The 2006 BMW M6: BMW Performance Parts, Aftermarket Parts now available at Parts TrainWritten 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 claims M6 will hit 60 mph in under 4.6 seconds, and it will run to 20 5mph without traditional 155-mph speed limiter. The suspension, though similar to that of M5, is specially tuned to take advantage of M6's shorter wheelbase and lower center of gravity. Massive cross-drilled brakes enable M6 to pull up from 60 mph in less than 118 feet.
It is most powerful 6 Series yet to be produced as it shares its power unit with recently released M5. Acceleration is from 0-100 km/h comes in 4.6 seconds and 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, 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 as V8 in BMW 645Ci. The V10 is indeed most demanding engine in technical terms. BMW’s high-speed engine concept allows an optimum gearbox and final drive transmission ratio. The two five-cylinder banks in V10 are arranged at an angle of 90° in order to optimize standard of vibration control and motoring comfort offered by full mass compensation on crank drive. Taking substantial forces of combustion process, high engine speeds and vibrations into account, 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 of engine to knock, misfire and suffer mis-combustion. BMW’s seven-speed SMG transmission is precisely right manual gearbox for conveying power of V10 via drivetrain to rear wheels. This gearbox from BMW M is indeed world’s 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 to automatic gear selection function.
Toyota has Newly Developed Airbags: Safer and Better, Toyota Performance Parts at Its Best at Parts trainWritten by Jenny McLane
An air bag that inflates as two bags was developed by Toyota and is safer than standard air bags in crashes. Available on Lexus IS luxury sedans twin-chamber air bag decreases damage to neck by distributing impact of a collision more evenly not only to head but also to shoulders.
In intense global competition among auto manufacturers, Toyota offers more than simple reliability and reasonable pricing to gain an edge over rivals been focusing on services such as a mobile-phone operator link that kicks in when an air bag inflates as well as sophisticated safety features to boost brand image.
Other features Toyota showed were VGRS (Variable Gear Ratio Steering). It controls steering and braking to reduce spinning and skidding when braking and turning on slippery surfaces. It includes anti lock brakes and power steering.