Here are some insights, observations, opinions, and things to keep an eye on during this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, which takes place this weekend, June 17-18. The Favorites: This is Toyota’s race to lose. Later this week it will dominate qualifying, set a new track record—perhaps with a sub 3-minute, 16-second lap time—and if the race were run on paper, it would dominate the field. Toyota brings three LMP1 cars to France and plenty of motivation given its horrible luck in the closing minutes of the 2016. However, with all of this comes enormous pressure. The Underdogs: How many times has Porsche been considered an underdog to win overall at Le Mans? Not many. The German powerhouse arrives in Le Mans with two new driver lineups, one less car than Toyota, and one massive hurdle—an older, slower car than its Japanese rival. The Controversy: Is the Toyota’s rear diffuser legal? Porsche thinks not, and has pushed the FIA and ACO sanctioning … [Read more...] about 12 Things to Watch In The 24 Hours of Le Mans
From the June 2017 issue C/D: Early in your career, you had a reputation for crashing frequently and even earned yourself a nickname—Stuff ’em Buffum. Was there an occurrence that made you transition into a more mature and faster driver? JB: No, it was an experience thing. I wanted to go fast and I crashed because I was going faster than my skill and experience level would allow. I believe that’s the correct way to go. Going fast to start and then gaining experience and tempering yourself as you mature makes you faster in the end. C/D: Did you ever drive on emotion and make errors that you wouldn’t have made otherwise? JB: No, I don’t think I was an emotional driver. I think I am an emotional guy because I cry at some movies, but no, I don’t get jacked up and have road rage. I drove to win. C/D: Who was your biggest rival? JB: That’s easy. Rod Millen. He was right there from the late ’70s until I stopped in the later … [Read more...] about What I’d Do Differently: John Buffum
Road trips are always fun. Long stretches of tarmac, ever-changing scenery and a good deal of time for man and machine to function as one. Of course, given the state of our roads, there’s always something unexpected you are almost sure to encounter. This, in turn, means that you need to be meticulous when planning the trip. Now, while everybody has their own unique ways to prepare themselves for a journey, to prepare your car, there are some basic points to keep in mind. Here are ten steps you can take before you head out. Tyres Since car tyres take the most beating, it is essential that your car has a healthy set. Check for signs of excessive wear like thin treads, punctures in the recent past and cracks on the side wall. Also check if you have exceeded the manufacturer’s mileage/warranty specifications, which can be found in the car’s user manual. It is also a good practice to check your tyre pressure before you set out. Spare Wheel On long trips, … [Read more...] about Preparing for a road trip: 10 things to check before you hit the road
What to Do If You Lose Your Car's Title So you lost your title. Here's how to get a fresh one, even if it isn't in your name. More From Lehto's Law 20 articles This Car May Be the Greatest Barn Find Ever Tequila-Fueled Chrysler Turbine Car The Secret Story of Tucker's Failed Massive Engine People lose stuff all the time, and from time to time people lose the titles to their cars. Getting a replacement Certificate of Title for a car already titled to you is pretty simple. But what happens if you lose the title you got from the seller-before you got it transferred into your own name? That's a bit trickier. I'll explain the various ways to resolve this. While I practice in Michigan, which is what I base this advice on, most states will have similar processes-give or take some bureaucracy-which you can learn about from your state's website. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below First, the easy one. If you lose the Certificate of Title to … [Read more...] about What to Do If You Lose Your Cars Title
From the days of the licence raj to the liberalisation of the economy and now a world that's witnessing changes and adopting new technologies and solutions faster than ever before, Baba N Kalyani has seen it all. His company Bharat Forge has been a frontrunner among Indian automotive component manufacturers and has emerged as one of the few Indian companies holding high the country's flag in the global automotive world, even as it expands its presence in non-automotive sectors. Over the years, the Pune-based company has achieved the rank of the world's largest forgings manufacturer. Recent recognitions such as one of the top 10 global suppliers by Daimler AG and the Time India Global Manufacturer for the Year 2017 endorse Bharat Forge's capabilities and standing in the global arena. The 55-year-old company has been having a successful run, with its share of challenges in between, and has established itself as a leader in many segments. However, for any company, a glorious journey does … [Read more...] about Most companies in India rely on collaboration to do something new. We only find Indian engineers and put them in the R&D centre.
Your journey is most important, however to make it more convenient it is important to do some preliminary checks before beginning your journey. Irrespective if it is a drive to the office and back or on a long journey. Make sure you check the next 10 things before starting your car. 1. Nothing is obstructing your car 2. Check the tyres Make sure you keep a check to look out for a flat tyre. Also regularly top up the air in your tyres to maintain the optimum pressure. Choose to do so fortnightly or when refuelling at the gas station. If the tyre is flat, replace it with the spare and get the flat tyre repaired. Do not ever drive the car with a flat tyre. 3. Check all fluid levels You don’t need to check the fluid levels on a daily basis but do so once every 15 days or at least on a monthly basis. Top off the fluids whenever necessary. 4. Clean all the glass area The front and the rear windscreen, ORVMs, rear view mirror all comprise of the glass area on your car. Make sure … [Read more...] about 10 things To Check Before Starting Your Car
Buying a car is a very exciting task for you and your family; it is also one of the biggest investments that you will be making in your life. But a car purchase also comes with a lot of uncertainty. Not all are automotive experts and for most purchasing a car would be the means of transportation for them and their family. Cars may seem desirable in TV commercials and on the front page of the news paper but choosing the right car for you is the most important. Contrary to popular belief, not every dealer is a money sucking vampire but your lack of knowledge is the biggest boon for the dealer waiting to rip you off. A little preparation on your end will keep you aware and informed upon your next visit to the dealership. Here is a list of 10 things that you need to know when buying a new car – 1. Which car should you choose There are 3 rules that you need to follow when making the purchase of your car. Ask yourself – What kind of car do I need? Does it serve the purpose? Is it … [Read more...] about 10 Things To Know When Buying A Car
Shipping your car is a newer and smarter option to take your vehicle from one place to another, especially with the risks and time involved in getting there while driving yourself. Shifting to a new city or just planning to visit the mountain ranges across the country in your car, shipping your car through an authorized company comes as a safer and an inexpensive option to many owners. However, before you submit your car to be shipped from one location to another, do some basic checks to ensure the safety of the car. 1. Check all fluids 2. Check fuel level On a precautionary premise, keep the fuel level only to a quarter of the tank. That’s all the transport company needs to make small turns and to park during the transit process. You will also ensure reducing the risk of fuel being stolen. 3. Check the car battery 4. Only handover the necessary documents You will be asked to handover certain documents or their photocopies related to the car during the transit process. Make … [Read more...] about Things To Check Before Shipping Your Car
Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email The Red Bull team still has work to do. That was clear after Max Verstappen finished in fifth but half a minute behind the leaders while Daniel Ricciardo retired Sunday in the F1 season opener in Australia. The problems started on Saturday afternoon for Ricciardo after he lost the rear of his car and crashed into a tire barrier. This caused sufficient enough damage to the gearbox to force a change and forced him to start P15. Things then went from bad to worse for the popular Australian as a sensor in the new gearbox failed on his way to the grid causing him to stop before even reaching the grid. The team worked tirelessly to get him out on track, albeit two laps down. When things looked to have calmed down, Ricciardo was set to use the Grand Prix as an extended test session. However, a fuel cell issue forced him to retire early ending a weekend where anything that could go wrong, did. “Not the weekend I wanted at home,” reflected … [Read more...] about Red Bull learns it may have some catching up to do after F1 opener in Australia
11. Service availability. Like they say - If you have a motorcycle, you will crash some day or the other. And when you do, forget about any care for the bike, incase you are ok but the machine is not! The most common form of roadside assitance in India is called a TATA Ace pickup. Service centers for most of the big bike brands are available only in a select few cities, and you will need to haul your precious vehicle back to them. And when you do, the spares availability and pricing horror story starts! 12. Accidents and death become a part of life. Luck will run out for some of our brothers. May their poor souls rest in peace. I used the word 'brothers' because the emotions tend to dig deeper among biking groups and friends, may be due to the inherent danger of the common interest involved. A death of a known person, even though not too close in your friend circle, is bound to play with your psyche when you plan to ride the next day. Situation would be 10 times or even more worse … [Read more...] about 15 things to consider before buying a big motorcycle
It’s 7:30 PM on Wednesday Night in an undisclosed city. A local career center classroom is the meeting place. The rows of ancient wooden desks have been cast to the outskirts of the room, and a circle of dusty chairs has been arranged in the center. One by one, a seemingly random assortment of characters enters through the creaky door and silently chooses a seat, until only one seat remains. The last seat is finally taken, by a man in his mid-thirties, adorned by a mop of curly hair and a Lacoste polo shirt. The room, once abuzz with conversation, goes suddenly silent as he begins to speak. “Welcome,” he says, “to our Fear of Racing support group.” A murmur of acknowledgement comes from the seated assembly around him. “I see we have some new members tonight. If you’re new, please introduce yourself to us.” A lanky, pale man, no more than twenty-five in age, and wearing uncomfortably short khaki shorts, stands up. “Uh, hi. My name … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: Go Racing, Already! — The Right and Wrong Ways to do LeMons
“Have it Your Way” was a popular TV ad campaign some years ago. While it seemed to work for the world of fast-food burgers, it certainly wasn’t universally applicable in others. Like in the world of Auto Repair, for instance. Maybe especially in planet Los Angeles, home of what I call “The Hollywood Effect”: that insidious and seemingly all-pervasive spirit-force which motivates people to jettison logical and rational thinking, and instead concoct and attempt implementation of a personally acceptable “reality” for any potentially unpleasant circumstance. Like a costly repair scenario involving their personal motor vehicle, for instance. Granted, I don’t like to spend money unnecessarily; and I will explore other possibilities before accepting any unpleasant circumstance that comes my way. But when all else is explored, and it looks like “God Has Come” truly, I will either give it up and turn it loose, or bite the bullet, … [Read more...] about Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: “You Want Me To Do WHAT?”—Customers Seeking Partner In Pushing What’s Possible (Or Prudent)
OK. So I used to work for Ford and am now gainfully employed by them (again). My dilemma is as follows: I am rolling on a Z24 cavalier that I bought brand new in 2001. It has 160K on the clock and the only thing I can see that’s wrong with it is a AC compressor that’s been on limp mode since 2007 (bearing), bad drum brakes due to my laziness (LMAO – SM), and interior fan’s lowest two resistors being shot. The twin cam has a bad coil as it misses at idle, but I could care less. The car’s exterior filth has literally out lasted my marriage.It’s been a hell of a financial savings for me. But we all know the twin cam dream won’t last much longer. I temporarily moved to SC and blew my car savings load on a 100% rust free 1984 lincoln continental turbo diesel. I repainted it and have slaved over some wiring nightmares on it. I’ve got 6K invested in the thing. And I need a new mode of transportation. Foolish purchase, I know… but if you … [Read more...] about What’s a Ford Employee to do?
Most motorists will have driven past an accident where other drivers have stopped to help and alert the emergency services. But if you arrived on the scene first, would you stop? Human nature dictates most of us probably would pull over to see if we could help, but would we really know what to do? Research would suggest no. While 79 per cent of us would stop and help if we arrived at a road traffic collision (RTC) before the emergency services, nearly one in five said they wouldn’t get involved in first aid for fear of doing something wrong. • Stay safe with our winter driving tips That lack of action in the first few minutes following an accident could be the difference between life and death. Unsurprisingly then, nearly all those who were surveyed as part of the study said they thought drivers should be trained in life-saving skills. That’s exactly where Driver First Assist (DFA), which carried out the research, comes in. This not-for-profit organisation launched … [Read more...] about What to do after a road traffic accident: first aid tips
General Motors is on a crash course towards bankruptcy. The company once known as the world’s largest automaker is burning cash so rapidly most experts agree that it won’t last through next year. Although Ford has more money at hand, having mortgaged everything up to and including its logo, the Blue Oval is also spending its way towards C11. Chrysler? DOA. In response, Congress recently approved massive loan guarantees for the industry. But Motown’s supporters are clamoring for another, equally massive handout. As our duly elected representatives argue how best to save Detroit, its champions warn of looming disaster. Still it must be asked: should The Shrinking Three be left to face market forces unaided by Uncle Sugar? The D2.8 are huge, their supporters say. The domestic automakers supposedly account for six outside jobs– dealers, suppliers, service station attendants, and hosts of others– for every job within. In a worst-case scenario, two million jobs … [Read more...] about What’s A Bailout to Do?
LV: I wouldn’t say I’m a bold woman. I’m an educated woman. It wasn’t necessarily boldness. It was a passion for the sport and the industry. I was into cars back in the Fifties and Sixties, so it was something that came naturally to me. C/D: Being a glamour girl was something that came naturally to you? LV: Being a race queen for the Pure Oil Company: I entered the contest and won. Then when Mr. Hurst had a contest for Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, I entered it and there were 200 girls in it. And I won. I got a contract with them the first year and I wanted to turn it into something like Richard Petty did with STP. So I educated myself and learned the warehouse distributor business. I learned the marketing end of the product. I wasn’t their glamour girl; I was their spokeswoman. C/D: Where did you get all the outfits for you and the Hurstettes? LV: I made most of my things. And I had a lady, Martha, who did our costumes in Atlanta. I designed everything. I … [Read more...] about What I’d Do Differently: Linda Vaughn
Arguments are frequent in our office, and sometimes they even have to do with cars. On topics such as comparison-test winners, 10Best, and the proper way to brew a pot of French roast, our wide range of opinions and preferences quickly outstrips our civility, and whittling down the list for this story came close to inciting a riot. In this year alone, there are more than 400 vehicles available in the U.S., so to sift all of global automotive history down to 10 great cars to drive before you die was a momentous task. No doubt some of your favorites didn’t make the list. We sympathize. Some staff members still aren’t speaking to one another. Ultimately, we settled on the cars below because they are the best representations of their respective eras in automotive development, the purest distillation of what we consider to be necessary automotive traits, and because these 10 would provide a person a broad and comprehensive overview of automotive history. And our readers settled … [Read more...] about 10 Cars to Drive Before You Die
A few months ago, we presented the 10 Cars to Drive Before You Die. That was the survey course: a rundown of the 10 cars you should drive to get the richest, broadest, and most complete automotive experience. But there are plenty of other awesome rides that need to be experienced before you take a dirt nap, so now we turn our focus to orphaned cars made in the postwar era (1945 to the present). These 10 fantastic vehicles suffered the indignity of being abandoned in the world, as their manufacturers went to the great corporate graveyard in the sky. Perhaps the biggest automotive tragedy of the past decade, Pontiac’s hottest version of the G8 was practically stillborn. It arrived on dealer lots just months before the Pontiac brand was axed, a casualty of GM’s bankruptcy. Adapted from GM’s Australian Holden Commodore, all G8s were a delight to pilot, with sharp, BMW-esque handling; rear-wheel drive; and powerful engines. But only the GXP came with … [Read more...] about 10 Orphaned Cars to Drive Before You Die
Bertel’s provocative piece on SaabUnited’s complex relationship with Saab and Vladimir Antonov has drawn a predictable response from the Saab faithful, who have rushed to defend their beloved but troubled brand as well as its mysterious Russian “savior.” The outburst of anger at TTAC, though harsh to the point of almost blaming TTAC for Saab’s sorry state, is nothing new around these parts: TTAC has long angered the die-hard fans of many auto brands by calling for (or simply covering) the demise of brands that have outlived their usefulness to the market. Even the most basic understanding of TTAC’s history explains away the now-popular (in certain corners) theory that this site has a personal vendetta for Saab. On the other hand, perhaps we’ve been too focused on day-to-day developments to properly make the case for why Saab, sadly, needs to die. Luckily the reasons for Saab’s inevitable demise are not difficult to understand… … [Read more...] about Why Saab Is Screwed (And What To Do About It)
OK. So I used to work for Ford and am now gainfully employed by them (again). My dilemma is as follows: I am rolling on a Z24 cavalier that I bought brand new in 2001. It has 160K on the clock and the only thing I can see that’s wrong with it is a AC compressor that’s been on limp mode since 2007 (bearing), bad drum brakes due to my laziness (LMAO – SM), and interior fan’s lowest two resistors being shot. The twin cam has a bad coil as it misses at idle, but I could care less. The car’s exterior filth has literally out lasted my marriage.It’s been a hell of a financial savings for me. But we all know the twin cam dream won’t last much longer. I temporarily moved to SC and blew my car savings load on a 100% rust free 1984 lincoln continental turbo diesel. I repainted it and have slaved over some wiring nightmares on it. I’ve got 6K invested in the thing. And I need a new mode of transportation. Foolish purchase, I know… but if you … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: What’s a Ford Employee to do?