Four Reasons Window Tint Is Great for Your Car

There are more than 250,000,000 cars in the United States today, and nearly 4,000,000 miles of road. With these numbers, it is safe to say that America has a love affair with the automobile. For many teenagers, the first time they drive a car is a major event in their lives that will be remembered for years to come. With this obsession with automobiles comes the desire to improve them, or tailor them to the owner’s specific desires. Drivers paint their cars new colors, install performance parts, new tires, and different seats. One of the easiest, and most versatile, additions that drivers can make to their auto is to add window tint. Here are four ways it can make any driving experience better.

Privacy

Having darker glass makes it harder to see into the interior of a car. The privacy that it allows is the main reason that it is used in limousines. In a private auto, the privacy allows drivers to use their car to change or take a nap without worrying about being observed. It also makes a vehicle less likely to fall victim to a break-in. If a purse, laptop, or other valuables are left on a backseat, they are attractive to would-be thieves. If the items can’t be seen from the outside due to window tint, the vehicle is much less of a target.

Keep It Cool

Along with privacy, one of the biggest positives for darkened glass is its ability to maintain a cooler temperature in the interior of a car. The right type of window tint can reduce the heat inside a vehicle significantly. This is helpful while driving, as the air conditioner does not have to be run as high or as long. Furthermore, it can keep an automobile cooler when it is parked outside, under the sun. Every driver knows how high the temperatures inside a car can rise on a hot day. Shaded glass helps to ensure that the vehicle will be as cool as possible.

Safety

Just as window tint keeps a vehicle cooler, it also keeps the interior dimmer. Less glare from the sun means less distraction for drivers. This is true in all climates, from the reflection of the sun off of snow in colder areas to the bright sun of the desert. Along with reduced glare, the film that is used to darken a vehicle’s glass also helps to prevent the glass from shattering if impacted, which will help to protect occupants.

Protect the Interior

Since buying an automobile is a major purchase for most people, they want to do everything they can to protect their investment. Well-shaded vehicle glass can give longer life to the plastics, fabrics, and leathers that make up the interior of a car. This is accomplished by reducing the levels of ultraviolet light by up to 90%. These UV rays, if left unchecked, can quickly fade the colors of the seats and the dashboard.

In conclusion, window tint is an easy and affordable modification that will instantly improve any car.

The TVR Tuscan Speed Six Sports Car

A review of The TVR Tuscan Speed Six Sports Car, covering development, important features, and technical data of this classic car from Classic to Modern.

The TVR Tuscan

In 1997, the Cerbera was the first TVR to be fitted with the Speed Six engine, but it was the TVR Tuscan that was the first sports car to be designed specifically to include this unit.

In fact, its long sweeping bonnet was very reminiscent of that icon of the 60’s and 70’s, the E-Type.

The TVR Tuscan Speed Six Mark 1 sports car was launched in 1999, and was fitted with either a 3.6 or 4 litre Speed Six engine, developing 350 bhp and 360 bhp respectively.

These were followed by the “S” (400 bhp) and “Red Rose” variants (380 bhp).

In October 2005, the Mark 2 version was introduced with minor changes to the front and rear lights, slight modification to the chassis to improve handling, and a modified rear spoiler on the S model.

At the same time, a convertible was introduced to compliment the original Targa.

The Mark 2 S and convertible were the final variants to appear, and were built up to 2007 when TVR ceased production.

The external appearance of all the variants remained virtually unchanged except the “S” model, which sported a front under tray, and a small rear spoiler to further assist aerodynamics.

In terms of engine options, there were basically five available for both the Mark 1 and 2 variants, ranging from a 3.6 litre, through to the most common 4 litre, and finally the 4.2 litre R-Series.

They were all fitted with multi-point fuel injection, a five speed gearbox, and huge 29.4 cm disc brakes at the front and 27.3 cm discs at the rear.

An interesting feature specific to the Tuscan was an exhaust system in the same setup as that found on a motorbike. The outcome was that it saved weight.

The Tuscan sports car differed from the Cerbera in that the wheelbase was shortened by 205 mm by removing the rear seats.

Moreover, it was constructed in the form of a Targa, with a rollover bar positioned behind the seats.

The Targa top was stored in top of the boot, above the luggage, whilst the rear window could be removed and placed vertically in the boot, in front of the luggage, to create a near convertible experience.

The body consisted of composite material formed in a honeycomb instead of fibreglass, as in previous models, so saving about 30 kg in weight.

The use of composite body panels allowed for the creation of a highly curved styling, not possible with steel sheets or even, to some extent, fibreglass.

The cabin was clad in leather, and leg room had been increased owing to the presence of a straight six rather than a wide V8 engine.

Powered by a 4 litre Speed Six engine, it developed 360 bhp, and produced a top speed of 180 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 4.2 secs, and a 0-100 mph time of 9.5 secs.

It used a Borg Warner five speed gearbox, and had a good weight distribution of 51:49, front to rear.

It lacked ABS, and the springs were too soft to cope with an uneven road, but produced good ride capabilities in normal surfaces.

Furthermore, at speeds exceeding 150 mph, there was a tendency for the front end to become light and begin to meander, which created a problem keeping the car in a straight line.

The TVR Tuscan S

The Tuscan S sports car used a modified 4 litre Speed Six engine incorporating wilder camshafts, lighter con rods, and a massive 12.2:1 compression ratio.

Developing 390 bhp, and weighing 30 kg less than the standard Tuscan, the “S” produced a top speed of 190 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 secs, and a 0-100 mph time of 8.9 secs.

The geometry of the front suspension was altered, larger brakes were fitted, and the springs and dampers were uprated to overcome the soft suspension on the standard variant.

The TVR Tuscan R

The creation of the Tuscan R sports car was probably a result of the failure of the Cerbera Speed 12, the 7.7 litre, V12 racer which developed 800+ bhp, but which had limited success on the track, whilst the road version was scrapped.

Peter Wheeler, the owner of TVR, wanted to build another Supercar based on the Tuscan Racer chassis, with a wider track and 200 mm longer wheelbase, to improve cornering and increase stability at high speed.

The two versions of the Tuscan R were the T400R and T440R, powered by a 4 litre and 4.2 litre Speed Six engine, developing 400 bhp and 440 bhp respectively.

The body of each was a carbon fibre composite weighing just 1060 kg, which was 400 kg lighter than its competitor, the Porsche 911 GT2.

Furthermore, with a carbon fibre reinforced transmission tunnel, and an aluminium honeycomb floor, the chassis was at least twice as firm as that of the standard Tuscan.

Fitted with a six speed semi automatic gearbox, the T440R produced a top speed of 200+ mph, and a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 secs, with a 0-100 mph time of 8.4 secs.

Finally, this was the first TVR sports car to undergo wind tunnel testing, which produced a car with a drag coefficient of only 0.32.

This marks the end of my Review of the TVR Tuscan Speed Six sports car.

I will be reviewing in some detail, in future articles within this website, the entire range of TVR sports cars which were featured in the memorable era spanning 1946 to 2000+

I hope you join me in my Reviews.

Cold Air Intake Systems And Coilovers For Improved Car Performance

We often wish that our car can do more. And with this in mind, we often consider taking it to our trusted mechanic and see what modifications we can introduce to it. There can be several, and all these can cost us a large sum of money. In many cases, we would try to weigh things and end up asking ourselves if the investment we make would really be of value. What many of us do not realize is modifying our car does not need to be too costly. We can simply introduce small modifications like installing a cold air intake system or a coilover to give its performance a good boost.

You might be wondering what a cold air intake system is or what coilovers are. You need not be a rocket scientist to understand what these aftermarket auto parts are and what they do. Also referred to as a cold air induction system, cold air intakes are installed into the internal combustion engine of a car to allow cool air to get in, making the engine become less prone to overheating and increase its performance.

Coilovers, on the other hand, are introduced to cars to lower their center of gravity. They are much like shock absorbers but they are not necessarily shock absorbers. Getting confused? Not to worry – a coilover is actually short for coil spring over strut and is a type of suspension system. Unlike the stock suspension system, it allows more room for adjustment so you can lower the body of your car to your preferred height. And with its center of gravity lowered down, its handling is obviously improved.

With these two aftermarket parts, the performance of your car can already be greatly improved. Come to think of it, cold air intake systems make your car run faster but you might be worried about its handling. Now this part can be taken care of by coilovers, which help in improving the handling of cars so you do not have to worry much about having difficulty in controlling the car at maximum speeds.

You might not be dreaming of becoming a car racing star but it definitely makes a big difference if you travel on your car at its peak performance. Try to consider adding these two aftermarket parts into your vehicle and feel the difference of the improved performance of the your car that you thought is just another suburban vehicle.