Category Archives: Auto Maintenance

Top Speed Record Set In 2013!

You know who set the Guinness World record for the top speed for a street car at 455kmh?

Ford.

But don’t take our word for it. Watch this:

 

This Ford GT created by Performance Power Racing managed to set the Guinness World Record for top speed in a street car. The world record attempt took place on NASA’s shuttle landing facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This Ford GT managed to set a world record top speed of 283.232 mph (455.82 km/h). This is a lot faster than the Veyron. The secret behind this success is an engine with an output of 1,700 hp and a newly developed alloy, called pandalloy, which was used for manufacturing various parts.

Attack Of The ‘Zombie’ Cars

Subaru has a real problem on its hands. They just issued a recall involving 50,000 vehicles across North America. Unfortunately for Subaru the media has chosen a moniker for their problem which just begs for mocking: ‘zombie cars.’

Specifically, the issue involves more than 45,000 Outback, Impreza and Legacy cars built between 2010 and 2013 along with all the Subaru Crosstrek vehicles built in 2013. An electrical problem is causing these vehicles to start automatically without the driver doing anything. Apparently it is caused by the remote starter embedded in the key fob. If that key fob is dropped or bumped it may start sending a signal randomly to start the vehicle’s motor.

Hence the term, ‘zombie car.’

This latest recall is less than a tenth the number of cars recalled by Subaru in January when they had to recall more than 625,000 vehicles due to a risk of fire. Although this latest recall pales in comparison when it comes to the number of cars, it is slightly more exciting because of the catchy name.

And admit it, a car which starts itself at random is slightly spooky, and spooky is popular. We wouldn’t be surprised if rather than getting a black-eye because of this ‘zombie car’ debacle Subaru actually started selling more cars. People might start lining up for a chance to own a ‘zombie car’ just so they can brag to their friends that their vehicle is perhaps ‘haunted.’

Subaru has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that at least two minor injuries and a few property damage accidents have occurred as a result of these ‘zombie cars’, but again, we think that might just raise their ‘hipness’ factor with consumers looking for a reason to be excited by driving like they were when seat belts were optional and out-running the police was just a dirt road or cornfield away.

How To Wash Your Car (Properly)

You paid a lot for your car (or maybe not) and you want to take good care of it. This is only logical especially when you consider the cost involved in buying a new (or used) car.

One of the first things you should think about is keeping your car clean. If there are engine problems, or interior upholstery problems, you might not be able to do anything about those. But you can make certain you protect the outside of your car and keep it looking good. This might not as easy as you think, however. What products to use and how to use them correctly is important when you want your car looking good, and staying that way.

You can watch the video below for more helpful hints on how to keep your vehicle looking good, new or used, now and forever. Or, at least until you buy your next one.