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|GuiltySoul||Would love to drift a fb!|
|ZE Power MX6||
It's too clean to be drifted, get a FB and drift that
Mine should be ready soon... trying to do too much sh!t at once so she hasn't see the road at all this year
Thinking about drifting this beast next season,what u guys think?
|A Simple MX6||
Man, this is going to be one heck of a bump, but since I don't feel like making a topic on here, I'll just post it here.
Still enjoying my 8 as my daily. 2004, but I think she still looks incredibly clean for one.
I saw it on a rotary forum but heres insidelines take...
Just the Facts:
Next-generation Chevy Volt is already being tested with a rotary engine.
Two-cylinder and diesel engines are also possibilities for the future Volt.
Current Volt battery pack costs $10,000.
SANTA MONICA, California — Chevrolet's 2011 Volt hasn't even made it to the dealer showroom yet and GM's engineering team is already working on cost-cutting solutions for the second-generation Chevy Volt.
"Right now, the propulsion system is too expensive, even with using an existing engine," GM's new vice president of global vehicle engineering, Karl Stracke, told Inside Line today. But Stracke confirmed that future Volt powertrains are already being tested, including several different range-extending engines, possibly even a rotary.
"We have a strategy to go rotary engines or a two-cylinder [gas] engine making 15-18 kW. I have driven the car already. Rotary has a higher fuel consumption but here's the advantage [holds up his hands to form round, frisbee-sized shape] — packaging."
"One rotor could be enough," Stracke continued. "Of course with the higher rpm of a rotary, you need to have an NVH solution."
Stracke says GM is also looking at the possibility of a diesel engine. "The cost of the engine would be higher for the manufacturer," said Stracke, "but the fuel costs would be cheaper for customers."
If GM hopes to reach the same level of mainstream success with the Volt as Toyota has accomplished with its Prius hybrid, it's extremely important to cut costs in future generations. Stracke says the cost of the 2011 Volt's battery pack is "roughly $10,000" and that GM is "working aggressively to get that cost down 50 percent" for the next Volt.
"The future of the automobile has never been as interesting as it is right now," said Stracke. "Big question is, what new propulsion system will come next?"
Inside Line says: It may be the poster child for the future of GM, but even the Volt won't survive without a viable business case. — Kelly Toepke, News Editor
|A Simple MX6||Do you have a link or anything for that? *Too lazy to search Google*|
So it seems GM is back in the rotary game...
Apparently GM is picking up the rotary project again decades after dropping the 2 and 4 rotor program that would have made the vette a real stand out and the Vega memorable.
They are possibly developing a single rotor powerplant to back up the electric drivetrain in the next gen Chevy Volt econo sedan.
Yeah a rotary dose seem like an odd choice for an eco car but with it being uncoupled from the drivetrain and able to operate entirely independantly it can probably produce respectable bfc numbers.
The benifits ofcourse include weight, power simplicity and cost.
The over all power train in the volt is way to expensive as is and the rotor will hopefully reduce cost and complexity significantly.
|A Simple MX6||
Haha, that car is too amazing for anyone NOT to see.
I was wondering before I saw that last part, wondering if it'd be the winner in 2010. Well, I just wonder how wlel the Furai could do in the racing world. It's an orgasmic car, and from the videos, is an outstanding performer, but I wonder how competitive it'd be in any given class it could fall in..
Probably been seen by everyone in here, but I'm posting it anyways.
|A Simple MX6||
Yeah, I've stalled mine once so far. Come close a few times backing up, when I'm paying more attention backing down our driveway than to the engine, I feel that sudden bogging down, and your heart stop just the same as well, haha.
And yeah, I need to go on and order some of that premix oil. Gonna definitely need it come this following weekend... *Cough*
|ZE Power MX6||
Premix are good, run about 1/2oz per gallon if you still have the OMP.
As for the rpm, I noticed these things can't stay at low rpm, I've stall mine a few times going up the driveway or up a hill in the wrong gear or in the wrong rpm range
Never seen one either, there is a ford curier a block away though. Its the only one of those I have seen though.
I dont know how many were sold around here but I bet they are all essentialy rotted away by now, Mazdas of that time like all jap cars were made of pretty cheap steel and had no rustproofing at all.
Infact other than the many many 1G rx7s around here you just dont see mazda older than about 88.
|A Simple MX6||
Originally Posted by ls six View Post
Oh, trust me, I will. I enjoy driving it WAY too much to let it be parked. And I don't know, I'm going by the dealership to drop a friend off for his Mx5(The one in the pic above, actually) to get his first free service, I'm gonna ask about that, among a few other things, such as it's clutch pedal recall.
But, I have one question. Babying it? What's that?
I can honestly say, I love the feel of being on the throttle far too much to baby it, plus knowing that, as well as how rotaries work as a gyro, and just run better in higher rpm's, let's just say I rarely find it in low rpm's. Heck, I only use 6th if I'm on the interstate.
But I am going to premix it as well, to help with the seals a bit beyond the OMP.
It's people like me, with cars like these, that cause the Prius to exist.
And I'm loving the rotary club. I've honestly never drove a car that made me feel so happy.
Originally Posted by A Simple MX6 View Post
And rack up those miles! Has the car been re mapped for the revised oiling? Apparently mazda went a little to conservative on low speed oiling and many 04-06 cars suffered seal dammage when babied too much.
|ZE Power MX6||Nice, welcome to the Rotary club|
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