A look at 7 affordable and effective performance and visual modifications for your ride
Whether itís more speed and power, more sound, better handling, or improved looks that convey a driverís individuality, vehicle modification is gaining popularity, and lies at the heart of a billion-dollar industry thatís popular around the globe. Countless manufacturers have joined the aftermarket parts scene, giving shoppers nearly infinite options to customize their car, truck, wagon or crossover.
With an arsenal of upgrade parts available from mild to wild, eBay is the go-to source for aftermarket upgrades for shoppers around the world. Below, weíll look at some popular upgrade mods for your ride, which create a big impact for a minimal price.
Read more about 7 Best Modifications for Your Vehicle.
Read more about Love Cars? Then Youíll Love These Amazon Prime Day Deals at AutoGuide.com. Looking to stock up on some of your favorite automotive accessories? Well today is the day to do it.
July 12 is Amazon Prime Day, when prices are slashed on a selection of items, making it a great time to buy at bargain prices. For 24 hours, tons of deals will come and go, but there is a catch: you have to be an Amazon Prime member.
A subscription costs $99 annually, and gets you access to all these great one-day deals plus Prime Music streaming, Prime video streaming and free two-day shipping. Or, if you only want to take advantage of this one day sale, you can sign up for Prime
and cancel within a 30-day window. Either way, you get great deals and free two-day shipping!
Take a look at the list below to see some of the best automotive-themed accessories we dug up that may interest you. And donít forget to browse all of the great Prime Day deals
Read more about the 9 of the Most Fun Cars to Drive for Under $10K
Buying an affordable car doesn't mean you have to give up fun
Everyone could use a little more fun in their lives, so why not start with your car? There are plenty of excellent choices out there, but what if you've only got $10,000 to spend?
Whether you're looking for something to spice up your daily commute or add something special to your fleet for Sunday drives, here are nine cars to consider that add a dose of fun to your daily drive.
Read more about Do Engine Start-Stop Systems Actually Help You Save Gas? at AutoGuide.com. Many new cars come with automatic engine start-stop. These systems are designed to save the fuel wasted at idle by turning the engine off when you come to a stop.
These systems are becoming more and more common in cars and trucks. Even the Ford F-150 is arriving with this system as standard equipment, promising more MPGs.
But the fuel spent during idle seems insignificant, right? Even the EPAís fuel economy tests seem to downplay the significance of these systems. How much fuel can really be saved, and can everyone benefit from this technology, even if they spend most of their commute on the highway?
Hereís how it works for the driver: When you come to a stop, like you would at an intersection and hold the brake while you wait for the light to turn green, the engine will shut off. On cars with manual transmissions, you usually have to put the car into neutral in order for the engine to shut off. As soon as you let off the brake or engage the clutch, the engine will automatically and quickly fire up, so you can get on your way again. These frequent restarts require a different starter motor thatís more robust and paired to a different, tougher battery
Furthermore, unlike when you turn off your car entirely, the rest of your carís features will remain on even if engine start-stop system is active. That means you still get A/C, radio, navigation and all that. A bigger battery
helps with that, and some cars even feature an extra battery
or a super capacitor.
Still, despite updates to the new five-cycle EPA test, it may be hard to see the tangible benefits of anengine start-stop system.
Read more about GM Patents New Two-Stage Turbo at AutoGuide.com. General Motors has filed a patent application for a new two-stage turbo system.
The filing, published by the USPTO on May 19, 2016
, details a two-stage turbocharger where the low pressure turbine and the high pressure turbine are arranged in a series. The brilliance of the new proposal is a bypass system that allows GM to optimize both the high-pressure and the low-pressure inlets for their respective tasks.
According to the filing, typical two-stage turbochargers are configured to operate both turbines simultaneously at low/mid engine speeds, while at high engine speeds, only the low-pressure turbine operates. The issue with this design is it can never completely isolate either the low or high pressure side, forcing inlet design compromises, which in turn can impair low end performance and result in higher pumping loses. GMís new system proposes to eliminate the compromise.
The high-pressure turbo is linked to the exhaust
manifold through the high-pressure inlet duct; the low pressure turbo is connected to the high pressure turbo through a low pressure inlet duct, which links to a connecting channel.-
Bypass is created through a single actuator that lives in the exhaust manifold, it either opens the high-pressure inlet and closes the connecting channel or vice versa.
The system is actually pretty brilliant in its simplicity. The actuator takes direction from the ECU based on engine speed and load, the actuator is a single rotating spindle with discs corresponding to flanges
on the high and low pressure sides. The spindle rotates 90 degrees isolating the respective sides of the two-stage turbos.
Isolation allows the respective inlets to be designed for the best possible fluid dynamic performance. This way the maximum available enthalpy is given to the low pressure side in full power operation, likewise to the high pressure side in maximum torque operation.
Want to bet we see it in a Cadillac first?