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Sweet And Sporty Gas Saver?

Volkswagen EcoRacer

Volkswagen has jumped on the wagon of creating an environmentally safe vehicle like BMW, Honda, Toyota, etc. But this is not your regular eco-friendly vehicle you see onvweco.jpg the dealership lot or driving on the highway. This automobile is set up as a race car. VW named it the EcoRacer. It is powered by a 1.5 liter TDI power plant (directly injected turbo-diesel) and puts up around 136 horses. The average miles per gallon are around 69.2.

A carbon fiber body contributes to its 1874 lbs. The suspension mimics that of a Golf with a double wishbone front suspension. The disk brakes measure in at 11 inches and this gas saver rolls on 17 inch wheels rapped in 175/55 front and 225/45 rear rubber.

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Battle Of The Hybrids!

Honda Accord vs. Toyota Camry

Take a look at these two vehicles. They look like your average everyday Honda Accord and Toyota Camry right? What they don’t look like is a Hybrid vehicle. Well folks that is what we have here.hybridhonda1.jpg Two hybrid vehicles made by two different manufactures and they look normal. Below are the specs to these vehicles and you can decide which is best for the money.

Honda Accord

  • 253-hp, 3.0-liter, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine
  • Compact 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
  • Estimated Fuel for City/Highway is 28/35
  • Toyota Camry

  • 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve, VVT-i 4-cylinder, 158 hp @ 6000 rpm/
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  • Choose from 5-speed manual overdrive, 5-speed electronically
    controlled automatic overdrive with intelligence (ECT-i) or
    Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT)
  • Estimated average Fuel for City/Highway is 24/33



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    An Alternative to Fuel?

    BMW Hyrdogren 7

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    Eco-friendly cars! Not many fuels in this world are produced from renewable sources like the sun, wind, water and biomass. In there are five liquid hydrogen refueling stations and there will soon be two in the United States. The re-fueling stations are as simple as the normal fuel pumps.

    But the v-12 engine does have the ability to run off of fuel by the push of a button. But really, all the car needs is its 260 horsepower V-12 to keep it moving. This evolution in the automobile industry will eliminate the need for emission cycle and meet the energy needs.

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    Green Driving!

    Honda Civic Hybrid car

    The Honda Civic Hybrid cars include a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe, an Si coupe, a more efficient Civic Hybrid, and a naturalhondahybrid.jpg gas-powered Civic GX. The most exciting of the Honda Civic Hybrid offerings is the Civic Si coupe, which is being touted as the fasted and most powerful Civic offered in its 20-year history.

    The 2006 Civic Si boasts a 200-horsepower, 16-valve, and DOHC i-VTEC engine with an 8,000-rpm maximum red line. This new engine will offer significant gains in both power and fuel economy. Designed as an “Advanced Personal Compact,” vehicle, the Civic Si Hybrid incorporates flowing lines, high trunk deck and steeply angled windshield. The Civic Si also sports 18-inch cast aluminum wheels with 225/40R high performance tires, and 4-wheel disc brakes with large cross-drilled brake rotors and 4-piston calipers.

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    Segway Personal Transporter

    The Science Behind the Segway Personal Transporter

    The Segway PT only has two wheels, yet it manages to stay upright by itself. To move forward or backward on the Segway PT, the ridersegway.jpg just leans slightly forward or backward. To turn left or right, the rider simply moves the Lean Steer frame left or right. The Segway PT is controlled by an intelligent network of sensors, mechanical assemblies, propulsion, and control systems. The second you step on, five micro-machined gyroscopic sensors and two accelerometers sense the changing terrain and your body position at 100 times per second.

     

    Simply put, the Coriolis effect is the apparent turning of a moving object in relation to another rotating object. For example, an airplane trying to travel in a straight line can appear to turn because the Earth is rotating underneath it. The brains and brawn are made up of two identical and redundant sets of microprocessor-based electronic controller circuit boards, batteries and motor windings that operate together and share the load of driving the wheels. The Segway PT has a number of additional onboard microprocessors. The microprocessors run an advanced piece of software that controls the Segway PT. This program monitors all of the stability information coming from the gyroscopic sensors and adjusts the speed of the electric motors in response to this information.

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