A Look Back at the Most Impressive Race Car Engines

Did you know that race cars must have extremely powerful engines in order to be winners? Besides the aerodynamics that have been implemented and the modifications, the engine is what makes the car the ultimate winner.

Let’s start off with the famous Formula One Ferrari. One of the most famous engines in the F1 was the Ferrari V10 F1. It was a 3.0 litre, ten cylinder racing car that was responsible for 57 wins.

The Porsche Flat 6 is another racing vehicle that left an impression on the world. It was a 2.0 litre air cooled engine. The most recent version of this Porsche has received impressive results by winning many races over the years.

The Porsche Flat 12 has one of the biggest engines in the racing industry. There are two flat six engines packed into this car. It is a 4.5 litre engine which has 1500 horse power. You can imagine how cramped the driver must have been to make space for this massive machine.

The Mazda R26B 4-rotor might have been one of the craziest models in the racing industry. Having entered 21 races and only winning one might be a strange statistic. This one race was the LeMans and it made an impression as it was the only car that was not a conventional piston engine and it was a unique marque.

The BMW S14 was the start of the M-series. Winning the championship but winning no races, it was simply a 2.5 litre engine with only four cylinders.

The Audi R10-18 TDI has been through many changes over time but always had a memorable engine. Originally, this model was a petrol engine that had ten cylinders. This was entered into the LeMans race and won. However, the manufacturers decided to place a diesel engine with twelve cylinders and two turbos. Now, that is an amazing amount of power in just a single race car. Not even Formula One cars have a V12 Engine.

Ever race car has to be equipped with the finest mechanical and electrical parts. Races are there to prove the quality of the car before hitting the city streets. Racing cars also test how well an engine can cope under extreme conditions such as heat, rain and snow.

Racing tracks are also the best places for tyre manufacturers to test their new products. Rubber needs to withstand heat and friction over long periods of time and track day is the time to test it.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Modifying a Car: DIY Car Painting Tips

Modifying a car is one of the most exciting activities. The car eventually becomes personal to you and everyone associates the style with your personality. Painting your car is the first step to a unique look but you will need to follow a procedure.

  • Make sure that you have all your tools on hand. This includes sand paper, electric sandpaper, masking tape, newspapers, air compressors and spray guns. Also consider weather conditions such as sunshine, wind and rain.
  • Make sure that you have the correct chemicals for the paint such as thinners, primer, undercoat and top coat. All these are necessary to prolong the life of the paint job.
  • Remove all the dust in your work area to prevent particles landing on the wet paint. Particles will destroy the smooth finish. You also need to clean the car to remove all grease and road contaminants.
  • Never forget to wear a face mask, goggles and gloves to avoid getting the chemicals on your skin. These items will also protect you from the particles that come off when you sand current enamel off the car.
  • Sand the car in circular motions for a uniform surface. The more uniform the better the end result. Once you have finished with sanding the chassis, apply thinners onto a cloth and wipe the surface. Thinners will get the remaining paint off.
  • Priming the surface provides a good base coat to prolong the life of the paint job. It also helps to set the chemicals for an even finish. If you don’t want a specific section of the car to be painted, cover those areas with masking tape or newspaper.
  • Apply thin layers of primer and paint so that clumps and drops don’t form. Thinner coats will set quicker and allow you to add another coat on top without unsightly formations.
  • Follow all the rations mentioned on the instructions of the paint packages. There might be a different amount of chemicals that need to be mixed with the right amount of thinners.
  • Cover the tyres with newspaper so that the paint does not come into contact with the rubber. If the paint dries against the rubber it could decrease the lifespan of the tyre.

Follow these tips to create an old, but improved version of your vehicle. Above all, always remember to follow all the safety rules on any of the spray or paint bottles for your own protection and the protection of others. Although you are equipped with protective gear always spray paint in a ventilated area.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Why Thick Tyres Are Better Than the Standard Models

Often, you will hear about the thickness of tyres when it has to do with sports cars or off road vehicles. There are so many benefits for these cars to have thicker tyres on roads or other terrains. It is also beneficial to have these types of tyres on your standard 1.4L car.

Some drivers prefer the appearance or aesthetics of the thickness whereas other drivers are more into the practicality when it comes to the driving experience. These are the pros and cons of having thick tyres opposed to the standard versions.

The Pros

  • The thickness can distribute the weight better over a larger area. You will find it easier and safer to take corners at a higher speed.
  • Better grip can also help you to take corners at a higher speed and you will be able to experience a smoother drive at high speeds without as much vibration.
  • The distance needed to come to a stop will be decreased because of the surface area in contact with the tar. It will also make stopping or braking much easier and safer.
  • Wear will also be distributed evenly as the heat will also be distributed evenly. When wear is uneven, problems such as unbalanced and unaligned wheels arise. With time, the wheels could become extremely damaged and would need to undergo expensive repairs.
  • Rolling on an incline is slightly decreased because the tyres have more grips moulded in the tread. This could increase the lifespan of the clutch because less clutch control will be needed.
  • Rainy weather will not be as much of a problem because more rubber is in contact with the road.

The Cons

  • Unfortunately, not all cars are equipped with a large enough wheel well to accommodate such broader wheels.
  • These tyres do tend to be more expensive because of the reinforced material used to manufacture the product.
  • Fuel consumption will be slightly higher due to the weight and increased torque being used overall.
  • You will have to consider the profile of the tyres so that speed and acceleration is not affected.

When changing the tyres of your car, it is important to test the compatibility. Some cars were not made to be modified to such an extent as modifications could actually influence the overall driving experience in either a positive or negative way. It is to your discretion whether you make changes to your car in terms of the wheels and tyres.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

How to Clean a Car Battery

So much happens to a car in its lifetime. There will be instances where the best component will become worn or dirty because of years of driving. There could be instances where the oil got dirty and was only cleaned or purged weeks later. The battery of your car can be cleaned at a workshop or in your own home.

Before starting the job, the obvious needs to be stated – make sure that the car is turned off unless you are a fan of getting burned with extremely hot electricity. You could also short the circuits which could damage the electronics of your car.

  1. You will need to determine the configuration of the terminals as there are different types. Determining the configuration will help you to pick the correct wrench to loosen the nuts that keep the cables in place.
  2. Now, you need to unfasten the cables (negative and positive respectively) from their posts. Twisting might be necessary to release the cable as they might have been put on quite tightly.
  3. Before continuing with the process, checking for leaks and cracks is a must. Car batteries lose acid and could corrode the rest of the components of the engine. If you do see any cracks or leaks, the battery must be replaced.
  4. Cables and clamps could also have cracks along the wiring. They could easily be replaced with new parts.
  5. This is the part where a basic household item is required to clean the battery: baking soda. The ratio to mix baking soda and hot water in a small container is 1:17. This is usually a tablespoon of baking soda and a cup of hot water.
  6. Then it is time for the scrubbing and cleaning. A toothbrush would be ideal for this process so that your hands don’t come into contact with the battery.
  7. Dip the toothbrush into the baking soda and hot water mixture, and scrub away at the corrosion build up. Usually the clamps and cable posts contain the most build up and will need the maximum amount of cleaning.
  8. Once all the corrosion is off, it is an absolute necessity to rinse away any baking soda and loose corrosion with cool water.
  9. The battery has to be completely dry before replacing the cables and clamps to avoid short circuiting the system.

Make sure that the entire car is working perfectly before taking long trips. This would include the electrical components such as the battery and the mechanical components such as the wheels, tyres and engine parts.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

The Least Shaky Tyres

Everyone wants to experience the best drive possible. Comfort whilst driving is important and a shaking car can alter this. There are different types of tyres that can assist with a smooth drive but firstly – what causes your car to shake?

The main cause and first to be investigated is the tyres. There could be a problem with the alignment, the tyres might not be pumped to the correct pressure or they have not been secured properly to the wheel. Luckily, these problems are not caused by low quality tyres.

Features that limit the amount of shaking you feel are:

Shock absorbers – these protect the wheels from shattering upon impact. They are equipped with a spring that repels the components from one another.

Off road vehicles – these vehicles are powered by four wheel drive and have more powerful shock absorbers. The wheels installed on these cars also influence how much of the bumps or shakes you feel on the road. Potholes are growing crises that leave many cars that have a low suspension with damaged parts. With off road tyres, vibration and damage can be avoided or unfelt.

Proper maintenance – this is what every driver should be practicing regardless of the type of vehicle they own. All parts of the car need to be checked including the engine, brakes, wheels, and the functionality of the computer system.

Two tyre brands have been tested on many terrains for their compatibility. They both succeeded on bad road maintenance and not-too-bumpy hills and mountains.

Toyo Tyres manufactures tyres specifically for mountain crawling. With deep treads and thick sidewalls, these are perfect for the adventurous type that doesn’t want to experience those hazardous potholes on the road.

Nexen Tyres manufactures the Roadian series that was made specifically to make driving smooth and comfortable. These may not be as deep treaded as many other models but it is a version that can make your driving a smooth experience.

In conclusion, off-road tyres are your best bet when looking for something that won’t feel the vibration and shakiness. Many models are also available as dual function for off road driving and regular freeway driving. Also remember that properly fitted and maintained tyres and wheels is an important factor that will prevent shakiness and vibration. These may be tested and realigned at home but it is preferable for a qualified mechanic to troubleshoot further problems you may have.

The Purpose of a Cone Filter

A trend that has been around for a while is installing the infamous cone filter. The sound is exhilarating to some yet annoying to others. What is the actual purpose of a cone filter?

A cone filter is mainly used in performance vehicles. It is part of an induction kit that is equipped with the pipework. It needs to be installed somewhere where it can suck in cold air. It is a cone shaped device that can be found close to the air flow in the front of the car.

Many people install these devices on a regular car without realising that it doesn’t make any difference in their driving performance. The driver would also have to replace the air box that was initially part of the engine. Because this vital part has been replaced, the cone filter is now sucking in hot air therefore the filter needs to be an unshielded cone filter.

The idea is to get as much air into the engine. The more oxygen is present, the more power the car will be able to achieve. That is, in a different type of engine. A larger engine will need to pull in more air because it is bigger and more powerful therefore it requires large amounts of oxygen. A smaller, standard four cylinder vehicle won’t get much use out of this filter because it can only suck in hot air, which is useless to the performance of a car as hot air has a lower oxygen count.

If you are interested in installing a cone filter you have to remember that the only noticeable difference will be the sound the car will make. The performance won’t be increased by a great amount but drivers have claimed that it does make their cars more fuel efficient.

Making sure that the cone filter doesn’t obstruct any pipes and airways is also extremely important. The engine requires oxygen and without constant feed, the system will fail. You will also have to avoid installing the air induction kit where water is present. Water will not combust and can greatly damage the engine.

Performance is what everyone wants when driving. It provides them with an unbeatable reputation and confidence. There are other ways to get this reputation – one is fitting performance tyres that suit with your car and another is keeping your car maintained to always look brand new. Avoid installing a cone filter unless you only want the sound that it makes when sucking air into the engine.

What Do The Specifications Mean When Buying A Car?

When you buy a car, the first thing to look at is the specifications on the brochure of the car. Many people know what type of engine a car has just by looking at it, whilst others need to have a proper breakdown of what these specifications mean.

  • Engine – you will only get three types of engines. In this instance, electric hybrids will be excluded. The two main types of engines you will get are diesel and petrol options. Each has a completely different set up to the other, such as the construction of ignition system.
  • Cylinders – this is the amount of cylinders found inside the chamber. Smaller cars have four cylinders whilst the most powerful engines that get used on race tracks will have twelve cylinders. Sometimes, cars will be described with a “straight-six” which means that all cylinders are in a single line opposed to V-Types and horizontal set ups.
  • Displacement – on most of the cars you will notice there is a number like this: 1.4 or 2.0, etc. This is the amount of litres the car will use in a single cycle. Motorbikes will have a number like this for example: 800cc; which means eight hundred cubic centimetres.
  • Transmission – There is a four-speed transmission, five-speed transmission and so on. The number indicates how many gears your car can be put into. There is also manual transmission and automatic transmission which are two different driving systems.
  • Power – Many car owners will know the power of the car by using the unit Horsepower. In simple terms, one horsepower would be the equivalent to the power of one horse. So image what power you will have if the car has 700hp. That is a very fast car.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – this is a pretty straight forward specification. This is the amount of fuel that the fuel tank can hold. In other words, it could be a 30 litre tank or a 40 litre depend. It will depend of the particular type and size of car. This helps you to understand how much fuel you can use with one full tank so that you can plan your fuel budget.
  • Drivetrain – your car will either be a FWD (front wheel drive), a RWD (rear wheel drive) or a 4×4 (four wheel drive). Keep in mind that a four wheel drive does not mean that the car is an off road vehicle and rather that power gets sent to all of the wheels and tyres. Front wheel drive means that the power gets applied to the front wheels. With FWD the car needs to be pulled. Rear wheel drive sends the force to the back wheels which means that the car is being pushed.

Understanding Engines: How A Diesel Engine Works

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between a petrol engine and a diesel engine? Besides the noise difference you hear when the diesel engine is running, there is a greater difference.

In a diesel engine, the fuel is sprayed into the combustion chamber with an injector nozzle. The air in each chamber has to be placed under extremely high pressure so that it is hot enough to ignite. Diesel on its own is not flammable so it has to be put under some kind of force.

Many people turn the ignition on before driving the car in order to get the engine warmed up. This might be useful in extremely cold weather conditions. Turning the key in the ignition system is the start of the whole process. Once the key is turned, fuel gets injected into the cylinders under immense pressure. This allows the air to heat on its own.

Previous versions of diesel engines needed glow plugs to get the gases heated up for an efficient drive. Nowadays, the gases or air heats up so quickly that glow plugs are not as necessary as before, however, these plugs are still there to control the emissions.

The diesel fuel will then pass through filters to be cleaned before it gets to the injector nozzles. It is necessary to maintain filters as contamination is common with this type of fuel and clogging may occur.

Within the fuel injector, a high and constant pressure of 23 500 psi needs to be applied whilst it releases the fuel into the cylinders. Fuel gets sprayed into the chambers with the Engine Control Unit (ECU). This ECU will determine the pressure that needs to be applied for the spraying process.

Most diesel engines have a turbocharger installed for greater power and pressure. The turbocharger also saves on the amount fuel that gets used in one cycle. With a turbocharger installed, the power of the diesel engine gets increased by over forty percent.

Diesel is made up of kerosene (which ignites at a low temperature), oil (which lubricates and seals any grooves that might affect movement), ether (which has a low ignition temperature), and an ignition improver which is often Amyl Nitrate.

Having a diesel engine might be cheaper for you in the long run. Tyres might not be heavily affected by this type of engine but ensure that the tyres are properly inflated to enjoy further fuel savings.

Fourth Collaboration Video “AC Milan in Japanimation” between Toyo Tires and AC Milan is live now! AC Milan vs. Gamba Osaka – A drift-off in animation by the creator of Captain Tsubasa

2017.12.7 Osaka, Japan

TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD. has unveiled “AC Milan in Japanimation”, the fourth collaboration video of its ongoing series with world-famous Italian Serie A team AC Milan. The video was released on Youtube on the 7th of December. (https://youtu.be/LbvkhNSK7BM)

Under the returning theme of “Surprising the World”, Toyo Tires (the tire brand of TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD.) has delivered another video guaranteed to entertain. This time, the end result is something truly unique, as “Captain Tsubasa” creator Yoichi Takahashi was enlisted to collaborate on the animation that is this video’s key feature. “Captain Tsubasa”, a manga (Japanese cartoon) about football, is beloved around the world, with many football players and enthusiasts counting themselves among the fans. Furthermore, the animated version was broadcast in over 50 countries.

The video is set in Osaka, Japan. AC Milan’s players appear together with the pros of a local Japanese team, Gamba Osaka (Toyo Tires is proud to also support local football in Japan through its platinum sponsorship of Gamba). On a team bus, Riccardo Montolivo is casually reading a manga – until a car suddenly jumps out of it. After a series of furious drifts, the AC Milan players exit a Mercedes G63, while the Gamba Osaka players get out of a Mercedes SL400. Both cars are equipped with Toyo Tires’ own PROXES series of tires. The football pros then face off in a thrilling drift-off, a breakneck duel that takes place alternately in the real and animated world. The stage of the battle shifts to some of Osaka’s most locations, with the chief ingredient of the city’s famous Takoyaki (octopus balls) also making a special guest appearance.

The head of Toyo Tires’ brand communication team, Yoshiyuki Morikuni, commented that “We want to go beyond the expectations of our customers in continuing to surprise people around the world, and we are undergoing a variety of activities to that end. For the fourth installment of this series, we thought we would go in a different direction from previous videos by creating a unique mash of the real world and an animated world together with the great Yoichi Takahashi. The video features a “battle” between two football teams we sponsor. The amazing pass-work from the AC Milan players, as well the car chase featuring G63 and SL400 Mercedes cars customized in each teams’ color, are a must-see.”

The previous videos of the series have been viewed by millions of fans from around the world. Check them below:

1st Video「AC Milan vs Super Car」(November 2014, 6.6 million views)

https://youtu.be/M092PBHytC8

2nd Video「Chase in Milan」(December 2015, 8.1 million views)

https://youtu.be/VMFRylJaVmY

3rd Video「AC Milan vs. Drift Cars」(December 2016, 8.2 million views)

https://youtu.be/MRBp9srnOxM

Toyo Tires aims to continue to exceed their customers’ expectations by delivering new surprises and undertaking new challenges on a global scale.

■Video Summary

Name

TOYO TIRES x AC Milan Promotion Video

『AC Milan in Japanimation』

Animation

director

Yoichi Takahashi
Starring

<AC Milan>

Riccardo Montolivo, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, André Silva, Ricardo Rodríguez

<Gamba Osaka>

Yasuhito Endo, Yasuyuki Konno, Shu Kurata, Hiroki Fujiharu

Filming location Japan (Osaka), Italy (Milan)

Distribution

channels

Main version (131 seconds): https://youtu.be/LbvkhNSK7BM

Short version (60 seconds): https://youtu.be/hED0BlXOZmI

Short version (30 seconds): https://youtu.be/IhDd_L07rOI

Aside from YouTube, the video will also be released on our website and other channels.

Campaign Website: http://toyotires-milan.com/en

Drivers

Mercedes G63:Masato Kawabata(Team TOYO TIRES DRIFT)

Mercedes SL400:Hideyuki Fujino(Team TOYO TIRES DRIFT)

Tire details

Mercedes G63:PROXES T1Sports SUV

Mercedes SL400:PROXES Sports

■ Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. develops its business activities across the globe, focusing on manufacturing and sales of its core products: tires. With operations in over 100 countries and regions, Toyo Tires deals in numerous automobile components, including tires and seat cushion parts made of urethane, which the company supplies to automotive manufacturers around the world.

■About Yoichi Takahashi

A manga artist born in Tokyo in 1960, he made his breakthrough with the manga “Captain Tsubasa” in 1980, which is said to have been instrumental in the continuing growth in popularity of football in Japan. Globally, the corresponding anime is still on air. Currently, “Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun”, is being published in the magazine “Grand Jump”. The series celebrated its overall 100th volume in June of this year.