Jeep Performance Enhancers at Parts Train for the Jeep Gladiator Concept Car 2005

Written by Jenny McLane

Why concept cars? For obvious reasons - to get a visible, tangible look at a design before production so its feel can be evaluated, possible problems can be foreseen, and, for concept cars shown torepparttar public, so reactions of non-gear heads can be judged. In testing particular ideas, concepts are best - for example, they could be a test bed for exterior and interior colors and materials, new controls and dashboard layouts, variations on packaging, etc.

Driving concept cars is a wonderful experience knowing you have driven a future car first hand. Designs that you can only see in futuristic movies become suddenly real and many are exaggerated versions of what will actually appear. The Jeep Gladiator Concept Car featuresrepparttar 143950 historic box side-mounted spare of past models as well as an open-air canvas top, an expandable truck bed and a stowaway rear seat cushion, has a rugged functionality only found in Jeep. The engine is a 2.8-liter diesel ideal for off-roading yet environmentally friendly, since gas mileage of diesels is better and do not pollute like those of years past.

It can presumably also be run on biodiesel, which both reducesrepparttar 143951 amount of energy spent on processing and avoids toxic spills. The engine has an abundant 295 foot-pounds of torque and 163 horsepower. The short rear overhang allows a good departure angle for off-roading. There is a solid front axle, and inrepparttar 143952 rear, a trailing arm system with coil-within-a-coil. There are a front winch, front and rear locking differentials, and skid plates. Onrepparttar 143953 driver's side, there is a cabin storage access panel, and a lockable storage box in front ofrepparttar 143954 rear wheel whererepparttar 143955 jack is stowed.

The Gladiator looks likerepparttar 143956 shape of Wranglers to come, and rumor has it that's exactly what it is: a first try at gettingrepparttar 143957 dimensions and shape ofrepparttar 143958 next-generation Wrangler, due around 2006 (partly to meet new safety standards). We've been told thatrepparttar 143959 Gladiator retainsrepparttar 143960 classic Jeep live axles, with a similar 4x4 system and length, but with more width for better stability and comfort (the Gladiator is ten inches wider, but we suspectrepparttar 143961 actual increase will be half that). The suspension will be updated for additional capacity and safety, and we suspect some electronics will be thrown intorepparttar 143962 mix. Ifrepparttar 143963 Gladiator is any indication, ground clearance will also be considerably better - which will be helpful givenrepparttar 143964 new competition from Hummers, Porsches, andrepparttar 143965 like.

The 2006 BMW M6: BMW Performance Parts, Aftermarket Parts now available at Parts Train

Written by Jenny McLane

The all-new M6 features weight-saving technologies such as a carbon-fiber roof and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels that are almost four pounds lighter than regular cast wheels. With almost 500 horsepower available, BMW claimsrepparttar M6 will hit 60 mph in under 4.6 seconds, and it will run to 20 5mph withoutrepparttar 143949 traditional 155-mph speed limiter. The suspension, though similar to that ofrepparttar 143950 M5, is specially tuned to take advantage ofrepparttar 143951 M6's shorter wheelbase and lower center of gravity. Massive cross-drilled brakes enablerepparttar 143952 M6 to pull up from 60 mph in less than 118 feet.

It isrepparttar 143953 most powerful 6 Series yet to be produced as it shares its power unit withrepparttar 143954 recently released M5. Acceleration is from 0-100 km/h comes in 4.6 seconds andrepparttar 143955 M6 reaches 200 km/h about 14 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h. It has a 5-litre V10 engine with a power output of 373 kW at 7 750 r/min, while torque is 520 Nm at 6 100 r/min. In city driving where not much power is needed,repparttar 143956 BMW M6 automatically sets off in its comfort-oriented P400 performance program with 296 kW (400 bhp) engine output. The V10 power unit requires roughly twice as much cooling air asrepparttar 143957 V8 inrepparttar 143958 BMW 645Ci. The V10 is indeedrepparttar 143959 most demanding engine in technical terms. BMWs high-speed engine concept allows an optimum gearbox and final drive transmission ratio. The two five-cylinder banks inrepparttar 143960 V10 are arranged at an angle of 90 in order to optimizerepparttar 143961 standard of vibration control and motoring comfort offered by full mass compensation onrepparttar 143962 crank drive. Takingrepparttar 143963 substantial forces ofrepparttar 143964 combustion process, high engine speeds and vibrations into account,repparttar 143965 crankcase comes in bedplate design. The extremely stiff crankshaft, in turn, runs in six bearings.

The engine control unit is ionic current technology serving to detect any tendency ofrepparttar 143966 engine to knock, misfire and suffer mis-combustion. BMWs seven-speed SMG transmission is preciselyrepparttar 143967 right manual gearbox for conveyingrepparttar 143968 power ofrepparttar 143969 V10 viarepparttar 143970 drivetrain torepparttar 143971 rear wheels. This gearbox from BMW M is indeedrepparttar 143972 worlds only sequential transmission with seven gears and Drivelogic. With qualities even greater than on a six-speed SMG gearbox, this transmission allows manual selection of gears with extremely short gearshift times as well as comfortable cruising qualities thanks torepparttar 143973 automatic gear selection function.

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