New Technology in Tyres

Tyres don’t seem even remotely complex on the surface. Rubber, steel belts and air, not much technology involved here, right? This may have been the case decades ago, especially in regards to the consumer market, but it isn’t the case any longer, not by a longshot.

In recent years tyre manufacturers have been implementing completely new concepts in tire construction. These concepts create more durable, higher performance and safer products that are every bit as important as any other advancement in automobiles.

This article will review some of the newest advancements in tyre technology as well as the designs and engineering principles that are expected to become industry standards in the near future.

Advances in Pneumatic Tyres

Pneumatic tyres are the industry standard for all consumer vehicles. Early rubber tyres were solid, however, ever since John Dunlop designed the first pneumatic tyre in 1888, the world embraced this form of tyre, in spite of the durability of solid rubber, they were downright uncomfortable.

In approximately 455 factories around the world over 1 billion tyres are produced every year containing the same basic ingredients; rubber, carbon black and various chemicals.

Tyres are constructed on a drum and cured in a press under heat and pressure. The heat creates a polymerization reaction that links the rubber monomers and creates long elastic molecules. This allows the tyres to compress where the rubber meets the road and then reform to their original shape.

Different manufacturers uses their own compounds to deliver a combination of durability and performance. However, most tyres all start out the same way.

Digital Tyres

Tyre manufacturer Pirelli has been testing “digital tyres” on the Ferrari FXX K supercar to collect data about coefficient of friction, footprint and pavement grade. This information is then transferred to the car’s ECU and the traction control systems to optimize power delivery based on grip.

Evolving Tyres

Michelin has made some very impressive developments in the longevity of tyre wear. The tire manufacturer has invented a tyre that will evolve as it wears out, preserving its road-gripping performance until the bitter end.

This new technology uses main tread grooves that get wider as they wear down, leaving plenty of space for water to still escape. The new tyres have tiny slices that expand into teardrop shapes and compensate for having shallower grooves, making the tyres safer as they age.

Self-inflating Technology

Self-inflating tyres for the consumer market are also being currently explored. This technology is already being used for heavy machinery and military vehicles, and uses sensors that measure the tyre pressure. If the pressure drops too low, an air compressor inflates the tyre, if the air is too high, a pressure relief valve deflates it.

Airless Tyres

Hankook has been experimenting with a tyre design that doesn’t require air. One of, if not the biggest drawbacks to pneumatic tyres has always been punctures and leaks. The new “iFlex” tyres are being made from completely eco-friendly materials.

The tyre manufacturer has been working with geometric shapes, in place of air, to offer pliable, bouncy qualities of a typical tyre. When tested for durability, hardness, stability, slalom and speed the Hankook NPT (non-pneumatic tyres) performed comparable to traditional air-filled tyres.

As long as flying cars don’t become commonplace in the next decade, expect to see some pretty interesting tyre technology hit the road.

Tyre Empire sells various types of tyre in Sydney as well as provides various services like changing spark plugs and air filter, replacing oil filter, checking battery and brakes, wheel alignment and checking suspension.

Peak Power Inverter

If you are looking to restore your power in case of a power outage, you may consider to purchase a Power Inverter. There is always a possibility for a major storm to hit your area which may cause major power outages

You do not want to be caught off guard and without power once a storm hits in your area as this will cause you a great amount of stress. There are several option for you to consider in order to be prepared in a case of an emergency.

Do you recall the last time you were without power and much of your precious food spoiled or someone caught a cold and worse yet, there was a freeze-up and you had no way to get heat into your home?

There are several options for you to be prepared. You may either purchase a generator or a Peak Power Inverter that you may plug into a vehicle battery. You would plug an extension cord that is attached to the battery of your vehicle into the Inverter.

With this Power Inverter you may then plug your refrigerator, a small appliance, some lights, a portable heater, a sump pump or such items into the Inverter. You should not plug all of these items in at the same time as this will overheat the Inverter and cause a power failure.

Tips to run a Power Inverter Safely!

  1. Read the manual and follow the directions
  2. Have extra gasoline stored in a dry cool place away from heat or sparks
  3. Make sure your vehicle is parked at least 15 feet away from your home with the exhaust facing away from your home as this could cause carbon-monoxide poisoning
  4. Use undamaged extension cords to run from the vehicle to the Power Inverter
  5. Do not run the Inverter cable to the cigarette lighter adapter or AC power source because it is not strong enough,
  6. Plug the Power Inverter cable to the battery terminals of the vehicle
  7. Keep the Inverter far from the vehicle engine in a cool dry place, because of gas fumes which could cause a fire.

You should also know that not all battery operated tools can be charged with a Power Inverter such as:

  • Hand Phone
  • Flashlights
  • Cordless razors,
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • And other cordless tools.

If they need charging you may need to consider to wait until your power is back on otherwise you could damage your appliances.

In case the Power Inverter will overheat be prepared for a shut down. Please wait and let it cool off before you restart it again. If the overload indicator light flashes a warning, make sure you check the manual before it shuts down and address the problem before restarting.

6 Reasons to Purchase a Minivan

Your search will be automatically directed to the larger-capacity vehicles. Of all the Duncanville Dodge cars to choose from, here are six reasons why a new minivan could be the best choice for you.

Capacity

Minivans are much more spacious than they appear. Seating seven or eight passengers is a breeze, especially when young children are involved. They’re also designed in such a way that getting to the back row is also easy. A minivan is the perfect way to get a vehicle that seats more people without sacrificing fuel efficiency and size.

Family-Oriented

It’s known that minivans are ideal for families with small children. The interior provides a lot more space than a small car, but the manufacturers add features that make it simple and enjoyable to drive with youngsters. Sliding doors are easy to use, and they prevent your children from dinging the doors of the cars parked next to you. Power sliding doors make getting into the car so much easier especially when you have your hands full. The low vehicle base also makes it easy for children to climb in and out of.

Style

Ignore the cliché that minivans are only good for soccer moms. Minivans have a sleek body style, and are available with many of the same upgrades that are found in luxury cars. You can enjoy leather interiors, great entertainment and sound systems, navigation, and various power systems. You won’t have to sacrifice style if you elect to purchase a minivan as your new vehicle.

Storage

Minivans might just have the best storage options available when it comes to a family car. You can usually find storage galore in the trunk, under the seats, and even under the floorboards. Seats twist, turn, and fold down to give you the most storage options. In other types of vehicles, you might be forced to sacrifice seating space to accommodate something as simple and necessary as a stroller. This isn’t the case with a minivan.

Safety

It seems that automobile manufacturing companies keep customer’s safety at the top of their priority list. Most new model minivans have a variety of safety features that come standard in every model. Look for minivans that offer front, overhead, and side airbags. If you own a minivan, it’s most likely because you have a family, so a vehicle with back-up assistance can help prevent tragic accidents. Power sliding doors often cause lights to flash and/or a beeping sound to occur. This alerts nearby drivers that children are entering or exiting the vehicle. Minivans allow you to keep your family safe while you enjoy all the features they offer.

Affordable

As with all cars, minivans range in price. However, they are generally less expensive than other vehicles that can also seat seven or eight passengers. Not only do you save money with the initial purchase price, but you’ll also spend less on gasoline and insurance. These benefits quickly add up year after year.

Autos of Italy: Summer tour will feature Italy’s auto factories, museums and historic venues

Home to names like Zagato, Pagani, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and Fiat, it’s difficult to dispute Italy’s place in automotive history. Classic car lovers can quench their thirst for Italy’s finest marques by joining “Passion Sculpted in Steel: Italian Automobile Design,” a VIP tour of the country’s auto factories, museums and historic venues, May 7-17. The tour will be hosted by Jonathan Stein, longtime automotive historian and Executive Editor of Hagerty Classic Cars magazine.

“As someone who’s been part of the hobby for 35-plus years and who’s traveled to Europe many times, it’s exciting to see these sites through the eyes of newcomers,” Stein said. “I love being able to help travelers get into places and see things they might not see if they were traveling on their own, and enrich their experience any way I can.

“It’s also flattering to see the familiar faces of repeat travelers, which confirms that they enjoy what we’re doing.”

Travelers will trace the history of legendary Italian innovators in a variety of ways. Among the highlights:

  • Tour of the factory floors of Maserati and Pagani.
  • Tour of the Pininfarina Studios, designers of some of the most beautiful cars the world has ever seen.
  • Visit to the new Enzo Ferrari Museum to discover the man, the driver and the car maker behind the legendary name.
  • Celebrate the history of Italian car design – Lamborghini turns 50 years old in 2013; Bertone has been operating for a century.
  • Enjoy special visits to a number of private collections, including those of the Stanguellini family and the Panini’s Maseratis.
  • At the Galleria Ferrari, view some of the fabulous race and road cars that have made Ferrari a household name.
  • View Europe’s largest display of historic vehicles at the Museo dell’Automobile in Turin.
  • Watch vintage race cars wind through the streets of northern Italy during the Mille Miglia Rally, and learn about the racing legends at the Mille Miglia museum in Brescia.
  • Visit Italy’s greatest race track at Monza, home of the Italian Grand Prix, and see the hallowed place where drivers such as Nuvolari, Fangio, Hawthorne and Musso once reigned.

Stein knows from experience that Monza will be a highlight.

“It’s a magical place,” he said. “As the longtime home of the Italian Grand Prix – now a road course – it almost feels haunted. I can only imagine the ghosts that must be there, if there are such things. The history there is amazing.”

Stein also cites the old roof-top test track atop Fiat’s former Lingotto factory in Turin.

“They couldn’t use it now, not with safety concerns and the speed of the cars today,” he said. “The track couldn’t contain them. They’d fly right off.”

Stein said every trip also seems to include a pleasant surprise or two, like the time he was at Zagato and saw a Fiat 8V Zagato that had once been raced by Elio Zagato in mid-restoration. “That was very, very special.”