Driverless Racing Cars

Many people know about driverless cars and there may be many people that are hoping the technology moves quickly so that they can easily start to move from place to place without actually having to drive. The daily commute could be a lot less tiring if you did not have to drive and it could be more fun as you could do your hobbies in the car or even start work during your journey. A step onwards from this thought would be a driverless racing car.

A racing car is built in a very different way to a road vehicle of course, but a driverless one would be even more different. Firstly, it would eliminate the risks that are taken by the racing drivers so any crashes would only damage the cars and not the driver. They would also not need all of the safety features that are built into racing cars at the moment. It would create a very different types of race, where the driver’s skill was no longer a factor and it was purely the potential of the car that was being measured. This is an idea that has been considering. They like the idea of driverless racing cars so much, that they actually decided to design some. They envisioned what they thought a driverless car would look like and designed six of them based on current car designs.

The first was an Aston Martin but unfortunately the design shares none of the beautiful design of an Aston Martin. Of course, those lovely curved wheels have to be flattened when made into a racing car design that has minimum air resistance and so it could not possibly keep that old-fashioned elegance but it still looks to be the most stylish of the bunch. The BMW inspired car looks rather sharper and pointier at the rear with a gap at the centre underneath which could cause problems with drag. It certainly looks more modern though. The Bugatti design is flat and sleek and the rounded nose like shape at the front makes it look like it would be a very efficient shape for speed. The Chevrolet has some pointy parts coming up from the front wheels and the middle of the car which not only make it look aggressive but could create air resistance as would the raised back of the vehicle. The Ferrari style certainly looks typical of a Ferrari design and being low to the ground would help its speed but the flaps towards the middle could cause a lot of drag. Lastly the Nissan looks more like a rocket than a car but has the highest back wheels so it would seem that a lot of drag could be caused by that large gap.

It would certainly be exciting to see these cars race, but without testing a driver it would be hard to know whether the race would be as exciting as racing is now.

Why we should be outraged at the VW Emissions Scandal

Many of you will be aware of the VW emissions scandal, where the company reported that their cars emitted fewer pollutants than they actually did. However, less of you may realise why this is such an important issue, both to buyers of VW cars and everyone else as well.

The reason that car manufacturers have to measure their emissions is because buyers want to know how much they will be polluting the environment when they are driving their vehicle. There are also rules on emissions and regulations which state what levels cars need to be at and these need to be met by manufacturers. Those buyers that picked a VW because they thought that it would be kinder to the environment than other models will have been sold a vehicle under false pretences. This means that they could be very cross about the fact that they are causing more pollution than they thought that they would be. It is worth them knowing that it could be possible for them to get VW emissions compensation. This may give them some peace of mind, but what about the rest of us?

It is worth thinking about what impact these false reading ill have had on the rest of us. Firstly, other car manufacturers may have been doing the same thing or copy the idea now and so we could all be buying cars which are more damaging to the environment than we realise. Hopefully tests and checks have tightened up so this may not happen, but it could just mena that manufacturers get cleverer at cheating on the results. Read More

Flexible Fuel Frugal Ford Fiesta Favoured by UK Driving Instructors

There is almost nothing more reassuring than a vote of confidence from a group of drivers who spend their working lives in a car, and the fact that the AA driving school have announced the addition of the latest Ford Fiesta to its 2,000 strong fleet of cars, confirms that Ford have got things right with their latest model of this popular car.

Choosing the Fiesta over the Focus

The AA have ordered more than 200 units of the 2013 Ford Fiesta model and they are particularly attracted to the 1-0 Litre Ecoboost model, which will probably see the current 50/50 split of Fiesta and Focus models advance more towards favouring the Fiesta in the future.

2013 Ford Fiesta

Most popular model

The specific model that is flying off the shelves as it were is the Titanium 1.0 Litre Ecoboost model that delivers 123bhp. There is also a similar 1-0 Litre petrol unit that delivers 98bhp, and both versions of the Fiesta offer a combined fuel economy of 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions at only 99g/km.

Fuel efficient

The fuel efficiency aspect is of course a strong selling point as fuel costs have been on an upward spiral for some considerable time and are a major part of the overheads incurred by driving instructors and motorists in general. The 1.0 Ecoboost model offers excellent fuel efficiency but importantly, it still delivers the sort of power that you might expect from a car with a larger engine capacity. Read More