth of the Beetle - Part Two
and I’d like to make a tiny correction...
The Beetle was in full production until early '97 in
remained a popular car as it could be bought (new) for a price well bellow most
second hand cars and saw a number of little features like CD player and
retrofitted dash. It was also available with an alcohol powered engine.
It was a popular underpinning for a number of sporting vehicles, such as the
Brazilian sports cars known as the Puma and Targa. These cars boasted the
Beetle/Karman Ghia chassis and had bigger Kombi/Beetle engines of 1800cc, 2000cc
and 2200cc (the 1800cc available in the European market Beetle from memory).
Thanks for that – article now
I am just wondering where you take new cars for your performance tests? Do
you have a designated track you use or does it all involve a back road
somewhere? If you use a track, do you get discount rates for using it often for
How long is each car reviewed before you come up with your conclusion and
And last, but not least, do your reviewers have any formal
Sorry for the list of questions - I have been a fan of AutoSpeed for a while
and just wanted to ask...
The manufacturer-supplied press
vehicles that we test are typically sampled for a week. In some cases, we hire the vehicles for a similar length of time. The vehicles are driven
in as many different conditions as possible during this week. Our 0 – 100 km/h
performance tests are conducted on, as you say, back roads – somewhere quiet and
And qualifications? Well...
At age 29, Michael Knowling has spent
the majority of his working life as an automotive journalist.
He began writing articles on a
part-time freelance basis in 1995. These articles were successfully published in
some of Australia’s leading automotive magazines, such as
Fast Fours and Zoom.
In 1998, he decided to pursue a
full-time career in motoring journalism and was employed by AutoSpeed. Initially, Michael contributed two
articles per week but in 2003 he moved to a lead journalist position, contributing four full-length feature articles each week.
He has written approximately 100 new car road tests and has driven a diverse range of vehicles. He
currently performs at least three in-depth road tests each month and prides
himself on having a broad appreciation of vehicles, having owned a selection of
European, Japanese and Australian vehicles.
Michael's other employment background
comprises an administrative traineeship and project assistant within the South Australian State Government. He also attended Business College as part of his Government traineeship.
After completing Year 12 in 1993 he
has also undertaken courses in electronic engineering, marine navigation,
seamanship, radio communications and public speaking.
Julian Edgar, 41, has worked as a
senior secondary school teacher, journalist, editor, author and
At 20 he began successfully
contributing freelance stories and photographs to Australian photography
magazines. He then taught adult photography classes with the Workers’ Education
Association and at an Aboriginal Community
In 1985 he graduated with a Diploma in
Teaching (Secondary) and a Bachelor of Education (double majors: Geography and
Sociology) from the University of South
He then worked as a senior secondary school teacher for 8 years, teaching
Year 12 Geography and Natural Resources Management for the Education Department
During this period he successfully
undertook post-trade automotive subjects in engine management, front-end and
suspension, air conditioning, automatic transmissions and electronic ignition
In 1990 he started freelancing for
automotive magazines, subsequently having material published in Australia, the US and the UK. He turned to full-time automotive writing
He was founding editor of Australian
modified car magazine Zoom (1996) and founding editor of AutoSpeed (1998). He has been the automotive technology contributor to
electronics magazine Silicon Chip since 1992 and is also currently a major
contributor to AutoSpeed.
His 350-page book on modifying high
technology cars, 21st Century Performance, was published in 2000. His
co-authored book, High Performance Electronics for Cars, was published in
At the end of 2004 he was awarded a
Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Southern
Queensland. He is an affiliate member of the Society
of Automotive Engineers (Australia), Society of Automotive Engineers
(International), and the Institute of Automotive and Mechanical Engineers
Loaded with Cash?
This is an excellent website - but one problem I have is that you say it’s a
'waste' modifying a Gemini or Escort, etc. When you’re 15-18 years old these are
usually the fastest cars we can buy. When you say “it’s better to buy an
AUD$5000 car than buy an AUD$2000 Escort and spend AUD$3000 on it” – well, we
actually don’t have much of a choice because we rarely have AUD$5000 to start
Cambridge... a happy Ford Escort owner
We assume you’re referring to Money Pits
- an article that highlights the downfalls of modifying these sorts of cars. If
you have AUD$2000 to begin with then, yes, a Gemini or Escort might be
attractive – but we suggest that you resist spending another 3k modifying it.
Once you have 3k saved, sell the car and buy something better. (Of course, if
you’ve decided to modify X model car because you really, really love it that’s a
completely different story!)
What is it?
Just a simple question... In your article 'Going Motorsporting – Part Two” (Going Motorsporting - Part 2)
there is a blue car at the bottom of the page. What sort of car is it? Excellent
A Fiat 128 2 door – something
I saw an article by you guys and you mentioned that someone brought in a car
from New Zealand to
Australia using a
legal loophole. I'm going to be in NZ for 3 months and was thinking about
looking for a car there, but I'm not too sure about bringing it back...
Do I have to own the car for 12 months or can I store it for 9 more months
and then bring it back - or?
Importing details can be found by
I have a 1996 Hyundai Accent. I have also recently bought a new 1500cc
non-turbo Hyundai engine to modify and transplant it into the Accent (which is
1300cc at the moment). Would you be able to give me some pointers on how to join
a turbo onto my existing manifold? The problem is there is a dirty great cat
converter in the way - any ideas on what to do?
Have a read of Accent on Performance
If you have further questions
regarding a turbo fitment, we suggest you contact Silverwater Automotive
Services (+61 2 9748 1300)
Import People Mover
I have started looking into Mitsubishi Delica Exceeds and other imported
people movers (such as Estimas and Hi-Ace Super Customs) and haven't had the
best response from insurance companies. Most claim them to be a high risk and
will only cover them for 3rd party. I guess it's due to lack of parts - if you
were to crash the front-end of a Delica, gaining suspension/brake or driveline
parts would be difficult.
Any ideas and advice on who would insure them?
PS: Honda didn't want to know about the lack of V6 in their new range of
Odysseys and palmed me off with brochures. Speaking to several dealers, the new
4cyl Odyssey is not a hot selling item...
Some parts would be hard to come by,
but the many Delica parts are the same as the local 4WD Express from the same
era. As ever, we suggest contacting as many insurance companies possible –
coverage and premiums vary hugely! Interesting re Odyssey – maybe the
second-hand price of the previous generation V6-powered Odyssey will go
I was reading your “Steal Stopping” article on installing an immobiliser (Steal Stopping - Part Two)
and I am trying to install an off-the-shelf immobiliser into my Nissan S13
Silvia. Now I have no idea where to connect it. I’m not asking for a stack of
advice, I just need to know where you got a wiring diagram from? I'd even be
willing to purchase it - was it in the service manual?
Check out www.nissansilvia.com/forums
for a link to the service manual.
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