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Audi Quattro, in essence, singlehandedly created and defined the all-wheel drive car market. But how did they do it? Keep reading.

Audi Quattro was brought to life in large part to one very industrious engineer, Jörg Bensinger. Bensinger had been in Finland testing a Volkswagen Iltis in the late ’70′s when he discovered the unstoppability of all-wheel drive. The Iltis had initially been created for the German military and forestry service, following the all-wheel drive Volkswagen Kübelwagen, Volkswagen Schwimmwagen and Volkswagen Kommandeurwagen. Bensinger successfully pitched the idea to Audi’s director of technical, Ferdinand Piech, and the idea for an all-wheel drive road car was born.

Longitudinal Quattro – How It Works

Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system from day one was a permanent all-wheel drive system – giving drivers grip in any condition. Traditionally it works like this. the engine and transmission is situated longitudinally, meaning front to back, in the vehicle. Engine torque is sent through the transmission to a differential which is designed to distribute the power between front and rear wheels, respectively.

In 1987 Audi removed the manually locking center differential with a torque sensing (Torsen) unit. This compact unit allowed engine torque to be redirected automatically to individual axles as driving conditions, and traction, dictated. During ‘normal’ conditions where grip across both front and rear axles is equal, torque is split between front and rear axles with a 50:50 distribution in virtually all versions. During adverse conditions such as variable traction conditions a maximum or 67-80% of the engines torque is distributed to the front or rear axles. Because it is fully automated, the mechanical Torsen center differential helps prevent wheel slippage from occuring, by redirecting torque instantly, without any noticeable change, by the vehicles occupants, to the axle which has more grip.

Quattro is Virtually Failsafe

Audi’s mechanical Torsen differential is a proactive unit. It has no special requirement for electronic data from sources such as wheel speed sensors, making it virtually fail safe. Other versions of all-wheel drive, such as viscous coupling differentials which use clutch packs and a thick fluid to lock up or electronically controlled differentials that send a signal to the differential, are reactive and only work once wheels have begun to slip.

The advantage to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive is most felt under hard acceleration, including while cornering, because the torque transfer across front and rear axles is seamless, therefore keeping the car planted and considerably reducing the chance of losing control of your vehicle.

But wait, there’s more. The Torsen-based quattro system offers another cool benefit in the form of engine braking. When engine braking (taking your foot off the gas, not stepping on the brake, and leaving the car in gear) is used to slow the car, with a Torsen-based system found in Audi’s Quattro vehicles, the resulting “reverse-torque” loads on the front and rear axle are equally stabilized, in exactly the same way that engine torque is apportioned under power. This let’s the system spread the enging braking effect to all four wheels and tires. The Torsen-based Audi Quattro system allows vehicles to execute a more stable high-speed turn under deceleration, with a lower chance of losing control due to loss of grip in the front or rear axles.

Tight Packaging

Because space is always at a premium in a vehicle, Audi had to get creative when developing the Quattro’s longitudinal center differential. First, they built the center diff into the back of the gearbox, making the gearbox’s primary shaft essentially an extension of the crankshaft. Audi engineered the primary shaft to drive a hollow secondary shift which in turn drives the diff.

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But it gets even more ingenious. Audi engineers then placed a third, solid shaft inside the hollow secondary shaft, transmitting power to the front axles. This “shaft within a shaft” design is the trick to Audi’s ability to pack a container ship’s worth of engineering into a space barely larger than a duffel bag.

Can Audi Quattro Handle Any Condition?

To prove the capability of Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system, Audi shot this video of a 100CS Quattro driving up a snow-covered ski jump without any external assistance. Watch these videos to discover the beauty of Quattro all-wheel drive.

25 Years Later

Audi continues to revolutionize the all-wheel drive car market again and again, delivering new technology ahead of their competitors. If you choose to drive a car with Quattro all-wheel drive you can feel confident knowing that you have the safety, security and performance of over 33 years of development. Longer than any other automotive company in the world. Wouldn’t it be nice to have those features in your next car?

If you’re in the market for a new Audi and all-wheel drive is a feature you would like to have, we have many options available for you to choose from in inventory. Visit http://www.barrieraudi.com/new-inventory/index.htm and browse our models including the popular A4, A6, Q5 and S models!

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Audi is rapidly bringing TDI Clean Diesel Engines to all their vehicles.

Beginning with the 2014 models going to dealers now, Volkswagen’s luxury brand is expanding their TDI engines as an option in no fewer than five of their vehicles, up from two.

Coming in 2013, a replacement for the compact A3 sedan will get introduced in America and also will bring an optional TDI engine to the table. Looking forward two to three years from now, a replacement for Audi’s #1 car, the A4 sedan, will also receive a diesel engine to the options sheet.

Audi’s R and TT variants are among the last cars to potentially adopt TDI Clean Diesel Technology engines, however these too are seen as eventually bringing a diesel engine to their lineups.

Audi predicts between 15% to 20% of buyers will choose their TDI Clean Diesel engines.

Audi’s not being too optimistic. In fact, the ‘take’ rate might even be higher,

says Jack Nerad, auto-industry veteran and vice president and executive market analyst at Kelley Blue Book and its kbb.com car-shopping site.

“Once people are exposed to the range and mileage, (diesels) sell pretty easily. And the drivability is just fine,”

Nerad says.

A diesel engine consumes between 20% to 40% less fuel than a similar sized gasoline engine, while delivering unprecedented fuel mileage on the highway where typical hybrids are not as efficient. Gasoline-electric hybrids typically achieve their best fuel mileage in the city.

Over at Edmunds.com, senior analyst Bill Visnic hails diesel as “a magnificent option” for larger vehicles including SUV’s because diesel engines have exceptional low-end pulling power. Drivers won’t have to use so much throttle to get a diesel-power SUV moving as they would a gas-powered model.

With smaller vehicles, ”Diesel affords the opportunity to offer hybrid-like fuel economy ratings without the investment in hybrid technology,” Visnic says.

However, diesel powertrains can be slightly more expensive than a comparable gasoline powertrain, which explains in part why diesel has been showing up mainly in luxury models. VW, on the other hand, has done a great job with diesels in moderately priced vehicles, where they have averaged 20% to 25% of total sales.

U.S. automaker General Motors just started selling a diesel variant of their Cruze compact sedan to strong reviews. Mazda is working on a diesel version of their midsize Mazda6 sedan coming later this year.

Other than that, diesel is scarce in America.

Audi’s aggressive push towards diesel compliance comes against government discussions about how and weather incentives and subsidies for purchasing fuel-efficient diesels, similar to the special treatment given to gas-electric hybrids and electric cars like the Tesla Model S.

That’s not quite taking off just yet, and it’s not looking like in these tough financial times diesel will see much support for cutting the federal tax on diesel down to 18.4 cents from 24.4 cents, to match the tax on gasoline, or trimming back state fuel taxes for gas-diesel parity.

On the other hand state legislators are discussing setting mileage limits and giving breaks to vehicles that hit their mileage target, regardless of powerplant.

Says Ezra Finkin, policy director at the Diesel Technology Forum,

We were at the national conference of state legislators last week, and there’s a growing disgruntlement among legislators that they went to all the trouble to incentivize hybrids and now there are some very large cars and big SUVs that are hybrids, and they aren’t getting the 45 mpg

That’s a jab at gas-electric hybrid drivetrains that technically qualify for credits yet fail to deliver quality hybrid results.

He also noted that incentives don’t have to be in the form of tax dollars. They can include the ability to drive alone in HOV express lanes, like hybrids, electrics and natural gas vehicles already do in California.

Incentives aside, diesels are definitely going to become more common. Their awesome fuel mileage can help car companies achieve the ever-stricter federal fuel economy regulations. Under current standards, automakers must hit 54.5mpg average in lab tests by 2025, which equates to about 39mpg in combined highway/city driving on the new-vehicle window sticker.

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If you’re here reading this today, you’re probably wondering to yourself what is Rippln. Or maybe you’re already in Rippln but don’t really know what it is or why you’re there…

I’m going to try and break down for you what is Rippln, give you a Rippln Review, and then recommend whether or not you should join Rippln.

What Is Rippln?

What Is Rippln?

Rippln is a new social sharing platform that has a built in compensation plan, allowing users to make money on the purchases of their friends and their friend’s friends. These are called ripples. Rippln’s goal is to gamify the mobile space and create a community of people who share things they find cool to their social graph.

As of yet, we are still waiting to hear what products will be launched inside of Rippln, once Rippln launches and goes live. Currently Rippln is in pre-launch stage and they have not formally announced the date they are going to take the system live.

How Fast Has Rippln Grown?

At this point in time Rippln claims to have achieved 1,000,000 members, likening it to a more rapid growth rate than Instagram. However, it’s tough to compare the growth of Instagram to the growth of Rippln. Why? Because first of all Instagram is a free photo (and now video) sharing service that lets users capture and share their life through photos and videos.

Rippln has incentivized its membership base by placing monetary value on your status. So one might see Rippln’s growth as that of affiliate marketers trying to jump into the system before everyone else does.

So we see that there has been a stronger push in the beginning of Rippln to grow the user base vs Instagram and only time will tell if Rippln will achieve the current Instagram user base of close to one billion users.

How Do I Get More Rippln Leads?

Well now I bet you’re facing a predicament. If you are in Rippln, you’ve obviously made a list of friends and family, and sent all of them the link to this life-changing opportunity. You’ve also sent invitations to everyone you know on Facebook. The problem with that is so has everyone else trying to get people into Rippln.

I’ve personally talked to people at or near the top of the Rippln scheme. These people have ripples of over 60,000. And I’ve also talked to people like you in the trenches of Rippln, struggling to overcome 50, 100, or even 200 people in their ripple.

The truth about making money online is that there are a lot of “different roads up the mountain.” In other words, many people have created massive results, but did it through different strategies. What I’m going to introduce you to next is an educational product that is taught by successful business leaders that are creating amazing results, and will show you exactly how they did it. If you just can’t wait and want the system now, click the image at the bottom of this post. If you need more information, keep reading.

Because what Rippln is not doing is teaching you how to get more leads once you have exhausted your social network. The average Facebook user has about 229 friends.

I Need A System

One simple way to create more traffic, capture more leads and convert more sales is to start your own blog. Blogging is a very powerful way to gain exposure for your product or opportunity on the internet. You are on a blog right now.

But blogging isn’t easy on it’s own. Before you start blogging you might need to set up a few things, including:

  • Domain Name
  • Hosting Account
  • Blogging software
  • Installing your blogging software onto your server
  • Web Design to make your blog look cool
  • Plugins to extend your blog and optimize SEO

Next you will need to have capture pages to capture leads for your business or opportunity. Because any marketer worth their salt will tell you that the money is in the list – Email list, that is. If you want to make money on the internet right now you need to have a database of emails to which you can send marketing information.

Imagine having your own email marketing list for a moment, with hundreds or maybe even thousands of people subscribed to you. You are then free to communicate with them at any time because they already handed you their email address wanting to know more information about you and your opportunity. It is up to you to give them that information! In just a moment I will show you how you can receive high converting lead capture pages so you can capture leads, access your personal data base, and even use your own auto-responder to follow up with those leads If you want to! And I’ll hand this powerful system to you for less than the cost of Rippln. What? Rippln costs money? Keep reading…

Should I Join Rippln?

So now we get to the meat and potatoes of the topic at hand. Should I or should I not join Rippln.

Well I’m not here to invite you to Rippln. If you want to join Rippln then you will have to seek out someone offering a spot. When researching someone to join, make sure you join someone who is teaching you how to get massive traffic to your opportunity and teaching you how to get people to join you. Do not be afraid to ask them the hard questions, like:

  • How do I get more leads once I run out of friends and family?
  • What is your most effective way of driving traffic to your opportunity?
  • Who invited you and how are they mentoring you to success?

If you do choose to join Rippln, also be ready to shell out some of your hard earned cash. First, in order to be qualified you’re going to have to “power-up”with a one time registration that comes in at $69. But if you want access to the lifetime Ripple Tracking Platform, that will be $95 one time fee.

Next you’re going to be billed a monthly fee to be a part of the Rippln Rewards System. That fee is $30 per month.

What you won’t get with Rippln, however, is a powerful viral blogging platform to share your message with the world, highly converting lead capture pages to grab the traffic that comes to your blog and wants to know more, or website design, hosting, themes and plugins to optimize and get your blog to the top of Google, fast.

If that sounds like something you need to explode your Rippln opportunity and you want to get the system that will get you more traffic, help you capture more leads and convert more sales into your business then click the link below.

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In this blog post you’re going to discover how to drift a car 6 different ways.

Drifting is one of the most popular forms of motorsports in the world today. It’s not judged based on lap times. Instead, drifting is an art form judged on line, speed, angle and tire smoke or “wow factor”. It is a purely subjective sport, so if you want to rise to the top you need to be the subject everyone is talking about!

Handbrake / E-Brake Drift

The e-brake / handbrake drift is one of the most fun ways to drift. It’s also the way most overenthusiastic youth learn to drift – usually ripping the handbrake up in supermarket parkinglots or pulling it on an unsuspecting friend as they round a corner. The handbrake can be used to flick a quick 180 degree turn, initiate a larger drift, or extend a drift if you’re not going to slide far enough under power.

Drift Sequence:

  1. Brake
  2. Turn wheel
  3. Step on clutch
  4. Pull E-brake
  5. Release E-brake
  6. Countersteer
  7. Then wait until car is facing corner exit, then gently give the car gas – how hard you step on the gas depends how much you are countersteering and sliding.

Shift-Lock Drift

Shift-lock drifting is not recommended to do on a dry road. This technique is best used on wet or snowy surfaces. You initiate the shift lock drift by downshifting (most often from 3rd to 2nd) instead of using the brakes and rev-matching, forcing the rear wheels to momentarily lock up.

Drift Sequence:

  1. Gas all the way in third gear
  2. Brake
  3. Steer
  4. Let clutch go without using heel-toe technique.
  5. Rear wheels will suddenly lock
  6. Then slide
  7. Countersteer
  8. After car is facing corner exit, gently give the car gas – how hard you step on the gas depends how much you are countersteering and sliding.

Power Over Drift

The trick to power over drifting is throttle control. Front tire grip is super important, too. You perform power over drifting by entering a corner at full throttle to create heavy oversteer, then feed excess power to the rear wheels to induce drift.

Drift Sequence:

  1. Brake lightly to shift weight to front tires for traction.
  2. Steer into the corner even if you feel understeer.
  3. At corner exit step heavy on the gas to power out of the corner.
  4. Countersteer

Braking Drift

To successfully complete a braking drift you must pay attention to three critical factors: When to turn into the corner, when to downshift, and for how long to stay on the brakes. Brake drifting is a lot like shift lock drifting except for the fact you don’t let the rear tires lock.

Drift Sequence:

  1. Heavy on the gas in third gear approaching corner
  2. Brake – how much you brake is crucial – If you kill the speed too much, you will end up stopping before you drift and with understeer. You want to slow down about 70% from how fast you are driving on the straight-a-way.
  3. Let go of brake
  4. Steer into corner
  5. Use heal-toe technique to shift down to second leaving your toe on the brake – The heal-toe technique uses the right foot to control both brake and gas while left foot operates clutch for shifts. Right foot toe is on brake while right foot heel is on the gas.
  6. Countersteer
  7. After car is facing corner exit, gently give the car gas – how hard you step on the gas depends how much you are countersteering and sliding.

Feint Drift

Feint drifting is all about momentum. You use the weight of the car to create a force that overcomes the grip of the tires, inducing a drift. It’s not always easy to get the car’s weight to transfer by braking alone. If that is the case then you want to shift the weight with a feint or quick flick of the steering wheel away from the corner.

Drift Sequence:

  1. Brake
  2. Quickly steer away from the turn.
  3. Then steer into the corner. The car will bounce back in the opposite direction like a pendulum because of the great weight transfer now.
  4. Step heavy on gas, as in the Power Over Drift technique, to get the car to slide.
  5. Countersteer

Lift-off Drift

The lift off drift, or dynamic drift, is initiated simply by holding momentum into the corner and releasing the gas causing the tail to slide.

Drift Sequence:

  1. Charge into the corner without braking.
  2. Release gas making the rear wheels loose traction.
  3. Slide
  4. Countersteer
  5. Step heavy on the gas when exiting the corner.

If you are serious about learning how to drift, by far the best instructional video you can get for yourself is the Drift Bible by Keiichi “Drift King” Tsuchiya. Best Motoring does an amazing job of capturing the proper camera angles, the voice-over work is very easy to understand, and Keiichi puts everything into perspective for you to understand. This video is easy to watch over and over and over again!

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Top 5 basic car care and maintenance videos

Let’s face it, discovering the fact you need to repair your car is never fun. Nobody likes the hassle of taking your car to an overpriced mechanic, getting a quote for repairs, and then seeing that quote blown out of the water when you go to pick up your car.

Mechanics do a good job of making repairs sound like a lot more work than they really are. Sometimes the extra work is real, however most of the time that is not the case.

Would you like to easily repair your car, perform your own preventative maintenance, and save potentially hundreds of dollars in the process?  Thanks to the wonders of technology it has never been easier to perform basic car care and maintenance.

In this blog I will show you the top 5 basic car care and maintenance videos and I will give you a link to save money on the parts you need to get the job done right. You can rest assured that you are more than capable of repairing your car, and you can do it quickly and save money in the process.

My Top 5 Basic Car Care and Maintenance Videos

How To Replace Windshield Wiper Blades

If you want to learn how to replace windshield wiper blades then this is the video for you. On most cars replacing your windshield wiper blades is a snap. The last thing you want to see when the rain starts falling, is nothing. And let’s face it, we have all been there. Be honest with yourself, the few bucks you’re going to spend on wipers will more than pay for itself when you flip that wiper switch and those brand new wipers effortlessly whisk away rain, dirt and debris from your windshield.

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Check Your Engines Spark Plugs

Quite simply, spark plugs ignite the fuel that enters the engine and keep the engine pumping. Without spark plugs the fuel wouldn’t burn, and if the fuel doesn’t burn you’re going nowhere. When spark plugs get old they lose their efficiency. They don’t burn the fuel as well, and you lose performance and fuel economy.

Spark plug wires bring electricity to your plugs. When spark plug wires begin to wear out, less electrical energy gets to your spark plugs, reducing engine efficiency and decreasing  fuel mileage.

By choosing to replace your spark plugs and wires on your own you are gaining peace of mind by knowing that the repairs are done right and that you saved money in the process. Go ahead and treat yourself with some of that extra money in your pocket! Put new plugs and wires in your engine and feel extra pep in your step.

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Check Your Cars Motor Oil Level

This one almost goes without saying, but your car’s engine oil level is the lifeblood of your vehicle. If your engine does not have the proper amount of oil coarsing through it’s veins, you could be looking at some potentially large repair bills.

Fortunately, learning how to check motor oil is a simple task. And it is best done when you stop and fill up for gas, as your car is warm at that point and the oil has had time to properly circulate throughout the motor, giving you the most accurate reading.

Do not check oil when the engine is cold. If you check your oil when the engine is cold you will not get a proper reading and that could lead to potentially damaging effects.

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Check Your Tire Tread Depth

Tire tread depth is important. And checking tire tread depth is easy, too. You don’t need any fancy tools for checking your tire tread depth. All you need is a penny. The distance from the top of the coin to Lincoln’s head is approximately 2/32″. So if you place the coin in your tread and Lincoln’s head is covered, congratulations! You have more than the critical 2/32″ of tread remaining.

Legally speaking, tires are considered “worn out” when they go below the critical 2/32″ tread depth. If you’re concerned about hydroplaning in wet weather conditions, consider replacing your tires at 4/32″, or about the distance between the top of a quarter and Washington’s head. Lastly, if you live in or are concerned with snowy conditions it is best to replace your tires at 6/32″ of tread depth.

Remember, the tires are the only thing keeping your car connected to the road. If you don’t have a solid footing on the road, scary things can happen. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Four new tires is a lot cheaper than fixing bodywork on your car because you crashed.

Get The Right Tires For Your Car

Replace Your Air Filter And Get Better Fuel Mileage

Air filters are essential for optimizing airflow into your engine. As the air filter gets more and more clogged with dirt and debris, engine efficiency decreases, leading to lower fuel mileage. Checking your engine air filter is easy and can be done when you do your oil change. Some quick-lube stations will even do this service for you free of charge if you’re not adventurous enough to change your own oil.

Find The Right Air Filter For Your Car

Bonus Video: Check Your Tire Pressure For Better Fuel Mileage

Maintaining optimum tire pressure is essential for maximizing your cars fuel mileage. When tire pressure goes down, fuel mileage goes down as well. And with gas pushing over $4 a gallon in the United States (even more overseas), every extra mile you gain from proper tire pressure is like putting extra cash in your pocket. Reading your vehicles manual, typically found in the glove box, will tell you what the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle is. A good rule of thumb is to inflate your tires to 36PSI when cold.

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Don’t Know How To Do It? YouTube It!

YouTube is perhaps the #1 place to go to find instructional how-to videos for basic car care & maintenance. You can answer virtually any basic car care and maintenance question by typing it into YouTube. Did you know YouTube is the third

Go Fix Your Car!

Now that you have educated yourself on the basics of car care and maintenance go out there and fix something! You’ll feel empowered in the process and satisfied knowing that you did the job right and saved a pile of cash in the process.

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