Thursday, 23 October 2008

Buying a Car for a Christmas Present

Want a Christmas present with ultimate wow factor for that someone special in your life? There can’t be many better jaw dropping presents being opened this Christmas day than having your loved one unwrap a car. Just imagine how their face would look and how amazing they would feel.

It can be hard knowing what sort of car to get. Of course your budget might not stretch to their all time favourite car. If you ask too many questions of the subject it might blow the whole surprise. Maybe you just need to start watching more Top Gear (on Dave if necessary) and spend more time chatting about cars on the road as you are travelling about. This way you get a feel for the types of car you loved one likes, and the colours and car specifications that they are interested in. It’s also worth finding out about the dealerships return policies, keeping the receipt of the car that you buy, just in case you read the signs wrong.

Christmas time is usually quiet on the car front and to meet their sales target they are prepared to make deals, if it means that they will sell the car. So brush up on your bartering and knock them down and get yourself a good deal, and maybe get them to throw in some extras too such as a free service, a free tank of fuel or 6 months road tax. Remember what your mother used to say - if you don’t ask you don’t get. Some dealerships are offering fantastic finance deals. Shop around to research the best deals, there are even some 0% deals to be had on selected cars.

Once you have chosen and brought your wow factor Christmas present, you need to wrap it, or at least you need to wrap the keys. It would be pretty tricky to wrap a car, even a small one. If you did manage to wrap the car, you would have to keep it in a garage so that the wintery elements didn’t spoil the wrapping paper. The problem just gets bigger and bigger.

The easiest thing to do is to leave the car at your friends or family members until the night before, and then have them sneakily bring it round to your house on Christmas Eve, and park it across the road for the night. They could also pop in for a sherry and a mince pie. If this isn’t an option, ask the dealer to hold on to it and bring it round to you on a pre-decided date. Meanwhile wrap the keys up in a small box and let your loved one open the key on Christmas morning.

Make sure that the keys are wrapped up in an easy to spot wrapping so you know when they are about to unwrap the keys, and have your camera ready to capture the moment and prepare yourself for a showering of uncontrollable emotion and kisses.

Driving in Winter Weather Conditions

During the winter months the roads and driving conditions change to very treacherous environment. Drivers need to be more alert and extra vigilant to avert the possible dangers that may lie ahead.

In particular, take care when driving near schools and homes, where children may be walking and cycling, and around pubs and clubs at closing time, where drunken pedestrians may be about. Of course there are more ‘Merry’ people this time of year as friends celebrate Christmas and attend Christmas parties. These types of road user are very vulnerable as they are both hard to spot in the dark and may act unpredictably.

Not only is it the long nights that reduce driving visibility but also the bad weather that we get in the winter. In heavy rain we should reduce our speed and to keep a good double car length distance between you and the car in front because a wet road surface doubles the stopping distance of our vehicle. In rain, fog lights are a hazard for the motorists behind you, so do not use them. Heavy rain will reduce visibility particularly from vehicle spray. Always use your dipped headlights and reduce your speed.

In cold frosty weather it is important to clear any snow and ice from the windscreen. It sounds obvious but some motorists do try to drive their vehicle when only a small portion of the window has been defrosted and cleared of all obstruction. A spokesperson for Churchill car insurance, said “Motorists should ensure they are prepared for all eventualities in icy conditions. If drivers are having problems with frozen windscreens, it would be advisable to think about purchasing a windscreen cover, or a few bottles of de-icer.” Never drive your car if you cannot see out of the windows.

The onset of wintery weather will also mean your tyres need to be up to scratch. Are the pressures correct for harsh winter temperatures?

It is also important to clean your lights regularly as winter conditions can cover them in grime and dirt which will reduce their effectiveness on the road.

Check weather forecasts and travel information, and if possible tell someone when you expect to arrive. Make sure you’re equipped with warm clothing, mobile phone, food, a torch and spade in case you get stuck.

Do take care when driving this winter and keep your selves and others sharing the roads with you safe.

How to Pimp your Ride for Halloween

Halloween is a fun time of year where lots of people enjoy dressing up as creepy ghoulish characters. Not only do people dress up but some even dress up their dogs in purposely bought pet Halloween outfits, no wonder then that this article is about pimping your ride Halloween style.

To keep your vehicle within the boundaries of the law, nothing should be added to the car that would impair vision, detract the driver’s attention or that would make your vehicle not road worthy.

Spooks for the parcel shelf
To make a spook for your parcel shelf you will need some kitchen towel tissue, PVA glue mixed with water (50% equal parts), a black marker pens and a potato and cocktail sticks to make a mould.

Stick the cocktail sticks into the potato to resemble arms. Drench a sheet of kitchen towel in the PVA mixture and then drape it on the mould and arrange it to look ghost like. Allow the paper towel to hang down to create a flat ‘stand’ for the ghost so that it will stand on the parcel shelf.

Allow the ghost to dry and then draw on eyes and a mouth.

Ghost for the Arial
You will need a polystyrene ball (any size you fancy) you can get these from good craft shops, some plain net curtaining or some white Muslim material, some clear thread or fishing line, and a marker pen.
With a pencil push a hole in the bottom of the polystyrene ball, and push it on to the Ariel, put some double sided sticky tape in the hole if it isn’t a snug fit.
Put the ball into the centre of the material and cover the ball up as though you were wrapping it. Tie some invisible threat around the material to keep it all tightly gathered around the ‘neck’ of the ghost.
With a needle threaded with some of the invisible thread, secure the threat to some of the material that hangs down from the ghost’s neck on the right, this is going to form a ghostly arm. Next put a stitch in the top of the ghosts head and draw the threat up to make the ghost look as if its arm is up. When it is at the right elevation, sew a few more stitched on the ghosts head on top of one another to secure it.
Now bring the thread down to the other ‘arm’ and in a similar way make a stitch in the arm and draw it up. Again secure with a couple of stitches on top of one another.
Draw evil eyes and a mouth on the ghost.

Spooky windows
Cut out pictures of witches on broomsticks and Jack-o-lanterns from old newspapers and blue tack them to the inside of the back seat side windows. Using Christmas window spray, spray the window and the newspaper. Leave to dry a little and then remove the newspaper to reveal a spooky Halloween scene.

Mummy bandages flapping out of the window.
Get a few assorted lengths of old bandages and tie them together at one end in a large knot. Let them hang out of the back seat side windows to flap about like mummy’s bandages.

A zombie arm trapped in the boot
You will need some old newspapers, PVA glue, poster paint, thin card, a length of cord and a sleeve from an old shirt.
Roll up some newspapers and stick together with sticky tape to form an arm shape with a hand and fingers. Cover in a couple of layers of newspaper and PVA glue.
Cut out finger nail shapes from some thin card, and stick them to the Zombie arm.
When the Zombie arm is completely dry, paint with poster paints.
Take your old shirt sleeve and rip the cuff off it and add a couple of rips going up the sleeve. Glue the top of the sleeve to the zombie arm. With scissors, make a hole through the top of the Zombie arm and push the cord through.
Use the cord to tie the arm securely in the boot of your car but allow the arm to dangle out as if a zombie was trapped in the boot.

Of course to make you feel really spooky you need to buy yourself a CD of spooky Halloween tracks. Go on, pimp your ride this Halloween.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Monday, 13 October 2008

Car Tea Cosy Knitting Pattern

Are you looking for an unusual Christmas Present for a petrol head friend or relative? Well check out this free knitting pattern. This car knitting pattern was designed by Susan at for

This has to be the maddest tea cosy around, oh and by the way, the Registration plate reads ‘T42’.

If you not one of the world biggest Fans of knitting, you can buy the 'Ready Knitted' tea cosy at

Leagal Stuff...
This pattern is provided for you to knit your chosen tea cosy. This pattern should not be reproduced or sold and the design remains the property of its creator.

To make the Car Tea Cosy you will need...
5.5 mm, UK size 5 or US size 9 knitting needles.
3.25 mm, UK size 10 or US size 3 Knitting needles.
50g Red Double knitting wool, (or the main colour of the car)
25g grey or silver double knitting wool,
and scraps of black, yellow, white and orange double knitting wool and some stuffing.

Divide the Red ball of wool into two balls so that the yarn can be used as double thickness but knitted up as a single strand.

The Back
Using size 5.5mm knitting needles and double thickness Main car colour yarn cast on 28 stitches and work 2 rows in straight garter stitch (Knit each row).

Work a further 22 rows of Stocking Stitch (one row knit, one row purl) **

Leave the stitches on a spare needle until later. The Front
Work as given for the back to **

Shaping the top...
Using the main car colour wool as a double yarn proceed to knit across the tea cosy front and then tea cosy back as Follows...

Shaping the top Row 1: *K5, K2 tog* repeat to end

Next and every alternate row Purl.

Row 3: *K4, K2 tog* repeat to end.
Row 5: *K3, K2 tog* repeat to end.
Row 7: *K2, K2 tog* repeat to end.
Row 9: *K1, K2 tog* repeat to end.
Row 11: *K2 tog* repeat to end.

Thread the end of the yarn through the remaining stitches and through the loop of the yarn itself and draw up the knitting tightly and Finnish off.

With the front and back right sides together, sew approximately 9.5cm from the finishing off point, down the side seam towards the cast on edge.

At the bottom of each side seam, sew about 3cm upwards. The holes are left for the teapot handle and spout.

Car Bonnet or Hood
With 5.0 mm, UK size 6 or US size 8 Knitting needles and Double thickness knitting wool in the main car colour cast on 40 stitches.

Work two rows of Stocking stitch and then as follows

Row 1: K9, Inc in next 2 stitches, K18, Inc in next 2 stitches, K9.

Next and every alternate row Purl.

Row 3: K10, Inc in next 2 stitches, K20, Inc in next 2 stitches, K10.
Row 5: K11, Inc in next 2 stitches, K22, Inc in next 2 stitches, K11.
Row 7: K12, Inc in next 2 stitches, K24, Inc in next 2 stitches, K12.
Row 9: K13, Inc in next 2 stitches, K26, Inc in next 2 stitches, K13.
Row 11: K14, Inc in next 2 stitches, K28, Inc in next 2 stitches, K14.
Row 13: K15, Inc in next 2 stitches, K30, Inc in next 2 stitches, K15.

Purl a row and cast off.

Sew the row ends together flat so that the seam lies in the centre at the bottom. Sew the cast on edges to complete the car bonnet or hood shape. Sew into place at the centre front of the main tea cosy and lightly stuff.

Headlights (make 4)
With 3.25 mm, UK size 10 or US size 3 Knitting needles and white (single strand of double knitting wool) cast on 12 stitches.

Knit 1 row
Next row: *P2 tog* to end

Break the wool and thread the wool through the remaining stitches and draw up. Sew the row ends together so that it forms a circle.

Sew the headlights in place on the bonnet with 2 headlights on each side.

Radiator Grill
With 3.25 mm, UK size 10 or US size 3 Knitting needles and pail grey (single strand of double knitting wool) cast on 12 stitches.

Knit 2 rows.

Row 3 and 4: *K1, P1* to end

Knit 2 rows
Cast off.

Sew the radiator grill in place on the front of the bonnet between the headlights.

Car Boot or Trunk
With 5.0 mm, UK size 6 or US size 8 Knitting needles and Double thickness knitting wool in the main car colour cast on 40 stitches.
Row 1: K9, Inc in next 2 stitches, K18, Inc in next 2 stitches, K9.

Next and every alternate row Purl.

Row 3: K10, Inc in next 2 stitches, K20, Inc in next 2 stitches, K10.
Row 5: K11, Inc in next 2 stitches, K22, Inc in next 2 stitches, K11.
Row 7: K12, Inc in next 2 stitches, K24, Inc in next 2 stitches, K12.

Purl a row and cast off.

Sew the row ends together flat so that the seam lies in the centre at the bottom. Sew the cast on edges to complete the car boot shape. Sew into place at the centre back of the main tea cosy and lightly stuff.

Car Registration Plate
With 3.25 mm, UK size 10 or US size 3 Knitting needles and yellow (single strand of double knitting wool) cast on 12 stitches and knit 4 rows and cast off. Embroider on the numbers with black wool. ‘T42’ makes a great registration plate. Sew into place on the middle of the car boot.

Exhaust Pipe
With 3.25 mm, UK size 10 or US size 3 Knitting needles and black (single strand of double knitting wool) cast on 14 stitches

Work 10 rows of stocking stitch and cast off.

Roll up the knitting (short ways) and over sew the row ends on to the roll. Sew into place on the left, underside of the car boot. Allow a little of the exhaust pipe to stick out from the boot.

Windows (make 2)
With 3.25 mm, UK size 10 or US size 3 Knitting needles and grey (single strand of double knitting wool) cast on 30 stitches and stocking stitch 10 rows.

Shape the top of the window

Row 1: K2 tog, K8, K2 tog, K6, K2 tog, K8, K2 tog
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K2 tog, Knit to last 2 stitches K2 tog.
Cast off.

Sew the front window to the middle front of the main tea cosy so that the bottom of the window rests on the top of the bonnet. Similarly sew the back window in the middle back of the tea cosy so that the bottom of the window rests on the boot of the car.

Wheels (make 4)
With 3.25 mm, UK size 10 or US size 3 Knitting needles and black (single strand of double knitting wool) cast on 6 stitches.

Row 1: *Inc in next stitch* to end

Next and every following alternate row Purl

Row 3: *K1, Inc in next stitch* to end
Row 5: *K2, Inc in next stitch* to end
Row 7: *K3, Inc in next stitch* to end

Row 8: Knit
Knit 3 more rows
Row 12: Purl

Row 13: *K3, K2 tog* to end
Row 14: Purl
Row 15: *K2, K2 tog* to end

Change to grey wool and continue
Row 16: Purl
Row 17: *K1, K2 tog* to end
Row 18: Purl
Row 19: * K2 tog* to end

Break the wool and tread it through the remaining stitches and draw it up. Sew the row ends together and flatten so that if forms a circle with a black backside and a black front with a grey wheel trim at the centre. Sew the 4 wheels in place on the ‘car’ where the bonnet or the boot joins the main tea cosy.

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Hydrogen Car Kit Review

By Nick Earl

The use of a hydrogen car kit as a means of reproducing the amazing power of hydrogen as a cheap fuel alternative has become widely popular recently, with many different people selling guides, kits and commercial setups. Though nothing new, this technology has really started to take off just within the last few months.

Although this is a viable form of technology that clearly works, it is clear that many people do not believe that this technology actually works. If one scours the internet they will surely find many people saying that this idea of hydrogen conversion is a scam. Without going to far into it, these views are probably related to the fact that the technology was suppressed for many years by oil companies and others.

The basic theory behind how one is able to convert their car to run on water is as follows; water obviously contains hydrogen, if an electric current is passed through water in the right way, then it will allow the hydrogen and oxygen present in the water to be broken up into separate atoms. In the case of the hydrogen fuel cell kits, this charge comes from the cars battery. This is of course a very basic description, but just to give you an idea.

The question that probably led you to researching this topic and thus reading this article right now is most likely : does it work? Well, without just saying yes it does work, consider the fact that many billion dollar companies are using and integrating this technology into their current and future developments. What does that tell you? Well the fact is, companies like this do not invest money without thoroughly researching the technology first. This and the fact that many our already happily saving fuel with their converted engines tells the story.

If one is considering converting their car to run on water by doing it themselves and investing in a guide bought off the internet, and then buying the cheap parts needed to cheaply put together the hydrogen car kit themselves, then their are two main guides available online that are the best choice for the task at hand. The two guides are, the original Water4Gas, and the more recent, but cheaper, Run Your Car On Water.

Water4Gas as mentioned was the original guide for converting your car to run on water, and has been around since late 2007. This guide is the most detailed guide on the market, and includes many extras as a "bonus" when you purchase it. The upside of this particular guide is that it is the most detailed and includes pictures and very matter of fact instructions with no time wasting, secondly, the bonuses included have some very useful information about how to get a government rebate when you convert your car to hydrogen. The downside of this guide is the price.

Run Your Car On Water is a more basic guide, that tells you each step by step process that you will need to follow in order to install a hydrogen car kit in your own car. This guide is half the price of Water4Gas, has less bonuses, but for many is probably the best choice out of the two, simply because it gets the job done and is less of an initial investment.

So why should you convert your existing car to run on water with the use of a hydrogen car kit? Well for one, obviously as you know you will be saving vast amounts of money on gas in the future, its estimated that for most vehicle types, you can recoup your investment after the first 4-6 weeks. After that you are simply saving up to 50% of your fuel costs. Apart from that, there is the positive environmental aspect, and the fact that oil is not going to drop in price, makes this a great way to prepare for the future.

So to to begin saving money on fuel, plus all the other associated benefits, get over to this hydrogen car kit review site. It was really helpful for me in choosing the right kit to get my car running using water, and if you are serious about doing it I recommend getting the best guide, as there are some pretty bad ones out there. You can also see more information at my friend Jack's website at

Tips to Save on Car Insurance

By: Daniel Dalton

Car insurance can be a confusing subject, especially if you have never held a policy before. Even experienced drivers often find themselves struggling to make sense of the fine print that comes with each auto insurance quote option. Between deductibles, co-pays, taxes and special provisions, it can be difficult to determine where your best chance of saving money may be hiding. Making matters even more confusing is the fact that most insurance companies calculate their own rates and premiums based on complex algorithms that take hundreds of factors into account. Thankfully, there are some simple trends you can use to guarantee lower rates across the board when obtaining auto insurance quotes.
The most important determining factor for car insurance rates is your driving history. Drivers who have been involved in frequent collisions or damage will inevitably see higher rates than those with spotless paperwork. One fender-bender should not be seen as a death sentence for your bank account, however – most such incidents lose their punitive value over time, and by law all driving records renew every seven years. That means if you stay within the speed limit and avoid moving violations of any kind, you will see your rates improving within a couple years.

Many drivers are surprised to learn that credit scores make a significant difference as well. This makes sense when you consider that insurance companies are essentially betting on your overall responsibility, especially your ability to meet those annual payments. Good credit can translate readily into discounts of 20 percent or more – no small amount when you consider how many insurance policies represent car owners' single biggest expense each year.

Insurance companies also tend to factor neighborhoods into auto insurance quotes, and with good reason. It is a simple statistical fact that cars tend to be damaged and stolen more often in high-crime areas, and most insurance companies require protection in the face of such elevated numbers. Moving to a better area can have an instantaneous effect on your premiums, even if everything else about your life remains essentially the same.

Of course the car is an essential component of auto insurance quote calculations as well. Newer cars and more expensive cars will cost more to insure and maintain over time, while older makes and models tend to represent far less expense. There is some truth as well to the oft-cited legend that your car's color and amenities can affect the final tally. This is hardly prejudice or small-mindedness on the part of insurance carriers – red sports really do get into more accidents than gold minivans.

The best way to save on car insurance and receive the best possible auto insurance quotes is to do your homework and seek estimates from as many carriers as possible. Once you have all the data at your fingertips, you may be able to negotiate more favorable rates from your carrier of choice. One final note – if you don't yet have home insurance or life insurance, you may be able to get superior rates by combining multiple policies under one roof.

Daniel Dalton has been a writer for many years. His experience spans a large variety of major industries including insurance plans. As a journalist , Daniel is well-known and is considered one of the top writers in the region. His work can be found from small newspapers to national publications. Daniel recently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

7 Common Causes of Car Tyre Wear

by James Todman

Check car tyres regularly for any signs of wear. This is important as they are the only point of contact between a car and the road. Any deterioration of the tread or damage to the sidewalls may be risking an accident.

The basic legal requirements for car tyres are:

a) Tread Depth must be a minimum of 1.6mm. This applies to the entire circumference of the tyre. A bald patch on a tyre, where the tread depth is below the minimum requirement, is against the law. Check a tyre after a skid or emergency braking as this is when bald patches can occur.

b) Tyres must be inflated to the correct pressure. Consult the vehicle manufacturer's handbook to find the recommended pressure. Not only is this a legal requirement, it improves the vehicle's handling and reduces fuel consumption.

c) All four car tyres must be compatible and in good condition. If a car tyre needs replacing it will need to be in the same condition as the others otherwise all four will need to be changed.

Factors that can affect the rate of car tyre wear include:

1. Make of Car Tyres

Every car tyre is designed differently to meet specific criteria. Long life tyres are made from a harder rubber compound. This can increase the noise when driving. A softer tyre compound will be quieter but will wear out faster. A car tyre specialist such as Merityre can offer advice on the different types of car tyre.

2. Position of Car Tyre

Front tyres wear out faster than back tyres, especially if the car is front wheel drive. The extra wear is caused by the movement through steering. On a four wheel drive vehicle the front car tyres should exceed 20,000 miles. This is half the expected life of the back tyres.

3. Weight of Vehicle

The heavier the vehicle the faster the car tyres wear.

4. Tyre Pressure

A car tyre that is inflated below its recommended pressure will wear faster because of its higher operating temperature and the extra flexing of the rubber. Over inflation can also increase wear due to the decreased size of the contact area between the tyre and the road.

5. Speed

Driving at high speeds increases the car tyre temperature and accelerates the wear.

6. Car Tyre Alignment

Incorrect alignment of car tyres causes uneven and increased wear.

7. Driving Style

Aggressive cornering, accelerating and braking excessively are all causes of car tyre wear.

One factor that is unavoidable is time. Tyres deteriorate naturally over time due to the effects of the weather. Car tyres on vehicles kept outside will degrade faster than those kept in a garage. Cracking due to sunlight exposure usually becomes evident on car tyres that are five years or older. When this happens, as with any signs of wear, replace the car tyre immediately.

James Todman is the Web Editor for UK Article Marketing. are one of the leading independent car tyre dealers in the UK. Visit their website for free vouchers, including 10% off your next MOT, free wheel alignment check and free locking wheel nuts.

How to Buy The Best Car

How to Buy The Best Car by Dave19 Dave19
What You Need To Know Before buying The Best Car
Planning to buy a car? Then you need to know some basic facts. Often you might not be knowing all the details related to car purchase; in such a scenario you need to take the help of experts or professional companies.
One such expert who can help you to buy a car is The company is a web based and deals in automobile which mainly consists of new cars and used cars. Buy your car is the first online car retail website in the United Kingdom. The company also offers new as well as used cars, dealer deals, contract hire and car lease. Auto finance and insurance is also offered by The company has started associating themselves in the automotive industry since its launch in the year 2003. So they can offer their buyers the best possible price for type or brand of cars.
There are many things that strike the mind of a car buyer. Firstly it is the price of the car, secondly it’s the safety parameters and then it’s the fuel efficiency.
Price has always been a key factor among every car buyers. Some buyer demands style, power and luxury all in one car. There are plenty of cars like Ford, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen and many more. These cars come fully loaded with all kinds of creature comforts like air-conditioner, audio systems, leather seats, tinted or laminated glasses, anti-lock brakes and many more.
These cars are fairly more expensive and people who want to buy such cars are willing to pay the extra cash for all the extra stuff. If the buyer is very much conscious about the price of the vehicle then he must choose the car which belongs to the economy segment or class. In such a class of cars, there are no creature comforts. These are simply basic automobile and are only used for the transportation from one pint to the other point.
In this class of automobiles, the cars are also highly fuel efficient, since the cars have a very small or a low cubic capacity motor that burns less fuel. So from the buyer’s point of view, that’s a bonus. A prime example of such car was the German made Volkswagen Beetle, nicknamed as the bug. It was the world’s first people’s car.

Sometimes buying a used car also makes a lot of sense than buying an all new car. There are number of cars which are not very old but still costs much less than an all new one, thereby making the deal sweeter than honey. But used cars do also come with a drawback of its own. So before going for a used car, a through evaluation of the car needs to be done. In such a case an expert guidance is highly recommended. Such an expert is They offer the best deal to their customer in a used car and also provide the best insurance and finance schemes too.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Edge On Motorcycling- The BMW HP2 Sport

by: Kevin Crockett

The BWM HP2 Sport is the latest iteration of the Bavarian Motor Company's foray into producing performance driven motorcycles. The quiet, staid, and lets just admit it boring motorcycles that came out of BMW in years past is history.

The HP line is BMW's new high performance, cutting edge line up. It's the motorcycle equivalent of their M line of performance cars.

The HP2 Sport is the third motorcycle in the HP line following the releases of the HP2 Enduro and the HP2 Megamoto.

The HP-2 Sport is based on the R1200S but is out and out designed for sports riders who are looking for a machine that has performance as well as endurance.

The HP2 Sport keeps some of the concepts that BMW motorcycles have become known for such as the BMW Motorrad Telelever front suspension and the EVO Paralever rear suspension. Other components have been newly developed or highly modified for use in the motorcycle.

The HP-2 Sport is powered by a twin Boxer motor that has a capacity of 1170 cc. The engine's cylinder heads were completely redesigned which allows the engine to rev as high as 9500 rpm. The engine has a 101 mm bore and a 73 mm stroke and produces a maximum of 130 hp at 8,750 rpm and 85 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm.

The bike has a close ratio six speed gear box, with first and second gear having higher ratios. This puts the gear increments closer to each other and results in less of a rev drop when progressing up through the gears.

The bike also has a gear shift assistant which allows the rider to shift gears without using the clutch. It works by sensing when the gear lever is activated. If it senses gear lever activation without the use of the clutch, it electronically reduces power to the engine which puts the engine in a low load state and makes it possible to shift without the clutch. If the rider uses the clutch, the system becomes inactive.

The riding position of the HP-2 sport can be described as relaxed. BMW has extensive experience with endurance racing and knows that for racers to be fast over a long period staying power is more important than a full racer's tuck.

The dashboard was developed by 2D Systems, which also provides analytic recording systems to Moto GP racing.

The dashboard has two modes and is switched by two controls on the left handlebar. In road mode, typical information such as speed, rpm, time, and distance are displayed. In race mode data such as top speed, circuit times, number of gearshifts and rpm is shown.

The HP2 Sport will push BMW further into the world of performance motorcycling.

Mazda BT-50 gets facelift

By Kittipong Unparsert

Mazda has given its BT-50 pickup truck a minor change and announced that the new model will help it achieve a total pickup truck sales of 12,700 in 2008, up from 11,000 units in 2007.

Produced at the AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) plant in Rayong, the BT-50 is also exported to 130 global markets from Thailand. The facelifted BT-50 maintains its sporty appeal, with the new design adding a more dynamic and robust look.

There is a new front pentagonal grille, along with new front bumpers, multi-reflector headlights and turning lights. Meanwhile, the rear lights are larger and come with chrome trim. The side profile is highlighted by a new wheel fender kit, as well as 15-inch or 16-inch 5-spoke wheels. There are 11 colours to choose from as well.

Mazda Sales Thailand Co Ltd marketing director Sureethip La-ongthong says that the company will focus on two-wheel-drive pickup models this year. As much as 97 per cent of Mazda pickup truck sales are made up of two-wheel-drive models, while the remaining 3 per cent are four-wheel-drive models for fleet customers.

"Previously the ratio between two- and four-wheel-drive models was 85/15, but presently the popularity of thr four-wheel-drive models have grown," she daid.

Sureethip said the company will emphasize on the 4x2 2.5-liter and 3.0-liter models, with prices starting at Bt489,000 foi the standard cab and Bt541,000 for the Freestyle cab. The 4x2 Hi Racer starts at Bt602,900 and the 4-door model at Bt612,900.

Mazda is also planning to spend Bt20 million for a countrywide roadshow to 12 provinces from March to June. Caravans of the BT-50 and Mazda3 will be shown along with special activities including special stunt shows, concerts, games and prizes. Sureethip said the automobile market should finish the year at 650,000 units, and Mazda plans to sell 16,000 units, which is approximately 2.5 per cent of the market.

Avoid Highway Robbery by Using The New Crude--WATER

by: Leslie Lackman


Engines waste gasoline! Up to 80% of the high-priced gas that you pump doesn't get you anywhere because it goes UNBURNED to the catalytic converter. That means you are getting 0 MPG (zero, zilch, nada) from most of the over-priced gasoline you pump into your tank.


That's what they are designed to do--WASTE GAS--because every second of every day, everywhere in the world, every single gas and diesel engine on the planet puts money into the deep, deep, DEEP pockets of Big Oil.

Automotive and fuel technology has been deliberately held back, and people have been kept in the dark about AMAZING inventions and discoveries, in order to sell us lots of gasoline. Sorry, but that's how it is.

For example, the gas could be preheated and better formulated for better combustion--but it's not. The fuel vapor droplets could be smaller for efficient combustion--but they're not. The pre-set computer-controlled air-to-fuel ratio could be more economical--but it's not. The exhaust could be reprocessed to contribute to mileage (there are patents on that)--but it's not. Cars could be using a better carburetor design--but they're not because the patent for a 100 MPG carburetor was bought and buried years ago. Cars could be running completely on water fuel--but they're not because those patents were also bought and then buried along with the inventor (however, the patents ran out recently!). Even the hybrids that Big Auto is selling at luxury car prices don't optimize gasoline combustion and consumption.


You can do something about it, ONE CAR AT A TIME, starting with YOUR car.

How? By using ENERGY from WATER.

If that sounds impossible, or crazy, or delusional, I understand. This is something that none of our trusted sources of information--TV, radio, teachers, movies, professors, magazines, dad, scientists, books, Sesame Street--have told us about. Why? See the bad news, above.

I mentioned amazing inventions and discoveries. Many of them have very sophisticated technical patents on them. But the kind of water energy system I am talking about, the one that is affordable and do-able by ME and YOU in OUR cars (not by buying a Big Auto hybrid with a luxury car pricetag), is a do-it-yourself technology, specifically designed for beginners with basic tools and very limited budgets. A working system can be built at home for $20 to $200 worth of parts and installed in your car, truck, or SUV on a weekend. It's a 90-year-old technology that has been revived and developed into a simple, affordable, SAFE system based on low-cost hardware.

It works like this: The main component of the low-cost water energy system is an electrolyzer-a container of water with electrodes in it. The electrolyzer takes a tiny bit of electricity from your car. The electricity "splits" water into hydroxyl gas and feeds it immediately to the engine cylinders. The improved air/fuel mix gets very efficient combustion.


Remember the bad news at the top? Remember I said that wasted fuel can be as much as 80%? In other words, even though you have paid $3.50 or more per gallon, you are only getting performance from as little as 20%--two gallons out of every ten--of the gas you pay good money for! It puts a whole new complexion on the phrase "highway robbery."

Our heads are spinning from rising gas prices. Now imagine instead that ALL your gasoline is working for you--it's actually turning your wheels and not just being turned into carbon deposits on your engine or exhaust from the catalytic converter. What would it be like for ALL that gasoline to be giving you mileage? It would be a WHOLE LOT MORE ECONOMICAL, that's what! That's what happens when you add the energy from water.


Wondering how much energy is in water?

One gallon of water converts to approximately 1,833 gallons of combustible gas. One observer noted that a gallon of water in his water energy system lasted for about 2,700 miles.

"Energy from water" is hard to believe because we are misled by the appearance of water when it's liquied. It looks so, well, WET and noncombustible. But if we could SEE the sea of energy in the water--zillions of hydrogen and oxygen atoms ready to break out and be combustible gas under the right conditions--it would be easy to conceive that, indeed, water can be "burned" in an engine, thus taking advantage of a new "crude"--plain water.

Why aren't scientists telling us about this? Why doesn't it make big headlines? More bad news. Some of them just don't know about it, and some are paid to tell us about anything BUT this. Also, scientists are sometimes far behind empirical evidence from experimenters and inventors. Sometimes a true scientist makes an amazing discovery and is suddenly way ahead of everyone. What happens then? He or she has to fight all the other scientists that are way behind or too vested in the old paradigm. So who are the true scientists around here? A TRUE scientist could be anyone, including a scientist.


Here is something to ponder from Patrick J. Kelly of He has a delightful way of tilting one's mind out of its box:

"The Law of Conservation of Energy is undoubtedly correct when it shows that more energy cannot be taken out of any system than is put into that system. However, that does not mean that WE cannot get more energy out of a system than WE put into it. A crude example is a solar panel in sunlight. We get electrical power out of the panel but we do not put the sunlight into the panel-the sunlight arrives on its own. This example is simple as we can see the sunlight reaching the solar panel.

"If, instead of the solar panel, we had a device which absorbs some of the energy that Quantum Mechanics observes and then gives out, say, electrical power, would that be so different? Most people say "yes!--it is impossible!" but this reaction is based on the fact that we cannot see this sea of energy. Should we say that a TV set cannot possibly work because we cannot see a television transmission signal?"


We have been living and driving with danger for decades--it's called GASOLINE! Cars and trucks are planet-polluting bombs on wheels! But we are accustomed to it, right? And for the most part, we don't blow ourselves up.

But in the water energy system, I know, you think we're talking about tanks of compressed hydrogen in the car, but that's not how it is done! Here's the beauty of it:

Hydrogen is already compressed in plain water!

All we do in a water for fuel system is UNCOMPRESS and USE it--immediately, on-demand, in the engine! No hydrogen bombs on board. Just a container of distilled water! And the exhaust is--WATER! You split water, you burn it, you get fantastic mileage, you get a little water left over.


You can't get much greener than this unless you go for an engine designed to run completely on water, like the one that was designed and proven by Stanley Meyers when he drove across the United States on approximately 28 gallons of water. (You can see interviews with him on YouTube.) You can't get much more affordable, either. And because this is GREEN technology, and you will not be causing any damage to the car or the engine (far from it), your warranty will most likely be intact AND the government will owe you money for going green!


You could pay someone to install your water for gas system. There are hundreds of people around the world who are constructing and installing water energy systems, as well as driving "watercars" themselves. These people save gas, save money, get much better mileage, and enjoy smoother-running engines and greatly reduced emissions. And that's why they are happy to do the same for you so you can save gas, save money, get much better mileage, and enjoy a smoother-running engine and reduced emissions.

Or you could do it yourself, in which case you would first get instructions, which are available on line. Then you would make a parts list and buy the parts from hardware and electronics stores. Third, you would construct the components of the water energy system, put them all together, and install the system, making all the necessary adjustments to it. You would now be the proud owner of a Water Hybrid Vehicle. And last, after picking up your jaw from the floor, where it has dropped in astonishment at your engine's mileage and performance, you would become an advocate of water energy, as I have.


To really grasp the implications and possibilities here, we must first clean the carbon deposits out of our minds. Using waterfuel is an approach to our cars and fuel that requires more participation from us. The whole water energy system consists of physical components PLUS your mind and attitudes about fuel consumption. To really optimize your waterfuel system, you will also be using fuel warmer, some Kiker wires to improve the spark, Xylene to add to your gasoline, a low-friction synthetic motor oil, a couple bottles of fuel treatment to clean carbon deposits from old unburned fuel out of your engine, a MAP sensor enhancer to keep the car computer from over-correcting the fuel mix back to over-rich, tires that are always fully inflated, and a real-time mileage tracker so that you won't have to use an entire tank of gas to know what mileage you are getting.

Perhaps the most important thing is this:

Trust yourself.

When you use an "alternative" fuel-efficiency system, you are an experimenter who is going against the herd and chances are, you are going to get some flack. Don't be fooled by self-appointed "experts" who don't have hands-on experience and say it can't be done. When they laugh or frown or condescend and say, "It's scientifically impossible," well, first of all, you know they are not "true scientists" (so why are they acting like they know what "scientifically" means?). Ask them if they have ever tried it themselves. You will find they have not. Further discussion might be fruitless, but you can try. Tell them to just wait and see. See for yourself. Don't wait ten years for big industry to do it because they don't want to GIVE you anything--they are only thinking about what they can GET from you while they continue making empty promises.



How much will gas cost the next time you fill your tank?

A water energy system won't lower the price of ALL gasoline.

It will lower the price of YOURS. But don't just take my word for it.

Leslie Lackman is an advocate of the application of free, unlimited energies--mind, water, life force--to cars, health, wellness, and performance.