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Jun
1

How Does a Rotary Engine Work?

Author JoeC    Category Performance     Tags

Mazda rotary engineWhile the traditional piston engine remains the overwhelming favorite among performance combustion engines, there are a lot of auto enthusiasts out there who continue to be excited about the unique characteristics of the rotary engine. While you won’t find many vehicles motivated by the power of a rotary engine on the road today, there remain plenty of motivated enthusiasts who continue to tout the robust sound, commanding performance, and unusual engineering of the rotary engine. Find out how the rotary engine works, and discover some of the popular models fitted with the rotary engine.

How It Works

Like the engine under most car hoods today, the rotary engine is an internal combustion engine that works by channeling energy that is released when fuel is ignited. However, the design of the rotary engine is totally different from a traditional piston engine. Originally designed by German engineer Felix Wankel, the rotary engine utilizes a triangular rotor design that spins in a loop with a fuel and air intake system through a single engine compartment, from which it compresses and channels power. Unlike a conventional piston engine, the rotary engine works by rotating the cylinders around a single, fully integrated and unified system. One of the big benefits of this system is that because it works on a less complicated and more centralized system, there are less parts, less chance of breakdown, and easier and more affordable maintenance. Unfortunately, their powerful output and unique growling sound has the downside of generally poor fuel economy.

Vehicles with Rotary Engines

It’s been a long time since most auto manufacturers have designed a vehicle fitted with a rotary engine. However, Mazda has continued to tout the strength and value of these engines, and they’ve produced a model with a rotary engine as recently as the 2011 Mazda RX-8. While the Mazda rotary engine is not currently in production, there has been talk and rumors in recent years that they could be working on a newer version of the rotary engine that utilizes Mazda SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY to help improve this engine’s fuel economy prospects while delivering the throaty sound and gutsy performance of a genuine rotary engine.

 

Mar
9

Our 2016 Chevy Corvette Z06 Performance Review

Author JoeC    Category Performance     Tags

2016 Chevy Corvette Z06At For Car Fans, we know that many of our readers have a love of high-performance vehicles, which is why we know you’re as excited as we are to talk about the Corvette Z06. When it comes to cars, there are few that can dream of comparing to a Corvette, and the 2016 Chevy Corvette Z06 performance specs now have the supercars of the world in their crosshairs. Priced at just $79,400 (MSRP), the 2016 Corvette Z06 is more powerful and more fun to drive than cars that cost two or three times as much, and it’s due to the combination of the supercharged aluminum V8 engine and the sport-tuned engineering. Let’s take a look at the specs of the Z06. Rest assured, you’ll want to get behind the wheel for yourself, but this is a good start.

Performance Specs

  • Under the Hood – Each of the 2016 Corvette Z06 models is powered by a naturally aspirated supercharged 6.2L V8 engine with 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
  • Transmission – Go old school with a 7-speed stick-shift manual transmission or embrace the latest in auto tech with an advanced 8-speed automatic transmission that gets the most out of the supercharged engine.
  • Suspension – Standard Magnetic Ride technology adapts every 10 to 15 milliseconds to adjust for current driving conditions and ensure a smooth ride.
  • Aero Package – The standard Z06 aero package comes with a unique carbon fiber hood, a new front splitter, a unique rear spoiler for improved downforce over the normal Corvette, and spats around the front wheel openings.
  • Performance Data Recorder – Show off your fiercest maneuvers with the built-in performance data recorder, logging video and real-time performance data as you drive.

These features are just a few that allow the Z06 to leave hotrods and sports cars in the past and go toe-to-toe with the best supercars in the world.

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Jun
9

The Chevy Camaro – Dominating To The End

Author JoeC    Category Performance     Tags

The rivalry between the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang is the stuff of legends. But, as Autoblog posits in a recent article, “Is the Camaro the Kryptonite to the Mustang’s Superman, though?” Two recent trademark filings mean that we might find out soon. Our dealer friend in Crestview, FL is on top of this trend.
On May 5, 2015, GM filed trademarks for “Krypton” and “Camaro Krypton.” It’s already been speculated that this filing is meant to coincide with the 2016 release of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. That’s just speculation, though — as the Autoblog article points out, it’s not uncommon for an automaker to create a new color and trademark it in case they want to use it in the future. In other words, there’s no guarantee that it will even see the light of day.
Regardless, the connection to Superman seems plausible — Kryptonite is, after all, the only materiachevy crestview FLl that can harm the iconic hero.
It’s a logical connection to the Camaro itself, available in Crestview, FL, which routinely bests other cars on the roadways and the track. With its 323-hp direct-injection V6, it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.9 seconds — and it can achieve 30 mpg highway. There’s more power to be had if you want it, though: The Camaro SS is available with a 426-hp 6.2L V8 engine.
This power will be easy to control, too, as the Mustang has always emphasized silky-smooth handling to go with its white-knuckle thrills. Just what will the Camaro Krypton add to this enviable package? Stay tuned to find out.

May
22

The 7 Fastest Street Legal Cars in the World

Author JoeC    Category Performance     Tags

Ever since the first automobile was created, engineers and drivers have been pushing the envelope to go faster and faster. We know that for many true car fans, the measure of a superior car is the same as finding the top speed or the 0 to 60 mph time. So, really, what are the fastest street legal cars in the world?Pagani Huayra

Feed Your Need for Speed

These seven cars will give you some of the most adrenaline pumping rides you’ll find off the race track:

  • Pagani Huarya: With a top speed of 230 mph, this is actually the slowest model on our list. This car has a slick two-door coupe design and unique antenna-like mirrors, and it’s priced at $1.3 million.
  • McLaren F1: Once, years ago, the F1 was the fastest car in the world. With a top speed of 240 mph, the 106 McLaren F1s that were produced in the 90s are still a force to be reckoned with, they just aren’t the fastest.
  • Koenigsegg CCX: With a top speed of 250 mph, the CCX went through a long list of updates before the US-ready model arrived. A low, sleek style and a pair of unique, vertically opening doors make the CCX eye-catching without being obnoxious.
  • SSC Ultimate Aero: With a top speed of 257 mph, this car once held the “fastest car in the world” spot that we are counting down to. One of the key differences between it and many other models is its lack of electronic assistance devices to give the driver maximum control.
  • Koenigsegg Agera R: “Agera” means “to take action” in Swedish, and we have to admit that you’ll be taking quite a bit of action when behind the wheel of this model, especially if you plan to approach its top speed of 260 mph.
  • Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: For just $2.4 million, you can hit a top speed of 267.8 mph, and it held the top spot on the list for some time. In fact, it was just recently surpassed by the…
  • Hennessey Venom GT: With a top speed of 270 mph, this is actually one of the most affordable models on the list at $1 million. Like some supercars, it has aesthetics that may take some getting used to, but that’s what happens when you optimize for aerodynamics.

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We are car fans writing for car fans, so you can always expect us to cover topics of interest to drivers and true fans of automobiles. Be sure to check back regularly, and let us know down in the comments what your favorite fast cars are, street legal or not.

Apr
28

Ford Teases 2015 Saleen 302 Mustang

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With the 2015 Ford Mustang on its way, it’s only a matter of time before the streets are filled with custom-tuned models that are made to give you just what you want out of a 03_saleens3022011vehicle that, well, probably already is able to give you what you want. Regardless, for auto fans this means that we can get a glimpse at some redesigned versions of the 2015 Mustang, and that’s something for us to get excited over.

The Saleen 302

Saleen Automotive is one of the longest running Mustang tuners, and they have just released a teaser of the 2015 Saleen 302 Mustang online. Since they opened their doors in 1983, they have been dedicated to providing drivers with the best in custom auto work, and nothing is more apparent when you look at the Saleen 302.

One of the first things we noticed was a new front grille. Originally inspired by the Ford Fusion, the top of the Mustang’s grille has been widened and essentially blacked out to give the vehicle a look like a Challenger or Camaro. Widened fenders and a lengthened hood help distance the Mustang from its factory models, and larger intake openings and a unique lower valance help round out the front end changes.

Final specs are expected to be released soon, but Saleen Automotive has let it out that the vehicle will have a 5.0L V8 under the hood—borrowed from the Mustang GT—and is expected to hit as much as 470 hp or more.

When it comes to the interior, we would like to have a look at it ourselves, but considering just how nice the high-end mustang models can get, we expect the Saleen 302 to be like sitting in the lap of luxury—leather upholstery, the latest in auto technology—as well as embracing a throwback design to old school Mustangs as drivers find themselves seeking the Americana of the classic muscle car in their modern vehicles.

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Sep
2

Trust Your 2015 Corvette to Anyone with Valet Mode

Author JoeC    Category Performance     Tags

Handing over the keys to your ‘Vette is perhaps one of the most stressful things a person can do, and while you may be handing them to a professional valet, the fact is that it probably 2015-Chevrolet-Corvette-convertible-02brings a sense of anxiety with it that’s on par with giving them over to your teen. Chevy’s got an answer for you, though. The 2015 Corvette has a new Valet Mode that will help ease your worries.

A Baby Monitor for Your Car

Many drivers treat their Corvettes like their babies, and that’s a completely understandable response, so much so that Harlan Charles, the Corvette Product Manager described the in-vehicle Valet Mode as a “baby monitor for your car,” adding, “Anyone who has felt apprehension about handing over their keys will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing exactly what happened while their baby was out of sight.”

With Valet Mode, the driver can lock the glove box as well as the storage bin behind the infotainment system and disable both the infotainment system and the radio. And since each 2015 Corvette comes with the built-in Performance Data Recorder with HD video and microphone, you’ve got a record of everything that happens in valet mode. There’s even a GPS-based recorder that monitors engine RPM, speed, gear position and g-force.

While the Performance Data Recorder was originally designed to give you access to all of the data you could possibly want for your Corvette, including a way to share the video and audio with other auto lovers, Valet Mode is a nice perk that ensures only you’ll be seeing the maximum performance of your ‘Vette. And what power it is.

The V8 under the hood of each of these incredible vehicles is good for 460 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, launching you from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds.

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Here at For Car Fans, we try to report on only the auto news that appeals to true car fans—that’s why we’ve just spent a blog post writing about the 2015 Corvette. Keep checking back for more of the latest on some of the world’s greatest cars.

Jun
3

Previewing the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Author JoeC    Category Performance     Tags

While the best Dodge models seem to have the longest names, that only means great things for the upcoming 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, as it serves as not only an 2015-dodge-challenger-srt-1_1035amazing new muscle car but a throwback to some of the most popular vehicles in its class.

Let’s take a closer look as to what you can expect from Dodge’s new 600+ hp machine.

The Muscle Car Wars Heat Up

While we know some muscle car enthusiasts who pick sides in the Chevy/Ford/Dodge wars, we know many more who are just excited to see three automakers go head-to-head-to-head trying to outdo each other. And that’s why we’re so excited for the 2015 Challenger Hellcat, as it raises the stakes for every manufacturer involved.

The team at Road and Track said that there are people who will look at the Hellcat and ask what the point is, and we agree with them. But those are the people who will be content driving something that is simply a tool to get from home to work and back. The Challenger isn’t for that kind of driver, and the Hellcat is especially not for them.

With a 6.2L HEMI V8 under the hood, experts predict over 600 hp, though Dodge has yet to release official numbers. For those of you keeping track, this launches it pretty far ahead of competing models like the ZL1 and the GT500, likely cementing the horsepower dominance of the Challenger in the pony-car class.

One of the best parts about the Hellcat is that you can hear it coming, tearing up the road and roaring like its namesake. If you want to control that roar beyond the comfort of the standard 8-speed automatic transmission, Dodge borrowed the same transmission found on the latest Viper—the Tremec TR6060—making this one of the most formidable vehicles on the road.

We Can’t Wait for the Hellcat

We’re dying to get our hands on the new Hellcat, and if you want to learn more about it and the latest auto news, stay tuned here to For Car Fans. We’ll be glad to let you know when we know more about this unique Challenger and whether or not we can expect anything new from its competition.

Apr
18

The 2016 Audi R8 has Been Spied Testing Yet Again

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Earlier this year the 2016 Audi R8 was spotted testing at the Nurburgring in Germany, but was covered in camouflage, making it difficult to get a good look. Now the new R8 audi-cars-logo-emblemhas been spied yet again, but this time without all of the camouflage as before, letting spy photographers get some of the best shots yet. What is certainly clear is that this second-generation Audi R8, while there will certainly be some changes and upgrades, will look similar to the current model.

Exterior Design

From the looks of the photographs, it appears that the new R8 will be longer and wider than previous edition. You’ll notice that the 2016 model will feature more angular headlamps and taillamps, providing an assertiveness to the whole vehicle. If you’re looking for differences between the current R8 and the next version, you’ll be able to tell the two models apart by the 2016 R8’s hexagonal grille.

Despite the fact that the 2016 Audi R8 seems to be longer and wider in statue, it is expected to be lighter in weight than the previous model, contributing to what should be better track performance.

Powertrain

A naturally aspirated 5.2L V10 engine that produces close to an astounding 600 hp will be the primary engine. Additionally, a 4.2L V8 engine that delivers approximately 450 hp will also be available for the new Audi R8. Regardless of which engine you choose it will be paired with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. There won’t be an available manual transmission with this next-generation model. It’s expected that the 2016 R8 will have a top speed of 155 mph.

Audi will also offer an electric version of this car, the R8 e-tron, which is projected to deliver a driving range of 280 miles.

Arrival and Pricing

The next-gen Audi R8 is expected to be available to car buyers in early 2015 as a 2016 model year car. As far as pricing goes, you could see the 2016 R8 offered anywhere from $120K for the V8 model to over $250K for the electric e-tron version. Stop by your area Audi dealership to see the current R8 or to learn more about the 2016 Audi R8.

Mar
20

The 2013 Chevy Corvette ZR1 vs. the 2013 Porsche 911 Coupe S

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2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The Chevy Corvette is legendary among car fans for its incredible performance and luxurious amenities, and the $112,595 2013 ZR1 is no different. However, Porsche is also known for creating some of the most top of the line vehicles imaginable. Their 2013 Porsche 911 Coupe S is available for a pricier $161,650. Is it worth the extra investment or should you stay with the Corvette this year? Make sure to choose carefully as both are big investments.

2013 Porsche 911

2013 Porsche 911

Engine Power

Engine power is important in high performance vehicles. The 2013 Chevy Corvette ZR1 comes with a 6.2L Supercharged Gas V8 which produces 638 hp. The Porsche 911 simply can’t compare: it comes with a 3.8L turbocharged gas flat-6 engine that produces 530 hp. This is a huge difference in power and displacement, and one contest that Chevy wins hands down. To be fair, the Porsche does have all-wheel drive as opposed to the rear-wheel drive of the Corvette, but it seems like a huge price to pay for such a large power difference.

Interior Options

So you’re thinking that maybe the Porsche is a much more comfortable car. It does come with some great options like side impact air bags, cruise control, climate control, power windows, and power driver seats, but the Corvette comes with all of these options and more that aren’t even available on the 911. These include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Passenger airbag sensor
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Keyless vehicle start
  • Onboard handfree communications system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

We honestly figured that, with its higher price, the Porsche 911 Coupe S would offer more in the way of luxurious interior options, but it turns out we were wrong.

Warranty Options

Again, maybe Porsche 911 can make up some lost ground with its warranty options. It does have better bumper-to-bumper coverage, offering a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty; Chevy offers a 3-year/36,000-mile package. However, the Corvette offers a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty compared to the 4-year/50,000-mile coverage of the Porsche 911. The Corvette also offers a rust warranty, totally unavailable with the Porsche.