MINI Cooper S (F56)

MINI Cooper S (F56)

It was a pure car. Its engine vibrated, its steering was harsh, as was the clutch. When you drove it, it bounced and even became a bit uncomfortable, but it brought out the best in you, it got you involved in the driving, it became addictive, it made you smile […]

Michelin CrossClimate, long-lasting test (part 2)

Michelin CrossClimate, long-lasting test (part 2)

With an average temperature of less than 7 degrees the winter compounds are better, and above that the summer ones. Most Spaniards normally use summer tyres, a few weirdos consider using winter tyres seasonally, and another minority use "all-season" tyres because […]

Bertone, the failure of beauty

Bertone, the failure of beauty

Shortly before Nuccio Bertone died at the age of 82, on February 26, 1997, Ermelinda "Lilli" Bertone swore to her husband, son of founder Giovanni Bertone (1884-1972), that she would carry on the family business until 2012, when the Bertone company would have turned […]

Ford Scorpio, or the failure of the generalists in the premium segment.

Ford Scorpio, or the failure of the generalists in the premium segment.

The Ford Scorpio arrived two years after the Ford Sierra. This D-segment sedan designed by Patrick Le Quément (who years later would continue experimenting at Renault) exhibited a very aerodynamic style that had already been announced with the Probe III concept […]

Abarth 124 Spider, vs. Mazda MX-5 and Fiat 124 Spider

Abarth 124 Spider, vs. Mazda MX-5 and Fiat 124 Spider

Taking advantage of the fact that last weekend I had the opportunity to drive the new Abarth 124 Spider at the Navarra circuit, and since the first units are already being delivered in Spain, I thought it was worth analyzing the differences with its Mazda and Fiat […]

How to design a suspension

How to design a suspension

But what is the suspension of a car? To keep it short, we could define it as everything that connects the wheels to the rest of the car. And as such, it is of vital importance as we will see below. Let's make a summary of the types of suspension and their main […]

The revolution in energy recovery systems

The revolution in energy recovery systems

The truth is that I could teach little to a number of gurus and scholars of this technology. After all, rail transport has had regenerative braking systems for many more years than we have in the automotive world, as well as having much more legal regulation in […]

The history of the Lancia Stratos

The history of the Lancia Stratos

As life would have it, Giugiaro left Bertone two years later, and Bertone didn't hesitate to hire Gandini for its design team. Marcelo's evolution at Bertone was noticeable, even though he was just "one more". His first great known work would be the Miura. In 1966, […]

Contact: Caterham 275R

Contact: Caterham 275R

The Seven is the purest expression of the modern sports roadster. It lays the foundations on which every roadster with sporty aspirations is based: lightness, longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive and seats almost on the rear axle. Many roadsters have followed […]

Gran Turismo Sport: New Era, New Direction

Gran Turismo Sport: New Era, New Direction

And how has it earned such respect? Thanks in part to a racing simulator called Gran Turismo. A simulator that has sold over 75 million copies across all of its installments, and of which we would like to introduce you to the latest: Gran Turismo Sport. It's important […]

This is the new Alfa Romeo logo

This is the new Alfa Romeo logo

Now that we are a couple of long weeks to meet the new Giulia, the D-segment sedan that will serve as the starting signal for the refounded Alfa Romeo FCA, worthy rival of BMW, Fiat promises, we have been able to see, thanks to a slip of Alfa Romeo italia computer, […]

How much does it cost to repaint the car? Here are the prices from the body shop

How much does it cost to repaint the car? Here are the prices from the body shop

Why is the paint of our car important? Let's start by saying that the paint of our car, besides giving it a nice color, is the first level of protection for the steel of the body underneath. If exposed directly to the elements, the steel will rust in a short […]

Clogged EGR valve: Symptoms and what to do

Clogged EGR valve: Symptoms and what to do

What is the EGR valve? The EGR valve is a component that serves to reduce the emission level of modern vehicles. This valve recirculates part of the exhaust gases back into the engine (between 5% and 15%). This allows complete combustion of the fuel and a reduction […]

Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo 4C

The car gains speed with desire and the sound, although not orgasmic like the 458 Italia, impresses you with its depth, while the wind begins to be heard too, massaging the fine bodywork of Italian design. I kiss the 210 per hour marker while I slightly hollow […]

First images of the interior of the new Kia Sportage

First images of the interior of the new Kia Sportage

The step forward in the placement and visual finish of the elements is appreciated. The infotainment system screen grows in size and the steering wheel is modernized. We are surprised, in any case, the presence of countless buttons on the center console at a […]

Toyota 2000GT

Toyota 2000GT

A bit of history Toyota's origin comes from the manufacture of trucks and military vehicles, and before that, from the manufacture of looms. In 1933 it began to manufacture passenger cars for civilian use, but they were too conventional and did not arouse any […]

If you visit Barcelona, stop by the RAMM (Retro Auto Moto Museum).

If you visit Barcelona, stop by the RAMM (Retro Auto Moto Museum).

Over an area of 1,500 m² spread over three floors, you will find more than 80 historic vehicles from the United States, Europe and former Soviet countries. The museum is specialised in missing brands, and has cars as interesting and rare as Le Zebre, Delahaye, […]

These are the 5 fastest front-wheel drive compacts at the Nürburgring

These are the 5 fastest front-wheel drive compacts at the Nürburgring

Nowadays, the most sporty front-wheel drive vehicles have elements such as self-locking differentials and complex electronics that allow a considerable increase in their performance. However, brands still have to deal with one of the biggest handicaps of front-wheel […]

A3 license: exams, cost and age limits for 2020

A3 license: exams, cost and age limits for 2020

What is the A3 license? The A3 license is the most comprehensive among motorcycle licenses, as it allows you to ride any motorcycle on the market without any limitations. For this reason, it is often referred to as the unlimited A license. If you look at the […]

Today is the birthday of the Ferrari F40

Today is the birthday of the Ferrari F40

We will now explain in more detail the origin and development of this model. Starting point, 288 GTO (1984) We entered the time machine and we came out in 1982 with shoulder pads and backcombed hair, when the Group B rally car appeared. For several years […]

By eliminating the EGR valve, what happens, can it be done?

By eliminating the EGR valve, what happens, can it be done?

What is the EGR valve? The EGR valve is an engine component whose purpose is to reduce the level of emissions from modern vehicles. This valve reintroduces 5-15% of exhaust gases back into the engine. This ensures complete combustion of the fuel and a reduction […]

Citroën Saxo VTS - (USPI)

Citroën Saxo VTS - (USPI)

This small French car had everything to succeed among young people who could enjoy it with little investment (it cost less than two million pesetas), and offered an excellent basis for learning to drive spiritedly, or even start in the rallies. The history of […]

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, a 7-seater with German flavour

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, a 7-seater with German flavour

As Volkswagen announces, this increase of 21 extra centimeters is preceded by an increase in its wheelbase of 11 extra centimeters. Taking into account these data, not only should we notice that the company offers, as they themselves argue, a more spacious or usable […]

Car Alternator What is it? How does it work?

Car Alternator What is it? How does it work?

What is the car alternator? The car alternator is a device that uses the physical law of electromagnetic induction (Faraday Neumann's law for those of you fresh out of high school) to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. In the first cars where […]

Parking ticket: how much does it cost? 30% discount?

Parking ticket: how much does it cost? 30% discount?

How does the parking ticket work? Parking ticket is perhaps one of the most common offenses among motorists. Very often the offence is committed simply because you didn't know you were on a parking ticket or because, as is often the case in Italy, the signage […]

Will we ever see cars with the Saab logo again?

Will we ever see cars with the Saab logo again?

NEVS has a production plant under construction in China that should be capable of making 200,000 cars a year, while still relying on what's left of Saab's sales and distribution network. But does this give us hope of seeing cars with the Saab logo on the grille […]

If there's a Volkswagen Polo GTI, will there be a SEAT Ibiza Cupra?

If there's a Volkswagen Polo GTI, will there be a SEAT Ibiza Cupra?

We know that the Polo will have a 1.5 TSI version with 150 hp that will not reach the Spanish market, and there will not be an equivalent diesel engine to fill the gap. In the Ibiza we will have that version in the FR, and at the moment it is the most powerful […]

Technique: Lean Compression Ignition (HCCI)

Technique: Lean Compression Ignition (HCCI)

After direct injection, turbochargers and intercoolers, the next step will be to use the compression of the gasoline, and not the spark provided by a spark plug, to ignite the gasoline in the combustion chamber. This is a topic we've visited a couple of times in […]

Nissan R390 GT1, the machine designed to win Le Mans

Nissan R390 GT1, the machine designed to win Le Mans

After the good results of Nismo with the GT-R, in spite of its limitations, the Japanese company decided to bet again to try to win Le Mans, with a project with a big budget for two years, 1997 and 1998. This is how the brilliant R390 GT1 was born. TWR created […]

What is torque? what does it have to do with power? which one matters more?

What is torque? what does it have to do with power? which one matters more?

Maximum torque is the "ugly cousin" of power. Unknown to a large part of the population, misunderstood by others, it is an extremely important value, not only because of its specific amount at a given point, but also because of its variability throughout the revolutions […]

Peugeot 106 Rally (USPI)

Peugeot 106 Rally (USPI)

It existed in two different versions. The first phase was marketed with the 1.3 four-cylinder TU2J2 with 100 horsepower extracted with electronic injection. In its second phase changed this engine by the 1.6 TU5J2 of 103 hp, also "injected", with eight valves in […]

The clutch pedal may not have many years left in it

The clutch pedal may not have many years left in it

There is a very unpopular variant of automatic gearboxes, which are robotised manual gearboxes. The clutch management is automatic, there is no pedal, and the H lever is replaced by one with +/- positions and automatic program. In reality, it is a manual gearbox […]

Electricity on board, from the alternator to the electric car (II)

Electricity on board, from the alternator to the electric car (II)

Conventional car Simplifying to the maximum, any conventional car (that is not micro-hybrid, hybrid or electric) has four elements in its electrical system: Generator (Alternator) Battery Control electronics Consumers (starter motor, spark plugs, fans, windows, […]

Holden Commodore, another victim of globalisation

Holden Commodore, another victim of globalisation

High-performance-loving Australians will notice it the most. Rear-wheel drive and V8s will move to - at best - V6s and all-wheel drive. More mainstream versions will use front-wheel drive and four-cylinder engines. It's already the norm in these parts, but it […]

Mazda MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution and MX-5 RF Kuro

Mazda MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution and MX-5 RF Kuro

If you like the Kuro, based on the imminent retractable hardtop version, maybe you'll see your wishes come true and you'll be able to buy an MX-5 with that semi-matte metallic paint. Personally I'd advise against it, as it's almost impossible to keep that kind […]

BMW 1 Series with new three-cylinder engines, more equipment and updated design

BMW 1 Series with new three-cylinder engines, more equipment and updated design

On the other hand, the equipment aspect has been reinforced, as BMW wants to reduce the perception that their cars are poorly equipped, especially in relation to their price. Elements such as the 6.5″ screen with iDrive, xenon headlights, emergency call, BMW […]

Toyota Supra 3.0i and 3.0i Turbo A70 (USPI)

Toyota Supra 3.0i and 3.0i Turbo A70 (USPI)

The Toyota Supra A70 lost the name Celica, as the two previous generations were the top of the range Celica. In 1986 the range was split in two, leaving on the one hand the front-wheel drive Celica, and on the other hand the Supra with rear-wheel drive and longitudinal […]

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde

The Italian firm's idea is for the Quadrifoglio to be equivalent to BMW's "eme", and it's clear that the Giulietta QV isn't equivalent, or even close, to the future M2, or the king of our best cars tested table, the M235i. But does that impending loss of name […]

You can play Russian roulette with a Nissan 350Z

You can play Russian roulette with a Nissan 350Z

This "Need For Speed" driving is funny as long as nothing happens. It reminds me a lot of the videos of a Georgian punk, Giorgi Tevzadze, who seemed to dodge death day in and day out. He died in the passenger seat while a friend was doing similar nonsense, but […]

BMW 218d Gran Tourer

BMW 218d Gran Tourer

We already tested the Active Tourer at the end of last year, with good sensations and good results (you can re-capture it here), but we had to pass the same test with the large version, with the Gran Tourer, which offers more trunk space, or the possibility of […]

NEVS is back with new electric 9-3s

NEVS is back with new electric 9-3s

NEVS will supply electric versions of the Saab 9-3 (prototypes of which were first shown in 2014) for a car-sharing program in the Chinese city of Tianjin starting next year, which also happens to be the location of the factory. Along with the announcement of […]

Peugeot 308 GTi

Peugeot 308 GTi

The difference of 2,500 euros is much more than a simple "repro" of the engine to get 20 hp more. The available colours: Ultimate red, Magnetic blue, Perla Nera black, Artense grey, Nacré white and Hurricane grey. The most powerful can opt for a two-tone paint […]

Simca 1000

Simca 1000

The project to manufacture what we know today as Simca 1000 was born in the mid-fifties of the last century, when the French brand was the second French car manufacturer, just behind Renault, despite having such a limited range. But when the Sinai war broke out […]

Alfa Romeo 155 (1992-1997)

Alfa Romeo 155 (1992-1997)

In January 1992, Alfa Romeo unveils in a special event in Barcelona its new model, the 155 (although its official debut would not be until the Geneva Motor Show in March of the same year). It is the second model of the brand with front-wheel drive and transverse […]

Comparison: Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy R vs. SEAT Leon Cupra Performance Pack

Comparison: Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy R vs. SEAT Leon Cupra Performance Pack

But of course, the people at Renault had become accustomed to having the record in their hands and had to give a blow to the table in terms of publicity. So the same Laurent Hurgon was called back a few months later with the mission to beat the record of the Leon. […]

Mercedes 500E (W124)

Mercedes 500E (W124)

BMW, with its M5 (E34) reigned almost as absolute master of the segment. Maserati had run out of Quattroporte (we would have to wait until 1994 for the new delivery) and was "satisfied" with a 4-door variant of the 1983 Biturbo, while Audi only had the first S4 […]

Classic: Mercedes 190E

Classic: Mercedes 190E

It is in 1982 that appears for the first time in the range of the German manufacturer a "compact" sedan, according to the terminology of the brand. And it is that the W201, as it is known internally, is the smallest car to date of the brand of the star. One […]

The perfect technical basis for a front-wheel-drive sports utility vehicle

The perfect technical basis for a front-wheel-drive sports utility vehicle

As an engineer, if you gave me a blank sheet of paper and asked me to draw a front-wheel drive racing car with a utility body, I would make many choices in line with those that a multifaceted and famed model from a few decades ago already counted on. But before […]

New BMW X1

New BMW X1

The new BMW X1 makes use of BMW's UKL1 platform, the same one used by the 2 Series Active Tourer, the MINI F56, and the future 1 Series. So yes, it moves to transverse engines and front-wheel drive (or all-wheel drive, depending on versions). But while fans may […]

Mazda RX-Vision Concept

Mazda RX-Vision Concept

My love for Mazda is well known to all of you, but the rotary era came to an end with the demise of the RX-8 from the market. The general public lost interest in coupes, and added to that was the Wankel's perpetual reputation for being complicated, chugging engines. […]

Audi RS4 B7 (USPI)

Audi RS4 B7 (USPI)

Since then, little by little, the idea of buying a muscular family car has been gaining ground in my heart until I was determined to want one as soon as I became a parent. That time came this year, and the RS4 was the first choice. The problem? Well, my wife was […]

Technique: The more cylinders, the better?

Technique: The more cylinders, the better?

But I'm going to start with the final conclusion before providing the reasoning behind the whys and wherefores. If you want to design a very powerful engine, it's better to use as many cylinders as possible. If you want an efficient engine, it's best to use […]

Giorgetto Giugiaro sells what's left of Italdesign and leaves the company

Giorgetto Giugiaro sells what's left of Italdesign and leaves the company

Giugiaro, a long-time friend of Ferdinand Piech, seemed to have every intention of extending his stay at ID for many more years, collaborating with VAG in whatever they asked of him, such as the creation of concept cars, the development of surfaces, or consultancy […]

10 mistakes you can avoid before passing the ITV (I)

10 mistakes you can avoid before passing the ITV (I)

We have to have our vehicle in the best conditions always (we do not have to worry about our car only when we go to the ITV). It is the duty of the user and owner of the vehicle to keep it in the best possible conditions. As an introduction, and so that we all […]

Datsun 240Z

Datsun 240Z

The Z coupe, has always been a special car for Nissan, and it is the model that with the Nissan became in the 70s in an important brand in the U.S. market. More than forty years after its launch and with the rebound of notoriety that gives Nismo to the current […]

How much does it cost to change the oil and filter in the car?

How much does it cost to change the oil and filter in the car?

What are the oil and filter used for? Before discussing the cost of changing the oil and filter, it is essential to understand what the engine oil and filter are for. Engine oil is essential to ensure constant lubrication of the engine's internal components. […]

Opel Insignia with Intellilink - unfulfilled promises

Opel Insignia with Intellilink - unfulfilled promises

The truth is that the system promised: Internet connectivity via smartphone, multiple interface (voice, gesture recognition, steering wheel controls and touchscreen), dedicated app store, a unique customization experience, a browser full of features... and two […]

New Peugeot 3008 GT and GT Line

New Peugeot 3008 GT and GT Line

The 3008 GT is quickly distinguished by the specific wheel arches and 235/50 R19 tyres as standard, with two-tone Boston diamond rims. This and the engine is the only thing that changes dynamically, and Peugeot does not detail changes in suspension, chassis or […]

How much do you think a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX costs?

How much do you think a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX costs?

This Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, with only 14.5km on the odometer and no registered owners, attracted an amazing and completely unexpected bidding war. The car dates from 2006, being a unit without any specific equipment or having experienced any historic […]

Why hasn't the Toyota GT 86 succeeded?

Why hasn't the Toyota GT 86 succeeded?

It is very grateful for the effort made by Toyota and Subaru investing in the development of the GT 86, a halo car of those who do not always bring benefits, but it shows that in these brands there are people who like cars. With the GT 86 Toyota offers its particular […]

If you want a Toyota D-4D (diesel) keep these in mind

If you want a Toyota D-4D (diesel) keep these in mind

If we take a closer look, of those Toyotas that are sold with the D-4D badge, a minority use engines that are actually designed by the manufacturer. When Euro 6 arrived, Toyota decided not to invest more money in developing diesel engines that could not meet […]

SEAT 600 by Full Gas

SEAT 600 by Full Gas

The car is owned by Angel, one of the partners of Full Gas Garage. This is a garage where you can rent a box with everything you need to work on your own car, and when I say everything you need, I mean from the tools to the paint booth. They can also advise or […]

The new all-wheel-drive BMW M5 is the fastest M of all time

The new all-wheel-drive BMW M5 is the fastest M of all time

The look is raw, but discreet, very much in the style of the M5 E39. Its differentiating elements are noticeable in its large wheels, its large air intakes at the front, the rear diffuser, its widened tracks or in the four exhaust outlets. Let's move on to the […]

Zastava Yugo, the worst best car ever?

Zastava Yugo, the worst best car ever?

Let's take a look at some advertisements in the written press. In Spain it had the slogan "Yugo, the surprise", in which it also highlighted its strong points: assistance throughout Spain and compatible technology, and, above all, emphasizing its very low price. […]

The history of the Renault Seven/7

The history of the Renault Seven/7

With this intention in mind, the first sketches of a new model began to be made, which would combine certain groundbreaking features of the R-4, but with a lower "waistline", more nerve in the engine and maximum habitability. In mid-1967, the engineer and designer […]

Renault Twingo TCe 90 hp

Renault Twingo TCe 90 hp

Supposedly inspired by the FSM Beskid project, although Renault has never openly acknowledged it, the first Twingo took advantage of its miniature minivan format, mixed with the versatility of a nice and simple interior, with sliding rear bench seats and a "smiling" […]

Andy Wilman is no longer the producer of Top Gear.

Andy Wilman is no longer the producer of Top Gear.

Then, following the departure of several of its producers and presenters, it fell out of favour, and was left with just over 3.5 million viewers in its home market. It was then that Jeremy Clarkson, who was already presenting the show at the time, joined forces […]

A month with the Subaru WRX STI

A month with the Subaru WRX STI

But they lacked an international identity. This was the beginning of the Japanese obsession in the eighties to get into any kind of international competition. It could be F1, where Honda had been participating for years, it could be Le Mans, or it could be rallying. Nissan […]

Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 184 hp Quattro

Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 184 hp Quattro

Often, when we talk about a restyling we call it a facelift. In the case of the Q3 could not be more true, as almost all aesthetic changes focus on the front of the car. The bumper has new (fake) air intakes on each side of the "single frame" grille. […]

Think you're safer driving an SUV? You're wrong

Think you're safer driving an SUV? You're wrong

What I am going to explain next can be done with the rigour of physics formulas and explanatory graphs, but I prefer to do it in everyday language, something that anyone can understand, even if they have never touched a physics book in their life. I start with […]

Contact: Nissan Juke Nismo RS and Juke-R 2.0

Contact: Nissan Juke Nismo RS and Juke-R 2.0

If we talk about sporty versions, the Nissan Juke is a unique option in the B SUV market, including crossovers. None of its rivals offer so much power. First they brought out a 190 hp version with automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, all in the same package, […]

Michelin CrossClimate, a long-lasting test (part 1)

Michelin CrossClimate, a long-lasting test (part 1)

It doesn't have to snow, cold weather hardens the rubber and degrades performance. When there is a greater variation in temperatures, it is more difficult to choose the right tyres, because they will do well in some conditions, and perform worse in the opposite […]

Citroën LN and LNA

Citroën LN and LNA

At that time, the managers of Citroën, which was also owned by French Michelin, already had in mind the development of a small car but markedly practical and urban character that would not compete with the aforementioned Citroën 2CV and Dyane, but the economic […]

BMW 507 Roadster, the complete history of the car of Elvis Presley

BMW 507 Roadster, the complete history of the car of Elvis Presley

The emergence of new information has allowed me to solve a huge puzzle, when this car turned up in a pumpkin warehouse in 2009, in a sorry state. Now, fully restored, it will be on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance at the end of the month. In the […]

Water injection in supercharged engines

Water injection in supercharged engines

As we've been on a roll lately with the volume of technical posts, we're not going to give up this good habit and we're going to explain today how these systems work, and what secrets are hidden behind this possible performance improvement. Ford, through M-Sport […]

Contact: Suzuki Ignis 1.2

Contact: Suzuki Ignis 1.2

The Ignis is an interesting model because it doesn't replace any other model, i.e. it won't lose the Jimny, which in its next generation will still have a gearbox with a reduction gearbox. The Ignis can be either a front-wheel drive city car or a pocket-sized all-wheel […]

Lotus Elise S1 - (USPI)

Lotus Elise S1 - (USPI)

The world is crazy right now with the GT86 and Subaru BRZ, telling how "wonderful they are to drive" and "how cheap they are". But let's wake up for a moment from the dream and face reality: They cost £30,000, and applying our magic "buying advice" formula, this […]

Symptoms of burnt spark plugs in the car: what are they and what to do?

Symptoms of burnt spark plugs in the car: what are they and what to do?

What are spark plugs in cars? Car spark plugs are those electrical devices that produce the spark that starts the combustion of the fuel inside the engine. Car spark plugs are, in fact, the "fuse" that allows the controlled ignition of the fuel inside the cylinders […]

How dangerous are the Dodge SRT Hellcat?

How dangerous are the Dodge SRT Hellcat?

More than 700 hp for a passenger car is a lot of horsepower, however you look at it. It is a beastly amount of power, and excessive no matter how you look at it for legal driving. I can't think of many situations in which so many mechanical steeds are justifiable […]

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