Manually Getting There.

So I composed a list for North American car manufacturers offering a manual transmission in their line up. I found a lot of interesting things when searching through different car web pages, especially gaudy flair.

The Alfa Romeo webpage was by far the most confusing of them all. I tried to get a simple spec sheet that took me more than 6 minutes to find, I should have been paid for fanyarin’ that kazi. Porsche also has too many options for their cars that they fail in giving a clean webpage to properly choose and differentiate between the options. Honestly, if you are getting a brand new Porsche, find a dealership and let them help you with those choices. The easiest page was Scion, nothing flashy and quite simple to understand and build my car.

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Few surprises were with Audi only having manuals for its A4, A5, and R8 lines, this includes S models. They had the easiest and cleanest web configuration when building a car out of the other luxury brand vehicles. Volkswagen also shares parts with the A3 through the A6 models, so I was surprised that the A3 didn’t have a manual transmission standard/option, yet all Volkswagen’s do. With the release of the new Lamborghini Huracan I won’t be surprised if the new R8 V10 loses the manual option too.

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The three Japanese luxury brands have essentially phased out all manual transmissions in their line up. I know Acura is now officially overseen by U.S. management as of the beginning of this year, so I’m not sure if the ILX will even remain a manual. Infiniti hasn’t released its official Q60 coupe since it shares engines with the Fairlady Z and Lexus decided the IS models don’t need manuals anymore.

For the American brands, Ford had options on almost all their sedans and coupes besides the Taurus. Chevrolet and Dodge also had a great line-up for a manual transmission package on their cars. As for  luxury U.S. cars, Buick and Cadillac had at least one or two options performance cars with manual options.

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Lotus, Porsche, and Subaru were my all time favorites. They still offer manuals as standard and their line-up’s were amazing. The BMW range disappoints me, it looks like they are slowly trying to let go of the manual. However I’m glad the M6 and M5 still have that option available.

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LFA WEEK DAY 3: RELATIVES

WITH THE LFA OUT LEXUS MODELS HAVE STEPPED THE GAME UP! MY FAVORITE MODELS ARE THE NEW IS, GS, AND UPCOMING RC MODEL.

LEXUS GS CUSTOM MADE WITh FIVE-AXIS TUNING. I LOVE THE LOOK AND LARGE GRILLE LOOK. ALTHOUGH THIS NEW MOVEMENT SEEMS LIKE A COPY CAT FROM AUDI’s LARGER GRILLES AND LED’s! JUST SAYIN’!

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IF YOU SEE THE “IS” ON THE STREET, IT LOOKS REALLY AMAZING. I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED WITH HOWIT LOOKS.2014-Lexus-IS-350-Sport-side

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HERE IT IS THE RC MODEL, REPLACING THE SC THAT WAS DISCONTINUED. THIS IS REALLY IMPRESSIVE SINCE IT ALSO MEANS THE SUPRA MIGHT BE IN PLAY

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Upgrade Me!

NϋR Package for those who want to go crazy on the circuit…

  • Front Splitter Spoiler
  • Front Canards
  • Permanent Spoiler: reinforced with an Aluminum frame
  • Add $95K more
  • 0.5’s faster with 10+ bhp
  • Lighter parts and more rigid frame (wheels etc)

So the NϋR package comes with its own distinct additions, but with a limited production of 50 Toyota offers other exclusive additions with this package. Such as instructional sessions on the Nurburgring itself, lodging, free entrance for a limited time, and other goods. Hopefully they have a LFA at the track all the time, because it wouldn’t do any good to ship your car there. (pictured below are standard and Nur)

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Lesson #1 Fiber or Fibre

Alright so this new technology is everywhere and people love it for its durability, lightweight, and beauty. The first thing you should get right is the spelling, so going to the alphabet spell it out C-A-R-B-O-N F-I-B-E-R, correct?? Yes and no, all English speaking country’s use FIBRE where in the U.S. they use FIBER I guess there is still tension between England and the U.S. on how to speak proper. So if you’re out of the states remember to switch you E and R if the situation arises.

Next: What is this Technology??

* We hear things like lightweight, ultra weave (uhh not hair), super durable, excellent quality, dry, and wet carbon yet there isn’t a concrete description on most products on what CF is.

  1. It’s a stiff yet brittle fiber-reinforced polymer, has low density and high strength. Its high thermal conductivity and low coefficient of thermal expansion give it its high resistance to thermal shock. So basically its very strong and its chemical structure helps in resisting high temperatures (>600 degrees_)
  2. All grades of Fibre are made by thermal degradation of a polymeric organic precursor. A polymer is simply a long chain of repeating units; for plastics the main component will be carbon. So a simple polymer would look like this -(-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-)-.
  3. Most are created from three carbon-containing precursors: pitch, rayon and polyacrylonitrile (PAN)
  4. Space Shuttles, F1 cars, and some CF manufacturers use SiC (silicon carbide if I still remember my chemistry lol) coating on fibres to further enhance resistance to heat and oxidation.
  5. The difference in DRY vs. WET fibre is determined by the heat treatment on the fibres; in short more time spent with the heat treatments will give the fibre better mechanical properties and durability (DRY) instead of one that might contain more impurities (WET).
  6. Pitch and PAN fibres are much stronger than rayon created fibres
    1. Pitch – residue left after distillation of crude petroleum and coal. It has high carbon content and very cheap, mostly composed of aromatic and cyclic aliphatic hydrocarbons that are high in mass. So basically its composed of molecules of carbon formed as a six-membered ring or hexagon.Pitch is heat treated at around 750K creating a type of mesophase (liqiuid crystal), this is then melt-spun into fibers. After thermosetting they are carbonized by heating the compound at temperatures of >1300K. Carbonization provides the removal of impurities such as Hydrogen and Oxygen. This process creates the graphene like sheets that are heat treated to create the graphite-like structure we are familiar in seeing; this process also removes Sulfur and Nitrogen impurities. A protective coating is usually required after in order to resist reactions with other elements in high temperature settings.
    2. PAN fibres usually contain lower Nitrogen content than pitch depending on the grade. Not to get so long winded in the process, but its prepared by starting with the polymer and taking it to these four steps: 1) cyclization, 2) dehydrogenation, 3) oxidation, 4) carbonization.

Passing Grade A-

The Winner in the spelling of CF goes to FIBRE, since we are dealing with lightweight material and the U.S. has a overweight problem with its citizens its only logical to accept the FIBRE spelling of the Queen. Sorry U.S.

Pretty 2012

#15 Lexus LFA NUR

Love this ride, the sound of it and the beauty of Japanese engineering. The NUR edition of the LFA is for someone who wants a road and track car–as if it already isn’t–to use. With a package deal of revised tweeks to the engine as well as new wheels, carbon fiber canards, permanent spoiler, and suspension upgrades this ride is still looking good as it rolled out in 2012. Besides the Porsche Carrera GT and Pagani Cinque its one of the best sounding cars I’ve heard so far.

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