Nazi-era Race Car For Auction

A rare Nazi-era vehicle concealed from the German mine shaft during World War II is now on display for two days at Audi’s showroom on Park Avenue. The silver D-Type from Auto Union, Audi’s forerunner, will eventually be auctioned on February 17 in Paris as part of Christie’s Retromobile auto sale. The race car is estimated to be worth millions of dollars and it is expected to fetch around $12 million to $15 million.

Christie’s said, “While Adolph Hitler gave about 500,000 reichsmarks to Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz to promote racing and technology, the car is not specifically affiliated with the Third Reich.” The D-Type on display, the grandfather of modern race cars, is one of only 2 in existence. Said car has revolutionized automotive racing by putting the driver in front of the engine instead of behind it. It speeds up to 185 miles per hour.

“This car was really quite ahead of its time,” said Rupert Banner, head of Christie’s International Motor Cars division. “It was revolutionary. It changed the face of racing.” Over 20 Auto Union series cars were manufactured between 1933 and 1939. The D-Type, designed by Ferdinand Porsche, has a body shape likened to an airplane fuselage. The driver sits sunken into the body of the metal, and the wheels. The latter appears like oversized bicycle tires having independent suspension. Automakers of today are improving their line from race cars like the D-Type. As a fact, the latest and greatest formulation for fast street or light track vehicles having EBC Redstuff are also inspired by race cars like the D-Type.

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Sheet Metal Stamping In The Automotive Industry

Historically, sheet metal stamping has been used extensively to produce automotive body panels. Although sheet metal stamping use has decreased with the advent of fiberglass body panels, sheet metal stamping is still the most popular material for manufacturing automobiles today. The addition of lasers and robotics to the automobile manufacturing process has further expanded the way that sheet metal stamping is processed.

Lasers

Lasers have been used in production facilities since the 1960′s. Today, they are used to cut, form holes, engrave, weld or heat treat sheet metal stamping for use in automotive production.

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Road Trip Preparation Prevent Unexpected Automotive Repair

If you are preparing for a day-trip or an extended vacation to unwind, having a “pre-trip” automotive service will ease your mind and possibly prevent an unexpected automotive repair that leaves you stranded out in the cold. Here is a simple check list to include in an automotive service to get you off to a great start:

* Vehicle Loading & Tire Inspection

Virtually all late model motor vehicles are equipped with a sticker located on the driver’s door or pillar. That sticker determines maximum vehicle capacity, which means the weight of the vehicle along with the combined weight of passengers and cargo. Don’t exceed the recommended load capacity. On the same sticker is also a tire pressure chart. Be sure to check all tires and make certain they are inflated properly. Tire tread depth should also be inspected. If tires are worn to a point where less than 2/32-inch of the tread remains, or if the cord or fabric is showing, it’s time to replace the tires.
* Lights & Horn

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Victory Gunner

Man Your Gunner Victory Goes All Suede Metallic and Stuff

Add another cool custom to Victory’s six-bike cruiser lineup for 2014 with the Gunner. Based on Victory’s basic cruiser platform and sharing the 106/6 air-cooled V-twin with six-speed transmission, the Gunner features polished highlights on 24-spoke cast wheels, a near-subterranean seat height of 25 inches, and a -suede titanium- metallic paint with black accents.

Victory is understandably proud of its finishes, and the Gunner should really make its corporate head swell. Form the teeny-tiny front fender to the simple instrument package and on back to the lightly bolstered solo saddle, this model has the look of classy minimalism.

It’s also priced within sight of a certain other American machine favored by the young and restless. At $12999, the Gunner is priced beneath all of Harley’s big twins and not too far north of the pricier Sportsters. Naturally, Victory has already tooled u several accessories for the Gunner, including appearance items, a red solo seat, V-style drag bars, and of course, an exhaust system. The Gunner is in showrooms now.

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Automotive Shop Equipment Los Angeles- Multimeters

The multimeter is an Automotive Shop Equipment Los Angeles used to check almost any circuit on the car, but caution must be used when selecting one for purchase. It should be an automotive meter of high impedance and preferably digital. A high-impedance meter is used to protect electronic circuits during testing. It will have two regular leads: a black and a red. Automotive multimeters have additional leads for temperature, engine speed, and other measurements exclusive to the automobile. The controls on most multimeters include selections for the three basic electrical measurements: voltage, current, and resistance. Some meters require the operator to select the range of measurements. The better and more expensive ones have automatic ranging. Ranging is the scale of measurement. For instance, if voltage is being read, the operator may have to select a 0-20-volt scale or a 20-100-volt scale. Automatic ranging meters do this automatically.

Automotive multimeters have selections for revolutions per minute, temperature, frequency, and others depending on the make and model of the meter. Additional leads are required to make the most of these measurements. There are meters that measure only resistance (ohmmeter), voltage (voltmeter), or current (ampere). Meters of this type are not common in the automotive field. There is one meter, however, that is common to almost every tire, parts, and repair facility. It is a volt/ampere tester. The VAT 40 is dated technology because it is an analog type of meter, butmany still exist and work as good as new. An analog meter is similar to the speedometer on a car where a moving needle points to a number for the measurement. Its replacement, the VAT 60 performs the same tests, but the display data is in a digital format. Both are used to test batteries and charging systems. This is one automotive meter that is capable of reading high current. On a starting system, the current may be as high as 400 to 500 amperes.

Most multimeters Automotive Shop Equipment Los Angeles can read no more than 10 amperes. None of the VAT testers will test a dead battery. There is a test with the VAT 40 that allows the battery to be charged for 3 minutes and then tested. This particular test does not mean the battery is good, but it can tell the technician if the battery will accept a charge. A battery should have at least 12 volts before testing to achieve a correct test result with a vat-40 or vat-60.

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