Audi A8: the Car Body of the Year

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The flagship model released by German manufacturer Audi earlier this year, the A8, has been so far at the center of several awards, but up until now, most of them have been given for the car as a whole. This time, only one part of the A8 has been recognized at the 12th International Car-Body Benchmarking Conference.

The body of the car has been handed the Euro Car Body Award after a huge panel comprising 500 experts and a jury of specialists analyzed the submissions (14 of the latest series-production vehicles).

Audi’s A8 body weighs 231 kilograms (509.27 lbs), is made of aluminum (the Aluminum Space Frame technology), which gives it a weight reduced of some 40 percent compared to a steel version and offers a stiffness/weight ratio 20 percent higher than steel.

The technology has been voted this year’s winner after specialists from 22 countries evaluated its characteristics, crash-test results and several other engineering and performance criteria.

The A8 offers perhaps the most comprehensive range of technologies available today. The car comes powered by four engines (4.2l FSI V8, 4.2l V8 TDI and a 3.0 V6 TDI in two power versions). The units are paired to an 8-speed tiptronic transmission.

The highlights of the technologies featured on the model include Bang & Olufsen Advanced sound system or BOSE Surround Sound, Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, Night vision assistant with pedestrian detection highlighting, Audi lane assist, Audi side assist, ESP stability control with electronic all-wheel-drive torque vectoring, Audi braking guard, automatic emergency braking and reversible belt tensioners.

Original article posted on Auto Evolution

SBHS Go-Kart Club’s Formula 1 Dreams

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ELECTRIC MOTOR SPORTS: (from left) Santa Barbara High’s Xavier Speer, Jeremy Knight, Liam Gallant, and Will Hahn. (Photo by: Paul Wellman)
Visitors to the Green Car Show at the Alameda Park Earth Day Festival in April may have noticed a pair of peculiar eco-friendly vehicles standing out amid the high-end Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf: two electric racing cars built by kids too young to drive. The vehicles run on two 12-volt batteries and can barely be heard as they zip around, but they cannot be found on any electric-car lot and aren’t even street legal. They are the work of the Santa Barbara High Electric Go-Kart Club, a group of four students quietly revving up a racing revolution.

Though their hobby of building and racing electric cars isn’t one most teens pursue, Will Hahn, Liam Gallant, Jeremy Knight, and Xavier Spears are already making a name for themselves. They were one of just six Southern California high school teams to participate in the Long Beach Formula E ePrix School Series, an electric Formula 1 car race for high schoolers that happened on April 4. A joint venture between the FIA (International Automobile Federation) and the nonprofit Greenpower Education Trust, the Long Beach race was the third in a series of five inaugural races held around the world, from Buenos Aires and Miami to Berlin and London.

Santa Barbara High was the only high school to come to Long Beach from beyond the borders of Los Angeles County, and that’s only due to the persistence of Will Hahn, the club’s 15-year-old leader. A sophomore, Hahn has been working on cars since the age of 3 with his father, Steve, the materials manager at Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District. Hahn the younger began racing carts by age 12 and founded the team late last year. With low funding and few opportunities to build a car, the club shared a passion but had no way to fulfill it — until the race came along.

“We didn’t really have any capability to build a car,” said Hahn. “It’s something we really wanted to do, but money plays a big role, and we didn’t have the money.” Fortunately, the Formula E race cost nothing, and the teams were supplied a metal chassis, a kit, instruction manual, and some assistance. “The day we got there, I just saw their faces light up,” Hahn said of his teammates, some of whom “hadn’t even turned a wrench really ever in their life.”

Gallant, a legal driver at 16, took on driving duties. The race got off to a good start, with the team holding second place, but turned disastrous when another team cut off their kart, damaging the steering column and nose. Gallant could barely hook a right turn on a circuit full of right turns, and the team plummeted to last place. “I told the other school they don’t know how to drive and that we’ll see them next year,” Hahn said. “We’re already looking above it.”

The Santa Barbara High Go-Kart Club is just one of 20 in the U.S. and 60 worldwide, but Hahn sees it as part of Santa Barbara’s eco-conscious history. “Without Santa Barbara and the ’68 oil spill, the whole environmentalist movement wouldn’t exist,” said Hahn, who believes their next project, once funded, could break acceleration records.

The four teens will probably also enjoy enthusiastic acceptances when college application time rolls around. A retired UCLA engineer professor who helped the team in Long Beach told them that many of his past engineering students couldn’t use a wrench, to which Hahn replied, “Well, we have some future students here who can sure as hell do that.”

Original article posted on The Independent

How Long Does a Car Detail Last?

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If your vehicle has started to look dull and worn out, or if you notice any damage to the paint or the interior, it’s time to invest in a car detail job for your vehicle. While not every vehicle requires detailing, and some owners choose to allow their cars to go without detailing for many months, years or even for the entire duration of the car’s life, there are a few benefits to having your vehicle detailed regularly. Detailing is the process of thoroughly cleaning the interior and exterior of the car as well as repairing any aesthetic damages to the car; these include damaged paint, scratches on the inside or the outside of the vehicle, ripped carpet, broken seat covers and more. Having your vehicle detailed regularly will make it look brand new all over again.

The 4 Months Rule

Many car owners recommend having a vehicle detailed every 4 months or so in order to keep it looking in prime condition. This amount of time is determined by a few different factors. One of the primary ones is that some of the detailing equipment and cleaning solutions tend to wear off after about this much time. Chrome polish and wax usually never last longer than 4 months on a vehicle, although in some cases and depending upon where and how you drive the car, they may fade even sooner than that. Additionally, 4 months is about as much time as your vehicle can go before it starts to look generally dirty and to lose some of its shine.

If you keep your vehicle particularly clean and wash it regularly during the 4 month period in between detailings, you may find that you do not need to have it detailed all that often. Ultimately, the final test of how often to have your car detailed depends upon your own preferences for the quality of the appearance of the vehicle.

Semi Annual Detail Jobs

Many customers find it more convenient to simply have their vehicles detailed approximately twice per year. Having a semi annual detailing schedule is not only more convenient because it requires fewer trips to a detailing service and less money spent on at home detailing equipment and materials, but many people find it easier to remember to schedule semi annual detailing jobs than more frequent ones. Simply remember two distinct holidays that are approximately 6 months apart, and plan to have your vehicle detailed sometime around each of those holidays.

Once again, if you find that your vehicle seems to be getting dirtier than you’d like it, or if 4 or 6 months come around and you don’t feel that your car is dirty enough to warrant a full detailing, consider revising your schedule. Because the process of having your car detailed can be quite expensive (and detailing your car at home is a very time consuming process), it’s best to go with your instincts rather than stick with a predetermined and set schedule.

5 Tips For Preventing Damage To Your Car When Living By The Ocean

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Living near the ocean can be a dream come true, but it may not be as desirable when it comes to keeping your car in great condition. The salt air can be bad for your car, leading to the car rusting far quicker than in other climates. Luckily, there are several things that you can do to prevent your car from being damaged when living by the ocean.

Take Care of Prime and Paint

A new car will always be more resistant to damage that can occur from living by the ocean due to the new paint job. After your car has been driven for many years, it’s likely that the paint has begun to chip off and the sheen steadily disappears. By touching up on any areas with missing paint or taking your car in for a full paint job, you can provide an extra layer of defense towards the ocean air.

Wash and Wax Your Car Often

Even with a new coat of paint, your car can be vulnerable to rusting if you don’t make a habit of washing it. This is due to the fact that once salt and moisture has been allowed to sit on your car for an extended period, causing the car to rust. By learning how to wax your car and making a habit of car washes, you can keep your car looking good and prevent corrosion.

Get Repair Work Done Right Away

When you get in an accident or some damage is done to your car in any other way, the paint is often chipped off and there is exposed metal as a result. To keep rust away, you’ll need to make sure that you get a repair job arranged as soon as possible. This will ensure that any exposed metal is covered up right away so that rusting won’t occur.

Make a Garage a Priority

Keeping your car parked in a garage is the best way to prevent it from getting damaged since it keeps the car away from the elements. While a garage may not be available at your home, it might be a good idea to look into renting a separate garage.

Use a Car Cover for Long-Term Parking

If a garage is not an option for you, it can be helpful to buy a custom-fitted car cover to keep your car protected while outside. By keeping a cover on your car, you can reduce the exposure to the salt air that can lead to corrosion.

Preventing rust from causing damage to your car should be a priority when living near the ocean. By making special preparations and looking into additional ways to protect your car, you can ensure that the car is in good shape in the years to come. Talk to a professional at Prestigious Auto Body for more information.

Original article posted on RManz Photography

What to Know About Auto Repair Estimates in Santa Barbara

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Demystifying the Murky World of Auto Repair Estimates in Santa Barbara

Auto Repair Estimates Santa Barbara

It’s been said that the world of auto body repair is shrouded in mystery. Who will restore your car perfectly at a good price? Who will hide a bad repair under an oversized bill? Here are three tips that can help you understand how to navigate this murky world, how to manage costs, and how to avoid rip-offs and ensure that sure your car is fixed right–at the right price.

Find a Quality Body Shop
It’s been said that for every ten body shops, three are unethical and five do mediocre. It’s your job to weed these out and find the two who know what they’re doing, work ethically and don’t overcharge.

To find the right shop and build a relationship before getting auto repair estimates in Santa Barbara: Look for brick-and-mortar body shops, not mobile repair fly-by-nights.
Look for companies that have been in business a long time and have a solid track record of satisfied customers.
Ask for word-of-mouth referrals.

Get Your Estimate In Person
You can get auto repair estimates in Santa Barbara online. Don’t do it. Chances are, those estimates will have to be revised as soon as the shop actually sees your car. Save yourself the trouble. This was devised to standardize pricing because quotes from different body shops seem to vary wildly. Despite this, it’s best to get the quotes in person.

Get a Price Break Out on the Estimate
Judgment calls in auto body estimates in Santa Barbara can lead to huge swings in price quotes, experts say. Don’t go for low-ball estimates without understanding what they entail and who is giving them. One might give a four-line estimate for a job. Another gives a more detailed twenty-line estimate, which includes a number of other services he considers important to restoring your vehicle. If you can see the break out, you can decide which ones you want. This will allow you to compare apples-to-apples.


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