Mercedes Benz Carbon Fiber Modification Tips

Carbon fiber is a material that has taken a while to come to the fore in the car industry, yet it has been used by airlines since the nineties. Carbon fiber is made from extremely small strands of pure carbon, but to give it additional strength it is usually combined with plastic resin and molded into the shape of the final product. The benefits of carbon fiber over normal materials is its strength to weight ratio, the parts are very lightweight and yet extremely strong, and this helps lighten the vehicle and that in turn increases fuel efficiency.

With the car industry now using this material more and more it was only a matter of time before Mercedes Benz use of carbon fiber appeared, and as well as the manufacturer having it in development many third parties have brought out numerous parts for those who like to personalize their Mercedes.

Mercedes Third Party Products

Customization plays a big part in the auto industry with a huge sum spent on it every year, in fact some people spend more on these extras than they did on the car, and so it is no surprise to see that hundreds of parts are available.

With the sleek look of this material car owners are installing it both inside and out of the vehicle, and they are all designed to blend in with the Mercedes Benz making the vehicle look even more stylish. If you want to add class and elegance to the inside of your Mercedes then the options are numerous including:

-Ventilation covers -Dashboard cover -Steering wheel -Instrument Panel -Armrest covers -Ashtray cover -Console cover

For the outside the options are also plentiful: -Wheel hubs -Bonnet -Diffuser -Spoiler

As you can see there are a lot of options available to make the car 100% unique.

Mercedes Benz Planned Use Of Carbon Fiber

As with many other manufactures in the car market Mercedes is now starting to use this wonder material along with other top-end companies like Lamborghini and BMW, and a lot of money is being spent on research and development these days. It is strange now that the car industry has now over taken the airline industry in the use of carbon fiber, although it did take them a long time to catch up, the usage of this material is now increasing around 10% a year.

News abounds about which parts and vehicles will be using carbon fiber in the future, but the one that looks most likely is the E-Class. It is reported that a number of body parts are being replaced with carbon fiber that is expected to cut just over 750 pounds from the vehicles weight, this is a lot and will certainly improve fuel efficiency quite dramatically. They are even considering making use of the saved weight by launching a hybrid gas and electric model.

The new version of the E-Class is expected to launch in 2015, and with carbon fiber being used more and more in the industry it shouldn’t be that long before all models include it in one way or another.

Ronald Billy is an automotive enthusiast. He loves european cars. He writes about car modification on his blog and he works part-time at Vorsteiner , a European Car Modification Studio in Irvine, California. Visit: vorsteiner.com/mercedes/

Automobile Companies In India

The automobile sector in India has mushroomed over the years into a mature and well established industry. The establishment of a 300 million middle class in the last twenty years has helped the industry to grow into a profitable venture which sells over 100,000 passenger vehicles per month in the country and produced over 2.6 million Indian automobiles in 2009. India is also the fourth largest automobile exporter in Asia. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more then 600 million cars on Indian roads.

Automobile companies in India include both local and multinational companies. The Indian companies sell a major portion of the vehicles sold in India. Many of these Companies are successful because they have been operating for a long time and have built a loyal customer base.

Hindustan Motors is the oldest automobile company in the country. It started its production in 1942. It is not only producing indigenous vehicles but is also collaborating with Mitsubishi to produce the new lancer models.
Maruti Suzuki India is the biggest automobile company of India in terms of revenues and sales. It started operating in 1983 as a result of collaboration of Maruti with Suzuki. The 800 cc vehicle built by the company is credited with starting the automobile revolution in the India. Its recent sales figures are around 5000 core rupees.

Tata is the largest automobile manufacturing company of the country. It has manufactured more then 130 models for both the Indian and International markets. The models include all types of passenger and commercial vehicles.
Almost all of the top automobile companies of the world are operating in India. They include Toyota, Mercedes, Skoda, BMW, Ford, Opal and Hyundai among others. These companies either manufacture vehicles or build cars through importing built up units.

Hyundai Motors India is the largest exporter of passenger cars in India and is the countries second largest manufacturer of automobiles. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Korea and started operating in 1995. In 2008 it exported more then 240,000 vehicles.
The automobile sector is one India success story, automobile companies have contributed significantly to the development of the Indian economy by creating jobs paying lots of taxes and earning loads of foreign exchange.

Mike Nielsenn is a car expert having 10 years of experience in the automotive car industry and complete information provider by AutoInfoZ.Com for cars, SUV’s in India where user can find out the latest car like New Tata Manza Cars, New Tata New Safari Cars, Tata Manza Car Reviews models in India.

Rarest and Expensive Cars in the World

The 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe was recorded as the most expensive car ever. It was sold for $8,700,000 in 1987. Meanwhile, the Bugatti type 41, also known as Bugatti Royale, is now one of the rarest cars in the world. Bugatti produced only 6 from originally planned 25, among them only 3 could find their buyers. However, these cars are not listed in top rarest and expensive cars in the world because they are not available in the market nowadays. Following are 10 most expensive and rarest cars on the market.

Lamborghini Reventon $1,600,000

Lamborghini Reventon is a mid-engined sports car that made the first international debut at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The most expensive Lamborghin car actually staged a race with Panavia Tornado fighter plane. Official press released that only 20 vehicles units were produced.

 

The Reventon’s exterior was inspired from “the fastest airplanes”.

Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Roadster $500,000

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster units the legend of the successful SLR racing models with innovative technology of Formula 1 vehicle from the Vodafone-McLaren-Mercedes.

 

The luxury convertible car has the fastest automatic transmission

Maybach Exelero $ 8,000,000

The Maybach Exelero is a high-performance sports car by German luxury car manufacturer Maybach. The car is considered as “Super extra luxury Mercy” and powered with 700 hp (SAE) (514 kW) dual-seater and a bi-turbo V12 engine.

 

The high-performance sports car costs $8,000,000

Honda NSX $160,000

The Honda NSX is a mid-engine sports car produced between 1990 and 2005 by the Japanese automaker Honda. Honda NSX unit sales were a few hundreds per year in the whole world. In July 2005, Honda officially announced to stop manufacturing NSX.

 

Honda NSX is supercar from Japanese automaker Honda

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 $106,000

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is revealed as the newest Chevrolet model. As expected, this is the most expensive and powerful among Corvette models produced. Only 53 units of ZR-1’s were built all over the world.

 

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is a sport car

Ferrari Enzo $670,000

The Ferrari Enzo is a 12 cylinder mid-engine berlinetta and most powerful naturally aspirated production car. Only 400 cars have been released in total.

 

The car is named after the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari.

Porsche Carrera GT $440,000

The Porsche Carrera GT is a mid-engined sports car that was manufactured by Porsche in Leipzig, Germany. Powered by a 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 612 DIN (605 SAE) horsepower (450 kW), the car has the ability to reach 205 mph as its top and 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

 

The Porsche Carrera GT places in number 10 in the list of the most expensive cars.

BMW Z8 $130,000

BMW Z8 was produced to evoke and celebrate the 1956-’59 BMW 507. Powered with S62 400 horsepower V8 and the E39 M5, the car offers the sky-high prices. BMW produced this car in four years with annually production about 1,500 cars.

 

The BMW Z8 is always intended to be a “halo” car of BMW vehicles.

Hyundai Equus $110,000

Hyundai Equus is a full-size high-end luxury car as a flagship model from Hyundai Motor Company. Hyundai Equus ranges from normal sedans, limousines, to the most expensive bulletproof.

 

Hyundai Equus is a flagship model from Hyundai Motor Company

Nissan GT – R $77,000

The Nissan GT-R was first released in Japan on December 6 and all over the world in March 2009. The Nissan GT- is a high performance version of its Skyline range.

 

Nissan GT-R is the most expensive Nissan cars ever sold

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You Can Install Custom Tail Lights

auto photoYou have seen them on all kinds of cars: tail lights that are an obvious aftermarket modification that give even the most nondescript compact sedan an attention getting, stylish look. From Neons to Civics, and from Dakotas to Escalades, and for mostly any model in between, enthusiasts are changing their vehicle’s appearance with these cool looking mods. Exactly what are they? Some call them European tail lights while others call them Altezzas, after the name of a popular manufacturer of this type of tail light. No matter what you call them, you can install a pair in less than one hour on your vehicle.

European tail lights are an easy to install modification of your car’s tail light assembly. Available as either “clear tail lights” or “red tail lights” your stock tail light assemblies are replaced with a custom fitted unit developed for your particular make/model. In short what you are doing is installing crystal clear or red lenses that go over bullet-style taillight and turn signal lenses. The new lenses, paired with style rings and platings, help to accentuate the light emitting from auto tail lights and turn signals for a distinctive look that is vastly superior to the original design.

Euro tail lights are marketed in an assortment of styles and bezel colors including chrome, carbon fiber, black, etc.; some surfaces are paintable for a customized appearance. What’s more, new LED or light emitting diode tail lights are catching on tool. This particular mod features the fitting of new bulbs that light quicker and illuminate brighter than standard tail light bulbs. LED bulbs are filament free and can bear up under grueling road conditions better than any stock bulb. At some point in the future all vehicles will likely come equipped with LEDs, but why wait that long?

Naturally, if you already own certain European models – BMW and Audi are two examples — then you probably are satisfied with your stock lights as they are what inspired the whole “Euro tail light” craze in the first place.

Best of all, Euro tail lights are street legal and meet stringent Department of Transportation (DOT) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) regulations. No need to worry about being ticketed by highway patrol either unless you modify the mod illegally!

Manufacturer directions are simple to follow and assembly can be completed in as little as 30 minutes for the pair. So, before you know it you’ll be cruising down Rodeo Drive in your little deuce coupe for the whole world to see!

 

BMW 3 Series E30 – Modifying The Engine M42

You’ll find here a list of things for the bmw 3 series (body e30) M42 engine, mainly for your vehicle, and the best part is – it will not burn a hole in your pocket. Certainly you want your BMW to really fly on the street, these are the things you need to do:

» Computer chip – most easy, basic and inexpensive modification for your auto. It usually run about $200-$300 and are very easy to install. A chip for m42 will bump the horsepower from 135 to 145 hp. The low-end torque is increased too. The chip widely increases the powerband of the engine, from 4600-6000 to 4500-6700.

» Flywheel – a big problem with the m42 engine was that it had BMW’s ‘dual-mass’ flywheel; yes, it weighs almost twice as much as a 325i flywheel (as the name would suggest). This is a big problem of m42. Do you understand why your 318iS’s 0-60 was so slow? Well, the flywheel is the answer. There are 2 options to fix this: replace with 325i flywheel/clutch or find an aluminum flywheel (about $700 but is very light, and requires no modification). The 325i flywheel requires a few other modifications with 318iS: 325i flywheel, 325i clutch, 325i pressure plate, 325i drive-pinion for the starter motor, and a ’78-’83 323 throw-out bearing. Replace all these with the 318iS parts and it bolts right together. After all is said and done, your 318iS will have a lot better acceleration in the first few gears, and deceleration will take place much quicker.

» Rear end gear – The 318iS is equipped with a 4.10 limited slip in a base complete set, but you can do better. The desired gears out there are the 4.27 (in E30 318i convertible 5 speed’s) and and the 4.45 (318i e36). The 4.45 is a wicked, wicked street gear but will stick your RPM way up there on the highway. The 4.27 is a better choice of performance and everyday use.

» Intake system – The 318iS stock air box works well, but a cone filter setup works better, but only if you have a well-built heat shield! Get a large K&N setup with the AFM adapter and all. While you are working on the intake, get the secondary plate of your throttle-body bored out 3mm to 57mm. This will make a difference.

Summary: You will find that with both a little time and a little cash, you can tune your 318iS to really perform. With these mods listed, you may find yourself taking out 325i’s in a straight line.

Read more at: old BMW cars blog – all about BMW cars.

Why are Youngsters Opting for Used Car in India

Even a decade ago, the common trend was that people in their thirties would buy a car which they would use for the next 10 to 15 years before upgrading to a new one. However, with the increase in availability of jobs in every city, especially after the boom of the IT sector, more numbers of people are buying cars for easy commutes to and from work. Needless to say, youngsters do not have very high budgets to afford good cars. But the desire to own a top-rate vehicle is there among all. Hence, they settle for used car in India of their choice instead of being stuck with a hatchback.

The sales of new cars in India may be stagnant or negative even in some area, but the used car in India market, which has around 2.5million vehicles in it is going as strong as ever. In the past financial year, the growth of sales of pre-owned cars have been around 15 percent and the organized segment’s biggest player expects similar, commendable double digit growth figures in the coming year as well. What is more is that in the used car market, younger customers are becoming a bigger part as more number of people are resorting to the used car market from the new one for better bargains.

The average age of a pre-owned car buyer is lesser than that of a new car buyer as people who are as young as 25 years to 28 years old are choosing used cars in metros such as Bangalore and Pune. The purchasing motivation behind a used vehicle is different for youngsters which is why they are moving to the market. Previously, those who could not afford to buy a new car opted for a used car. But nowadays, youngsters are opting for pre-owned car models because it allows them to jump and skip segments.

Because more numbers of young customers are flocking to the used car market, the presence of first time buyers in it can be explained. As larger numbers of people turn to the used car market in order to jump segments, the structure of the market shall begin to change. Mahindra and Mahindra’s First Choice Wheels has re-iterated that roughly 65 percent of their buyers are first timers who have an average age of 35 years while roughly fifty percent of them are between the age of 25 years and 34 years. However, as the numbers of people are accepting used cars, the first time buyer share would begin dropping in new cars market.

True Value too has stated the same thing that there has been a drop of almost 7 to 8 percent among first time buyers of the new cars market although the used car line did brisk business. In FY14 alone, True Value sold 2.6 lakh vehicles. If it was considered to be a separate entity, then True Value would be the fourth largest vehicle company of India.

The expected growth of the used car market is around 15 percent this year while it was around 19 percent the previous year and 17 to 18 percent the year before last. The latest fiscal year is expected to bring in good growth for the used car market as well. In terms of volumes, certified used car dealers have clocked a growth of almost 35 percent in the past fiscal year. Unlike other times, the sales volumes are contributed by non-metro areas as well, located in hinterlands. There is a shifting trend in the cars market as tier II cities and non-urban areas are also opting to buy used cars because of the easy financing schemes and affordability of the cars.

Families that need two cars for ease of commute opt to buy the second vehicle as a pre-owned version. Most families reside in residential communities where each apartment is allotted a single parking space. Therefore, most of the families with two or more vehicles would have to park outside the community or in a non-designated parking spot. This can be risky for the safety of the vehicle. However, by buying a used car in India, you can be less worried about damage being caused upon it by vandals.

Another reason why youngsters are getting attracted to buying used cars over new cars is that the cars come with warranty and free service. Certified used car dealers such as First Choice and True Value offer a year long or 20,000kms whichever is lesser warranty. Also, within six months of buying the car, you can get it serviced twice. Moreover, financial schemes are offered to buyers who would like to buy the vehicles at equated monthly instalments or EMIs. The rate of interest charged by the financing companies is more reasonable than what they charge for brand new cars.

Certified used car dealers usually sell cars which are not older than 7 years and have been thoroughly inspected on various points. Most certified used car dealers make the checks on more than 120 different points. Therefore, you can be assured of their quality.

The fact that you can get good quality cars which are slightly older at prices which are 30 to 40 percent lesser than their newer counterparts has attracted a large number of people. For every new car sold in India, a used car in India sold is 1.1. Even though the ratio is lesser than that of developed countries, but the way the Indian car market is progressing, it would catch up in no time.

Even luxury car sellers have understood the importance of the used car market which is why they have introduced their own certified luxury used car dealerships. The trend was started by Mercedes Benz in 2010 and was followed by BMW with its line Premium Selection and Audi as well. Finance for these cars priced between Rs 20 lakhs to Rs 25 lakhs is much comparable to the financing options for a new car available in this range which does not belong to a luxury brand. Moreover these companies offer long enough warranty so that buyers rest assure of the quality.

Though a small business owner, Avinash Bhosale is an auto engineer and does part time auto modification. He writes about new and used cars give updates on offers for used car in India .

What to Consider When You Buy Luxury Used Cars

Most of us want to own luxury cars but seldom have the budget to do so. A quality luxury car costs around Rs 40 to Rs 50 lakhs, which is out of the budget for most. However, owning a luxury car is now possible with the second hand luxury car dealerships that have come up. Many used car dealers are stocking up on luxury used cars which are in great condition. A luxury used car can be bought for Rs 15 to 20 lakhs, which is almost half the price of the car in the market.

From the sales figures, it is quite evident that the luxury cars segment is expanding rapidly. Sales of used luxury cars form only 5 percent of the sales of used cars. However, their growth amounts to around 35 percent which shows that they would become quite significant to the used cars market. Manufacturers of luxury cars have also realized the potential of the used car market which is why they are coming up with their own used luxury car lines. The trend was started by Mercedes Benz in 2010 when it came up with its showroom Proven Exclusivity. The feat was followed by Audi and BMW too in subsequent years. None of the vehicles sold by these used car lines are more than 5 years old and they have been refurbished completely to give them a new look. Not only do these cars look good but they have also undergone extensive checking on more than 100 different points. Warranty and free service are offered on all these car models. The warranty offered is for two years or 100,000 kilometres, whichever is lesser. However, Audi has broken the trend with its used car sales line, by offering a warranty of 2 years and unlimited kilometres. Alongside the warranty, you get roadside assistance too at any hour of the day from the service centres of these luxury car lines.

Buying used luxury cars is a lot simpler than buying an affordable line of cars. This is because these cars are mostly driven by owners and are more likely to be intact compared to affordable cars. You can be assured about the condition of drive on these cars. Getting finance for your used luxury car is also easier as banks trust borrowers who are drawing money for buying used luxury cars. They feel they are credit worthy borrowers who would pay back on time. The interest offered to such buyers is also highly competitive. For instance, to buy a regular used car, you would have to borrow the money at a steep interest rate of around 15 to 16 percent. However, for a used luxury car, you can borrow the sum for 11 percent or so.

Buying a used luxury car for Rs 20 lakhs or so makes more sense than buying a first-hand model of a Toyota Corolla Altis or Skoda Superb or other C Segment cars. You get a better quality, well maintained car for the same price. Besides, owning a luxury car also elevates your status symbol considerably.

Before buying a used luxury car, you should scan the market for the options available. Go through their specs to find out if there were any issues with them. You should read both expert and user review of the cars to approximate the maintenance costs required. Used cars generally have higher maintenance costs although if you buy the vehicle from the certified used car dealers, you can be assured of the quality.

Before buying the used luxury car, make sure you take it out for a test drive. Test driving would give you a feel of the car and help you judge your comfort level with the vehicle. Pick a route which is mostly on the highly because a car such as the Mercedes Benz or the Audi can perform well only on vast stretches of lonely roads. Accelerate and shift gears to see if the automatic gears work well. Try driving a bit on the city roads as you would be able to assess its performance in stop and go traffic. Moreover, you can go over pot holes to decide whether the bottom of the car is touching the speed breaker as there may be a chance that the suspension is shot. Various patches of the road would help you decide whether the shock absorbent of the car is well enough or not. Make sure you listen closely for noise from the engine.

The premium luxury cars are one of the best buys and you need not worry about the numbers of kilometres covered by these cars or the year of make. The engines fitted in the car are one of a kind and they would last you a lifetime. However, you should avoid buying used luxury car which was involved in an accident as it would be a risky bargain. The car may not be in the perfect shape and you may have to frequently take it to the garage for repair works.

Prior to making a down payment, make sure you go over the papers of the car. Match the chassis and engine number with the one given in the paper to ensure that the papers are valid and original. You should also check whether the insurance and taxes have been paid on time for the vehicle or not.

Online classifieds and car selling websites are a good place to buy your used luxury car from as they have a wide variety of car sales available. You can compare the different models and price brackets to decide which one suits you the best. Simply enter the name of your city and your budget and the website would find you the best model. Prior to visiting the individual or dealer, you should check up the price on the online price calculator by feeding in the specs. You will gain a leverage for bargaining with the seller once you are armed with the correct information.

Though a small business owner, Avinash Bhosale is an auto engineer and does part time auto modification. He writes about new and used cars. Get to know the price of used luxury cars in your locality.