Advantages And Importance Of Alloy Wheels

52Alloy Wheels are definitely “in” these days. Those bling-bling wheels you see on most vehicles today are all alloy wheels and they are gaining more fans and popularity everyday.

So what exactly are alloy wheels and how are they different from normal wheels?

Are alloy wheels better than normal wheels?

These are the types of questions I intend to answer in this article.

Alloy Wheels perform the same function in automobiles as the normal steel ones but there are certain added features in alloy wheels that make them different and arguably better.

Compared to wheels made of steel, alloy wheels are composed of aluminum or magnesium alloys making them stronger and durable, lighter in weight, better in performance and most importantly, stylish. These wheels are manufactured either by the process of casting or by forging of metal alloys.

Forged alloy wheels are lighter and much more durable than cast alloy wheels but they are a little hard on the pocket. Forged alloy wheels are usually the preferred choice for high-performance sports cars but that does not mean you can’t fit them on any other car. Comparatively, cast aluminum alloys are heavier but they are cheaper and yet have almost the same styling as that of forged alloys.

There is however another type of stylish alloy wheels called Mag-Wheels. Magnesium alloy wheels or mag-wheels are whole magnesium cast or forged wheels used in racing cars as they are the lightest alloy wheels available. Mag-wheels are high on performance as well as on styling.

Unmatched style is probably the main reason why most people now prefer alloy wheels for their vehicle. There is no doubt that alloy wheels make the vehicle look posh and increase its cosmetic appeal but there are two other definite advantages of fitting your car with alloy wheels instead of the normal steel wheels:

  • Alloy wheels are lighter, that means your vehicle has less unsprung mass. This means your vehicle handles better and there is improved road grip on most terrains. A lighter vehicle will obviously perform better on the mileage count as well.
  • Alloy wheels are also good in terms of balancing. Your vehicle balances well reducing stress on other parts of your car like the suspension and the axles.

Besides that, did we discuss the style that alloy wheels add to your vehicle?

You no longer require those fuzzy hub-caps and you can definitely avoid displaying those ugly looking steel rims. No matter how elegant your car looks, if the wheels are not up to the mark, it may be a case of “bride without the ornaments”. And indeed, wheels are ornaments, the ones to be proudly displayed. Alloy wheels maintain their luster for years (if maintained properly) and shine with that metal-chrome finish, enough to make your neighbors burn with envy.

A fact worth considering is that used alloy wheels and rims are available in the market at one-third the price of brand new ones. You get the style and features of alloy wheels without spending much.

With all this information at hand, I am sure you are equipped to search for the best alloy wheels for your car and tread the roads in style.

What Differentiates Supercars from Mainstream Cars

51Bugatti veyron, McLaren MP4-12C, Ferrari FF and many other fast and expensive cars like these comes under the supercars category. But one can ask, what is a supercars and what differentiates them from the mainstream cars? So let’s see what differentiates these supercars from the mainstream cars.

Let’s start by understanding mainstream cars like Toyotas, Fords and many others. The first thing that these cars have is the fact that they are a convenient mode of transportation, and are developed to offer daily commutes an easy, comfortable and affordable mode of transportation. The primary function of these cars is to take people from point A to Point B safely and comfortably. Now if you look at the super cars like Bugatti veyron, McLaren MP4-12C, Ferrari FF etc then you’ll find that these cars are total contradictory of the mainstream cars. These supercars are fast, expensive and surely not easy to drive. As a matter of fact, if you buy a Bugatti veyron or McLaren MP4-12C or Ferrari FF you might actually will have learned driving once again. These supercars come loaded with modern equipments, and uses immensely high tech automotive engineering, which surely is not easy to understand. So, it’s pretty apparent that these cars are not the vehicles that one can or will like to use as their daily commuting vehicle.

The Supercars like Bugatti veyron, McLaren MP4-12C, Ferrari FF incorporates high tech racing car engineering, and if handled by experienced and skilled drivers, these cars immensely easy to maneuver, particularly when you take them on tight curves and on high speed. But again, the person driving these cars should be skilled enough to handle these fast machines successfully, or else it could end up in severe accidents.

Apart from comfort, ride and handling the other major thing that separates supercars from mainstream cars is the engine under their hood. The engines under the hood of supercars are much advanced and powerful examples of automotive engineering. These engines generates a lot more power than the engines of the mainstream cars or for that matter you can say more adrenaline rush than mainstream cars. These brawny engines are the secret behind the immense acceleration and top speeds of these fast machines. These engines sprints these heavy machines from 0 to 100 in a matter of few seconds, which surely is not the case with mainstream engines. Also keep in mind that the performance that these supercars are capable of delivering surely can not be enjoyed at common city roads, you have to take these beauties to race track to see what they are capable of doing.

So these are the major difference between the mainstream cars and supercars. Whichever are you driving drive safe and make sure that you enjoy your beautiful machine to maximum.

HKS GT II 7460R Turbo Upgrade For Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV-IX

56HKS introduces the GT II 7460R Turbo Upgrade for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV-IX

HKS USA, Inc., the premier manufacturer and supplier of premium automotive performance systems, launches the first of its proprietary design HKS GTII Series turbocharger kits, the GTII 7460R.

As the first of the new HKS turbocharger line, the GTII 7460R incorporates a reverse rotation turbine design that provides the benefit of a bolt-on application, stock replacement upgrade turbocharger for the Mitsubishi Evolution IV-IX.

The special cast turbine and compressor housings of the HKS GTII 7460R allows it to be a true bolt-on upgrade for the Mitsubishi Evolution IV-IX by utilizing the OEM exhaust manifold. The HKS GTII 7460R is also a twin scroll, reverse rotation turbocharger. This design allows for a shorter and straighter exhaust path to the turbine wheel, delivering the benefits of less restriction and increased boost response while allowing full spool and stable boost pressure throughout the RPM range.

Intake and exhaust port designs optimize the flow area to allow an increase in air-flow capacity while the ball bearing center housing rotating assembly (CHRA) improves low-speed response and quicker boost pressure ramp up times Use of premium materials include inconel® for the turbine wheel because of inconel’s resistance to oxidation and its ability to maintain its structural integrity in high temperature atmospheres. Special heat resistant cast material increases the reliability and durability of the turbine housing. The GTII 7460R produced 373.4 WHP and 355.62 ft. lbs Torque with the boost set at 1.78 Bar (25.8 PSI) on 93 octane. Tested on a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX with the following parts:

• GTII 7460R Sport Turbo Kit
• R-Type Intercooler Kit (with EVO IX fitment kit)
• Step1 Mivec Camshaft Set
• Racing Muffler
• GT Extension Kit
• F-Con V-Pro
• Fuel Upgrade Kit (800cc Injectors & Fuel Pump)
• Racing Suction Reloaded Intake Kit
• Super Fire Racing Spark Plugs

The HKS GT II 7460R Turbo upgrade is available now through authorized HKS dealers and is designated for Off Road Use Only.

HKS GTII 7460R Turbos give great results !

We’re receiving various excellent reports of great performance from engine tuners around Europe who are installing the new HKS GTII 7460R Turbo on EVOs. Here is such a report

As I promised earlier, here is the dyno graph from the EVO 8 with 2,2 Litre stroker and HKS GTII 7460, just ran it in our dyno 1 hour ago, 479bhp/614Nm …

Possible to get more power and torque as we are only running 1,7 bar boost in bottom/midrange and 1,5 bar at high rpm but we will settle for this as customer wanted about 450bhp/550Nm …

This turbo is amazing when it comes to spool, we just tried for the fun of it and we made over 2 bar boost at about 2500-2600 rpm on 5th gear … Best bolt-on turbo we have tried this far …

RC Car Battery Packs What’s The Difference between “LiPO & NiMH”

55LiPO battery is more powerful & lighter than NiMH that’s why this battery is used in model airplane and helicopters. LiPO batteries are taking place in the market nowadays because these batteries are providing more energy and power to your Elecronic RC model car.

LiPO batteries are currently used in laptops & cell phones. LiPO battery has created a world record in providing more power. The main reason of popularity of this battery is that its performance is so high and cost is affordable. Many Chinese companies are manufacturing this product so that these are easily available in the market at affordable price. As we all know that due to the increasing popularity of World Wide Web (internet) people prefer to do buy products by online stores. You can get the best product as well as good customer supports if purchase online.

Now the time is to know about NiMH battery, this battery is available with lowest price and also provide better performance. It is reliable and durable. NiMH battery is keeping alive the technology that is used 20 years ago. You can charge this battery with simple charger and this is also a big factor of being this battery very cheap.

NiMH battery is durable and it will provide the power to your car till zero volts that is not possible in LiPO battery. It is heavier than LiPO battery and eradicates lower voltage that is suitable for the club racing and beginners. A high quality NiMh battery can provide the power and performace like LiPO battery!

Lost and Found: How to find your “Barn Find”

531958 Berkley Roadster Found in the Southern Claifornia Mountains for $600

Everyone in the car hobby is always looking for that rare”barn find” but if you know how to look they are far more common then you may think. Over the years I have found dozens of ultra rare cars, from a forgotten Boss 302, to classic Austin Healey’s with racing history and everything in between. There are always stories about car hunters, even some T.V. shows have popped up that make it seem like finding an old car is a magical gift. To make the show or story interesting there is always a cloud of mystery to how they find these diamonds in the rough, and they pretend that these cars are so few and far between that it has to be a full time job.

Well…You don’t have to root around behind peoples barns, get chased by farm dogs, or pick through abandoned buildings hoping to uncover some hidden gem. As someone that has been finding, restoring, selling, trading, and racing old cars for the last 14 years I have some idea on what it takes to find them. The professional car hunters will not be happy, but here are some tips for first time car hunters:

1. Run a ad in the local paper: Wanted 1965-1966 Ford Mustang in need of work. You will be surprised how many calls you will get from people wanting to get that old car out of their drive way. One such call yielded a low mileage unrestored Fastback V8, with power steering complete and rust free for only $1,000.
(Note: You can always spot the car hunters ads because they have some story like “looking for a car like my wife and I had when we were first married” or the best one “father and son looking for project to bond over”. These 9 times out of 10 professional car buyers. They also will stress “Privet Party” in their ads, that way when they show up with their three car hauler the sellers will be more comfortable.)

2. Go exploring: Take a drive, if you have GPS turn off the “Allow Freeways” option and set off through some older parts of town. On my drives I have seen everything from Boss 302’s to a classic Ferrari. They may not all be for sale, but knock on some doors. You can always copy down the address and send a letter to the owner. A letter is how I once picked up a 1972 Mustang Sportsroof 351C that ran and drove for FREE. A letter to a old auto repair shop, help pick up a 1967 coach built Moretti 124 for the low sum of just $500.

3. Craigslist and Ebay: Yes everyone knows about these sites, but I have found some great deals on them just by changing the way I search. Many people will type in “1965 Mustang” and you may find some cars, but so will everyone else. Search by year “1965”, search common misspellings and typos, and search models. You will be surprised what you find, a guy may list a 1970 Mustang Sportsroof as “70 msutang slopeback”. In searching this way I found a complete V8, 1970 Mustang Sportsroof for $1,500.

4. Make Connections: Make friends with some local salvage guys, you may be able to get a car and pay them a finders fee before they have to process it as salvage. I found a 1969 MGB roadster for $200 plus lunch for the salvage yard driver.

Another tip for the new car hunter is to keep a small bag in the car with the following:


Note Pad and Pen


AAA premium membership card

Pair of Jeans, Tee Shirt, and Gloves

Small Tool Kit

You never know what you may find while driving to your cousins house, or helping a friend move, or behind the local repair shop.

These are not stories from the 10 or 20 years ago. I have found all of these cars in the last 5 years and with very few exceptions have I never paid more then $1,500 for a project. My current 1974 Fiat X1/9 (project Budget Elise) was a running driving car purchased for just $900, and my vintage Formula Vee with Cal-Club race history was pulled from a back yard for $500.

I have found the most amazing cars when not looking for them, if you run an ad that says “Wanted: Rare Boss 302 Mustang” you have just told the guy that has that car rotting in his back yard it is rare. If you run an ad “Wanted: 1968-1973 Mustang unrestored” you may get a call from that guy with the Boss, Mach 1, or K code.

Don’t let the “experts” try to tell you that their are no more cars out there. For every deal that I passed up, I found two more, and remember even today, old cars are being parked because of mechanical failure, or the purchase of a new car. I have purchased cars that had been sitting for just a few months before the owner lost interest and parked it. So take your time, if it is a project car it may take a few months to find the right car for you, but just remember there are still lots of cars out there.