Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hybrid ; The New Way of Thinking

The world nowadays is focusing more on ways to save the environment. As we all know, one of the factor of air pollution is causing by the gas emitted from the car exhaust. It is very hard to stop it but we can reduce it. That's why more engine produce nowadays follow the 'Euro Emission Standard'. 

Since the technology nowadays is becoming more advance, we are now introduced with new engine technology. One of it is " Hybrid Technology". If we talk about hybrid car, Toyota Prius and Honda Insight come in mind. 

My brother and me are quite interested in this future technology and we think why not hybrid ? So, after watch and read a lot of reviews, my brother made up his mind to go for Honda Insight. Pictures below.


first modification : we change from 16 inch rim with Advan RG2 17 inch rim wrapped with Yokohama A Drive tires.

Interior, very neat and comfy.

meter clusters, full with all of informations such as colour changing speedometer (driving style), eco scoring (feedback of current and long term driving practices), driving cycle and cumulative lifetime performance.

the cockpit - simple yet stylish and educational layout. the head-unit offers USB jack so that we can connect devices such as Ipod, mp3 player, mobile HDD and USB memory readers. 

the high aero tail rear - increase visibility and aerodynamic performance

small displacement engine but equipped with electric motor. believe it or not this engine produce max torque of 199NM  (engine + electric motor). The power is transfered by CVT transmission system which help achieving perfect balance between fuel economy and performance by producing more torque with an infinite number of effective gear ratios. 

6-point front grill, halogen headlight


All i can say, this car is very nice to drive and the fuel consumption is very very very good. Kudos to Honda Engineers. Hope the hybrid technology will evolve so that we can see a lot of hybrid car on the road in the near future. 


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Matspeed Specification Camshaft

Hi guys!
Last week, i sent my car to install matspeed camshaft for my MIVEC engine. Actually this was an unplanned modification but since there was a promotion for this camshaft, i can say i  ' accidently' bought it. haha. Pictures below.

Took out the OEM camshaft... first profile 228 IN 232 EX ; second profile 285 IN 300 EX

Fresh from the oven. LOL. The matspeed specification camshaft. I forgot the first profile spec ( maybe around 25+ IN 25+ EX ) ; but the second profile 306 IN and 304 EX. 

almost done ....


After that, i straightaway sent the car for dyno since i requested them to set the camshaft pulley on dyno machine ( i chose dyno dynamics roller ). Thank god the money spent is worth it. I managed to get 10whp increase. Overall i can say this camshaft is mild and not that aggressive if compare with JUN. The car still idle like standard and the engine wont stall even when  i  turn on the air-conditioning. No "brup brup" ( yeah actually a lil bit ) sounds if you get what i meant =D. I'm so happy with the increase in power. Thumbs Up!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Improving The Handling of The Car

Hi guys.

Sorry for the lack of updates. Btw, After i did a lot of reviews on chassis strengthening and how to improve car handling, i made up my mind to do something to my ride. So, I chose front strut bar and rear strut bar from Ultra racing. Pictures below.

picture above shows the 3 points front strut bar. I choose 3 points because it will give better strength to the chassis and neutralize the shock impact transfer to the chassis.

more picture of the 3 points strut bar by Ultra Racing. 

On the other hand, the above picture shows the rear strut bar. I also insisted to go for 3 points design for the rear bacause of its advantages and reviews from some of my other friends who use this bar.

Beware, make sure the one you bought is original. Dont be cheated :) You can check the originality from the serial number on the sway bars.

After hard driving, i can definitely say that this bars are worth the money. My car handling feels much better and it feels so different. It is not just 'placebo effect' :) Thumbs up for ULtra Racing.

Ultra Racing Website