Re Lantra Ball of Fun...
Where can I get more information about turbocharging Hyundai Lantras?
The company behind the vehicle in that
article is Silverwater Automotive – Sydney, Australia (phone +61 2 9748 1300). You might also want
to read Turbo Kits Explained.
Re the infrared scope article (Infrared Temperature Measurement...) incredible! That’s exactly the kind of article that
auto magazines should be publishing. Anyone who can beg, borrow or steal such a
device will find this article very useful.
I have just reread your article about in-car TV (From the Editor)
and made me think of a possible article for you...
I have recently modified my BA Falcon Premium Sound screen to view digital TV
- this modification was quite cheap at only AUD$300-ish. The mod is detailed
and also at...
I thought you might want to do an article on this mod. The only issue I have
is obtaining a suitable antenna for the digital STB - the picture is average
whilst driving and excellent when stopped using a set of rabbit ears on the
Thanks for that - most interesting.
We're currently writing a series on installing a full PC in a car and as
part of that series (probably in the second full installation that we'll cover)
we'll be running a digital TV card in the PC. Please let us know if you find any
really good amplified TV antennas for digital car use.
I read with great interest your article concerning custom wheel centering
rings Custom Wheel Centre Rings. For some odd reason,
we here in North America haven't yet discovered the whole concept of aluminium
wheel centering rings - yet your article implied that they are standard fare in
Custom wheels in the
US are supplied
with plastic centering rings, if any are supplied at all. The main purveyors of
wheels hereabouts would like us to think they don't matter, that the wheels are
supposedly "lug centric". I melted my plastic wheel centering rings due to brake
heat on the first track event that I participated in and have been running
without them ever since... Having some clue about the extra forces that this is
placing on the wheel studs I am constantly worried that at some point I am going
to have a wheel stud failure. Anyway, to get to the point, I was wondering if
you can point me in the direction of any Australian suppliers of aluminium
centering rings who would ship to the
US. If not I
will have to have them custom made at a local machine shop that has no prior
experience with such applications. I have a very common car (Toyota MR2), the
wheels in question were produced in great quantity and I am therefore fairly
certain that an off the shelf centering ring would be available. I looked around
the AutoSpeed on-line shop, ran a Google search and visited the link to the shop
in your article but came up empty handed. Any help that you can give would be
We don’t know of any companies that
currently supply centre rings to the US. However, you should be able to find a
competent local wheel reconditioning specialist who can do the job for you –
that’s what we did.
As a potential subscriber from
California I would like to know how
your smog standards compare to ours - especially in regards to working on,
tuning and adding performance equipment. In other words, does tuning advice
given in AutoSpeed have direct carry-over to American and - especially
Californian – cars? Also, for the Do-It-Yourselfer, would an OBD II (post ‘96)
be easier to performance tune?
P.S. I like your tech section, especially the low-buck approach and a lot of
your articles. It would be nice if
you would interview American tuners.
If you perform modifications shown on
AutoSpeed it’s up to you to check their legality in your local area. Laws differ state
to state and country to country.
Generally, the newer a vehicle is, the
more difficult the manufacturer will have made it to modify. Being able to read
OBDII data, however, helps you see part of what’s going on in the management
Re US interviews - point taken but
keep in mind we’re based in Australia!
I'm wondering if the Modifying Electronic Car Handling Systems
series is directly applicable
to the 2004 Toyota Prius?
Yes - it is applicable to all cars
with stability control.
Would Like to See...
I’ve just been reading your review of the Ford Territory Ghia AWD (Ford Territory Ghia AWD Test)
– I enjoyed it but would really like to see some reviews of the Subaru line-up,
such as the new Legacy and Legacy Outback (I guess the Outback is in the same
arena as the Territory). I'd especially like to see something on the new hotted
up Forester STi. However, I know you have some problems with Subaru and getting
cars for test. Here in the
UK, there is a
TV motoring show called Top Gear - they seem to pretty much tell it like it is
and if the car falls down in some areas, then that is what they'll say. They
wanted to review a new compact Rover, but Rover didn't want to let them have it
- knowing they'd almost certainly slate it. So Top Gear took hidden cameras to a
local dealership and did a test drive that way. What I'm wondering is whether
you could do similar 'tests' - admittedly they wouldn't be your usual test
report article where you have the car for a week or so, but an article based on
first or initial impressions of all aspects of the car might be interesting and
would also allow coverage of those vehicles that are difficult to get hold
You’re right - we generally have press
cars for a week so, unfortunately, a quick test drive wouldn’t really do the
cars any justice. But, yes, we have pondered about unconventional approaches to
a Subi test!
I am not sure if this has been researched before, but is there a certain
temperature that fuel is most effective?
Fuel temperature can have an effect on
power but, no, we have not researched or done any testing in the area.