Driverless cars, the future?

Following a detailed regulatory review the Government confirmed that there are no legal barriers to the testing of automated vehicles on public roads. It has launched the first official UK trials of driverless cars.

driverless lorrySo are driverless cars something we will see in the near future?

There are certainly many developments happening from a variety of manufacturers. A self-driving shuttle bus service is to be deployed in New York City this year and a driverless lorry has been let loose on Swedish roads.

US chipmaker Nvidia is teaming up with Volvo to develop artificial intelligence for self-driving trucks. Volvo will be making use of the Drive AI platform for vehicles developed by Nvidia, put together with its vehicles. The partnership is expected to last several years and will aim to develop a system enabling autonomous trucks to drive safely on motorways and roads alongside existing traffic.

Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric car company Tesla, has said he expects the firm to have self-driving “robotaxis” on the road by 2020. Mr Musk said he expected the scheme to operate on a model similar to that of Uber or Airbnb.

Will driverless cars make the roads less congested?

Cambridge University researchers produced a model of automated vehicles which could communicate with each other. They say it shows driverless cars working together could improve traffic flow by at least 35%. Cambridge University researchers programmed 16 miniature cars to drive on a two-lane track to see how they fared when one of them stopped. In the study traffic queues formed, but when the cars’ communication system was turned on, they slowed down to allow each other to pass the stationary car.

What are your thoughts about driverless vehicles?

Radical road legal Rapture blurs the lines between race and road

radicalRadical Sportscars has blurred the lines between road and race performance. The new road-legal sports car, the Rapture was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Designed to bring unparalleled performance to the street. The Rapture has built on the British marque’s extensive experience of top-level motorsport engineering and design.

The Rapture is built in accordance with the UK’s Individual Vehicle Approval framework to ensure its road-legal nature. It has been driven by demand from both its existing customer base and the potential to expand its market boundaries,

It is also intended for European markets from launch, with homologation for worldwide territories to follow. The Rapture will also be a timely boost for British industry, being solely built, engineered and designed at the company’s Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) production facility.

Radical claims that no other street-legal car available today offers the same percentage of race-bred DNA as the Rapture. This makes it the ideal choice for customers seeking a raw, exhilarating driving experience.

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Meet our range of Silicone Elbows

Silicone hose elbowsEngine bays are busy places, inevitably straight hoses are not going to always fit the bill. That’s why we stock such a large range of Silicone Hose elbows. Ranging from 15° right up to 180° you can build a system which will work.

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Hose to carry fuel from filler neck to fuel tank

A fuel filler hose is the pipe which takes fuel from the filler neck to the fuel tank. As stated in our blog ‘Are Silicone hoses fuel resistant?’ Silicone is not a good material for this purpose and therefore our fuel filler hoses are made entirely of nitrile rubber. This material offers excellent resistance to fuel.

Inside the hose is a smooth nitrile liner. The wire is embedded in the wall of the hose to offer suberb flexibility. Two size options are available half a metre and 1 metre lengths from 38mm to 63mm internal diameter.

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To secure the hose we recommend stainless steel T bolt hose clips.

Please note These hoses are not Suitable for high octane fuels.

Car Events 2019

Now that we are nearly half way through the year we wanted to give you a round up of the remaining car events you can look forward to in 2019.

Formula 1® Rolex British Grand Prix

Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July 2019

This year the Formula 1 British Grand Prix is returning to Silverstone. Held over a three-day weekend this event and is a true celebration of the sport. The best drivers, in the most finely-tuned racing machines, will be competing in this event, making it an unforgettable experience.

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BMW looking to change consumers perception of plug-in hybrids

bmw i8Plug-in hybrids have drawn flak in some environmental circles because even though they are designed to be driven using electric power, many are not. But BMW is determined to improve the vehicles’ image. Its solution, to make consumers more aware of the vehicles’ benefits.

So why the interest to change consumer opinion? Well, BMW must sell more plug-in hybrids so it can bring down its emissions and comply with European regulations. Challenged with this mandate to cut fleet carbon dioxide emissions, BMW has launched a pilot program in Rotterdam, Netherlands, to encourage plug-in hybrid drivers to switch off their combustion engines and use battery power while driving.

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Special Price on Massive 21 hose complete ancillary coolant kit for Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza Silicone hose kitLooking for longer life expectancy for your Impreza hoses? This ancillary hoses kit will give you much longer life expectancy than the rubber hoses which come as standard.

21 hoses are included in this set, all of the hoses have a inner liners for smooth flow of fluid. A minimum 3 ply of reinforcement means that they are solid and will not collapse under pressure. Perfectly cut to fit the cars, there is no need for chopping or trying to make it fit them fit. Available in red blue and black. As always the Viper logo means a lifetime warranty.

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Keeping your car happy

happy carAnyone who owns a car will know that they are sensitive machines. They need to be looked after in order to keep all of those interconnected parts functioning properly. There are some things you can do to avoid damage to your car.

Watch out for that…. pot hole

If you want to avoid buckled wheels, cracked tyres, or damaged suspension then taking care with bumps and pot holes is essential.

Potholes are a British institution, we all have a good moan about them from time to time.  Going fast over potholes can result in damage to your car. Keep an eye out for potholes and other signs of road damage as it might just save you a tidy sum in car repairs.

Speed bumps are designed to be an obstacle and as such not slowing down for them can cause damage to your suspension, tyres, exhaust and the underneath of your car. Normally keeping to 20mph or slower should reduce the risk of damage to your car.

Another thing to watch out for if you want to save your tyres and steering are Kerbs. Drivers often climb them to get out of the way of emergency vehicles or simply to manoeuvre out of a parking space or road. But, if you misjudge the grip on your tyres, or generate too much over or understeer while driving, you can also end up knocking into the kerb. This can wreck tyres and hub caps as well as your steering column and wheel position.

Kerb your bad driving habits
Many of us feel we are good drivers, but even the best of us can make mistakes. Some bad driving habits can cause damage to your car without you even realising it.

Sudden Braking over a short distance and especially at high speeds can cause your brake discs to become warped from overheating and can wear your brake pads away. While this is often difficult to avoid when driving in a city, it can help to take a less congested route to avoid sudden stops and starts. If you find you have to brake hard a lot, you may be following the car in front too closely.

Riding the clutch or brake is a common gripe with mechanics. The build-up of kinetic energy that happens when you ride the brake can cause the pads and rotor or drum to wear out. This means it’ll take a lot longer for the car to stop when you brake. Riding the clutch can lead to the plates and the pressure pads not engaging properly, so the friction wears away the clutch.

Avoid Overloading

Whether you’ve packed the car for a camping trip, moving house or taking stuff to the tip. Overloading your car with extra weight can damage the clutch, brakes, tyres and suspension. Make sure you check the maximum authorised mass or maximum permitted weight recommended for your car before driving with a heavy load.

Improve care and maintenance
Cars need a little maintenance to keep them road-worthy, so it’s important to give them proper care.

Driving with low fuel is dangerous to your car. When running out of fuel, the car takes it from the bottom of the tank where fuel contaminants often collect. A build-up of these can block your fuel filter. Keeping the fuel tank half-full at all times can stop this from happening.

Ignoring your car fluids or not checking them regularly can lead to them becoming contaminated and ineffective, shortening the life of your car. There are a number of fluids used to keep it running smoothly, such as engine oil, coolant, and brake fluid.

Tyre maintenance is often overlooked but very important as driving with worn, incorrectly inflated, or old tyres have an increased risk of blowing out or, if the road is wet, hydroplaning, which can be a major hazard.

Ignoring the engine light is an invitation for any problem to develop into something more expensive. The engine light is the car’s own way of telling you there’s something wrong, so keep an eye on the dashboard and pay attention to any lights.

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New cars coming in 2019

2019 cars

Volkswagen Golf – On sale Summer

The Volkswagen Golf is one of the best-selling cars in the UK. There are almost 40,000 examples which found homes in the first six months of 2018. It still holds a five-star What Car? rating six years after it was launched.

Don’t expect a revolution when it comes to the looks of this new model. The new Golf will feature sharper creases to bring it into line with the new Polo, but it will still be instantly recognisable. Its front and rear axles are likely to be farther apart to liberate more rear leg room.

We’ve become used to seeing modern cars launched with far fewer interior switches than their predecessors, and this will also be the case with the new Golf. In fact, on high-end versions there will be almost no switches at all, with Volkswagen bosses describing the car’s interior as a “total digital environment”. As such the Golf will be permanently connected to the internet, thanks to an eSIM that will allow it to show advanced 3D sat-nav mapping, always find the strongest radio signal and let its engine coast in the run-up to junctions or when you’re heading downhill.

Fiat 500 – On sale Late 2019

Don’t panic: the new Fiat 500 is almost certain to look much like the current one and offer a range of head-turning colours and interior finishes. Instead, interest in the new model lies in whether Fiat can complement its cutesy design with a much-improved driving experience.

From what we know so far, the most headline-grabbing changes will be the introduction of mild hybrid tech – alongside conventional petrol engines. The mild hybrid will use an electric set-up to boost fuel economy and therefore lower emissions, while the electric 500e will arrive from 2020, with the estate, likely to be called the Giardiniera, to follow.

BMW 1 Series – On sale September

BMW is preparing to up the ante with its next 1 Series.  The biggest change is the switch from rear to front-wheel drive, which is said to make the 1 Series lighter as well as improving space inside for passengers and luggage. Elsewhere inside, the new 1 Series is likely to feature a digital instrument display and the latest version of BMW’s excellent iDrive infotainment system

Vauxhall Corsa – On sale Late 2019

The Vauxhall Corsa is overdue a reinvention, with its currently lagging behind its much younger rivals, such as the Seat Ibiza and Ford Fiesta.

The Mk6 Corsa will sit on the same underpinnings as the decent, if not startling, Citroën C3 and be offered primarily with the 1.2-litre Puretech petrol engine we recommend in a variety of Peugeot models in a range of outputs.

Let us know which one you will be after this year.