Get it Cheap at...
Do you know about Yahoo Japan Auctions? The
biggest on-line auction in Japan! Very often prices are much cheaper than
retailers! If you are looking for new and used JDM parts, you should check this
Masa - jungle-auctions.com
Awesome Honda Engines
Great article on the H22 Honda engines (The Honda H-series Engine Guide)
- a great in-depth look at these awesome engines. Well done!
Enjoying HPV Articles
I am enjoying the HPV articles. In relation to the
front suspension, another way to reduce roll is - rather than run an anti-roll
bar - run a monoshock with quite soft springing and you will have soft
suspension in bump but extreme roll stiffness. See www.sportcycle.info and
specifically this page... www.channel4.com
You can see the links coming from both wishbones
feeding via common links to the monoshock. That three-wheeler will out-corner a
Type R Honda Civic on a skid pan and, when it finally runs out of grip, it ends
in mild understeer, with throttle induced oversteer available. I think 0 - 100
km/h is sub 5 seconds. In relation to bobbing rear suspension, you may find this
page interesting www.dw-link.com as
this rear suspension does work very well to remove pedal bob.
More re Davies Craig Pump Testing
I was very interested at the Davies Craig water
pump NON article (Testing the Davies Craig Electric Water Pump - Part 1...
I’m keen to know if you recommend this piece of "interesting" equipment or not?
PLEASE REPLY - I can’t seem to get any professional opinions on this.
If you have any concerns regarding the
performance of this (or any other product) we suggest you negotiate a money-back
guarantee before purchase. For legal reasons we won’t be revealing any of the findings of our
How Many Zs?
Re Straight Six Z31...
I have a Nissan 200ZR import with 80,000km and a factory top-mount intercooler.
I just want to know how many came to Australia.
We’re not sure - but not many! Readers?
Could we get an article on aftermarket gauges - a
comparison of the accuracies and features? Compare the expensive Defi and HKS
gauges to more reasonable gauges from other companies. I work in a calibration
laboratory for the US Air Force here in Japan and, after checking the accuracies
of a few of my gauges, I thought that this might be a good article for you to
have on AutoSpeed. You could make it a multi-part story with boost gauges one
issue, temp gauges the next, etc.
If you haven’t already, check out Giant Gauge Test - Part 1and Giant Gauge Test - Part 2 But,
yes, it’s probably about time we looked into something similar again!
Love your work. I would like to see your
considered assessment of the new Alfa Romeo Brera - preferably the 3.2-litre
We’d love to provide it but, unfortunately,
Alfa Romeo (Australia) hasn't supplied us with press cars since our 166 review.
More on Rubbery Figures
Responding to the Rubbery Flywheel Power Figures
letters - Response...
That Puma Racing link posted by Simon Nieper is
very good, and the text refers to another helpful Canadian article. With regard
to transmission losses, there is an inescapable loss when transferring torque
through gears. Referring to straight-cut gears, the gear teeth engage such that
the force transferred from one tooth to another is at an angle (the pressure
angle). Typically 20 degrees, (I can't confirm the angle for automotive gears –
does anyone know? - but usually the case for motorcycles) the
force vector then has two components, one (Force x Cos20) is tangential to the
gear and is passed to the mating gear, the other component (Force x Sin20) is
actually pushing the two gears apart (so the greater the torque, the stronger the
transmission casing needs to be to prevent this bursting pressure).
To get to the point, ignoring frictional losses
which are covered in the aforementioned articles, the force received and the
resultant torque is approximately 94% (Cos20) of the input torque. In the case
of helical gears there is another component lost to axial thrust, so the torque
post transfer will be even lower than 94 percent. With a typical diff (90 degree
change in drive, helical gears), transfer loss is likely to be greater. This is
the case for any gear set, so multiplying the torque or power by the loss factor
by however many gear sets are driven at a given time will result in the net
value ignoring friction, tyres, etc (refer articles). This loss is proportional
to torque and, since power is torque x rpm, stating a static power loss for an
engine when power is increased from standard is not logical. I hope this helps
factually explain some of the reasons for drivetrain power loss. (It really
needs a diagram to help explain but the web should provide something). In
general, since rear wheel power is what you end up with, flywheel power is just
PS - Pressure angles affect the size of the tooth,
the smaller the angle the less torque lost but the more slender the tooth and
increased risk of failure. Ducati used to use (and may still do) a 15 degree
IEBC to be Used for...
Can you think of any other uses for the IEBC? I
bought one for a turbo conversion but am no longer going down that path because
of the myriad of problems encountered attempting the ‘turbo'd for torque’
approach. I am having trouble offloading the kit and have advertised it on many
forums without success - I was wondering if there are other uses for such a kit,
as most of the other kits you helped to develop can be used for all sorts of
The IEBC typically receives an injector duty
cycle input and, once programmed, outputs your desired duty cycle to drive a
boost control solenoid. However, there’s no reason the IEBC can’t be used to
drive an extra injector/water injector or toluene injector on the basis of
injector duty cycle.
Re Vortex Generators #1
Re Driving Emotion...
Mike Chadwick from VG Fuel Savers’ reluctance to take part in a scientific test
of his product may be because of me. After seeing his product on New Inventors
and recollecting a previous ABC program referring to it being the product of
university research, I agreed to purchase a set if he would agree to refund me
my money if a scientific test failed to show any measurable improvement. He
agreed. I fitted them. They failed to show any improvement. I sent them back and
received a refund.
I'm not saying they don't do anything. But while
their website says they work on ALL body shapes, the explanation referred only
to cars with sedan-like rear windows. The way they worked, it was claimed, was
that the vortex generators prevented separation of the airflow. The air flowed
down the window without turbulence rather than separating turbulently at the
trailing edge of the roof. My car is a hatchback - a Renault Clio Sport - with a
spoiler at the trailing edge of the roof specifically to get clean separation. I
saw New Inventors and the website, but I couldn't see how it all related to the
body shape of my car.
So what I did was use the trip computer on the car
to measure litres/100km every 15 km/h from 55 to 115 km/h on the same car on
the same road in the same weather before and after fitting the VG fuel savers.
It would have been easier with cruise control - it turned out to be very hard to
maintain a very precise speed at low speeds. And it turned out that the cold
start mixture enrichment stayed on well after the water temperature gauge was up
to normal. But the testing showed there was no measurable difference between
before and after. On my car.
So if you're going to test, be fair and test
various body shapes. The demo on the ABC was a BMW sedan or coupe with a fairly
flat rear window. You could see there was an effect. But VG Fuel Savers claims
significant benefits on ALL body shapes.
Interesting stuff. However, as mentioned in our
article - and as you say – the manufacturer’s claim is a fuel consumption
improvement on ALL body styles. It appears this is not the case and, as a
result, we would not have validated the claims in our test (that now appears
won’t be happening)....
Re Vortex Generators #2
Re: Driving Emotion 18th June 2006 - Fuel Saving
Vortex Generators (Driving Emotion...
You mentioned you had found another source of
vortex generators for your future article. You may also be interested in www.airtab.com whose product has
been specially designed for trucks. But I guess, may also be suitable for cars?
They claim an average four percent fuel saving on their website. Hope this is of
Thanks for the lead - you’ve found our second
Re Vortex Generators #3
I read Julian Edgar's 18th June, 2006 ‘Driving
Emotion’ article on vortex generators (Driving Emotion)
with interest. This may provide him with some ideas for his further
I too have experimented with vortex generators,
but not for the purpose of fuel consumption reduction. I am Editor of my local
car club Bulletin (Peterborough Motor Sports Club, www.pmsc.on.ca), which appears on-line
at between monthly and bimonthly intervals - depending on how busy I am at the
time. Much of the technical content I add results from experimenting with my
track car, a 1989 RX-7 Turbo II, which I use to compete in time trials (which we
call Solo 1 or SoloSprint).
My approach has been to increase rear spoiler to
the point that I can feel the car becoming aerodynamically unbalanced and the
adding front air dam/splitter until balance is regained.
Meanwhile, I have been keeping an eye on top speed
on a fast straight to see that I have not added so much drag that lap times are
detrimentally affected. I was prepared to accept some reduction in top speed as
long as cornering speeds and lap times improved.
As the 2nd generation RX-7 has a cusp in the roof
line at the start of the rear hatch, I expected flow to be separated over the
entire glass and I expected this to reduce the effectiveness of the rear
spoiler. This got me thinking about vortex generators to reattach the flow and,
when I saw a picture of VGs on the Evo, I realized how sensible the idea was.
The VGs were very effective in keeping the flow attached – but how exactly this
has affected drag or downforce or lap times, I can't say. The car is definitely
more planted at high speed, and given that no significant reduction in top speed
has been observed, the VGs definitely can't be doing any harm.
You may also find this link of interest www.expresstrucking.com
Some very interesting info – thanks for
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