June 21, 2014

Awron Display Systems

Today we show you the Awron display systems for BMW. They are probably best gauge on the marketplace today.

The Awron DGA Gauge is an all-in-one display unit that presents a wide array of real time data. Featuring a sharp, full color OLED display, the Awron DGA gauge is easily controlled using the factory steering wheel buttons for on the fly commands. By replacing one of the factory air ducts the DGA gauge flows seamlessly with the interior.


This all-in-one gauge is the perfect option for track enthusiasts, performance tuned cars or for those just wanting to add some flair and functionality to the BMW’s interior. The included plug and play harness make the job of installing this amount of gauges easier than ever.


All Awron gauges ship expertly pre-assembled into an OEM air duct piece. The effect is stunning, creating an OEM look and feel that is hard to distinguish from BMW’s own quality. The predominantly orange colors used in the display match the gauges nicely.

DGA Displayed Values:
- Boost Pressure
- Water Temperature
- Oil Temperature
- Speedometer
- Two Axis G-Meter
- 0-60 mph & 0-120 mph Acceleration Timer
- Horsepower
- Torque
- Power and Torque Graph
- Transmission Temperature

- Steering wheel controlled (CAN)
- User defines dedicated steering wheel button
- Gauge ships pre-assembled into OEM air duct
- Plug & play installation
- Full Color OLED Display
- OEM look & feel
- Integrated USB port for firmware updates

For more information and prices, please visit: www.awron.de

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How the 2015 Ford Mustang will save your knees

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2015 Ford Mustang Knee Airbag

The 2015 Mustang is one of the most hotly anticipated vehicles of the moment, and Ford continues to leak out interesting little details about its newest pony car. The latest info doesn't have anything to do with its quarter-mile time or handling, but if any of that goes drastically wrong, the innovative new glovebox-mounted airbag may prevent passengers from knee injuries.

All variants of the 2015 Mustang get the active knee airbag as standard, and it's the first vehicle in Ford's lineup to receive the system. The setup is actually quite simple and ingenious. The glovebox is made from a plastic outer panel that is attached to the inner door. Sandwiched between them is this new injection-molded plastic bladder that folds flat when in use. If the passenger-side airbag deploys, the system springs into action to act as a cushion for your knees. Compared to a traditional knee airbag that has to fully inflate, this arrangement is 65 percent lighter and can use a 75 percent smaller inflator. It's also basically invisible when you look at the glovebox door.

Ford spokesperson Ed Saenz declined to tell Autoblog whether the system will appear in other vehicles in the Blue Oval's lineup but said, "We're considering other applications." Provided it's effective, the approach seems too simple not to make its way to other products. Scroll down to watch a video showing how the glovebox-mounted knee airbag works.

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MEC Design BMW 650i F13

MEC Design present their recently released CC5 wheel from the meCCon Serie on the BMW 650i F13! The wheels are the MEC Design CC5 21″ Wheels with inner-/outer lip finish in black gloss, while the wheel centre is brushed. The BMW also features a MEC Design Exhaust System with M6 end pipes and Lowering Springs. A nice front lip spoiler and rear trunklid spoiler was also mounted.

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Forget 'Cars and Coffee,' the future is cars ON coffee

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For many of us, coffee runs our lives. Without the bitter, caffeinated brew, most of us wouldn't be able to get up in the morning or avoid fading in the afternoon. Now, new research from the University of Bath suggests we might want to get our cars as hooked on java as we are. Regardless of the variety of coffee used, the UK institution has found that coffee grounds are a great source to create biodiesel.

The idea of creating biodiesel from coffee grounds goes back several years, but it's still being researched and refined. The process works by soaking the grounds in an organic solvent and then putting them through a process called transesterification. The BBC show Bang Goes the Theory even converted a Volkswagen Scirocco to run on the gasified coffee years ago.

The Bath study tested 20 different coffee variations across region, brewing technique and even caffeinated versus decaffeinated to determine if the changes affected oil content. It turned out that it didn't. Fresh grounds contained between 11 and 15 percent oil by weight for the varieties it tested, and used ground contained between 7 and 13 percent.

Coffee ground-based biofuel could be revolutionary. Researchers who authored the study think that the conversion process is simple enough that it could be done by neighborhood coffee shops to create a personal supply of biodiesel. They predict a shop producing about 22 pounds (10kg) of grounds a day could make about half a gallon of biofuel (2 liters). While that's a relatively small amount, it's from a source that would otherwise usually just be thrown away. Scroll down to read the University's press release about the study, and click here to read its abstract.

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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1964 Volvo PV544

1964 Volvo PV544

The last Volvo PV544 rolled off the assembly line in late 1965, but in the 49 years since, the car’s appeal hasn’t dimmed among Volvo loyalists. Though most remaining Volvo PVs are well cared for, low-mileage examples don’t come up for sale all that often. According to the current owner, this 1964 Volvo PV544 for sale on Hemmings.com has seen 66,000 miles in the past five decades and began its life in the rust-free California sun. The sale includes the car’s original B18 four-cylinder engine, but installed between the front fenders is a bored B20, complete with side draft Weber carburetors and an exhaust header. That gives the car’s next owner the choice of returning the Volvo to its stock configuration or enjoying the PV544 in its current sleeper form. From the seller’s description:

in very good to excellent shape, was from California so no rust. 66k original miles. Engine has been upgraded from the original B18 to a B20 which has been bored out, has a exhaust header and side draft weber 42 dcoe carbs. 4 Speed shifts smoothly. I have the original b18 engine to go with the car along with many many spare parts. 4 New tires (Michelin). Few small things that I am working on sorting out, but nothing stopping you from driving it.

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Price: $12,500
Location: Cabot, Vermont
Status: No Longer Available

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Four-Links – Vette in a box, Cutlass resto nightmare, twin-turbo Fox-body, diesel Fiero


* There’s two sides to the old car hobby: Those who drive their cars and those who don’t. On the one hand, you want to take them out and show them off. On the other hand, there’s always the danger of getting a ding or scratch. Unless, that, is, you’re Hank Graff, whose son recently gave him a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette displayed like a 1/18-scale model car – in a box with transparent sides.


* A less cheerful father-son old car story comes this week from AZCentral (via Jalopnik), which reported on Mario Caperon losing the 1963 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible that he and his son were restoring. Previously stolen, a DMV error put the Cutlass back into circulation before Caperon bought it; however, a friend of the guy who it was stolen from spotted it, alerted authorities, and then ended up with it – and without having to pay Caperon for the work he and his son already put into the car.


* Knowing that Chevrolet had the Corvette ZR-1 in the works, Ford’s SVO group wanted to build a car that would be half the ZR-1′s price with the ability to outrun it. The car they dreamed up looked pretty much like any other Fox-body Mustang, but concealed a twin-turbo 5.8L V-8. Reportedly, it didn’t enter production because they couldn’t find a transmission to hold up behind that engine. (via)


* It sounds like a tractor and it spews black smoke out the exhaust. That’s because this 1988 Pontiac Fiero has been fitted with a 1.9L diesel from a 2000 Jetta TDI.


* Finally, the Renault Espace – a minivan denied to Americans but renowned in Europe – turns 30 this year.

June 20, 2014

One of F1′s Most Dangerous Tracks Is Back

This weekend, Formula 1 racing returns to a course that was once among the most dangerous in the world.

Tips on How to Use a Car with the Environment in Mind

Driving your car with an eco-friendly attitude has never been more important than it is today.

Not only does driving your car the smart way help towards reducing harm to the planet, but it will also help you save cash. Smarter driving means using less expensive fuel, which can contribute to global warming when it’s burned in an engine.

There is plenty of advice out there to help you learn more about how to drive your car in an environmentally friendly way, such as this advice from the DSA.

If you still want to know more, have a look at this simple checklist and bear it in mind the next time you’re taking your car out for a spin.

1. Drive less

Just as you’re about to get into your car – consider if there’s an alternative. Do you really need to drive? Or could you hop on a bus, cycle or even walk there?

About 20 per cent of car journeys in the UK are less than one mile in distance, which means road trips, traffic congestion, emissions and money spent on fuel could all be reduced by opting for an alternative.

2. Transport less

The more weight you are carrying in your car, the more fuel you’ll consume. Make sure you take out unnecessary items that will make your engine work harder to get you where you need to go.

3. Drive smoothly

If you drive in a low gear while accelerating and decelerating frequently, then you’re operating your car in one of the most ineffective ways in terms of fuel consumption.

Instead try accelerating to your target speed quickly and then maintaining this as a constant for as long as possible. Driving at gentle speeds in higher gears reduce fuel consumption.

4. Fill up well

If you fill your tank up only halfway and do so in hot weather, your petrol will evaporate more quickly and be wasted. Instead, fill up properly as soon you reach half a tank, and try to do so on a cold day when possible (sadly, all too easy in the British summer). Also, filling up slowly will reduce evaporation.

5. Buy a new car

Old cars are less fuel efficient because as the decades have passed, new car engine technology has advanced greatly in terms of fuel economy. So a great way to reduce the emissions of the gas that causes global warming (carbon dioxide) is to buy a new car that has a high number of miles to the gallon.

If you feel that new wheels might be out of your financial reach and your credit rating isn’t quite what you’d like it to be, check out CarLoan4U, where you can find out about getting car finance with bad credit.


With climate change and damage now a reality, there has never been more reason to drive eco-smart. The fact that doing so will also help save you money is yet another incentive.

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GM Wants You to Creepily Text Drivers by Scanning Their Plates

A new app would let users text other drivers by scanning their license plates.

U.S. City Thinks Having Pedestrians Carry Flags Will Keep Them Safe

The idea behind the program is simple: Drivers are more likely to see—and yield to—pedestrians carrying the flags, which make it abundantly obvious that the person is about to cross the street.

June 19, 2014

Harley-Davidson’s First Electric Motorcycle Surprisingly Doesn’t Suck

The idea of an electric Harley-Davidson--a brand with an image built on big V-twins and riding the open road---may seem absurd. Having ridden one, we can say it's actually pretty cool.

The LAPD Just Got a Military-Grade Electric Bike for Stealth Missions

The force has bought a Zero MMX electric motorcycle that offers the advantage of stealth.

Mazda Enters a Production Miata Into One of Earth’s Most Grueling Races

Yes, Mazda has handed over a production 2014 MX-5 to UK-based JOTA Sport to prepare it for the 24 Hours Nürburgring Endurance Race in Germany this weekend. The Nürburgring, dubbed the Green Hell by Formula One driver Jackie Stewart, is one of the world's toughest circuits.

A New Bike Lane That Could Save Lives and Make Cycling More Popular

Nick Falbo is proposing a new protected intersection design that would make intersections safer and less stressful than they are today.

June 18, 2014

Audi’s New Fleet of Robots Will Supervise Its Local Mechanics

Audi is building a fleet of rolling robots that will give technicians at its headquarters a way to remotely supervise the mechanics at its dealerships.

June 17, 2014

7 Awesome Rides That Would Be Great Cop Cars

Forget Lamborghinis in police livery. These are the great cars real cops should use, whether on city streets or off-road.

Automatic’s Smart Driving Dongle Just Got Even More Powerful

Automatic, a $100 dongle that plugs into your car and relays real-time driving information to a separate iPhone app, now has fuel tracking capabilities.

What’s Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse

The concept is called induced demand, which is economist-speak for when increasing the supply of something (like roads) makes people want that thing even more. Though some traffic engineers made note of this phenomenon at least as early as the 1960s, it is only in recent years that social scientists have collected enough data to show how this happens pretty much every time we build new roads.

June 16, 2014

The Jumbo Jets Boeing and Airbus Turn Into Posh Private Planes

The $65 million Gulfstream G650 may be the pinnacle of the private jet market, but it just doesn’t do the job for billionaires who prefer to fly with more than a dozen or so passengers. For that, the uber wealthy turn to Airbus and Boeing, who are more than happy to customize their jets — […]

Why We’re Sad the Best Airport in the World Is Getting Even Better

The Intelligent Airport system makes all relevant info available in one place, so everything flows more smoothly and delays can be cut down.