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Your upcoming road trip is just around the corner and you’ve mapped out every minute of it. You’ve booked the best rooms, city tours, and even jotted down can’t-miss diners and spots on the way. But who’s driving? And what?

When it comes to driving long distances, not everyone is keen to reach for their car keys since road trips can rack up mileage and maintenance costs in just a few days. When you’re deciding between driving your own car versus renting a vehicle for your next road trip, it’s smart to take into account all the incurring costs including gas mileage, rental car insurance, vehicle depreciation, etc.

While many travelers prefer public transportation to get around, renting a car offers many benefits that simply aren’t available with other modes of transport. Depending on what you want to get out of your road trip, we break down all the reasons why choosing to rent a car on your next vacation might be the best decision.

Less Costs

On average, driving a car at an established rate of 53.5 cents per mile means a 2,000-mile trip costs about $1,070 in gasoline, maintenance, and wear and tear for a family vehicle. While this rate is subject to adjustment each year, it rarely fluctuates more than a few cents per mile.

For a rental, a 2,000-mile trip spread across 10 days at a rental rate of $35 per day (including taxes and fees) costs $350. The average vehicle gets about 25 miles per gallon, so the trip requires about 80 gallons of gas. Gas prices vary across the country and frequently change; however, if you assume a cost of $2.50 per gallon, you will pay about $200 for fuel. This brings the total cost of the rental and gas to approximately $550. This is about half the cost of driving a family car with maintenance and wear and tear costs factored into the price.

A Variety of Options to Choose from

Not all trips are created equally. Driving your kids to college requires more room than taking your family for a day at the beach. If your priority is more leg room for your upcoming road trip, an SUV, Minivan or 4×4 is the way to go for that much-needed space. On the other hand, if your road trip is a romantic getaway or an anniversary special, a dreamy vintage ride would be perfect. Eitherway, when renting a car, you can take the opportunity to choose from a variety of vehicle options best suited for your journey and the number of people on board.

This also means a golden opportunity to slide behind the wheel of a vehicle you would love to buy but can’t afford. Additionally, if you’re thinking about buying a new car, truck, or SUV, renting the vehicle for a trip gives you the opportunity to enjoy an extended test drive.

Renting Saves Time

Relying on public transport can get hectic with the added pressure of missing your bus, train, or flight, and waiting for the next one to come around. Renting a vehicle gives you the added advantage to start your journey when you choose to, thereby saving you a lot of time. With the car being all yours, you can pause and explore places during your journey at your own pace. This gives you the chance to see as much as you can and make your own detours to capture sights that you usually wouldn’t cover in a tour bus.

Privacy

You can say goodbye to privacy if you choose to travel by public transport. Whether you want to sing on top of your voices or play a fun game, renting a car gives you the privacy to enjoy your company and bond with your travel mates without worrying about privacy or disturbing your fellow passengers.

If you’re traveling as a couple, renting a car for your next trip is the perfect way to spend quality time with each other without worrying about strangers being all up in your business.

Safety

While taking public transport is not unsafe, when you rent a car, you can rely on yourself completely to drive safely. If you’re tired or sleepy, you have the luxury to take a break or make a pitstop if you’re in the mood for a quick bite. You can also resort to detours if you come across traffic and not have to make multiple drop offs like in the case of tourist buses.

Flexibility

What if you want to explore a few places that are not on your itinerary? That is never an issue if you have rented a car. You can change your plans or stop somewhere for longer without any constraints. Make your own decisions and travel as you like without any pressure. As long as you have a rented car, you are free to choose any destination, spend more time than what was planned, and explore to your heart’s content.

Choose A Rental According to Your Budget

There is a general misconception that public transport is the only affordable option. This is not true since car rentals are very reasonable considering the innumerable benefits they offer. You can choose a car of your choice that fits your budget. There are diverse brands to choose from, and budget is never an issue since you can rent your favorite car at an affordable price point. There are flexible car rental plans that let you fulfill your short term or long term needs whether that’s transporting goods or going on an epic road trip.

No Incurring Costs on Your Personal Vehicle

A long road trip can be hard on your vehicle and can lead to a lot of future maintenance costs. A rental is an easy and convenient alternative to using your personal car – especially if you don’t think your car is reliable enough for a road trip! With meticulously maintained vehicles available on rent, no matter where your travels take you, you can get there safely.

There is no hard and fast rule to determine whether it makes more sense to rent a car or use your own vehicle for a road trip. The best way to decide this is to simply weigh the pros and cons of using your own vehicle versus renting one.

So are you ready for your adventure? Don’t know where to start? We break down how you can prepare your car for an epic road trip, including how to take care of your car and all the safety rules to follow.

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How Driverless Cars Actually Work https://f1mats.com/blog/how-driverless-cars-actually-work/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-driverless-cars-actually-work Thu, 02 Jun 2022 08:36:41 +0000 https://old.f1mats.com/?p=62584 Across the globe, autonomous cars or self-driving cars are all the rage in the mobility sector. A self-driving car is capable of sensing the environment it’s in and navigate its way around a route without any human inputs. The success of this vehicle relies upon its understanding of the route and its external surroundings using […]

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Across the globe, autonomous cars or self-driving cars are all the rage in the mobility sector. A self-driving car is capable of sensing the environment it’s in and navigate its way around a route without any human inputs. The success of this vehicle relies upon its understanding of the route and its external surroundings using technologies such as GPS, sonar sensors, cameras, rangefinders, etc.

Automotive giants are leading the herd when it comes to developing self-driving technologies but they are not alone in this quest. Companies like Google, Apple, Amazon, Cisco, and Microsoft have also jumped into this world and are exploring the use of these technologies to build their self-driving vehicles and other tools. They are partnering with automotive companies, research institutions, and the government to invest resources into making these solutions available at a larger scale. Furthermore, trucks, tractors, and cargo machinery are also being tested with these solutions. In fact, in 2016, an electric bus hit the roads in Finland with no driver and automotive systems.

Self-driving cars have multiple levels

When we think of a self-driving car, our vision tends to get quite binary in that it either drives itself or not. But automotive experts break down this process into 5 basic levels:

  • Level 0 is the state of ‘zero automation’ where the system may keep warning systems on but the rest of the controls are manual.
  • Level 1 is what is popularly termed as ‘driver assistance’ with assistance in steering or braking but not both (for example, cruise control.)
  • Level 2 is ‘partial assistance’ where functions such as acceleration, braking, and steering are performed by the system; however, the driver is still in control.
  • Level 3 is termed as ‘conditional automation where the driver can move his attention off the road at times.
  • Level 4 is ‘high automation’ where the system can take over the entire driving function barring special cases such as during rain and snow.
  • Level 5 is ‘full automation’ where no human intervention is required. This is a completely autonomous system.

So how do driverless cars actually work?

With self-driving cars, drivers will be able to go from one location to another without ever taking the wheel. Their vehicles use sensors and software to detect other vehicles, motorists, bikers, pedestrians, and roadwork from up to two football fields away in every direction. Furthermore, these vehicles are programmed to drive defensively, stay out of blind spots, and adjust to unforeseen changes.

Features of self-driving cars you’re unaware of

While most of us may not have access to self-driving technology in cars, the line of difference between a regular car and a self-driving car is blurring. Many operators are equipping their models with sensors, GPS, sonar, and laser technologies to assist automated functions, automatic braking, cruise control feature, collision avoidance, lane detection, 360-degree camera view, and more. By 2023, over 13 million vehicles are expected to be driving on roads across the globe with self-driving features.

Savings on tax money and insurance

A major chunk of the tax-payers’ money is spent on road accident rehabilitation to cover car crash costs. Self-driving cars are expected to reduce these costs as the number of accidents in a driverless ecosystem is predicted to be a lot lesser. Another area of savings for customers is car insurance cover. With the manufacturers investing billions of dollars to improve the safety scares associated with driverless cars, the industry predicts them to cover insurance, repairs, and warranty costs in the purchase or lease price.

Active investments by the government

If you think only automotive manufacturers and technology players are investing in the development of autonomous vehicles, you are mistaken. Governments across the globe are investing trillions of dollars into self-driving technologies and other automated mobility systems. Carnegie Mellon’s Navlab project, where a self-driving car drove from Pittsburgh to San Diego was predominantly funded by the U.S. federal government. Along with this, governments are also paying heed to regulations and bottlenecks that would assist this industry, if dealt with efficiently.

Driverless technology may transcend into Mars rover technology

Nissan MotoCorp. revealed plans to incorporate NASA’s technology used for Mars rovers into driverless technology to help control their fleet of driverless cars. NASA used a system called Visual Environment for Remote Virtual Exploration (VERVE) which involved humans mapping out routes around obstacles. Nissan’s Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) system works on the same principle, which is that a self-driving car can call on a person for help if the car is stuck.

Self-driving cars have invited both admiration and skepticism from consumers; however, this technology is here to stay and is only going to grow by leaps and bounds. With the collective efforts of automobile manufacturers, technology firms, and the government, this system can be perfected and launched for the masses in due time.

Computers can be considered legal drivers of vehicles

Noting that in early 2016, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration determined that under federal law computers could be considered legal drivers of vehicles, Darrell West and Jack Karsten of the Center for Technology Innovation write that, “With the combined efforts of the technology industry, automakers, and federal regulators, driverless cars could achieve widespread use sooner than many drivers and policymakers might expect.”

With technology companies and automakers continuing to make advances on driverless cars, and with increased federal research, companies like Toyota are saying they aim to deliver driverless vehicles around 2020. Given this pace of development, West and Karsten argue that “creating a national strategy for driverless cars is a crucial task for federal transportation officials.”

Autonomous vehicles are expected to comprise 25 percent of the global market between 2035 and 2040

A closer look at the technology, budget, regulations, legalities, and policy frameworks for autonomous vehicles and their impact in China, Europe, Japan, Korea, and the United States shows that government officials and business leaders have to will soon have to work together to bring driverless cars to the world because the technology used for autonomous vehicles will have advanced to the point where it will spread into key niches such as ride-sharing, taxis, delivery trucks, industrial applications, and transportation for senior citizens and the disabled.

In the foreseeable future, people and businesses will have driverless options to take them safely to their destinations and it is important for leaders to provide reasonable guidance on how to commercialize advanced technologies in transportation.

The future of driverless cars

State and local governments derive billions of dollars in revenue from speeding tickets, DUIs, towing fees, and other driver-related laws. It can be argued that while the safety improvements offered by autonomous vehicles will remove these sources of revenue, the technology will save taxpayers an estimated $10 billion every year by eliminating “inefficiencies” in the transportation system such as congestion, road damage, and deaths.

Even if the public sector refuses to innovate, government entities will save big bucks from the impending driverless car revolution. Billions will be saved as a result of increased safety, and the reduction of transportation inefficiencies unfolds a bright future for autonomous vehicles.

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The 2023 Ford Mustang: Everything You Need to Know https://f1mats.com/blog/the-2023-ford-mustang-everything-you-need-to-know/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-2023-ford-mustang-everything-you-need-to-know Thu, 02 Jun 2022 08:07:25 +0000 https://old.f1mats.com/?p=62576 Believe it or not, Ford debuted the sixth-generation Mustang all the way back in December 2013. The all-new seventh-generation Mustang — reportedly codenamed S650 — should be arriving very soon, as a 2023 model year vehicle. In fact, 2022 is the last year of the current, S550-generation Ford Mustang. In March 2023, the next generation […]

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Believe it or not, Ford debuted the sixth-generation Mustang all the way back in December 2013. The all-new seventh-generation Mustang — reportedly codenamed S650 — should be arriving very soon, as a 2023 model year vehicle. In fact, 2022 is the last year of the current, S550-generation Ford Mustang. In March 2023, the next generation of the pony car will be making its debut and it is going to feature a hybrid powertrain.

Ford has the Mustang Mach-E now, which offers a Mustang-branded car that is far more efficient and practical, and has an all-wheel drive. That should free up the conventional Mustang to remain very much a good old-fashioned Mustang, at least for the current generation.

While the Mustang name is iconic, it has birthed a new body style — the ’Muscle car.’ This new style has transformed the automotive landscape for good by not only creating some of the fiercest rivalries but also some of the strongest friendships. This is automotive Nirvana. Now, for the first time in six decades, the Mustang is set to undergo some of the most radical changes ever.

Spearheading the new Mustang will be the Coyote V8, which for all intents and purposes, has come to be synonymous with the Mustang nameplate itself. While the car is yet to lose its covers, there’s plenty we have been able to gather so far about the 2023 Mustang GT.

The new face of the 2023 Ford Mustang

The S650 Mustang should not be a radical departure, looks-wise, from the previous generation. The car will most likely use an evolution of the current platform code-named S550. But the S650 should be getting a new front end to differentiate itself from its predecessor.

Ford Authority obtained what appears to be a spy photo of the new Mustang with its front fascia uncovered. And what may be another leaked photo popped up on a Facebook account as well.

The new Mustang is expected to carry over the current V8 and EcoBoost four

Ford will most likely keep the combustion engine lineup intact, at least initially. According to exclusive sources, the new Mustang will launch with the same 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four and 5.0-liter V8 found in the current 2022 model cars. However, they will be part of a hybrid system. This could also mean all-wheel drive for the S650 Mustang, but at this point, it is too early to tell. The 10-speed automatic is expected to make a comeback, but nothing is being said about the manual version, yet. Ford is keeping a tight lip about the extent of hybridization but it’s almost certainly going to be a plug-in or a full hybrid.

While all (non Mach-E) Mustangs so far have been rear-wheel-drive, reports have suggested the Mustang will eventually get all-wheel-drive. Ford has also patented a new clutch-by-wire system for a manual transmission that would not need (but could still use) a physical clutch pedal; if Ford were to implement that, the Mustang would be the place.

A Track-Ready GT3 Sibling

Ford announced that they would be building a 2024 Mustang GT3 race car for the IMSA racing events, as well as overseas events. Powered by a specced-up version of the iconic Coyote V8 5.0-liter housed in the current Mustang GT, the GT3 variant would meet the criteria to compete in race events worldwide, including but not limited to Le Mans and Daytona.

Of course, like much of everything around the 2023 Mustang, Ford is keeping its details close to the vest. However, the GT3 sibling to the new Mustang would be built in partnership with Multimatic (who also helped out with the 2019 GT MK II and the Baja Ford Bronco), and M Sport. Thus, an all-American race rivalry could finally begin between the Corvette Z06.R GT3 and the Mustang GT3.

A potential hybrid system

GT500

The biggest changes on the next Mustang will happen under the skin. Set to be underpinned by Ford’s new modular platform, the seventh-gen Mustang will, for the very first time, likely gain AWD and a hybrid system. However what still remains unclear is whether it’ll be a mild hybrid or a plug-in hybrid.

Reports also cite that Ford will be debuting a hybrid version of the Mustang by 2025. Hybrid options may be necessary for efficiency and keeping up with rivals’ performance. The AWD Mustang could even be the hybrid Mustang, if Ford decides to include electric propulsion on the front axle.

It Will Not Forget Its Muscle Car Roots

The new generation of the Mustang GT has been spied doing testing rounds in the States, and while it is still heavily camouflaged, reports suggest that its aerodynamics and shape aren’t all too different from the current generation models. Thus, that also means that the interiors of the car aren’t going to change much, in terms of space available and seating.

While we can be certain the 2023 Mustang GT will offer state-of-the-art tech and fancy features loaded to the brim and definitely new materials for the cabin, the seats are pretty much going to be the same physically.

It’s Based On The High-end CD6 Platform

Mastang

Ford’s CD6 platform is quite a popular one, designed from the start to be a versatile and dynamic bed for cars across the lineup. Of course, Ford clearly abstains from using it for its smaller cars, reserving it exclusively for their high-end products. Bits of the CD6 platform, which is also shared by the Ford Explorer and the Lincoln Navigator, are used in the current S650 Mustang GT, and the new GT will most likely be built completely on the CD6, with all the new-generation additions like AWD and Hybrid support.

It’s Estimated To Start At Around $28,000

With several variants, Ford would allow customers to bring home the 2023 Mustang GT at a lot of different price points. Starting off at around $28,000 would be a good bet, which is slightly more than the current base price of the EcoBoost Fastback.

The Coyote-powered V8 high-end variants could certainly start at around the $40,000 mark, and cross the $50,000 threshold too. On the other hand, the Shelby models focusing on performance could well be over $70,000, seeing as the 2022 Shelby GT500 retailed for nothing less than $73,000.

An electric Mustang will likely arrive down the road

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The seventh-generation Mustang life cycle should stretch into the early 2030s. It’s really hard to see Ford launching a new pure combustion Mustang at that point. One report has Ford launching an all-electric Mustang for 2028, which would likely overlap with the S650 — and eventually replace it. There’s no confirmation of that timeline yet; however, it would make a lot of sense.

With the dawn of the EV age, it appears that Ford is all set to embrace this change, perhaps with a hybrid Mustang being the very first step. An all-electric ’Stang seems like the obvious next step and to showcase its potential, Ford has already unleashed the Cobra-Jet 1400 EV on the drag strip, and boy, is it lethal!

All in all, with all the camouflaged test mule shots running about, it’s a safe bet to assume that the covers will be taken off the 2023 Mustang GT fairly soon!

 

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What Does The 2022 Polaris Slingshot Lineup Promise? https://f1mats.com/blog/what-does-the-2022-polaris-slingshot-lineup-promise/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-does-the-2022-polaris-slingshot-lineup-promise Thu, 02 Jun 2022 07:31:44 +0000 https://old.f1mats.com/?p=62565 Polaris Slingshot, the show-stopping, adventure-seeking three-wheel vehicle, has finally unveiled its 2022 model year lineup. Featuring four trim levels and countless accessory options that enhance the drive, style, and sound, the 2022 Slingshot lineup offers endless personalization options that empower owners to customize their new drive. “There’s no wrong way to enjoy a Slingshot. Whether […]

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Polaris Slingshot, the show-stopping, adventure-seeking three-wheel vehicle, has finally unveiled its 2022 model year lineup. Featuring four trim levels and countless accessory options that enhance the drive, style, and sound, the 2022 Slingshot lineup offers endless personalization options that empower owners to customize their new drive.

“There’s no wrong way to enjoy a Slingshot. Whether attracting attention with head-turning styling or escaping for an adventure, nothing on the road allows drivers to make their presence felt more than a Slingshot,” said Chris Sergeant, Polaris Slingshot Vice President. “We’re excited to bring the SLR model back to expand the Slingshot lineup and provide our owners even more personalization opportunities with thrilling new factory accessories.”

Fusing style and excitement with limitless personalization opportunities, the 2022 Slingshot lineup empowers drivers to define their ride and choose their own adventure. Headlining the 2022 model year is the reintroduction of the SLR model, the all-new vented sport hood, a stylish new excursion top, and premium Brembo brakes.

Read on to find out what else is new for Slingshot enthusiasts:

SLR

Slingshot Slr

Blending style with performance, the Slingshot SLR model sits between the show-stopping SL and top-of-the-line R model. Featuring the critically acclaimed ProStar four-cylinder engine with 203 horsepower and a sporty exterior two-tone paint scheme, the SLR delivers unrivaled style if you’re looking to turn heads without sacrificing premium amenities like Slingshot’s Sport Interior Package, and their seven-inch display powered by RIDE COMMAND.

Vented Sport Hood

Slingshot’s all-new vented sport hood adds an aggressive, one-of-a-kind styling while improving aerodynamics and cockpit airflow via vented fenders and hood scoop. The Vented Sport Hood is made with an all-new durable fiberglass composite material, which helps deliver a premium fit and finish. While stock on the 2022 R model is already running low, the vented sport hood is available as an accessory upgrade in a solid color or in any stock graphic package for all 2020-2022 models.

Excursion Top

Slingshot accessories

For 2022, Slingshot has expanded its accessory top offerings with the introduction of the all-new excursion top. At $1,799.99, the new excursion top has an integrated toolless install and a removal soft top with improved driver headroom and visibility. The Excursion Top provides a second top option for Slingshot owners and is exclusive to 2022 models.

Brembo Brakes

Providing unrivaled stopping power, the four-piston Brembo brakes will be a standard amenity on all 2022 R models and will also be available as an upgrade kit for all other models. Available in red or orange, the Brembo front brake rotors are 14% larger than the standard front brakes rotors and feature fixed calipers.

Accessory Collections

Slingshot Design Series

Designed to inspire personalization, Slingshot offers four thoughtfully curated accessory collections that dramatically enhance the Slingshot experience for the driver’s personal preference and driving style. Owners looking to take their drive to the next level can do so with the Slingshot Drive Series, while adventure-seekers can pack for the long haul and ride in comfort with the Escape Series. The Slingshot Show Series and Design Series curate the ultimate head-turning accessories that allow drivers to design their own ride with accessories. Each accessory is sold individually – delivering endless possibilities for owners to mix and match to truly make their mark.

DRIVE SERIES

Elevate your driving experience with Slingshot’s Drive Series. This series was curated to celebrate driving as a hobby and not a necessity. Improved aerodynamics and cockpit airflow from the vented sport hood allow drivers to go the extra mile, while the new excursion top and seats (which can be heated or cooled) add premium comfort. AutoDrive drivers can take control with paddle shifters and increase performance by an additional 25 horsepower with the Stage 1 ProStar Tune. Additional parts that complete this collection include the Slingshot Clear Intake, AutoDrive Dead Pedal, and the new Ripper Ventilated Wind Deflector.

ESCAPE SERIES

The Escape Series is designed to empower drivers to conquer the open road with upgrades to keep the driver and passenger comfort. The all-new excursion top provides protection from the elements, while innovative heated and cooled seats improve comfort for every season. In addition, several storage options, including an all-new roll hoop storage bag and a center console bag, side storage, dashboard bags, and overnight driver and passenger bags provide plenty of options to pack appropriately for a long weekend getaway.

SHOW SERIES

Bring your sound and light show center stage. The Slingshot Show Series delivers everything drivers and passengers want and love from a live show. The Slingshot Stage 3 Roll Hoop Audio Kit by Rockford Fosgate packs more energy and delivers crystal-clear sound while cruising city streets or open roads. In addition, the Show Series features a Premium Interior Lighting Kit by XKGlow, which allows owners to outfit the interior of their Slingshot with six LED lights and LED light pods in various locations. With the mobile Slingshot LED app, owners can simultaneously set two different light zones to any color and choreograph the lights to the music played.

DESIGN SERIES

The Slingshot Design Series inspires personalization through customization. Every ride in a Slingshot is an opportunity for drivers to stand out and showcase their personalities. Featuring the Slingshade top, vented sport hood, and countless color-matched parts, the Design Series inspires personal touch and attention to detail. Additional accessories within the Design Series include the blacked-out badge kit, low tinted ripper wind deflector, painted front grille, hoop accent, painted belt guard, color-matched rear fender, and upper and lower accent kits.

2022 Lineup

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Slingshot S

The Slingshot S serves as a blank canvas ready for personalization, and in 2022 is available in Ghost Gray in both manual and AutoDrive versions.

Slingshot S with Technology Package 1

Owners looking to take their S model to the next level can opt for Technology Package 1, which includes a 100-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with a 2.7-inch display, speaker pods, and Rockford Fosgate tweeters in the dash. Technology Package 1 also upgrades the S models with the vehicle security package and a standard Ripper Series clear wind deflector to improve comfort. S with Technology Package 1 is available in Ghost Gray and Slingshot Red in both manual and AutoDrive versions.

Slingshot SL

Delivering next-level styling is the Slingshot SL. The SL delivers enhanced features, including additional style components, premium finishes, a 100-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system and the seven-inch touchscreen display powered by RIDE COMMAND. 2022 SL models are available in Slingshot Red Pearl, Ultra Blue, and Moonlight Metallic White in both manual and AutoDrive versions.

Slingshot SLR

Loaded with style and comfort, the 2022 SLR features gloss and matte finishes, premium sport seats, and multi-tone paint with full body graphics. 2022 SLR models are available in Forged Orange in both manual and AutoDrive versions.

Slingshot R

The Slingshot R will turn heads with its enhanced bold paint scheme, premium features, and one-of-a-kind style. The Slingshot R packs the 203-horsepower ProStar engine, Brembo painted front calipers, paddle shifters (AutoDrive only), and the seven-inch touchscreen display powered by RIDE COMMAND with turn-by-turn navigation, connected services, and Apple CarPlay.

2022 R models are available in Pacific Teal Fade and Midnight Storm Fade, in both manual and AutoDrive versions.

Shipping to dealers will begin in early 2022, which gives everyone enough time to have them all customized to flaunt them in the summer. This is also the perfect time to get your hands on customized Slingshot floor mats to keep your Slingshots looking shiny, new, and clean throughout the year. With transmission tunnel heat protection, 98% floor coverage, and high-quality premium leather, you can choose to personalize your slingshot floor mat to match your personality. Soft and comfortable with 100% foot coverage, you can choose from innumerable color options at F1Mats. Take a look at premium leather mats or go here to design a customized Slingshot mat of your own color choice.

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Is The BMW X3 The Best Compact Luxury SUV? https://f1mats.com/blog/is-the-bmw-x3-the-best-compact-luxury-suv/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=is-the-bmw-x3-the-best-compact-luxury-suv Thu, 07 Apr 2022 06:11:36 +0000 http://staging.f1mats.com/?p=57339 For luxury vehicles, the compact SUV represents the heart of the market. Just about every luxury brand has one of these right-sized five-seat crossovers or SUVs. Combining an elevated seating position with wagon-like utility, deluxe interiors, and standard or available all-wheel drive, it’s not surprising that compact crossovers (which really aren’t so compact) have become […]

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For luxury vehicles, the compact SUV represents the heart of the market. Just about every luxury brand has one of these right-sized five-seat crossovers or SUVs. Combining an elevated seating position with wagon-like utility, deluxe interiors, and standard or available all-wheel drive, it’s not surprising that compact crossovers (which really aren’t so compact) have become immensely popular. For families that don’t need a third row of seating, the compact category is a great place to start. The sheer number of vehicles in this auto segment is a good indication of just how popular compact luxury SUVs have become.

While none are truly bad, some are obviously better than others. A special few are good enough that we enjoy driving them even when we don’t need the space. These upscale family haulers live at an appealing intersection of affordability, city-friendly sizing, and style in the crossover and SUV realm, and established players such as the BMW X3 run the gamut from sporty and sophisticated to soft and luxurious.

The X3 receives a refresh to its styling for 2022, which includes a revised grille, new headlamps and taillamps, updated front and rear bumpers, new wheel designs, and tweaked exhaust tips. The base X3 is now available with an M Sport appearance package which dresses it up to look similar to the racier M40i model. The M40i gains a 48-volt hybrid system for 2022 but the combined horsepower remains the same 382 as the 2021 model. The plug-in hybrid xDrive30e has been discontinued.

Inside, the center console has been reworked and some secondary controls have been repositioned. While a 10.3-inch infotainment display and a matching digital gauge display are still standard, BMW now offers 12.3-inch upgrades for both.

With the 2022 BMW X3, practicality meets luxury sportiness. This beauty stands above the competition, including the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and Volvo XC60, for the driving characteristics included in the BMW. The X3 brings the perfect blend of fun, sportiness, luxury, and versatility into one vehicle. We deep dive into six reasons why this luxury SUV is one that many enjoy driving.

Connectivity Made Simple

BMW X3 Back View

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When it comes to a BMW, typically you would hear about the engines and performance aspects of it before anything else, but not with the BMW X3. The infotainment system in this SUV, also known as iDrive, makes it exceptionally user-friendly and perfect for your long drives when you just want to jam to old tunes and have a good time with your friends and family. What’s more? You can control the system with the buttons on the steering wheel and the rotary iDrive controller in the center console. The best part? This system upgrades remotely when new features are released so you can enjoy the latest offerings without even lifting a finger.

Increased Hybrid Energy

The BMW X3 M40i model adds a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to the 2022 version. While this doesn’t add any horsepower to the entire system, it improves the quickness, creating impressive sprint speeds for this SUV. This means you’ll have 382 horsepower at your disposal that sends this SUV to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds. That’s pretty quick for a compact SUV model.

Easy-to-modulate Brakes

Not only do you get fantastic engine choices that create superb acceleration, but you also get brakes that are easy to modulate with this SUV. Coming to a panic stop should make the driver feel pretty safe, as the X3 can get from 60 to 0 mph in just a few seconds.

The Best Driver Seat View

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The view from the driver’s seat is nothing short of vast. The roof is quite tall, and the pillars are relatively slender, so you can see quite a lot from the front, rear, and even the sides. There are short headrests for the rear seats, which helps to keep them from getting in the way of your view from the rear-view mirror. Adjust the driver’s seat as needed for an even better view – it is quite easy to do with the seat’s wide array of power adjustability.

3-D Printed Cylinder Head

We know the traditional engine layout of the BMW X3 is an inline-6, but what you might not know is how BMW makes the cylinder heads. Part of the heads for the X3 M version is 3D-printed to improve performance for this luxury SUV model. In fact, the performance levels found in the 2022 version of the X3 were not achievable using traditional production methods.

A Luxury Base Model

Even the base model of the BMW X3 SUV brings you plenty of equipment and qualities to enjoy. This includes:

  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Reclining rear seats
  • A woodgrain trim
  • Two-tone interior materials
  • Stitched faux leather for the dashboard

In addition to luxe interiors, you’ll also find 28.7 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats of this luxury SUV. This area expands to 62.7 cubic feet with the rear seats down.

Track-ready For A Quick Competition

The Competition model of the BMW X3 M takes the strength of the M-version of this SUV and amplifies it. You’ll have an engine with more power, going from 473 to 503 horsepower, a set of 21-inch alloy wheels, and an active exhaust system. These features bring this SUV to a level that allows it to rip off some fast laps at the track, leaving many sports cars in the dust!

A Relatively Affordable Starting Price

When you think of luxury vehicles, you expect to spend a lot of money, but the 2022 BMW X3 sDrive30i starts at around $43,000 (a steal if you ask us!) This price is competitive with many SUVs in the mainstream market and one of the lowest prices in the luxury compact crossover SUV class. The Audi Q5 begins at $45,000, while the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class requires $53,000 to get in the door.

So, Is the BMW X3 the Best Compact Luxury SUV?

Do you need room for five people to sit comfortably? Do you want dynamic performance in the SUV you drive? If so, the BMW X3 is an excellent option for you to have the drive you want from BMW.

While delivering luxury and practicality, the 2022 BMW X3 SUV also channels sports sedans from BMW’s past and blends fun into the equation. Its balanced chassis and well-tuned steering make it a surprisingly willing partner on a twisty road, and both of its available turbocharged powertrains—either a four- or six-cylinder—provide plenty of power. The X3’s cabin is comfortable and upscale.

BMW has incorporated plenty of tech into the X3, including two digital dashboard displays as well as a host of driver-assistance features. Overall, the X3 is well-rounded but it’s the agile handling and gutsy turbo engines that make it one of the best compact luxury SUVs in the market today!

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Meet 2022’s Top 9 Fastest Cars In The World https://f1mats.com/blog/meet-2022s-fastest-cars-in-the-world/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=meet-2022s-fastest-cars-in-the-world Wed, 06 Apr 2022 07:40:43 +0000 http://staging.f1mats.com/?p=57317 With mythical strength and legendary top speeds, blink and you’ll miss these horsepower-laden vehicles. The fastest cars of 2022 offer something for everyone. The fact that they’re only getting faster is exciting, as we watch fast-beyond-words cars compete for that most longed-after title: the fastest car in the world. This year’s cars are lighter, sleeker, […]

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With mythical strength and legendary top speeds, blink and you’ll miss these horsepower-laden vehicles. The fastest cars of 2022 offer something for everyone. The fact that they’re only getting faster is exciting, as we watch fast-beyond-words cars compete for that most longed-after title: the fastest car in the world.

This year’s cars are lighter, sleeker, and more powerful than any that have come before. Now boasting top speeds far beyond the previous ‘golden threshold’ of 300mph, the newest hypercars and supercars will blow your mind.
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With a few familiar and some other brand new names, the fastest cars of 2022 are definitely worth keeping your eye on. In fact, for the first time in 2022, we see the arrival of a fully-electric car on this ranking. Keep scrolling to check out who made the list (in order from slowest to fastest.)

9. Rimac Nevera C Two

Top speed: 258 mph / 415 kph
0-60 mph: 1.85 seconds

Rimac Nevera

© Christian Seabaugh – Photographer – Author at Motortrend

It’s not very often that we hear “electric” and “hypercar” in the same sentence, with one exception: Rimac Nevera C Two. Powered by a 120kWh battery pack, this beauty of a machine uses four electric motors to reach top speeds in a way that other electric cars could only dream of. But that shouldn’t be surprising considering everything about the Nevera was designed to push boundaries. As the company says, “A Nevera is extremely powerful and charged by lightning.”

And, to ensure you safely hit those ridiculous speeds, the car comes with 13 cameras to help optimize and enhance each driver’s on-track performance in real-time.

8. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

Top speed: 267 mph / 431 kph
0-60 mph: 2.5 seconds

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is one of the oldest supercars around but it’s still more than worthy of making this list. A car that set the benchmark really high for Bugatti as well as other contenders in the hypercar world, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport was one of the greatest technological challenges ever known in the automotive industry.

The 16.4 Super Sport was the final design from the Veyron batch, a car that excelled itself in every shape and forms possible, before finally putting the Veyron name to bed. Elegant, stylish, and truly one of a kind.

7. Hennessey Venom GT

Top speed: 270 mph / 434 kph
0-60 mph: 3.05 seconds

On Valentine’s Day in 2014, John Hennessey of Hennessey Performance declared an end to his feud with Bugatti. After years of sparring, the American car manufacturer saw his Venom GT seize the World Record for Fastest Car on NASA Kennedy Space Center’s runway.

The car took two full years to engineer and develop and only 29 were made, each worth approximately 1.2 million dollars.

The supercar itself is gorgeous, with sleek curves and a sleeker body. Featuring an ultra-light carbon-fiber chassis, the Venom GT resembles a black panther poised to leap forward at any second reaching top speed in just over 3 seconds.

6. Czinger 21C

Top speed: 281 mph / 432 kph
0-60 mph: 1.8 seconds

Unlike some supercars which stick to traditional methods and designs, the Czinger 21C was built for the 21st century. Boasting a futuristic design in every way possible, its lap record-shattering performance is just one of the many things that add to its credibility.

Carbon fiber construction, a bespoke hybrid powertrain, and extreme downforce ensure this car looks good inside and out. This is a car powered by both electricity and gas, supplementing its forces with an 800-volt electrical system, similar to those spotted on the recent Formula 1 cars. Sure, it won’t quite hit those maximum speeds on electricity alone, but it’s powerful enough to travel a moderate distance without using gas.

5. Bugatti Bolide

Top speed: 310 mph / 498 kph
0-60 mph: 2.17 seconds

After the success of its previous speed models, Bugatti went back to the drawing board trying to one-up itself. But how do you do that when what you have is already perfection on wheels?

Enter Bugatti’s Bolide.

With an 8.0L W-16 motor, 1825 horsepower, and a stunning 1364 lb-ft of torque, this car was built to go places.

Bugatti’s Bolide is a lightweight hypercar that showcases the true extent of Bugatti’s range in terms of beauty, power, and innovation. Using their tried and tested bespoke engine, this time they added more turbos to amplify the effect. It’s also light, futuristic, and tiny with the Bolide standing only 39.2 inches off the ground.

4. Hennessey Venom F5

Top speed: 301 mph / 484 kph
0-60 mph: < 2 seconds

Hennessey Venom F5
© Hennessey Performance

Next in the lineup is Hennessey’s Venom F5. The name is a reference to the fastest type of tornado – a natural force that the Hennessey emulates with its immense power and incredible speeds.

Under the hood of the Venom F5 is an American-made twin-turbocharged engine, which results in nearly 2,000 horsepower. This gives the Venom F5 precisely what it needs to reach a top speed of 301 mph.

Built to help Hennessey smash a world record it had previously broken with the GT, the F5 was amped up in style, exclusivity, price, and speed. Only 24 were made with a sticker price of 1.6 million dollars and the instantly iconic bright yellow carbon-fiber shell.

3. Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut

Top speed: 330 mph / 531 kph
0-60 mph: 2.6 secondsKoenigsegg Jesko Absolut

So far, it may seem like the race to determine the fastest car of 2022 has been mostly between Bugatti and Hennessey, and rightly so since both companies produce incredible cars packed with raw power.

However, that doesn’t mean there’s no room for anyone else to show up!

Introducing the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut — a hypercar that ups the ante by almost 30 mph. For a long time, if anyone wondered what the fastest car in the world was, it was this one.

Swedish auto manufacturer Koenigsegg introduced this vehicle to set a new world record. With an updated engine and precise handling, they made this car lighter and more aerodynamic for optimal performance than their other popular supercar, the Agera RS.

However, this car isn’t just about speed. It’s also about the built-in features that include climate control, infotainment, and head/legroom. The Jesko Absolut reaches a top speed of 330mph, and while the manufacturer has not released acceleration information yet, it’s sure to be impressive.

2. SSC Tuatara

Top speed: 331 mph / 530 kph
0-60 mph: 2.5 seconds

Wonder what’s faster than 330mph? 331mph.

North America-based SSC has built a beautiful supercar that’s packed with the greatest in automotive innovations. In October 2020, in Nevada, on a seven-mile stretch of road, Shelby SuperCars confirmed that their fastest supercar had reached an eye-watering speed of 331mph.

Unfortunately for those who see themselves zipping around their favorite cities at this breakneck pace, this car isn’t quite road-legal: It uses a camera system, instead of mirrors, to help with steering.

With 1750 horsepower, a custom, all-alloy, flat-plane-crank 5.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 motor, and a $1.9M price tag, the SSC Tuatara perhaps doesn’t need to break any records in order to be taken seriously.

1. Devel Sixteen

Top speed: 347 mph / 550 kph
0-60 mph: 1.8 seconds

Car enthusiasts, we’ve finally reached the fastest car of 2022! The Devel Sixteen, with an almost unheard-of amount of power and speed, seeks to smash all of the current records it faces. With a claimed top speed of 347mph, the Devel Sixteen stares down the next speed standard: 350 mph.

First debuted years ago, the Devel Sixteen boasts stats that have had the automotive world whispering and mystified, as we await its production. It has an incredible 5007 horsepower, an 81mm Quad Turbo 12.3L V16 engine, and a general ‘inquire for price’ intriguing aura constantly surrounding it. This car is certainly one to keep an eye out for in 2022, as what we do know about it signals that it’ll be the car to beat if its stats are confirmed.

 

And there you have it! 2022’s fastest cars in the world. We’ve got the horsepower to soar you high enough to touch the sky and sleek designs that will have you do a double-take. With so many speedsters on the road and in production, which one would you like to get your hands on?

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Top 6 USA Road Trips To Take in 2022 https://f1mats.com/blog/top-6-usa-road-trips-to-take-in-2022/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-6-usa-road-trips-to-take-in-2022 Tue, 05 Apr 2022 09:21:53 +0000 http://staging.f1mats.com/?p=56714 While plane rides and touristy spots garner a lot of attention when traveling, avid travelers will tell you that going on an epic road trip is actually the best and really the only way to truly experience a destination. And after 2 years of intense lockdowns and travel restrictions, summer travels are back, and how! […]

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While plane rides and touristy spots garner a lot of attention when traveling, avid travelers will tell you that going on an epic road trip is actually the best and really the only way to truly experience a destination. And after 2 years of intense lockdowns and travel restrictions, summer travels are back, and how!

So this year, let’s take some much-deserved break and go for an epic road trip. In the US alone, you can venture on some of the best road trips and discover the country like never before with open roads, roadside attractions, and plenty of roadside diners to choose from.

There is a lot that goes into planning a road trip. But the most exciting part about it is choosing from the million routes to start your adventure from.

I’ve assembled a list of some of the best and most classic road trips in the country. From the East to the West Coast, through the deserts and mountains, we’ve rounded up 6 of the greatest American road trips you can take.

1. Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

Also known as the road trip to take before you die, the Pacific Coast Highway is a trip that every true traveler would want to take at least once in their life because what’s a trip to California if you don’t visit the coast or the beach? Not to forget, bumping to your favorite tunes along the coastline with superlative stops like Malibu, San Luis Obispo, and Point Reyes.

The entire stretch of the Pacific Route, which usually takes at least a week, pulls out all the stops. Gorgeous coastlines, bustling metropolises – like San Francisco and Los Angeles – and more than enough burger joints all combine to make the perfect road trip itinerary. With a total distance of 656 miles, you’ll start your adventure in San Diego and end in Mendocino with the chance to camp in Big Sur. What better way to start your summer travel?

2. Route 66

Route 66 is probably the first thing that springs to people’s minds when they think of a “Great American Road Trip.” Over the years, Route 66 has been almost immortalized by movies, music, and novels, so much so that it is practically synonymous with the very idea of going on a road trip around the USA.

Taking you through eight different states and four different regions, Route 66 offers roadside attractions, antique gas stations, and eccentric diners — all staples of the American culture.

One of the best parts of Route 66? Watching the landscape shift from the Great Plains and Mississippi wetlands to the deserts and mountains of the West Coast’s roadside landscapes. Entering Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona is a particularly surreal experience, as there is nowhere else quite like the American Southwest. If you have time, be sure to stop by Monument Valley for an iconic American backdrop. Starting your trip in Chicago, Illinois, and ending it in Santa Monica, California, you’ll cover a distance of 2448 miles and travel through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

3. Skyline Drive

One of the most famous day trips for those visiting Washington DC is Skyline Drive — an easy and scenic accessible mountain drive in the USA. In just over an hour, one could easily escape from the actions of the nation’s capital and be in the heart of the Appalachian region. For those who like long-winding mountain roads, this road trip will be one for the books.

The Skyline Drive traverses the entirety of Shenandoah National Park. This means that besides offering breathtaking views, the route also provides access to many local trails. The epic and grueling Appalachian Trail runs parallel to Skyline Drive. Those who’ve dreamed of hiking a section of the thru-hike can do so at several points of the journey. For those looking for a more docile couple of days in Shenandoah, there are lots of campsites and little towns around worth visiting.

Starting your trip at Front Royal and ending it in Rockfish Gap, you’ll cover a cool 105 miles with opportunities for quick hikes in Virginia.

4. Going-to-the-Sun Road

Going-to-the-Sun Road

Glacier is one of the best national parks in the USA. It’s the kind of place that once you’ve visited, you’re going to want to pack up your bags and move there.

The main road that traverses Glacier is called the Going-to-the-Sun Road and it is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful roads in the US. It passes right next to the stunning Saint Mary Lake, which is one of the highlights of the park. It also provides quick access to some very good trails in the park, like Hidden Lake Lookout. This 3-mile round-trip hike starts at Logan’s Pass and offers views of the uniquely-shaped Bearhat Mountain.

It should be noted that the Going-to-the-Sun Road opens late in the season and closes early due to heavy snow. The road is closed for 7-8 months and is crazy busy the rest of the year. There are quite a few hairpins turns as well so remember to keep your cool out there when driving. You’ll cover a total distance of 50 miles staring at the West Glacier and ending at Saint Mary.

5. Olympic Peninsula Loop

Very few places in the USA are as geographically unique as the Olympic Peninsula. Here, you’ll find a huge diversity of landscapes, from glaciers to rainforests to rugged coastlines. This is a paradise for outdoor adventure lovers.

There are quite a few cool spots while on the Olympic Peninsula trip to explore. Hurricane Ridge offers the most spectacular views of the surrounding mountains as well as skiing opportunities in the winter. Rialto Beach is famous for its sea stacks that resemble those found in Iceland. The Enchanted Valley is a relatively more remote portion of the trip that requires an overnight hike but the reward of almost 10,000 waterfalls is well worth it.

The best part about the Olympic Peninsula is exploring the Hoh Rain Forest. Thanks to constant rain, the woods of the peninsula are overgrown, towering, and constantly lush. Venture on a walk here and you’ll see more shades of green than you ever thought existed.

Start and end your trip in Port Angeles covering a distance of 330 miles and exploring rainforests, glaciers, and beaches in a loop.

6. San Juan Skyway

San Juan Skyway

The San Juan Skyway is the best road trip in Colorado! Nestled in the far southwestern corner of the state, this route offers some of the finest Rocky Mountain views you could hope for. The road twists and turns through the valleys of the San Juan Mountains, arguably the prettiest part of the Colorado Rockies, and visits many historical towns and viewpoints along the way.

This itinerary begins and ends in the former mining town of Durango. There’s not much to do here besides ride the old gauge railroad, which is admittedly pretty damn cool if you like old-school trains. However, as you head north from Durango to Silverton, the scenery really starts to unfold. To the east, the rugged Weminuche Wilderness area witnesses avid climbers and hikers. To get the best views of this area, stop at Molas Pass for a break.

For photography enthusiasts, the Dallas Divide, which overlooks the Sneffels, is very popular for its leaves changing color, especially in autumn. After the Dallas Divide, it’s straight onto one of the most famous mountain towns in Colorado: Telluride. If you’re staying in Telluride during the summer, be sure to check for local festivals. During this time, there’s one almost every weekend.

This gorgeous road trip starts and ends in Durango with 233 miles in between. So there you have it! 6 amazing road trips you can take this year in the USA. With options for all kinds of travelers, it’s time to pack your bags, load up your vehicle, and lather on the sunscreen. Don’t forget to check on your car and make sure it’s road trip ready. And if you don’t know where to start, take a look at our car road trip checklist here.

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Yearly Car Maintenance Checks To Preserve Car Value https://f1mats.com/blog/yearly-car-maintenance-checks-to-preserve-car-value/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=yearly-car-maintenance-checks-to-preserve-car-value Wed, 02 Mar 2022 10:25:32 +0000 http://staging.f1mats.com/?p=54788 Imagine these situations: 1. Smoke coming out of your car halfway through your epic road trip 2. Your car not starting up when you have to rush for an emergency meeting 3. Your car stopping in the middle of the freeway on a snowy/rainy day 4. Spilling your favorite drink all over your car’s floor […]

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Imagine these situations:

1. Smoke coming out of your car halfway through your epic road trip
2. Your car not starting up when you have to rush for an emergency meeting
3. Your car stopping in the middle of the freeway on a snowy/rainy day
4. Spilling your favorite drink all over your car’s floor mats because of emergency brakes

Scary, isn’t it? While most people dread being in these situations, they’re also easily avoidable. Since we rely on our cars to keep our daily life running smoothly, there are a few essential yearly checks and tune-ups that we can do to ensure our vehicles are always performing at their best.

There’s a lot you can do yourself but there are also some things you probably shouldn’t attempt to do if you’re not comfortable with them. Taking your car to a competent professional is one of the best things you can do to preserve its resale value if you don’t want to do it yourself. Let’s take a look at the major car checks you should be doing at least once a year.

1. Flush Your Brake Fluid

Brake oil

Changing your brake fluid is very important. If your brake pedal has gotten squishy over time, there’s a good chance you need to flush out (and not refill) your brake fluid. Here’s why — brake fluid absorbs water from the atmosphere.

That’s a problem because since water boils at a much lower temperature than brake fluid, your brake lines will get filled with air, which means when you step on the pedal, you’re literally pressing on air. The older your brake fluid is, the worse this gets. While you can get away with checking this every other year, auto experts recommend doing it every year for safety and performance.

Flushing your brake fluid is one of the easiest things you can do. You can buy kits to do it yourself or you can use professional help to do the same.

2. Inspect Your Brakes

While we’re on the topic of flushing your brake fluid, this is also the perfect time to inspect the rest of your brake system. Do you see any fluid leaking or evidence of cracks on your brake rotor? If yes, you need to get your brakes checked. If you feel ridges when you run your finger across the surface, that’s not a good sign either.

Inspect how thick your brake pads are to ensure they’re wearing evenly and not turning into a wedge-like shape. If they’re thinner than an eighth of an inch, take that as a sign that you’re going to need to replace them at some point or you’ll likely hear them start to squeal over time.

3. Also, Inspect Your Tires

For your tires, you want to inspect the condition of the rubber. If they’re not more than a couple of years old, this won’t be a big deal, but if they’re three, four, or over five years old, you want to look for evidence of cracking. While you’re at it, inspect the sidewalls as well. Check for any abnormal bumps in them.

Another important thing to check: is tread depth. This is simple. Simply take a penny and place it in between the tread blocks of your tire, with the top of Abe Lincoln’s head pointing down into the tire. If the tread comes to Abe’s ear, you’re good. If it barely touches his hair, you’re okay right now but it would be a good idea to start looking for your next set of tires.

Pro tip: Check across the inside, middle, and outside of each tire. If the tread isn’t even throughout, your car probably has an alignment issue.

4. Look For Signs For Whether Your Alignment is Off

You should always pay attention to your steering wheel, and thus should know if it’s not perfectly straight or if the car constantly pulls one way or the other without any input from you. If it does, obviously take your car in to check on its alignment. While you’re checking your tires’ tread depth, though, you can also look at the tread for tell-tale signs of something being amiss. Pay attention to whether any part of one tire’s tread depth is significantly out of line compared to the other tires. If it is, there’s a good chance your alignment is off, even if it’s not noticeable. This means it’s time to take it to a pro.

5. Check Your Belts And Hoses

Check your belts and hoses

While this part is usually covered in your car’s manual, it is best to mention this since checking on these usually extends to intervals far beyond a year. So why is it important to check on these? Best-case scenario if a belt or hose fails on your car, you could get stuck on the side of the road, as traffic whizzes past you at 80mph.

Worst-case scenario, the failure will result in catastrophic damage to your engine, and you might have to either pay thousands of dollars to replace it or buy a new car.

Next, pop the hood and look for any bulges on hoses or frayed edges on belts. If you can’t see a belt (on many cars today they’re hidden under covers and other components,) you can either remove the cover yourself or take it to the auto shop the next time you take your car in for an oil change.

6. Get Your Oil Checked

While getting your oil checked and analyzed isn’t mandatory, it can save you a lot of money while also giving you plenty of early warning if something’s not quite right inside your engine. You can send a sample of your used motor oil to a laboratory and get a detailed report that tells you how many miles you can go between changes based on your driving habits and environment, and also if there are unexpected levels of metal shavings in your oil, which could indicate that some crucial internal pieces are on their last miles.

7. Steam Clean Your InteriorSteam clean your interior

Your car is essentially a dungeon of hazardous materials all around and within it. You sweat in the seats during the summer, spill beverages, carry in dirt and debris from outside, have children dropping food, and/or pets slobbering all over your car seats. Most of these things happen without us even noticing them.

While cleaning your car should be done often, at least once a year, take a steam cleaner and blast away all the germs and miscellaneous dirt. It’s not going to hurt your leather, faux leather, vinyl, or fabric seats, and it’s definitely going to make your car cleaner and less hazardous.

You can also invest in good quality premium car floor mats to ensure your car’s interiors remain clean longer without damaging your vehicle’s original carpeting. This also helps for easy cleaning at regular intervals.

8. Polish Your Windshield And Headlights

Your windshield acts like the eyes of your car, in the sense that its visibility slowly deteriorates over the course of time but because it’s so subtle, you never actually notice how bad it’s gotten. You can use a bottle of glass polish and a polishing attachment for your drill and give your vehicle’s windshield a good clean-up. Once you’re done, you’ll probably feel like you’re seeing the world in HD. Try it on your other windows too and especially on your headlights. However, just be careful not to touch your vehicle’s paint while you’re at it.

Remember though, if you’re not comfortable doing DIY maintenance, don’t worry about it. Just take it to your mechanic or auto shop, sit back, and relax!

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The Biggest Car Shows of 2022 https://f1mats.com/blog/the-biggest-car-shows-of-2022/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-biggest-car-shows-of-2022 Wed, 02 Mar 2022 10:24:40 +0000 http://staging.f1mats.com/?p=54799 If you’re a die-hard motor enthusiast and or even a race nerd, you probably have a bucket list of automotive experiences, car shows, and races you’re looking forward to checking off this year. After 2 years of a global pandemic, roadshows are back this year, and how! As the automotive industry drives into the future, […]

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If you’re a die-hard motor enthusiast and or even a race nerd, you probably have a bucket list of automotive experiences, car shows, and races you’re looking forward to checking off this year. After 2 years of a global pandemic, roadshows are back this year, and how!

As the automotive industry drives into the future, it’s important for car enthusiasts to remain in the driver’s seat.

Whether you’re looking to buy classic cars or superbikes or just want to take a look around and experience the best of the auto world, there’s something at these roadshows for every enthusiast. We explore the 8 biggest car shows in the world happening this year and see what they have to offer.

1. Overland Expo

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Overlanding was already growing by leaps and bounds prior to COVID, but if anything, this vehicle-based adventure travel pastime has been turbocharged by the pandemic. Perhaps that should come as no surprise because with its inherent emphasis on off-the-beaten-path exploration, camping, and self-reliance, Overlanding is all but tailor-made for these socially distanced times.

Whether you’re just looking to dip your hiking boot into this activity for the first time or you’re or a seasoned pro with a dedicated off-road rig or an RV with piles of gear, there are few better places to learn more about this outdoor hobby and buy gear to support it than Overland Expo. This series of family-friendly events travels across the country from Arizona to Virginia between May and October, and naturally, there’s plenty of camping space for attendees. The event is slated to take place at various locations.

Overland Expo West – May 20-22 – Flagstaff, Arizona
Overland Expo Mountain West – Aug. 26-28 – Loveland, Colorado
Overland Expo East – Oct 7-9 – Arrington, Virginia

2. Radwood

Radwood, the 1980s and ’90s-themed car show, continues to grow in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. Focused on automobiles produced from 1980 to 1999, Radwood doesn’t just celebrate those rare and expensive models that are starting to acquire classic status. It also wholeheartedly embraces period custom cars and individually imported vehicles from Japan and Europe. Basically, Radwood keeps it weird in the best way possible.

The event is slated to take place on various dates this year. To book your tickets, click here.

3. New York International Auto Show

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If you want to flaunt your knowledge of the latest automotive trends, the 2022 New York International Auto Show is the event to attend!

Every year, the New York International Auto Show showcases an incredible collection of cutting-edge car designs and extraordinary automotive innovations. Car enthusiasts are spoiled for choice with more than four floors of displays to visit. World-famous manufacturers will be featuring their newest models and latest concept cars. With almost 1,000 cars and trucks on display, it’s no surprise that this auto show is one of North America’s most highly attended auto shows.

The event is slated to take place between March 25 – April 3 in 2022 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, USA. To book your tickets, click here.

4. Los Angeles Auto Show

Launched in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show is one of the most influential auto shows in the world. So it’s no surprise that over 18,000 auto industry decision-makers and journalists from more than 58 countries attend the event each year.

Every November, the event showcases the best models and manufacturers, who unveil the future of the automotive world. Each year, the show opens its doors to hundreds of thousands of qualified car shoppers and auto fans. It’s known as the nation’s biggest car-buying market.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience! The event is slated to take place between November 19 – November 28 in 2022 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, USA. To book your tickets, click here.

5. Bonneville Speed Week

Set on the vast salt flats of northwest Utah, Bonneville Speed Week has played host to Land Speed Record (LSR) attempts for over a century. As a 30,000-acre temple of speed, the Bonneville Salt Flats really picked up momentum in the 1930s. If you’re a casual automotive fan and need things like adjacent rock concerts to have a good time, this might not be the event for you. That said, anyone who is obsessed with going fast and with automotive history knows that Bonneville Speed Week deserves a top spot on their bucket list.

There are record classes for just about every type of vehicle and method of power, from modern and vintage streetcars to commercial semi-trucks, motorcycles, and even pedal-powered bikes.
The event is slated to take place between August 6 – August 12 in 2022. To book your tickets, click here.

6. Monterey Car Week

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The largest automobilia show in America, Monterey Car Week is nothing less than the nexus of America’s collector-car universe. This 10-day-long series of car shows, auctions, cruise-ins, and vintage racing happenings is a spectacle where you’ll see more blue-chip classics and exotics in the parking lots of many of these events than you’ll see entered in other top-notch car shows.

This epic celebration of automotive beauty is held at the beautifully renovated Monterey Conference Center, just steps away from downtown Monterey and Fisherman’s Wharf.

The event is slated to take place between August 12 – August 21 in 2022. To book your tickets, click here.

7. Woodward Dream Cruise

Held every year on the third Saturday of August, Motown’s Woodward Dream Cruise isn’t just the world’s largest cruise-in, it lays claim to being the world’s biggest single-day car event, period. Running up and down Woodward Avenue, America’s first paved street, this metropolitan Detroit event has more classic muscle cars and trucks than you can possibly imagine. And this open-to-the-public event isn’t just limited to vintage American iron. You’ll see supercars, wild Japanese customs, 4x4s, and just about every type of car or motorcycle you can imagine.

The event is slated to take place on August 20 in 2022. To book your tickets, click here.

So there you have it! The biggest auto shows taking place this year. With covid restrictions easing worldwide, this is the perfect time to explore what a world-famous auto show looks like. How many of these must-see events are on your own personal automotive wish list?

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Why Electric Cars Might Take Over The World Soon https://f1mats.com/blog/why-electric-cars-might-take-over-the-world-soon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-electric-cars-might-take-over-the-world-soon Wed, 02 Mar 2022 06:30:34 +0000 http://staging.f1mats.com/?p=54802 Chances are that you probably haven’t driven an electric car yet, let alone seriously contemplated buying one, so this prediction might sound a bit bold off the bat. However, many industry observers, car and motor enthusiasts, and auto world scholars believe that we have already passed the tipping point where sales of electric vehicles will […]

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Chances are that you probably haven’t driven an electric car yet, let alone seriously contemplated buying one, so this prediction might sound a bit bold off the bat.

However, many industry observers, car and motor enthusiasts, and auto world scholars believe that we have already passed the tipping point where sales of electric vehicles will very rapidly overwhelm petrol and diesel cars. To give you an example and better understand the larger picture, Jaguar plans to sell only electric cars from 2025 onwards, Volvo from 2030 onwards, and British sports car company Lotus said it would follow suit, selling only electric models from 2028 onwards. Surprising, isn’t it?

And it isn’t just premium brands.
General Motors says it will make only electric vehicles by 2035, Ford says all vehicles sold in Europe will be electric by 2030, and VW says 70% of its sales will be electric by 2030 as well. In short, going electric isn’t a fad anymore.

In fact, the demand for electric cars is so strong that manufacturers are requiring buyers to put down deposits months in advance. And some models (like the Kia EV6) are effectively sold out for the next two years.

Why The Demand For Electric Vehicles Though?

the electric car market is already growing exponentially

  • Businesses and governments worldwide are setting and achieving sustainability goals aimed at reducing CO2 emissions, pollution, and noise and increasing efficiency. As a result, some governmental bodies are offering tax credits and other incentives for those who purchase electric vehicles, which makes them more accessible.
  • Smaller and more efficient cars are generally more prevalent in urban areas, where the average daily driving distance is much shorter. Over 50% of the global population is projected to be living in cities by the year 2030, which will drive up the demand for electric vehicles.
  • As battery technology develops and improves, the range of electric vehicles is also increasing. Electric vehicles that can cover more miles between charges are more practical for those with longer commutes. In addition, the combination of battery improvements and charger performance will make high-speed charging a reality, reducing downtime along the road.
  • In the early days of electric vehicles, there was an extremely limited number of makes and models to choose from, many of which were expensive. As these models become more common, an increasing number of styles are becoming available, appealing to the wants and needs of a wider array of consumers.
  • Market trends show that luxury electric vehicles are growing in popularity while mainstream electronic vehicle sales have remained relatively flat thanks to companies like Tesla.

How Far Along The Electronic Vehicle Journey Are We?

While electric vehicles still account for a small slice of the market — nearly 9 percent of the new cars sold in 2021 worldwide were electric, up from 2.5 percent in 2019, according to the International Energy Agency — their rapid growth could make 2022 the year when battery-powered cars become unstoppable.

Companies such as Uber and Lyft that run big fleets of cars are leading the switchover because the savings are greatest for cars with high mileage. However, as prices continue to fall, retail customers are believed to follow suit soon. So how fast will this happen?

The answer is very fast.

Like the internet in the 90s, the electric car market is already growing exponentially.
The increase in usage of electric cars will improve air quality considerably and help slow global warming. In fact, today, the air in Southern California is already a bit cleaner thanks to the popularity of electric vehicles in this region.

RoadblocksWhy the demand for electric vehicles though

As much as the demand and supply of electric vehicles have increased over the past few years, they won’t take off to their maximum capacity until they become as inexpensive to buy as gasoline vehicle models — a milestone that is still a few years away for moderately priced cars that most people can afford.

But as extreme weather makes the catastrophic effects of climate change more tangible, and word gets around that electric cars are actually easy to maintain, cheap to refuel, and fun to drive, affluent buyers are increasingly going electric.

At the upper end, electric vehicles are already competitive on price and could save buyers thousands on maintenance and gasoline. Why? Because electric cars do not need oil changes, and electricity is generally cheaper per mile than gasoline.

The Future Of Electric Cars

By 2025, it is forecasted that 20% of all new cars sold globally will be electric. This will leap to 40% by 2030, and by 2040 virtually every new car sold globally will be electric.

This is thanks to what manufacturers call the “learning curve”. The more we make something, the better we get at making it and the cheaper it gets to make. That’s why PCs, kitchen appliances, and even petrol and diesel cars became so affordable over time. The same thing is what has been driving down the price of batteries and hence electric cars.

Motor experts believe that as soon as electric vehicles become cost-competitive with fossil fuel vehicles, the game will be up. It’s also what Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, believes. Elon Musk believes that Tesla Model 3 has become the best-selling premium sedan in the world, and predicts that the newer, cheaper Model Y would become the best-selling car of any kind. “We’ve seen a real shift in customer perception of electric vehicles, and our demand is the best we’ve ever seen to date,” Mr. Musk said.

General Maintenance Of Electric VehiclesThe future of electric cars

Maintaining electric cars is much easier than fuel-powered cars. Though electric vehicles may still cost more to purchase than their conventionally powered counterparts, they’re generally cheaper to keep running via affordable home charging. Electric vehicles also save their owners cash on an ongoing basis via lower long-term maintenance costs.

That’s because electronic vehicles eliminate over two-dozen mechanical components that would normally require periodic service. An EV owner avoids having to pay for things like tune-ups, oil changes, cooling system flushes, transmission servicing, and replacing the air filter, spark plugs and drive belts. Sources suggest electric vehicle owners spend roughly a third of what conventionally powered auto owners do for regular service.

Still, an electronic vehicle is not maintenance-free. Following a series of periodic checks and services will keep your vehicle’s warranty in effect.

Aside from tire rotation, replacing the cabin air filter and wiper blades, and topping off the washer fluid, much of this comes down to various mechanical inspections. Automakers advise, and appropriately so, that aside from simple tasks like checking the air pressure in the tires, topping off the windshield washer fluid, investing in premium quality floor mats to keep your vehicle’s interiors dust-free, and perhaps changing the wiper blades, these procedures should be performed by a trained technician.

The shift towards electric vehicles will have ripple effects throughout the vehicle industry. Tires, fluid transfer systems, hose assemblies, and other components and materials will need to adapt to meet the trend. So while electric vehicles do seem to be changing the motor industry game, there is still some work to be done before electric vehicles drive their petrol and diesel rivals off the road.

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