Category Archives: Automotive

Highway Thru Hell

There is a Travel Channel show called “The Highway Thru Hell.” It is a show based on a towing company called Jamie Davis that worked on the Coquihalla (part of Highway 5) in the mountains of British Columbia. This is one of the most dangerous highways in North America that is 325.6 miles long and known for destroying vehicles.

 

There are an average of 400-500 accidents (many with fatalities) every winter. Drivers are often not aware, but should be, of sudden weather changes, rock slides, avalanches, and other accidents that they could come upon. It climbs thousands of feet in elevation. The engineers did their best to avoid many of these issues by weaving the road to avoid known rockslide and avalanche areas, and making tunnels where they couldn’t avoid it.

 

Most of the issues come, however, when inexperienced Coquihalla (the Coq) drivers attempt the journey during bad weather, or when truckers refuse to put on their chains. If they do, some put them on incorrectly or just don’t have enough chains. This is when the really bad accidents can happen, and many of these trucks are hauling precious cargo.

 

Watching the show really opens your eyes to the seriousness of driving. These towing companies are swamped during the winter with jack-knifed trucks and trailers, flipped, and crushed vehicles. It’s their job to correct the vehicles and get the highway back open as soon as possible. Jamie Davis has one of the best towing companies of the whole Coq, but in the end there was just too much competition so he moved his company further up north to start again.

 

Nature has a mind of its own, and you should always be careful drivers. The Coquihalla is gorgeous, but deadly in the winter.

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Photo taken from here.

Would you ever drive the Coq? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Info taken from here 

Hennessey’s 1000 horsepower Cadillac 

Hennessey just realeased a new 2016 Cadillac that puts out 1000 horsepower, but how? Let me explain what Hennessey is first then explain how they made 550 horsepower into 1000 horsepower. The company takes cars such as Camaros, Mustangs, various trucks and even a Nissan GT-R and makes them crazy fast and crazy good looking. Now the Cadillac was introduced to a 2.9 Liter Supercharger system with Forged Pistons. Along with more (see list down below). This car features the Hennessey HPE1000 Upgrade. Available in a 750 upgrade, 800 upgrade, and the 1000 upgrade. Interested in a car and want more about it, ask in the comments! 

   

 HPE1000 Upgrade Includes

• 2.9 Liter Supercharger System

• Forged Pistons

• Forged Steel Rods

• Custom HPE Camshaft

• Ported Cylinder Heads

• Upgraded Fuel Injectors

• Upgraded Fuel System

• High Flow Intercooling System

• Intercooler Heat Exchanger Upgrade

• Long-tube Stainless Steel Headers

• Stainless Steel Midpipes

• High Flow Catalytic Converters

• All Necessary Gaskets & Fluids

• Professional Installation

• HPE Engine Management Calibration

• Dyno Tuning & Road Testing

• Serial-Numbered Dash & Engine Plaques

• Hennessey Exterior Badging

• Hennessey Premium Floormats

• 1 Year / 12,000 Mile Limited Warranty 

Diesel or Gasoline

The difference between Diesel and Gas engines for most people is well, diesel is more expensive than gas. But there is a lot more that has to go into each engine. They are the same in some ways such as they both convert chemical energy from fuel into mechanical energy through a series of explosions. They both use crude oil except for the fact that diesel is a higher component while gasoline is a lighter one. When gas is sprayed into a cylinder it begins to vaporize immediately. Unlike diesel which takes longer to vaporize. When the gas is sprayed into the cylinder with air, a spark is immediately delivered and the combustion is made which creates the stroke that make power.

 

By: Diesel.com

 

 Diesel on the other had is less flammable and heavier. To cause the combustion necessary to power the engine, the pistons need to be compressed at a high compression rate and a higher temperature. What is the up side to these engines? Gas engines are cheaper to build and they don’t require high temperatures to combust, but require more fuel. Diesel engines cost more to build and need heat to combust, meaning it is harder to start a diesel engine in the cold than it is for a gas engine. But they require less fuel and are tougher. If you need an engine that can take a beating get a diesel engine, but if you want a wimpy soft engine… go to your nearest VW dealer and get any of their gasoline models.

Let me know if you would like to know more about these engines.

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