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European U.S. Auto Market Tariff Threat by President Trump

European U.S. Auto Market Tariff Threat by President Trump

The European U.S. Auto Market Tariff

Currently, in the second quarter of 2018, President Donald Trump is threatening tariffs on the European Union’s automobile sector. After starting an escalating tariff battle with China, Trump is aiming his eyes on his next target. Unfortunately, this will not only hurt the EU but will hit back at the US. This decision not only will cause a rapid tariff response from the EU, but it will damage US auto sales. If anything, this would stir many auto enthusiasts to avoid American automobiles, in the EU and US. Obviously, this is a “very, very” bad idea, especially with Ford removing sedans from the lineup. A European U.S. auto market tariff is simply put, a terrible idea.

How Much Damage Can a 20% Tariff Cause?

NFTC Says Trump Tariffs a ‘Double Whammy’ on U.S. Manufacturers

A 20% European U.S. market tariff can cause damage to both the EU and US. Firstly, a tariff damages the country, or countries, that it targets. Obviously, a main effect will be a drop in EU auto sales in the US market. Secondly, the tariff will impact the country that sends it. The first impact will be a revenge tariff hurting US businesses nationwide. The second impact is that it will most likely degrade the US market’s auto sales in the EU and US. Thirdly, taxes hurt everyone. The tax against the EU will hurt sales, the tax against the US will drop tax profits in the auto market, and it will also hit the pocket of US citizens. Who wants that?

Negotiations, Not Tariffs, Should be the Option

Impact of Trump’s potential auto tariffs on American consumers – Fox Business – YouTube

Instead of causing a tariff war worldwide, why not attempt to negotiate to improve the US’s trade options? Placing tariffs on foreign goods is not only hurting the countries that it targets, but it is causing suffering back home. For instance, China’s response to US tariffs was to place tariffs on American products such as pork and whiskey. This is hurting many businesses nationwide which doesn’t seem like a victory at all. By hurting businesses, the government is also hurting the individual citizens nationwide. Overall, the European US auto market tariff threat by President Trump is simply a “terrible, terrible” idea.

1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1)

1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1)

The C1 Audi 100 Coupé S

From 1969 to 1976, Audi produced the 100 Coupé S which is part of the C1 generation. The designer for the 100 Coupé S is Ruprecht Neuner. Basically, the Audi 100 Coupé S is a sports fastback grand tourer. It was initially presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1969. During production, units were limited to only 30,687 vehicles.

1.9-Liter In-Line 4-Cylinder Engine

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) sports a 1.9-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine with 115 horsepower. This motor functions with two carburetors and a 4-speed manual all-synchromesh transmission. In 1972, the motor dropped one carburetor and lost 3 horsepower. So, the 1972-1976 version has only 112 horsepower. As with older generations, this car has a FWD system. Nowadays, Audi mostly uses AWD on their vehicles.

The Audi 100 Coupé S V3/V4: 928 V8

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) - Front Corner in Blue - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) – Front Corner in Blue – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The Audi 100 Coupé S V3 and V4 are models developed by Audi and Porsche, together. Firstly, the Audi 100 Coupé V3 has a Porsche 928 V8 with 350 horsepower. Furthermore, the V3 sports flared fenders and RWD. As for the V4, the body of the car was expanded to 4.3” wider. This is for accommodating the 928’s running gear and wider track. The V8 and RWD were a perfect match for this car, basically making it comparable to a muscle car. Overall, it would’ve been amazing if the V4 were for sale.

A Test for Audi in the 2-Door Coupe Market

Audi 100 Coupé S: 70er-Jahre-Sportler mit Kopfnick-Automatik – focusonline – YouTube

In conclusion, the 1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) was a test for Audi in the 2-door market. The 100 Coupé S is basically Audi’s version of a muscle car. The base C1 falls short of a muscle car due to it’s 4-cylinder engine. Although, the V3/V4 versions are basically muscle cars with the V8 and RWD. The Audi 100 Coupé S is a great project car if you’re an Audi enthusiast. Especially, if you squeeze in the 928 V8. Now, that’d be one fun venture.

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

 

Ferrari 641: 6 Wins in 1990 Formula 1 Season

Ferrari 641: 6 Wins in 1990 Formula 1 Season

The Formula 1 Ferrari 641

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In the 1990 Formula 1 season, Ferrari used the 641, also known as the F1-90. This Formula 1 racing car was the main vehicle of the Ferrari racing team for the entirety of the season. The Ferrari 641’s design is by Enrique Scalabroni and Steve Nichols. Furthermore, Steve Nichols was a McLaren designer who helped the project. With 6 wins during the 1990 Formula 1 season, the Ferrari 641 was competitive with McLaren, but at 10 horsepower less. At high speed, the 641 held its ground regardless of the power difference.

Ferrari Tipo 036/037 3.5-Liter Mid-Engine V12

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The Ferrari 641 sports a Ferrari Tipo 036 3.5-liter mid-engine V12. This motor is capable of 680 base horsepower. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 7-speed semi-auto transmission. In San Marino, the 641 withheld the number 037 engine instead. This motor works on Agip fuel, a former Italian auto gasoline. To get the power to the ground, the 641 has Goodyear tires. The Ferrari 641, or F1-90, definitely packed the power to compete in the 90s Formula 1 season.

Race Worthy Engineering: Chassis & Suspension

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The Ferrari 641 Formula 1 race car was built with a race worthy chassis and suspension. Firstly, the 641’s chassis comprimes a Kevlar and carbon fiber composite monocoque. Next, the suspension differs slightly in the front and rear. Both the front and the rear contain anti-roll bars, double wishbones, and telescopic shock absorbers. In the front, there is push-rod actuated torsion bar springs. On the other end, in the rear, there is push-rod actuated coil springs. Surprisingly, only one 641 chassis is non existent today due to destruction in testing. Lastly, while two remain in museums, four are privately owned by collectors.

A Throwback to 1990 Formula 1 Racing

Ferrari 641/2 – 1990 (Emozione Ferrari) – sagitt76 – YouTube

This Ferrari 641 article is basically a throwback to the 1990 Formula 1 Racing season. Although this vehicle was not the best race car on the track, it still won 6 races. One of these vehicles was also in a famous collision at the Japanese Grand Prix with the McLaren race car. The Ferrari 641 and the McLaren battled it out frequently for whom was the best car. Regardless of who was better, both cars deserve respect from car enthusiasts worldwide. In conclusion, the Ferrari 641 was a beastly feat of engineering that competed with the “crème de la crème” (cream of the crop).

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Actively Racing - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Actively Racing – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift