Thursday, December 13, 2012

Project Bike: New Chapter of My Life


First of all, would like to apologize that I have not update anything for the last few months. This is due to my busy work schedule and have not much update on my project cars. In stead of posting some other posts that are not really related to automotive articles, thus I prefer not to post anything until there is something interested.

Besides that, I feel very sorry those my readers who sent me comments and emails. I already tried my best to reply all the comments and emails and if I left out some please do forgive me. By the way, it is a minor update from me where this is not really related to car but definitely related to automotive.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Project Satria: Engine "Popping" Problem

Thing seriously does not work well for me this second half of 2012. My Kancil's boost meter had gave me up and started to provide me inaccurate reading. The second problem is my Satria's engine is giving me weird problem which I cracked my head trying to solve it.

The engine and exhaust kept having "popping" sound, which something similar to those Subaru's boxer engine. At first, I thought it was the ignition cable and spark plug causing the issue. Which causing the engine to miss-fire and one of the piston does not working but this is not the true story. Thus during these holidays, I tried to swap back all my parts to stock parts which included turbo, exhaust manifold, throttle, ignition cables and even the ECU. However with all these changes, the problem still exist.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

4G92 MIVEC - Gearbox Codes, Ratios and factory LSD



MIVEC Gear Ratios
Code:
CJ4A
1 - 3.071
2 - 1.947
3 - 1.379
4 - 1.030
5 - 0.820
R - 3.363
F - 4.625
Code:
CA4A
1 - 3.083
2 - 1.947
3 - 1.285
4 - 0.939
5 - 0.756
R - 3.083
F - 4.592


Factory LSD models for CA4A

F5M22-2-xxxx

Without LSD
Code:
XRZE (MD970428)
XRXE (MD971902)
XREE (MD971904)

With LSD
Code:
XRWE (LSD) (MD970429)
XRGE (LSD) (MD971903)

Factory LSD models for CJ4A

F5M42-1-xxxx

Without LSD
Code:
Y8A (MD974481)
Y8A4 (MD974830)
Y8A6 (MD975130)
Y8A7 (MD975670)
Y8AB (MD975674)
Y8AD (MD975676)
Y8AE (MD976272)
Y8AJ (MD976276)
Y8AL (MD976278)

With LSD
Code:
Y8A1 (LSD) (MD974482)
Y8A5 (LSD) (MD974831)
Y8A8 (LSD) (MD975671)
Y8AC (LSD) (MD975675)
Y8AF (LSD) (MD976273)
Y8AK (LSD) (MD976277)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The New Renault Clio 4

French designers described this car as the first complete "expression" of design renaissance from Renault models. The new Clio is clearly inspired by the concept DeZir. This is seen especially in the front, where the grid "borrows" the same language as the concept image. For the first time on this model we have daytime running lights with LED technology receiving integrated rear door handles. Compared with the version that it replaces, the new Renault Clio has a dynamic air due to a lower ground guards, a greater width, lower front and rear console, and the wheels are pushed over to the outer edge of the wings. 

When the car is available for sale, it will offer customers a choice of eight exterior colors, including Flamme Red. Inside, the interior has been seriously improved, according to a press release provided by Renault, quality materials and finishes are far superior to the model that it replaces. With the replacement looming, it is expected that you will find some good Renault Clio finance deals because the older generations will start losing value. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Prior Design Lamborghini Gallardo PD-L800

Prior Design has introduced a new widebody kit for the Lamborghini Gallardo. Dubbed the L800, the package includes new bumpers, revised front fenders and extended rear wheel arches. There's also a roof scoop and a prominent rear spoiler.

The bodykit is TÜV-certified and comes with mounting hardware. It can also be painted and installed by the company.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lotus will assemble Renault Alpine & Infinity Emerg-E

According to sources from a number of international automotive web sites, Lotus will install a production model Renault Alpine & Infinity Emerg-E in their own plants. Infinity Emerg-E model developed from the Lotus Evora platform instead of using range-extender technology as well as from Lotus. 

At the same time the Evora 414E projects are being run and if a statement of the three models will receive an injection of funds from Renault and Infiniti. Indirectly it will benefit the Lotus as well as increase its production capacity.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Capristo introduced Lamborghini Aventador

Capristo has introduced a new tuning program for the Lamborghini Aventador. Designed to have an "ideal power-to-weight ratio," the model has been equipped with a variety of carbon fiber components that aim to make the vehicle lighter while preserving the overall appearance of a standard model. As such, the Aventador features a carbon fiber rear wing, diffuser and mirror casings. There's also carbon fiber vents and carbon fiber engine compartment panels. With all the changes, the car weighs approximately 40 kg (88 lbs) less than than stock.

The Aventador has also been equipped with a stainless steel sports exhaust system which enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, before topping out at 354 km/h (220 km/h) - improvements of 0.1 seconds and 3 km/h (2 mph).

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento and Urus en route to Pebble Beach

At this year's Monterey Classic Car Week, Lamborghini will showcase the spectacular Sesto Elemento concept and the Urus SUV concept as well. The Italian carmaker has previously confirmed that they plan on producing 20 units of the $2.2 million Sesto Elemento.

This car was seen for the first time in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show and it will borrow the engine from the LP 570-4 while the bodywork will be the same seen in the concept car. It will suffer a few modifications in order to meet the road safety guidelines.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

GT Aero 2 styling for Porsche Cayenne 958 by Gemballa


German tuning company Gemballa has announced a styling update to their GT Aero body package for the Porsche Cayenne 958. As an extension of the GT Aero 1 kit introduced at the beginning of 2012, the Aero 2 kit pursues a more elegant appearance. Thanks to its modular design, the Aero 2 kit adds new wheel arch extensions and side sills for an understated stance. The Aero GT 2 kit can be purchased as a complete kit or existing customers with the Aero GT 1 kit can upgrade. All body components are made of carbon-fiber and designed to fit the original factory mounting points.

Mazda to Debut New MX-5 GT Concept at Goodwood, Mulling Production Model

Mazda will have a special treat for visitors at next weekend's Goodwood Festival Speed as the Japanese car maker will debut its road legal 205hp MX-5 GT Concept that will not only go on display at its stand, but will also take part in the hill climb in the ‘First Glance’ category. Inspired by the MX-5 GT race car, the concept has a black and orange exterior with a carbon fibre front splitter, a rear diffuser and a center-mounted dual exhaust system.

Interior pictures were not released, but Mazda says the cabin has been equipped with Recaro sport seats, a roll cage and a "number of carbon enhancements that help reduce weight." Power comes from a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter petrol engine that develops 205 hp (153 kW / 208 PS). Performance specifications haven't been announced, but the car also features a sport-tuned suspension and "road slicks."

Friday, June 22, 2012

Lumma Design CLR 6 M previewed - Based on the BMW M6

Lumma Design has released the first details about their upcoming CLR 6 M. Based on the BMW M6 coupe, the model is outfitted with an aerodynamic body kit that includes new bumpers, revised side skirts, a front lip spoiler and a ventilated hood. There's also extended wheel arches, a center-mounted dual exhaust system, a massive rear wing and 21-inch alloy wheels.

To spruce up the cabin, customers can order a bespoke interior with leather and Alcantara upholstery as well as carbon fiber trim. The CLR 6 M will be unveiled later this year and the first deliveries are scheduled to occur in early 2013.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro by XXX-Performance

XXX-Performance has presented their own take on the Audi R8 V10 quattro. There is little doubt that this model will surely get you noticed on the road, but it may have gone a little too far with the exterior paint that is accurately identified as bilious green. The model has also been fitted with a set of 20-inch alloy wheels that are styled to match the body's color and are wrapped with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires.

The 5.2-liter V10 unit that resides in the engine bay has been boosted to 650PS (478kW/641hp) with an upgraded air flow system that includes a BMC carbon air-box as well as a high-end sports exhaust system. The tuner car also features an H&R coilover kit and G-Ride Airride system that lowers the models ride height. The interior has been treated to Alcantara and real leather upholstery as well as a set of Audi RS sports seats. Fortunately the XXX-Performance stylists have shied away from extending the extravagant exterior color to the cabin.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Project Kancil: New Paint Job

Already lost count on how long that I last posted about my project car due to busy work schedule. Finally is time to review what had been done thus far to my project Kancil and the project is almost reach the end.

First of all, had sent my Kancil to get it painted to white (Honda Accord white to be exacted) as what I had posted earlier in the upgrade summary. It took me about 3 weeks to get everything done but anyway everything worth waiting. The car is back in action and ready to get those remaining upgrades install. Nothing much I will do to the car but some minor accessories as what I will let to discuss further in this post and I do hope you may contribute and give some advices to me.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

DIY: Diagnose Daihatsu Mira Engine Through Diagnose Socket

Here is one of the nicest post that shows how to diagnose Daihatsu Mira engine. This is good that not many mechanics outside there do have a diagnostic meter for such an engine. Normally when the engine check light is on which means that there is something wrong of your car's sensors. Most probably these sensors are not working or having problem. Anyway do not panic, we can check which sensors that are giving up their way through the   diagnostic socket.

Continue to read more for more detail information.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Proton Persona Arabian Version

Here are some pictures of the Proton Persona which selling in Arab. One can notice that the front head lamp had changed to the Proton Satria Neo's head lamp. Besides that, the front grill, front bonnet and the front bumper are all having new design as well. Back to the rear, there is nothing much changes beside the chrome bar. A set of 17 inch rim is fitted to the car. Overall the car looks great for the exterior enhancement, however it is too bad that there is not much interior picture of the car. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Ferrari F70 supercar

The successor for the Ferrari Enzo that finished production in 2004 is probably one of the most anticipated models, and there are sure to be a slew of artists presenting their speculative efforts for the world to evaluate. One such artist is Constantin-Gabriel Radu who has presented this enticing set of images. Pre-production prototypes of the Ferrari Enzo successor have begun appearing on public roads a couple of weeks a go and our spies were lucky enough to grab a few shots.

Power is set to be generated from the F12 Berlinetta's 6.2-liter (6262cc) V12 unit with an output of around 800 PS (588 kW/789 hp). It will be joined by the new F1-derived HY-KERS petrol-electric hybrid system that will bring an additional 120 PS to the table and also give it short distance zero emissions driving. Reports have stated that an unidentified Ferrari model that incorporated the HY-KERS system managed a 0-100kph (0-62mph) time that was 3 seconds quicker than without.

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Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 v BMW M3 GTS v Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series


British journalist and YouTube's Drive channel host Chris Harris gives a comprehensive comparison of three of the most desired German sports car coupes.

The BMW M3 GTS, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series and Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 are the cream of the crop in terms of performance, exclusivity and price tag.

But Harris breaks it down for us with his most thoughtful impressions and analysis on the road and race circut in this thorough 23 minute episode of Drive.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Project Celica: Back In Action Due to Faulty MAF Sensor

Finally I got some spare time for me to write up updates for my Celica. Previous post I did posted a post regarding of the engine stall problem here. Before sending it to the work shop, I did researched around the net what would be the possibility that caused this. A lot information showed that the highest possibility is the fuel pump giving up. However this is wrong. After diagnosed by my mechanic, he told me it caused by a malfunction MAF sensor which could not feed proper air flow to the ECU. After changing it, problem solved! Thank GOD.

However I realized that my car was parked at the car porch for months, it is good for me to service the car as well. Thus I told my mechanic to have a normal routine service so that I will not worry for battery issue or engine oil issue. Anyway, continue to read the post and understand the price list of the parts I have changed. Besides that, there will be some upgrades for my Kancil as well, do stay with me.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lamborghini Urus concept officially unveiled

Lamborghini has officially unveiled the Urus concept, ahead of its debut at the Beijing Motor Show. Named after the Aurochs bull - a large, wild ancestor of domestic cattle - the Urus is the spiritual successor of the LM002. It features aggressive styling with a prominent front fascia, a ventilated hood and LED headlights. There's also a tailgate-mounted spoiler, a rear diffuser and a four-tailpipe exhaust system. Other highlights include an adjustable suspension and 24-inch wheels with a matte aluminum finish.

The cabin is luxuriously equipped with leather upholstery, a programmable instrument cluster and exposed "forged composite" carbon fiber. There's also touchscreen infotainment systems for the front and rear passengers.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Proton Preve Sapphire

This is the new design of the Proton Preve Sapphire which exhibited at Majlis Pelancaran Proton Preve which took place at MIECC yesterday night. With the Matte Silver as the base color, the bumper and front grille looks more aggressive. Besides that, the chrome lining looks more constancy on this Proton Preve. The car now equipped with a set of bigger rim.  Continue to see more pictures after the jump and stay tune for more update.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Volkswagen with a 2.0L Boxer Engine


If you believe that even with its run-of-the-mill 44bhp 1.3-liter air-cooled engine, the 1970's Volkswagen Beetle is a tough car to handle on the road, then you can only imagine what it would be like to try and control a Bug fitted with the zappy 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine from a Subaru Impreza WRX STi.

To make matters worse, the German dealer who listed the converted Beetle STi on a Romanian car sales website called 'Webcar' doesn’t mention anything about suspension upgrades. The description makes word of numerous engine upgrades along with Porsche-sourced brakes, wheels and other accessories. The Subaru Boxer engine is said to produce 282hp (210kW).

Friday, April 6, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Official Launched Date for Proton Preve on 16th April 2012

Recently is the day for those who is Proton lover. At Putrajaya, Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir (DSZ), had officially announced the name for P3-21A as Proton Preve. Not only the naming for the car, DSZ had announced the official launched date for Proton Preve on 16th April 2012.

According to DSZ, the actual pronunciation is 'Prae Vae'. The name of Preve is taken from English 'to prove' where in Malay is 'untuk membuktikan', which the main subjective is to tell the Malaysia citizen and the work of Proton able to produce a high standard car. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Toyota All New Camry Coming Soon

UMW Toyota Motor will launch their all new Toyota Camry which schedule on Jun 2012. The teaser model is already appear on the Toyota Malaysia website. 

There are 3 different variants models will be launched for this all new Toyota Camry. The first will be the 2.5V which equipped with a 2.5L 4 cylinder inline 16 valve DOHC with Dual VVT-i & ACIS engine and it capable to produce 181PS and 231Nm. A 6 speeds automatic with Super ECT and Sequential Shifter gearbox is coupled with car.

The other 2 variants are the 2.0G and 2.0E which equipped with a 2.0L 4 cylinder inline 16 valve DOHC with VVT-i and capable to produce 148PS ad 190Nm. The transmission will be using the 4 speeds automatic Super ECT & Sequential Shifter gearbox.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 hits the track


Nissan introduced the GT-R NISMO GT3 earlier this year, but we haven't heard much about it since then. Thankfully, JR Motorsports has released a promotional video for their race car.

Looking menacing in black, the €298,000 ($395,595) sports car is fully FIA-compliant and is eligible to compete in a variety of GT3 events. Detailed specifications haven't been released, but the car has a revised suspension and a number of adjustable components.

Motivation is provided by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine that develops more than 530 PS (390 kW / 523 hp) and 612 Nm (451 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed semi-automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Keyless Entry Key and Door Panel Design for Proton P3-21A

Here are some of the pictures of P3-21A again. The first picture show the P3-21A's car key which it comes with keyless entry feature. According to source, the keyless entry key look solid and nice hold on. Next are some pictures of the door panel. It is made from what we called "soft plastic" which provide style for the car. 

After this, Proton will focus on the P3-21A hatchback which known to be better design compare to the sedan version. Then Proton will continue their research on "city car" project, Saga R, Compact MPV (to compete with Alza?) and then Exora R.For the "city car" project, Proton announced that the price for it will be similar with the Saga model which currently on their sale list. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Proton P3-21A Full Specification

Here is the full specification of the latest Proton model - Proton P3-21A. The model comes with 3 variant which are the Exectutive Manual, Executive CVT and the Premium CVT, all these models are equipped with the 1.6L engine. For the Executive Manual model, it has the 5 speeds manual transmission while a CVT 6 speeds gearbox is equipped for the Executive CVT model. Both models are equipped with the CamPro IAFM+ engine which capable to produce 107hp@5750rpm and 150Nm@4000rpm. The highest specification model is the Premium CVT which it comes along with the CamPro CFE engine with turbo system where it capable to produce 138hp@5000rpm and 205Nm of torque around 2000rpm till 4000rpm. The all new ProTronic CVT 7 speeds gearbox is equipped to this model. 

According to Proton, the fuel consumption for both the P3-21A Executive Manual and Executive CVT are at 6.1L/100km(Executive Manual) and 5.8L/100km(Executive CVT) and this is measured at 90km/h. While for the Premium CVT, it able to make 6.5L/100km. Between other specifications, the power steering system of the P3-21A is equipped with the hydraulic technology (Hydraulic power steering) and is not the electric power steering. While for the suspension system, a set of Macpherson Strut is installed to the front and a set of Multi-link is installed for the rear. All 3 models are come with rear disc brake and a set of 205/55 R16 wheel is fitted to the car as well.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Proton P3-21A Video Teasers

Before the Proton P3-21A officially launched, let's enjoy some of the compilations of video teasers for P3-21A. These video teasers include the 1.6L Turbo Fuel Injection, Auto Rain and Light Sensors, Touch Screen GPS & Smart Info Display, Push Start Button, LED Running Light, Front & Back Lights and Front Grill, 7 Speed Protronic Paddle Shift, Internal Space and ABS, EBD and ESC. With these videos, one can clearly noticed that the dashboard design of the P3-21A. Continue to enjoy the videos.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Volkswagen’s grand vision for Proton

VW has formed a special team headed by Soh Wei Ming, its operations head for Asia Pacific, to look into the possibility of remodelling the Polo as the national car. VW has done this successfully before when it turned around the Czech Republic’s then loss-making Skoda Auto in the early 1990s. Today, Skoda, which mainly sells compact cars, is a profitable entity with plants in Europe and Asia. Skoda is selling some 879,200 units globally.

The Polo currently costs above RM100,000 but the plan put forward by VW to Proton’s ultimate owner, DRB-HICOM Bhd, would see Polo, produced locally with German technology, priced competitively at below the RM70,000 mark. Early this year, DRB-HICOM struck a deal to buy Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s 42.7 per cent stake in Proton for RM1.29 billion, or RM5.50 per share. DRB-HICOM is expected to pay Khazanah Nasional the outstanding amount for Proton this month and take the national carmaker private. Since DRB-HICOM’s emergence in Proton, some of VW’s top group directors have visited the Proton plant, as well as reviewed all the existing Proton models.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hyundai i-oniq Opens its Wings Before the Geneva Motor Show

New photos of the Hyundai i-oniq were dumped onto the web today affording us several fresh views of the concept model including our first look at the rear end and the interior as well as revealing its sporty Lamborghini-style scissor doors. 

The Korean company says that the i-oniq study previews the styling of the firm's next generation of models while also providing a glimpse at future technologies especially in the powertrain and connectivity departments. The rear-wheel drive i-oniq is said to measure 4,400mm or 173.3 inches long with power being provided by a small displacement 1.0-litre 3-cylinder gasoline engine linked through a generator to a lithium ion electric motor, which produces an output of 109PS or 108bhp.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Proton P3-21A full photo leaked

The following are the 2 photos of the latest Proton P3-21A. The first photo shows the size of the P3-21A which clearly know that the size is slightly bigger than other cars in segment C. While the second photo shows the rear of the P3-21A. This time the rear photo is shown without any camouflage covering around with a nice side angle compare to those previous photos shown before. 

Honda Civic Next Generation Touring Car


Honda has released the first pictures of the Civic Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC). Currently undergoing testing, the model is based on the Euro-spec Civic and will compete in the British Touring Car Championship. The company declined to go into specifics, but the car features an aggressive body kit, a side-mounted exhaust and a prominent rear spoiler. We can also see a roll cage and Dunlop tires.

According to driver and triple-BTCC champion Matt Neal, "It will be interesting to see how the car performs, but I'm optimistic that we'll walk away from today confident we have a championship winning car."


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: The mystery behind the black box from Proton

Finally the mystery of the black box is officially launched at Lot 10, Bukit Bintang. Actually this is not the latest model where a lot of people think it is the P3-21A but insteard of a Proton Inspira YES 4G special edition . This is the first 4G internet car in Malaysia. The car is equipped with YES 4G sticker theme and all the windscreens are tinted to titanium black. The car now sit on a set of 18 inch alloy rim. Besides that, it came along with 3 iPad 2 WIFI and YES Huddle 4G mobile hotspot. A set of Bluetooth Sony player is installed to the car for better entertainment. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Proton P3-21A range between RM60-70K - Berita Harian

This is a good news for those who interested in Proton P3-21A. According toe Berita Harian, Proton will launch their all new model Proton P3-21A around mid of the month. The price will be tagged at between RM60k till RM70k per unit.

With this reasonable price offered by Proton, this will definitely increase the interested of a lot of Malaysia citizen who wish to buy Proton cars. Besides that, the name for Proton P3-21A already being fixed by Proton and just waiting for official announcement. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Proton P3-21A Full Photo Leak


Here is the photo of the all new Proton P3-21A. Some lucky one able to capture a photo of the P3-21A during the shooting of TV advertisement and this might be the final design of the P3-21A. By the way, congratulation to the lucky one who able to see this car without any "camouflage" on it and the car look cool and sporty. Besides that, congratulation to Proton, where they able to create a nice and and I can't wait to see it in live.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Proton Saga Iswara Station Wagon

From the previous post, I had posted a modified Proton Saga convertible. And now I would like to post up another unique modification based on a Proton Saga Iswara whereby the owner of the car had converted it to a station wagon.Or a Mitsubishi Fiore station wagon converted with a front Proton Iswara. What is station wagon? For those who not familiar with it, here is the definition of station wagon. A station wagon is a body style variant of a sedan/saloon with its roof extended rearward over a shared passenger/cargo volume with access at the back via a third or fifth door, instead of a trunk lid. The body style transforms a standard three-box design into a two-box design—to include an A, B and C-pillar, as well as a D pillar. Station wagons feature flexibility to allow configurations that either favor passenger or cargo volume, e.g., fold-down rear seats.

If this is a Proton Iswara, the owner done a brilliant job to convert his/her car to a station wagon from a normal sedan. It could be useful for those who need extra space for their cars. However, will this able to pass the law enforcement? This will be another story to tell for...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Proton Saga Convertible Limited Edition

What is so call a convertible car? A convertible is a type of automobile in which the roof can retract and fold away having windows which wind-down inside the doors, converting it from an enclosed to an open-air vehicle. Open cars may have a folding roof but only detachable sidescreens which snap-on, they do not convert into a fully enclosed car with proper weather-protection. The wind-up windows make the distinction between an open car and an all-weather car now known as a convertible. 

 As everyone knows that convertibles are luxury because they are more expensive to build than closed cars, the matching sedans or saloons. However the saga over here is cheaper in term of building it as that is no folding roof attached to it. Besides that, you just need a chainsaw to cut off the roof. You can have it done within a few hours. Anyway, here is a good example of doing it.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Project Kancil: Suspension Upgrade and Lamp Polish

While waiting for some updates from my Celica, let's have a look at what have I done to my Kancil. Previously I had installed a set of lowered spring to it and have not really review the photos which the spring attached. The car lowered more than what the spring advertisement stated (30mm to be exact). It made the car sit lower like around 2 inches (approximately 50mm). Thus, the car now is around an inch clear between the fender and wheel and this is what I want to have in my mind. However, the comfortability of the car decreased and seriously very "bumpy" when driving on uneven road. Anyway, I understand that there is a trade off for looks, handling and comfortability. 

Besides that, do polish and clear up the rear bumper's brake lamp. I understand that there is no way to make it looks like new but at least make it look better. Therefore I planned to polish it and clear up all the dirt built inside the lamp. As you can see at the following photos, those dirt I mentioned earlier was mud. This is the end result of not cleaning the car frequently and park it beside of an on going construction site.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Project Celica: On Flatbed Tow Truck

There is a engine stall problem as what I posted earlier here. Finally I got my Celica towed to the workshop to get it fix yesterday. Called the tow truck service and I insisted to get the flatbed tow truck instead of those normal tow truck since I am worry about breaking my bodykit. Sad when looking my car on the tow truck and I really hope the car can be fixed without burning my deep hole in my pocket. Lesson learned from this is don't ever park your car there for months and at least do start the engine and warm it up. Stay tune with me for the update. By the way, I got my car towed for RM150 from Bayan Lepas to Pulau Tikus, Penang. Not pretty sure how much is the market price but at least the price is quite reasonable for me. By the way, if you wish to get the contact for this tow truck company; do drop me a comment of message. While waiting for the update, do enjoy some of the pictures I took during the towing process.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Project Satria: Bumper Spring Lock Installed and Engine Miss Firing Problem

Back to my home town and finally got the bumper spring lock installed. This is help to "stick" the bumper to the chassis in case I run into any pot holea on the road. However here is another bad tragedy for year 2012.As what I previously posted what happen to my Celica here, this is another sad story about my Satria. This happen on 21st Jan 2012 where I already reached my home town and started to inspect my Satria. Tried to start the car, good news! I were able to start it but hold on a second, why the car sound like a boxer engine? Popped up the hood and started to check around, looks like it was having a miss firing some where. 

Without any hesitation, drove my car to the nearest mechanic that is available to have it a check. After some inspection, he told me that most probably was the cable plug causing the problem. Thus, I drove all the way to get a set of it and then installed but my Satria still giving me the same problem. I doubt is the distributor giving me this problem. I still have yet send the car to repair since I already back to Penang. So, please stay with me and I will try to update the progress and hopefully it may help those who face the similar problem like me. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Project Celica: Engine Stalled


Things not really going well for me in 2012. The first problem I faced was my Celica having problem just few days before Chinese New Year. Most important is I found out the problem just one day earlier before I had my journey back to my home town. 

The problem happen after the first start and rev of my engine. After that, every time I started my Celica, the engine stalled after a few seconds. It revved till 2k rpm and then slowly die off. When I tried to press the fuel pedal, it gave me the feeling that the fuel was not pumping into the engine. Tried to ask around as well as from newcelica.org from US and Celica Club Malaysia, the answers are most probably fuel pump not working as per expected or the fuel filter. Hopefully this is the reason causing it and the repair cost is cheap. Thus, I need a flatbed tow truck now to send my Celica to my mechanic for repair. Sigh...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Proton Artiga Concept (Neo) Specification

Another latest information for Proton Artiga Concept which launched during the Tokyo Auto Salon 2012. However this time with the car specification which this is a very promising power delivered by the car. It is powered by a 1.6L supercharged engine which capable to produce about 180hp horse power and 200Nm of torque. With this power, the car able to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds. Besides that, the car now is running on 17 inch rims and with CUSCO adjustable coilover all around. Read more about the Proton Artiga Concept specification about the jump. Stay tune with more updates!

Proton Artiga Concept (Neo) in Tokyo Auto Salon 2012

Since CUSCO has introduced their Proton Satria Neo as their company's rally car and won the participated category, seem like now quite a number of fans from Japan have giving an eye on Proton Satria Neo. Now, Proton has brought the Artiga concept to Tokyo Auto Salon 2012. Will Proton going to export more models to Japan after this? Stay tune and meanwhile enjoy the pictures after the jump.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Toyota Prius GT300 race car

The Toyota GT300 race car was first reported on late last year, at the time we were limited to a few unconfirmed renderings. Now we get a chance to look at the the real thing as it was displayed at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon. 

Team APR are responsible for this particular model and it features the full aerodynamic body kit which leaves it barely recognisable as a Prius. Under the hood , a near 300hp power unit is hiding to put it within the GT300 regulations, a far cry from the 134hp (100 kW / 136 PS) produced by the production model. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Honda unveiled The All New Honda NSX

Honda has unveiled the much anticipated NSX Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today. Looking almost identical to Tony Stark's Acura on the film set of The Avengers, Honda of America spokesman Gary Robinson said the vehicle was a, "one-off, fictional car that was made just for the movie and will not be produced."

Regardless, the new NSX concept is a hearty preview of a very real production vehicle which Honda says will launch in the next three years. Remarkably, the NSX will be developed by Honda R&D Americas and manufactured in Ohio for export around the world! Just like the original NSX from the early 1990s, the next-generation supercar will have a mid-mounted V6 engine, make use of lightweight materials and include

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 sets new braking record

Premiere German performance test magazine Sport Auto sent us this video of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 achieving a new braking performance record for road cars. The occasion was the annual Sport Auto high-speed performance 0-300-0 test event for series models in Papenburg, German.

The video is a little old (from last month), but we think it's still relevant as it shows the speedo going from 300 km/h (186 mph) to zero in 6.5 seconds - not something you see too often without a crash resulting.

Bentley Continental GT BR-10 by Vorsteiner

Vorsteiner has introduced a new styling package for the Bentley Continental GT. Dubbed the BR-10, the carbon fiber body kit includes a front spoiler, revised side skirts and a diffuser that "fits seamlessly into the original factory rear bumper." There's also a trunk-mounted spoiler which has been designed to increase downforce at high speeds. Customers can also order 22-inch aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Lexus LF-LC 2+2 Hybrid Sport Coupe

Lexus had released their latest new image for their concept Lexus LF-LC 2+2 Hybrid Sport Coupe. Besides that, it also include the power train which is a hybrid system and known to be the latest hybrid system name as ‘Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive’. This hybrid system not only known to have good performance but also in better fuel efficiency.