Month: June, 2015
Car seats are getting safer than ever before and tech really has come a long way, but there are still things you have to do to keep your kids safe. Unfortunately all of that technology isn’t always used properly. A pretty scary statistic is that three out of four car seats aren’t installed properly. That means that 75 percent of children out on the road today aren’t as safe as they could be. Here’s a few tips to make your child’s trip a bit safer the next time you head out of the house.
Keep it Cool
It’s both dangerous and uncomfortable to ride around in a warm seat, and that’s why you have to do something about it. The material the plastic the seat is made out of performs better at lower temperatures. If it’s allowed to heat up too highly in the direct summer sunlight just open up the doors and windows of the vehicle and allow it to cool off for a minutes before getting in the vehicle and heading out. Waiting makes the car more comfortable to travel in and also makes sure the seat is ready to go.
Lock Down Items
Loose items in a car or truck are a real risk and have to be secured properly to be safe. Seemingly innocent items such as umbrellas, CD’s and even some toys can turn into dangerous projectiles in a major crash situation. Make sure that everything’s secured, and for the items that you can’t lock down in the passenger area of your vehicle, slip them into the trunk instead where they will be out of the way.
Verify a Seat is Installed Right
Through a couple simple tests you can find out if the seat of a vehicle is installed properly or not. When your child is sitting in his seat, simply shake it back and forth to see if it moves in one direction any more than a single inch. If it does, the seat needs to be tightened down more to be safe. Now that the seat is locked in properly, pinch the straps going over your little one. If you can create an actual pinch where the strap is bunched down over itself it needs to be tightened further until it’s no longer possible to do so. You might think your little one is strapped in too tightly at first, but this is the way that the seats were meant to be used, and having your little one strapped down tightly will ensure that he’s safer when out travelling.
Taking these simple precautions before taking your child out onto the road will help increase his safety and make the experience more enjoyable as well. They are simple to go through and make a big difference in the safety of your child. Take the time and make this valuable change.
Audi’s been dominating the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for the past decade and a half, and this year Porsche was able to end that streak with the 919 Hybrid car. The car provided to be highly reliable and was a unique entrant to the race with a turbocharged V4 engine. It wasn’t quite as powerful as some of the vehicles in the race, but it was rock solid and that proved to make all the difference in the grueling 24 hour race.
Porsche 919 Hybrid
In order to achieve this victory Porsche put their 919 hybrid into the race. This car relies on a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that was highly reliable. The Audi R18 e-tron was faster but simply couldn’t maintain that speed throughout the race. The 919 offered rock solid performance throughout and had plenty of power at around 500 HP from the V4 engine and another 400 HP from the hybrid system. It had an 18 gallon tank to provide fuel for long stretches of performance throughout the race while minimizing the total weight of the vehicle as much as possible.
Audi Reliability Issues
Audi was able to claim so many victories in the past because of quick cars that had rock-solid reliability. This was not the case with their latest entrant, the 2015 R8 e-tron. The car struggled with several different mechanical and hybrid issues throughout the race. The bonnet flew off at one point, for one of the drivers. Another team of drivers suffered from drive-shaft failure that put them back in seventh place. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Audi’s Head of Motorsports was happy with the effort that the teams put in and with the performance of the vehicles for the most part, but was disappointed with some of the mechanical failures that they suffered.
Porsche is thrilled at the victory and is likely already working on advancing technology for next year’s race. Round for the the World Endurance Championship will be held at Nurburgring on August 30th, and Porsche is gearing up to hopefully dominate that as well.
All the performance information and new technologies developed from these endurance rate efforts will transfer over into Porsche production models. Porsche’s ability to build solid and dependable vehicles translates well into their production cars. This is why Porsche vehicles are known for being some of the most reliable on the road, and why they are really worth the money they ask for.
With the addition of the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid the automaker has three different plug-in electric vehicles, which is the most of any luxury automaker out there today. This mainstream vehicle has a relatively affordable price for a hybrid plug-in and offers a lot of performance for an SUV. It can travel up to 19 miles on battery power alone, and offers a lot of punch when both the electric and the supercharged V6 are used together. It has an MSRP of $77,395 and is a pretty enticing offer for being at the leading edge of technology in the luxury industry.
Impressive Fuel Efficiency
The Hybrid-electric plugin isn’t about driving far on electricity alone and it’s not really about power either. For Cayenne buyers it’s going to be all about fuel efficiency. This very heavy SUV will get somewhere around 28 to 30 MPG during normal driving conditions, and that’s very impressive for a luxury SUV packed with this much power. Not only does it feel like a performance vehicle, but now it can travel quite far on a tank of gas as well.
The SUV manages this high fuel efficiency through all the standard electric vehicle optimizations. It shuts off at idle and has regenerative braking. The electric motor handles much of the initial acceleration and the two technologies combine to create a more efficient experience overall.
Fill Up Less Often
For someone who has the money drop nearly $80,000 on a single SUV saving money on gasoline probably isn’t a major concern, but that’s not the only benefit that fuel efficiency has to offer a car owner. By having a more fuel efficient vehicle the Cayenne can travel farther as a plug-in hybrid than it could ever dream of doing with its standard powertrain. The driver will likely get another 100 miles out of a tank of gas in this version of the Cayenne, and when you’re on a trip or even going through the day to day commute that extra mileage means quite a lot. It’s a convenience thing, and the people who buy plugin-hybrid Cayenne aren’t afraid to spend for convenience.
The 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid plugin has a total output of 416 HP. It comes with a 333-HP 3.0 liter supercharged V6 motor, and a supplemental electric motor that gives the vehicle all-wheel drive. The system is powered by a 10.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and there is plenty of juice to give you the torque and the speed that you’ll want no matter what driving conditions you’re in. The car manages 0-60 in just 5.4 seconds which is blistering for this large of an SUV.
In order to stop all 5000+ pounds of SUV quickly in its tracks it has a set of six-piston vented disc brakes that are paired with 14.1-inch rotors up front. 13-inch rotors are used with a similar setup at the back.
Overall the SUV lives up to the same high standards that you’d find in a top-trim Cayenne. It’s more expensive than a standard Cayenne, but that’s to be expected with all of the added electrical technology in the vehicle. If you want a Cayenne that can still put out the power but has a longer driving range this electric model may be the right option for you.
Porsche vehicles are known for reliability, but it isn’t just because Porsche owners baby their vehicles, though they do, that they keep chugging long after other automobiles have died. Porsche works very hard to make sure it’s vehicles are built to very high specifications that stand the test of time. It’s through all this hard work that Porsche is able to create such renowned vehicles, and those vehicles are able to live up to their reputation.
Unlike most other automakers in the industry, other than the select few, Porsche is very serious about putting out the safest vehicles on the road. They know how important it is to have something safe and reliable, and the automaker works tirelessly to see this goal achieved. I’m sure it helps that Porsche only releases a handful of different models annually, but the company has some of the best engineers in the industry working for them, and those engineers really focus on creating vehicles that are going to last. They don’t want to be beat by anyone, and it’s that level of determination that allows such great products to be crafted
You Get What You Pay For
When you have such a talented team of engineers designing vehicles for you, you can really make the most of the high quality materials you have at your disposal. Porsche vehicles aren’t cheap, and engineers use the higher premiums to afford better quality materials and design principles to go into their construction. Porsche has the luxury of relying on better-than-average design mechanics in its vehicles, because the automaker can afford to. That’s why each and every Porsche is built so well, and why when one of the vehicles fails it’s surprising.
Strength Forged in Competitive Racing
Most of Porsche’s leading edge technologies were developed during competitive racing. During the endurance races that Porsche took part in heavily, the vehicles were stressed much more than they would be in regular driving conditions. These events gave engineers more information about how the vehicle will break down over time and also gave them the opportunity to figure out ohwo to fix that wear and tear. By going through countless competitive races Porsche was able to develop superior technology to many of the other automakers and it’s this knowledge that helps Porsche when the company attempts to create a vehicle more reliable than anyone else’s.
The next time your looking at the high price tag on a Porsche vehicle and cringing inwardly, just know that you really do get what you pay for. All that money will buy you into a finely engineered vehicle that will last and perform just as you would expect it to. You would be hard-pressed to find another piece of machinery that lives up to the Porsche name, and that’s why the name is worth so much.
Even though Porsche executives have thrown out comments back and forth that point to and away from electric vehicles, it’s pretty clear that Porsche is interested in creating an all-electric SUV in the coming years.
The Proof is in the Patents
A series of patent applications that Porsche put in recently in the United States, Germany and China all point to the automaker wanting to create an all-electric SUV. The patents focus on battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain designs. One interesting thing of note is that the powertrain patents are all centered around Porsche’s midsize SUV platform that’s supposed to be released in 2017 or 2018, the Pajun.
Some Serious Thought Went Into the Patents and Design
To convert the upcoming Pajun SUV into a full-electric vehicle would take a significant number of modifications. That just shows how much thought and work Porsche put into the all-electric idea. The yare working out all the details behind the scene, and figuring out how to release a full-electric SUV to the public, even if they aren’t releasing all the details just yet.
A Unique Induction Charging System
On top of all the unique powertrain patents, Porsche also seems to be working on an induction charging system to use with the new electric vehicle. The charger would be able to refill a battery without the car needing to be plugging in at all. This type of system would be highly beneficial for powered parking spots out in public, and would make using the cars occasionally much more convenient for owners.
No information has been released about the potential range of the Porsche SUV, but it would be surprising if it didn’t at least match the range of the Tesla Model S by the time it’s released in a couple years from now. Technically there is no guarantee that the vehicle is even going to be released, but with all the time and effort Porsche is putting into these new technologies it looks pretty likely that they will be releasing an electric vehicle in the coming years. With most of those patents centered around an SUV platform it also looks likely that the vehicle will be in the SUV platform.
With so many new vehicles slowly making their way into the EV market, it’s an exciting time to be an electric vehicle enthusiast. The technology is improving by leaps and bounds, and when battery technology finally makes a few major strides electric vehicles will become much more impressive than they already are.