Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Plus, this device also functions as a car alarm system, sending you text messages whenever someone tries to force themselves into your car - you just have to install a GSM SIM card into it. Sounds so cool I almost can't believe it.
For more information go here: Fingerprint Car Security System with GSM Alerts
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Car insurance does not just protect you. If an accident occurs, the insurance covers you, your vehicle, and any other people that may have been involved. There are different policies that you can purchase depending on what amount of coverage you want. For example, you can choose to guard yourself against accidental harm, burglary, and fire. Your insurance agent can help you choose the policy that meets your needs and your budget.
Your monthly payment is known as a premium. The premium is determined based on factors such as they type of car driven, age, sex, and your past driving history. If you drive a luxury sports car, then you can expect to pay a higher premium than someone driving a lower cost vehicle.
A deductible is the amount of money that you are required to pay if you have an accident. The insurance company will pay for the cost of the repairs, but you must pay for the initial deductible. If the accident was caused by the other driver, then their insurance company may be responsible for paying your deductible.
It is important to make sure that you are covered by car insurance because if you are not, then the expenses to repair your vehicle can be really high. You will also be responsible for paying the other party's damages as well.
There are many insurance companies to choose from. Do your research to find a company that will offer fair rates and full coverage. Researching the insurance companies online is a great way to find out the information that you need. By reading reviews and learning about the guarantees and services that are offered, you will be able to choose a car insurance company that will work for you.
Monday, April 4, 2011
This innovative and modern concept car was the creation of Andre Dubonnet, successful race car driver, WWI fighter pilot and heir to the Dubonnet aperitif business. Early in life, Dubonnet developed a passion and took great delight in speed and adventure and desired to perfect the future of road transportation and in particular, the suspension system. As his favorite car was the Hispano-Suiza, he picked the 1932 H-6C chassis, which he had seen previously at the Paris Auto Salon and began sketching designs for a prototype, drawing upon his aviation background and racing experience.
He took his designs to French coachbuilder, Jacques Saoutchik who helped him with the framework of the automobile and then partnered with engineer Antoine-Marie Chedru to develop his patented independent front-suspension system.
What followed was a dramatically streamlined build with an emphasis on aerodynamic styling, affectionately named Xenia, after Dubonnet’s first wife.
Far ahead of its time, the Xenia resembles the fuselage of an airplane with a slender, tapered shape and pointed tail. A new parallel opening door system was used as part of the aerodynamic design and special attention was given to the undercarriage for clean air movement. The curved glass of the windshield and doors are reminiscent of airplane-styling and the panoramic windscreen and removal top were exceptionally futuristic. It featured an 8 liter overhead-valve inline 6 engine capable of 144bhp in standard form. Further, this 1938 car was designed to reach 125mph which rivaled any car of the time and had a cutting-edge four-wheel independent suspension.
In fact, the innovative suspension technology mounted each front wheel on a single arm that extended forward from the kingpin, while a pair of oil-filled, coil spring cylinders offered resistance and swiveled as each wheel turned, improving rise and handling. This original suspension system was later licensed by General Motors and used on its Chevrolet and Pontiac brands. Dubonnet designed his steel masterpiece at 19ft long and claimed that his Hispano-Suiza hyperflex suspension system would give it the “suppleness of a cat”.
To protect this revolutionary automobile, the Xenia was hidden away in 1939 during World War II and did not resurface until 1946 in Paris. The Xenia was then purchased by Alain Balleret, President of the French Hispano-Suiza Club who began the vehicles restoration. Upon Balleret’s death, the car was purchased and completed by Seattle based collector, Charles Morse. Morse debuted the vehicle at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance in 2000.
Today, this dramatic and stunning vehicle resides at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California under the care of Peter and Merle Mullin. The Xenia has been honored for its innovative design and technology with the following organizations: