The BMW i8: Power, in a whole new way!
Usually when you think of an electric car, what comes to mind is something watered-down and weak – a car that might be good for a city commute, but lacks the power to really get you where you’re going. And now, with the sway of public opinion leaning firmly in the direction of an electric future, you have probably wondered: how can you drive with all the style of your luxury car, while taking advantage of current environmental considerations?
The engineers at BMW thought the same thing, and that’s why they designed the BMW i8.
Influenced by the retro look of the BMW M1 Hommage, the i8 is a hybrid sports car first released in 2014 that is reinventing the field of electric/fuel vehicles. It’s designed for fans of the BMW brand, and it shows: the engine can reach 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds, and its top speed is 250 km/h. Its fuel efficiency is 3.1 L/100 km in hybrid mode, and even at full gasoline consumption it only uses 8.1 L/100 km on the highway.
Much of the reason behind these specs is the technology put into the car’s construction. Instead of steel, the body is made from carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, which is strong yet very light; the body is optimized for aerodynamics; and the battery can even be partially recharged through braking, as energy given off from the friction is recaptured and stored. Such innovations at all levels make the BMW i8 a serious contender for the luxury hybrid champion.
Many of you might think it’s necessary to wait for more infrastructure to be developed before getting into the electric market – you may have heard that you need special charging stations set up in your city. Not for the i8! With the BMW i Wallbox, you can have quick connectivity available right at home – a full charge from one of these takes less than 4 hours!
So what are some other incentives to getting a hybrid vehicle now?
Well, as you may have noticed already – oil is a very volatile commodity. Price shifts can send gasoline prices jumping or crashing overnight, but the general trend is the same as any increasingly scarce resource – upwards! As more people get their own vehicles and demand increases, the reliance on oil and gasoline will be phased out over time. By getting a hybrid vehicle, you can minimize the impact this has on you – especially if the majority of your driving consists of short commutes within a city, like it does for most of us.
There’s much more to be said about the BMW i8 – and plenty of features to look at and admire as well. As always, if you find yourself in the driver’s seat, bring it down to Euroworks in Calgary for all your tune-ups, service, and specialized exotic car needs!
Vehicle systems these days can get complex very quickly. There are dozens of belts, hoses, fuses, gears and chips and connectors….and even the smallest hiccups can be responsible for bigger problems. One of the biggest issues with vehicles today, though, is easily manageable, even though it is almost imperceptible – but it has a huge effect on your performance.
After all, how often do you check your Tire Pressure?
The pressure in your tires, when set to factory specifications, is calculated to enhance and ensure the best gas mileage, wearability, traction, and stopping power in your vehicle. When the tires are over- or under-inflated, it can have cumulative effects on your Engine, safety, and much more.
For example, an under-inflated tire will flatten out where it contacts the road; this causes a loss of steering control, as well as bending on the sidewalls, a build-up of internal heat, and increased rolling resistance – all of which can add up to a 5% loss in Fuel Economy. If it is more than 6 psi below the recommended pressure, your treads will lose up to a quarter of their durability and there is even a chance of tire failure. However, an over-inflated tire isn’t much better. They will take more damage from debris and potholes, and ride harsher over irregular terrain. With all of the rapid temperature fluctuations we are so accustomed to here in Calgary... you had better be sure you are on top of having your tires properly inflated!
So how can you make sure your tires are properly filled?
The first step is to get a quality air pressure gauge, as it is nearly impossible to judge a tire’s pressure just by looking at it. Look at the sidewall of the tire to find out what the recommended pressure is, and compare that to the reading on the gauge. If necessary, use an air compressor with a suitable tip to fill your tires, periodically checking the pressure as you go. If you overshoot the target, don’t worry – just push the centre pin of the tire’s valve in order to let some air out. Repeat for all four tires, and just like that, you’ll have increased your Fuel Efficiency and safety on the road!
Combustion engines have come a long way since they were invented over a hundred years ago. Of all the innovations introduced since then, one of the best is the fairly recent creation of direct fuel injection: it gives you Increased Power and Efficiency where you need it most.
With great power, though, comes great vehicle carbon build-up?
In these engines, the fuel is directly injected into the combustion chamber of each individual cylinder, and no longer passes through the intake valves – and no longer keeps them clean through constant contact. This means that over time, deposits of carbonised fuel and oil build up both on the intake tract and its valves. This can reduce efficiency, oil life, and throttle response, as well as causing rough idling or vibrations. And the worst part? This process cannot be prevented!
So what’s the responsible car owner to do?
One way to fix this problem is to completely dismantle the whole intake system and soak it in cleaner for at least 2 full days, and then clean them manually. But as this takes a lot of time, effort, work, and expertise, it can get expensive quickly. Another is to flush the whole system with cleaning solution – but due to the amount of time the solution needs, the process is slow (it can take more than a week, during which you can’t drive the car) and still requires manual cleaning. Clearly neither of these are ideal.
There is a better way, though, and Euroworks has got it!
It’s called Walnut Blasting, and it’s much cheaper, faster, and more effective than any other way on the market. Basically, a blasting tool uses compressed air to shoot very fine walnut shell granules into the intake tract. These particles hit the built-up carbon deposits at high speed and break them away, while at the same time, they are soft enough that they won’t damage the metal around it. No expensive removal of the system is necessary, and it’s much quicker than the others – on the scale of minutes rather than weeks!
By doing this, you’re renewing the life of your intake valves and tract, making them more efficient and able to perform to a higher standard in all areas. Regular cleaning by walnut blasting will save you money over the long run, by making sure you’re not losing power or performance over the years.
If you own a high-end European car in Calgary, Euroworks is the place to go! We have the technical knowledge, the worker expertise, and the experience to make sure the entire process is flawless from start to finish. Visit www.euroworks.ca for a personalized quote, and get that carbon build-up out of your engine today – your car will definitely thank you!
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