How Our Love Affair With the Motor Car Can Foster Some Great Rally Race Events

It’s easy to understand why we love driving so much. It gives us freedom, the opportunity to get out and enjoy some of the beautiful scenery and there is nothing quite like a great drive in the countryside to take your mind off some of life’s little imperfections! Ever since Henry Ford delivered the original model T to the masses, this style of for transportation has been part of our way of life and it’s hardly surprising that it has become intertwined with our very culture and an important part of the special event spectrum as well. While competition is always synonymous with the automobile, dating back to the 1908 New York to Paris Race and others, some of the best automotive related special events are not truly competitive as such, but equally as exciting nonetheless.

Major organizations are always on the lookout for a unique branding exercise, a way to foster customer relations and a vehicle that can provide them with some publicity. A specially designed rally race can help them on all fronts. Working with dedicated event planning companies, these organizations can help to develop specific rally race events that focus on particular selling points, hit all the right buttons in terms of marketing and public relations and help to build that feeling of camaraderie among participants. At the end of a successful event like this all those who took part should go away with fond memories and this, subconsciously, helps to cement that all-important relationship with the sponsoring organization.

A rally race event specifically designed for promotional purposes in this way can be as complex or as challenging as the client and participants prefer. Many of them can take on specific navigational challenges, calling for both driver and passenger to be “on their toes” as they navigate their way across the countryside. Some of them can have additional autotest-style maneuvers, which take place on areas of private land especially prepared for the purpose. This helps to inject an additional element of fun and a little bit of that competitive spirit between all the drivers.

We live in such a beautiful country, where excellent “driver’s” roads are never far away from our towns and cities. It’s great to be able to enjoy exploring these roads along with other like-minded individuals as part of an especially prepared rally race challenge like this. Long may we savor this freedom and our passion for the car!

Subaru Won’t Let You Down

In 1953, the Fuji Heavy Industries was established in Japan below its CEO, Kenji Kita. A year afterwards, Subaru was established as one of the divisions of the company that may be committed to developing and making automobiles. It holds its Japan headquarters in Gunma.

Subaru was introduced on the US in 1968 had been it very first held its headquarters in Philadelphia till it had been acquired through the FHI in 1986. In 1989, Subaru has signed a partnership with Isuzu and formed a factory in Indiana wherever the Subaru Legacy and Isuzu Rodeo ended up the 1st ones offered on the American marketplace.

It had been also in 1968 when the Japanese federal government has enacted a brand new law that required automotive businesses to have mergers. This aimed from the goal to create an ordinary and healthy relationship in terms of progress, manufacturing and competition amid the various makes and models. Nissan, Toyota, Isuzu and Standard Motors are between the companies who have held shares of ownership to this division of Fuji Heavy Industries.

The most well-liked model that Subaru is recognized for may be the Impreza WRX. It is often made use of in rally driving and is among the top efficiency cars on the market. The Toyota Motor Corporation holds about 16% of the business and is currently their partial partner for development, production and distribution. Subaru is also famous for the consistent use in the 4WD and all-wheel drive technology in its transmission and the application of boxer engines. They in addition have been able to constantly develop autos that employed turbocharged boxer engines; these have been able to prove that even when you need a passenger auto, it can even now give you that additional oomph that you need to have. They have been in a position to combine effectiveness, function and comfort within the designs that they have developed.

Slick Performance Tips for Automotive Enthusiasts

Your car is quick. It handles well. It performs better than most cars on the road. But you still find yourself asking how it can be better. Can you squeeze a few more horsepower out of your engine? Can you shave a few tenths of a second off of your zero to sixty time? The answer to these questions is yes. With the right modifying parts, almost any vehicle can be made into a performance vehicle.

You can start at the back. Modifying your exhaust system can reduce strain on your engine and improve your power output. Most factory standard exhaust systems come equipped with mufflers designed for one thing: to keep your engine quiet. But you don’t really care about that. In fact, you would much rather hear the beast under your bonnet roar free. A smaller, lighter, less intrusive performance exhaust system will remove the bottleneck and boost your engine power.

But that’s only what comes out of the engine. What about the input? An engine can only go as quick as the air it takes in. Naturally aspirated performance engines have become legends, but their massive weight and bulk can turn any quick sports car into a rubber eating, turn ignoring beast. Artificially aspirating your engine can lend to a significant boost in power without pinning your car to the pavement under a ton of metal.

One way to accomplish this is to add a supercharger. This is an air compressor, driven by your engine’s crank shaft, that pumps greater volumes of air into your engine, thus increasing power output. Superchargers have become the standard for many different kinds of racing, and can be found sprouting from the bonnets of classic muscle cars.

The other form of artificial aspiration is the turbocharger. This is another type of supercharger, but instead of being powered by the crank shaft, it is driven by an exhaust turbine. The engine pumps its exhaust into a turbine to power the compressor, which, like a conventional supercharger, forces more air into the engine. Smaller and light, turbochargers are usually found in long distance forms of racing, such as rally.

When choosing between these two, it is important to ask what you want your car to do. Superchargers, powered immediately, can immediately boost your acceleration, giving you the advantage in drag racing or short distance circuit racing. Turbochargers are lighter, but since their power comes from the engine’s exhaust, they take longer to start pumping air into the engine and are susceptible to “turbo lag” if not tuned properly.

With the right tuning, any car can be a performance vehicle. Get your custom parts and start seeing how you can make your vehicle quicker.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X-Rated

As I am an only child I have a bit of a problem when it comes to attention – I’m always seeking it. This however is socially accepted as ‘only child syndrome’ so I think I can get away with it. Unfortunately I can’t seem to get away from the fact that I am the most un-photogenic person on the planet, so I won’t be draped over the bonnet of a new Mitsubishi anytime soon. In any crowd, at any party or social occasion you can think of I’m there, in the front gurning uncontrollably in front of the camera.

Just a few years ago this wouldn’t have been much of a problem as the photos would be condemned to the family photo album or remain imprisoned on a friends’ memory card. Nowadays with the advent of social networking sites such as Myspace and Facebook I’m splattered all over the place looking ugly as sin.

Short of some drastic facial surgery or being pinned to the ground and forced to remain solemn I’ve been struggling to think of how to get attention whilst maintaining my dignity and not pulling stupid faces in public. The good news is I’ve found the answer, it comes from Japan and is now in its tenth incarnation: the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X (That’s ten in roman numerals to the uninitiated).

The Mitsubishi is undoubtedly a brilliant car as it appears on the showroom floor, but I’m a big fan of history and heritage and the Evolution models have a more extensive and impressive lineage than most. Formula One has always been accused of lacking excitement and being controlled by computers more and more as the years go by. The world of rallying however couldn’t be more of a polar opposite, sheer cliff drops, mud splattered cars and windscreens, sheep causing spectacular crashes and the only navigation the drivers have is a petrified co-driver reading the directions from a clipboard.

This is where the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution models come in. For years the Evo and its arch rival the Subaru Impreza slugged it out on the rally circuits before resuming round two on the public roads. For me though it was always Mitsubishi who I waved the flag for and in particular Tommi Makinen, who won the World Rally Championship four times in 1996, ’97, ’98 and ’99 – every time in his Mitsubishi. It was a time when I was a young teenager developing my love of cars and the sight of Makinen winning the championship in Wales of all places will stick with me forever.

Perhaps now you can see why I’m so passionate about the latest Lancer Evolution, although it’s not purely based on my boyhood memories. In recent years the Mitsubishi/Subaru battle has moved firmly into Mitsubishi’s favour with Subaru’s stylists’ seemingly going blind judging by the exceedingly ugly cars it’s produced. Mitsubishi on the other hand has toned down (ever so slightly) its aggressive styling, made the Evolution one of the best handling cars money can buy and then stuck a price tag on it that undercuts anything that could rival it by at least £40,000.

The Evolution X is pure PlayStation generation styling with big wheels and spoiler, a front grill that could plough through snow and headlights that give the car the look of Mike Tyson in his prime. However it is still a more subtle offering than previous models and the more grown-up feel continues inside. Yes it’s not the most inspiring cabin I’ve ever seen, it’s a typical workmanlike Japanese offering rather than Italian flair, but crucially everything on the X is far better quality than its elders.

Whereas build quality may have been in question previously, performance certainly wasn’t. Needless to say, the latest model doesn’t disappoint, with the snappily titled Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-360 GSR the one in the range to plump for. In fact it’ll get from 0-60mph in a mere 4.1 seconds, which is a damn sight faster that 99 percent of the competition and much faster than you can say it’s name.

Yet despite this Ferrari beating performance the Mitsubishi’s best feature is how it handles. The most accurate way I can describe it other than that overused word ‘perfection’ is to say it manages to handle like a rally car should but won’t break your spine on the shopping run either. It is a racing car for the everyman (or woman). Well if the everyman (or woman) has £37,999 spare. Yes it’s not cheap initially but when you’re beating Ferrari’s with the wife in the front, two kids in the back and your shopping in the boot having paid at least £70,000 less than Ferrari man you’ll see where I’m coming from.

Besides with the credit crunch I’m hoping the prices will plummet on used versions. I just hope I can cope with all the attention I’ll get.