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Pagani Zonda Tricolore: Tribute to Frecce Tricolori Aerobatic Team

Pagani Zonda Tricolore: Tribute to Frecce Tricolori Aerobatic Team

A Dedication to Italy’s Aerobatic Team

For the 2010 model year, Pagani introduced the Zonda Tricolore, a tribute in design. The Pagani Zonda Tricolore is an honor to Frecce Tricolori, Italy’s aerobatic team. With only three units total, this car is quite a collectible vehicle. The Frecce Tricolori aero team is a team of pilots that can pull amazing stunts across the blue sky. Refer to the video below for a view of their most popular video on YouTube. In concept, the Tricolore takes much away from the Zonda Cinque. But, there is quite a few things that reflect the Tricolori.

Differences from the Zonda Cinque

Pagani Zonda Tricolore – PaganiAutomobili – YouTube

The Pagani Zonda Tricolore does differ from the Zonda Cinque. Although much of the body is similar, there are a handful of things that make it stand out. First, there is a clear blue lacquer paintjob in combo with red, white, and green stripes. Second, there is a small wing behind the cockpit, relating to the tail wing of the Frecce Tricolori Aermacchi MB-339 PAN stunt plane. On a hidden note, the car is 6 mph faster than a standard Zonda. This means it can reach 220 mph! Even though it is not a huge difference, why not hit the next decade of speed.

Another Amazing Zonda Model

's Aerobatic Team - Italian Flag in Action - Alex Micheu Photography on Wikimedia - EuroDrift

‘s Aerobatic Team – Italian Flag in Action – Alex Micheu Photography on Wikimedia – EuroDrift

Overall, the Pagani Zonda Tricolore is an amazing, new model for the Zonda lineup. For $1.35 million USD ($1.2 million Euros), this car could’ve been yours! Unfortunately, it is long gone, and with only three builds, this car is quite rare. Seeing one of these on the road is like hitting Mega Millions or the Powerball. The Pagani Zonda Tricolore tribute to the Frecce Tricolori is quite a statement by the supercar company. Frecce Tricolori can do amazing things in airplanes, so it is not surprising to dedicate such a fine vehicle to their spectacle. In conclusion, the Zonda Tricolore is another beauty by the Pagani Automobili.

RIAT 2014 Frecce Tricolori Italian Air Force The Royal International Air Tattoo – Tonkatsu298 – YouTube

Note: The featured image is by DomiD19 on Wikimedia.

Bugatti Veyron Crash into Lake Leads to Jail Time

Bugatti Veyron Crash into Lake Leads to Jail Time

Driving a Bugatti Veyron into Gulf Bay

On November 11, 2009, Lufkin’s Andy House drove a 2006 Bugatti Veyron into Gulf Bay in the La Marque, Texas region. With unique timing, a spectator filmed the event and posted it on YouTube. Nobody knew that this would change the man’s life for the next few years. Long story short, Andy House was driving down the highway when he veered to the right, right into saltwater. With the engine running, the Veyron motor flooded leading to complete destruction. The story may, or may not, be true, but that was up to the court to decide.

The Insurance Claim Dilemma

Bugatti Veyron Lake Crash—Original Video- 1st hand account – Jomgarza – YouTube

So, obviously, after the accident, the owner submits an insurance claim to the company to fix the vehicle. But, this was not an authentic claim, according to the tape. Lufkin’s Andy House, an exotic car salvage yard owner, will be spending 1 year and 1 day in federal prison. Why? Because the court states that this entire situation is insurance fraud. Furthermore, the defendant plead guilty to the event in the court of law. From a court date in 2009, the 2006 Bugatti Veyron was purchased for $1,000,000 USD, but insured for $2,200,000. This is most likely due to the collectible value of a unique car like the Veyron.

So, as seen above, the claim describes the accident occurring due to a cell phone reach. But, the video seems to tell a different story. Initially, the insurance company did pay the claim, but with YouTube video proof, took it to court. The court system is making the defendant pay back the settlement of $600,000. On top of this, due to insurance fraud, he will spend 1 year and 1 day in federal prison. Furthermore, he will have 3 years of release under supervision. This was definitely not his plan at the beginning of this situation.

One Hell of a Lesson & Story

Bugatti Veyron being fished out of a lake – SkiddMark – YouTube

Overall, this 2006 Bugatti Veyron crash is one hell of a lesson, as well as story. How many people can say that they crashed a Veyron into saltwater? Secondly, how many can say they went to jail for it? Well… not many. This was an unfortunate case of bad decision making that led to repercussions. To finish off the article, let’s make a simple, and important statement. No matter what stage you are at in life, young or old, rich or poor, always ensure to make the right decision. Making the right decision is the best way to go through life, and the wrong decision can lead to unexpected results. Just look at this guy, spending over a year in prison for insurance fraud. In conclusion, don’t crash a Veyron into a lake in the modern era of accessible cameras and YouTube videos.

Aston Martin Valkyrie Nears Production According to Instagram Post

Aston Martin Valkyrie Nears Production According to Instagram Post

Aston Martin Uses Instagram to Tease Valkyrie

Aston Martin Valkyrie - Concept in Fall of 2018 - Overhead - Manufacturer Instagram Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Valkyrie – Concept in Fall of 2018 – Overhead – Manufacturer Instagram Picture – EuroDrift

Recently, Aston Martin shared a post on Instagram displaying the Valkyrie nearing production status. This post is basically a teaser to what is to come in the near future. While it is nearing production, the expectation is late 2019 or early 2020. Currently, Aston plans to build 175 road legal Valkyries, plus 25 track-only versions. Back in July of 2017, Miles Nurnberger made a statement about the Valkyrie:

“… 95% of the way there.” – Miles Nurnberger

It has been quite some time since this statement, but it may be a sign that the Aston Martin Valkyrie is finally ready to consider motion forward. Though, do note, quite a few things are changing for the production version.

Changes to the Valkyrie During Concept Stage

Aston Martin Valkyrie - Concept in Fall of 2018 - Interior - Manufacturer Instagram Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Valkyrie – Concept in Fall of 2018 – Interior – Manufacturer Instagram Picture – EuroDrift

The Aston Martin Valkyrie Instagram post shows a bit of changes since the previous concept. First, there are alloy wheels shown on the car, whereas the previous concept has carbon fiber. But, the car is being offered with that exact optional aerodynamic carbon fiber wheel cover set. Secondly, the exterior has revised side skirts as well as a lighting elements in the vent behind the front wheels. Thirdly, the blue to black paint job is beautiful, but it is most likely in use to cover some of the design. This means there may be more changes to the car that can be seen easily from the photos. Finally, the interior flaunts a few extra buttons and more seat padding. Carbon fiber still governs the interior though.

Who Wouldn’t Want to Own a Valkyrie?

Jump Inside the Aston Martin Valkyrie! | FIRST LOOK – Shmee150 – YouTube

Truthfully, who wouldn’t want to own an Aston Martin Valkyrie? Well… someone. But, most of us car lovers would love to own it. With it’s hybrid drivetrain, this car sports 1,126 estimated horsepower. This is a combo of electric and gasoline elements producing power. The motor itself is a Cosworth 6.5-liter V12 engine. That in itself could make this a hypercar, but electrical motors can take it even further. The Valkyrie will set Aston Martin history as the first hypercar by the company. In conclusion, Aston Martin is really stepping up in the sports car and hypercar realms of the auto industry.

Aston Martin DBS 59: Celebrating 1959 Le Mans Victory in DBR1

Aston Martin DBS 59: Celebrating 1959 Le Mans Victory in DBR1

Celebrating a Victory from the Past

Aston Martin DBS 59 - White Model Number - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DBS 59 – White Model Number – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

With the Aston Martin DBS 59, the company celebrates a 1959 Le Mans 1-2 victory in the DBR1. Basically, it is a DBS Superleggera, with changes to the exterior. Pricing isn’t clearly known, but there will only be 24 units from production. Hopefully, the correlation between 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 units of production makes sense. If not, now it should. Each model will receive a small white number next to the side strakes to show which model number.

Differences from the DBS Superleggera

Aston Martin DBS 59 - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DBS 59 – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

With the Aston Martin DBS 59 being a Superleggera under the hood, this car sports the same 715 horsepower engine. And, yes, it still reaches over 200 mph. But, the exterior sports major differences. Firstly, the car is painted with a British racing green tone. To complement this, there is gloss carbon fiber on the hood louvers, rear valence, roof, roof strakes, and spoiler. To offset this, bronze accents can be seen on the badging, brake calipers, front grille, and wheels. This combination truly symbolizes British racing. What is not to love about that?

Aston Martin DBS 59 - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DBS 59 – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The interior of the Aston Martin DBS 59 is also stunning, just as the exterior. First, there is a tri-tone combo of colors. The seats comprise of brown and black leather. A British racing green trim can be seen to complement this color tone combination. The interior fabric is meant to connect with the past DBR1 model. Furthermore, even crazier, is the fact that the rear compartment holds quite a few specialty items. These include special DBS 59 crash helmets, period-correct blue race overalls, racing gloves, a bespoke two-piece luggage set, and a car cover specific to the model number. So, this ends up being quite the collector piece. Owning the car itself is one thing, but owning all of this other collectible ‘jawns’ is pretty cool.

Aston Martin DBS 59 - Rear Badging - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DBS 59 – Rear Badging – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Another Stunning Vehicle by Aston Martin

AutoComplete: Aston Martin celebrates Le Mans win with DBS 59 – Roadshow – YouTube

As Aston Martin expands its lineup, it continues to stun fans worldwide. The Aston Martin DBS 59 is another amazing vehicle by the manufacturer. With its unique style, this is basically a collector’s edition of the DBS Superleggera. The Superleggera itself is amazing, but this takes it a whole other step further. Some people may even consider selling their Superleggera to upgrade. But, getting one of the 24 units will not be easy. In conclusion, the DBS 59 is another amazing feat of engineering by Aston Martin.

Aston Martin DBS 59 - Front Corner in Showroom - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DBS 59 – Front Corner in Showroom – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe Breathes Sophistication

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe Breathes Sophistication

The Stunning BMW M850i Coupe

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe - Rear Corner Overview - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe – Rear Corner Overview – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe is a machine of prime sophistication. BMW states that the M850i is an “extrovert” meant to attract attention. The starting MSRP of this vehicle is $111,900. From there, price can increase drastically with options. For this price, the owner will have a piece of quality engineering. The engine to the interior overhaul makes this car quite unique. Who wouldn’t want to drive this high-quality automobile?

4.4-Liter TwinPower Turbo V8

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe sports a 4.4-liter TwinPower turbo V8 engine. This motor boasts 523 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine works in combo with an 8-speed automatic transmission. For an optimal driving experience, there are steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and launch control. From 0 to 60 mph, the M850i will take only 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. These performance specs can give some thanks to the xDrive, smart AWD system. To no surprise, this car performs how an M car should on the street and track.

Overhauls in Technology

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe withholds quite a few overhauls in technology. Beginning with the BMW iDrive 7.0 System, this car has customizable interactions. Furthermore, this includes touch, voice, and optional gesture control. With available glass controls, this car can push senses to the max. Next, the interior wears multi-functional heated front seats with extended or full Merino leather options. Lastly, there are stunning headlights on the front end. These BMW Icon Adaptive LED Headlights also contain Laserlight technology. These lights make driving at night a breeze.

The Newest BMW Model is a Beauty

Flat Out in the New BMW M850i! | EXPERIENCE – Shmee150 – YouTube

Overall, the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe is a beautiful vehicle. From it’s roaring V8 to it’s stunning interior, this car is built to impress. Beyond the information above, this car can be built via BMW Individual. This allows buyers to customize the car to a much further extent, for a much higher price. Another awesome option is the European Delivery package. This allows the car buyer or leaser to fly to Munich, Germany for a first drive in the car. This is quite an experience option that is a fantastic idea to get abroad. In conclusion, the M850i will be the next major competitor for the large coupes class, competing against the S-Class and more.

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe & BMW M8 GTE - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe & BMW M8 GTE – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: A Beastly 2-Door Grand Tourer

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: A Beastly 2-Door Grand Tourer

Production from 2003 to 2010

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Side in Motion - AngMoKio on Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Side in Motion – AngMoKio on Wikipedia – EuroDrift

From 2003 to 2010, Mercedes-Benz sold the utterly stunning Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. This 2-door grand tourer sports car was limited to only 2,157 total units over 7 years. The SLR McLaren was a joint project between McLaren Automotive and Mercedes-Benz. Now, McLaren has its own amazing supercars, ranging from the 720S to the Senna GTR. The assembly for the SLR Mclaren was at the Woking, Surrey, England location. With a front mid-engine RWD system, this car fits the meaning of an adrenaline rush. Now, let’s jump right into the performance numbers!

5.4-Liter Supercharged M155 SLR V8

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Engine on Display - BrokenSphere on Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Engine on Display – BrokenSphere on Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren sports a 5.4-liter supercharged M155 SLR V8 engine. This motor produces a whopping 617 horsepower and 575 lb.-ft. of torque. In combo with a 5-speed auto transmission, this car can hit 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds. In magazine review testing, 3.3 seconds was achieved at one point. Depending on conditions, specifically temperature, this car may perform even better (i.e. colder weather). On the quarter mile, the SLR McLaren reaches 130 mph at 11.25 seconds. Being from a previous era, this car can still compete with modern sports cars.

Tip of the Hat to the SLR McLaren

McLaren SLR Review | Top Gear | BBC – YouTube

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is now a rare, unique sports car. It is only respectful to tip a hat to this amazing vehicle. Now a collector’s car, these cars are still available on the market. But, having a deep pocket is necessary, as the lowest usually go for over $200,000. Furthermore, the newer ones run into the $300,000 range.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Interior - Axel Schwenke on Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Interior – Axel Schwenke on Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Cars like this do not depreciate over time, but actually grow in value. It is similar to buying art, somewhat a gamble, but with a car like this, it usually pays off. Depending how long the car is kept, the price shall increase or grow steady. Overall, the SLR McLaren is a beautiful display of a joint project by Benz and McLaren. Some people may not like it, but it is one hell of a sports car.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Rear Corner - Alexandre Prevot on Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Rear Corner – Alexandre Prevot on Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Note: The featured image is by Alexandre Prevot of Wikipedia, just as the image above.

Audi B5 S4 Burns Bugatti Chiron to Everyone’s Surprise

Audi B5 S4 Burns Bugatti Chiron to Everyone’s Surprise

Quite the Surprise at the Drag Strip

When an Audi B5 S4 and a Bugatti Chiron pulled up at the drag racing strip, many people may have suspected a Chiron victory. But, to everyone’s surprise, the Audi B5 S4 ends up outperforming the Bugatti. Beginning with a rolling start, both cars stroll forward. From there, the gas pedals mash. Both cars accelerate aggressively down the track. Somehow, that B5 S4 is keeping up, and passing! To no surprise, the B5 S4 contains enough mods to add over 1,000 horsepower to the base power level. Defeating the 8th fastest production vehicle is no easy task, so props to the S4 owner! This occurred at the SCC500 Rolling 50 1000 event in Germany.

Audi B5 S4 Specifications

Unfortunately, the Audi B5 S4’s performance mods are not readily available to discuss. But, there is an estimation that this car pushes 1,300 horsepower! Phew! That’s fast! Obviously, the car sports BBS wheels, a lowering kit, and a ton of modifications under the hood. This B5 S4 goes by the name “ARLOWS”. Since all modifications aren’t known, let’s review the basics of the base model.

The Audi B5 S4 was an amazing car in the past, and still is today. Starting with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, this car produces 261 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Being such a small, lightweight car has its perks. The newer models are blatantly larger, to the point the modern A4 is the size of the A6 of this generation, if not bigger. From 0 to 60 mph, the stock B5 S4 takes only 5.6 seconds. With a top speed of 155.3 mph, this car is a beast from the past. This car has always been a mod dream car due to the build being accessible for massive growth in ability.

Bugatti Chiron Specifications

The Bugatti Chiron is the 8th fastest production vehicle in the world. So, being beat by an Audi B5 S4 may have been shocking for the owner. But, in reality, many cars can reach this level of power with modifications. Regardless, cars like the Chiron are hypercars meant to be respected at an entirely higher level. The black with red secondary color Chiron in the video has a 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine.

This motor runs in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Producing a whopping 1,479 horsepower, this car is a beast. But, the S5 is a much lighter car, especially with mods and reductions. From 0 to 60 mph, the Chiron takes only 2.5 seconds. No wonder this car is a dream for many!

And… the B5 S4 Wins!

1300HP Audi S4 B5 vs Bugatti Chiron – cvdzijden – Supercar Videos – YouTube

The “ARLOWS” Audi B5 S4 is such a beast that defeating the Chiron wasn’t too difficult of a task. The race may have been close, but as Dom says:

“Ask any racer. Any real racer. It don’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning’s winning.” – Dom Toretto in The Fast and the Furious (Vin Diesel)

Those who have seen this movie will absolutely understand where this statement comes from. If not, get out there and see the damn movie! Regardless, The Fast and the Furious is a great racing film from the past. But, back to the race. In conclusion, the Audi B5 S4 is an amazing tuner car which is capable of defeating the crème of the crop.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: A Gull-Wing Masterpiece

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: A Gull-Wing Masterpiece

The Original SLS AMG 2-Door Coupe

From January 2010 to January 2014, Daimler AG produced the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 2-door coupe. The base version of this car ranges in model year from 2011 to 2015. The original assembly was at a location in Sindelfingen, Germany. The 2-door SLS AMG coupe is an FMR layout with a transaxle. The biggest designation of the SLS is the gull-wing doors. But, there is a lot more to this car than it’s aesthetically pleasing exterior.

6.2-Liter M159 DOHC V8 Engine

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Engine Bay - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Engine Bay – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a gullwing that performs on the road and track. With a 6.2-liter M159 DOHC V8 engine, this car cranks out 563 horsepower. Supporting the horsepower is 479 lb.-ft. of torque. This motor works in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the SLS AMG takes only 3.7 seconds. On the quarter mile, the SLS AMG reaches the end in only 11.7 seconds at 125 mph. Lastly, the top speed is a staggering 197 mph, almost 200… almost.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Interior - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Interior – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

But, at these speeds, the car can still terrify those afraid of quick accelerations. In the event of a rollover, the SLS AMG doors contain explosive bolts that sense a rollover to separate for ease of exiting. This is an important aspect of racing in this car, as being stuck inside could be deadly. Fortunately, Mercedes is usually ahead of the game when it comes to safety. This may help those with worries about this car on the road.

A Beautiful Automotive Masterpiece

Here’s Why the Mercedes SLS AMG Is Worth $185,000 – Doug DeMuro – YouTube

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is simply put, a beautiful automotive masterpiece. Even though this car is not produced anymore, it still can sell for over $200,000 in great condition. With a roaring V8 and gull-wing doors, who wouldn’t want to drive this car? Vrooming around town in this car is sure to attract a lot of attention. In conclusion, the SLS AMG is a beastly automobile meant for car collectors worldwide.

Note: The featured image is the only picture that is not the property of EuroDrift. This image is by user M 93 on Wikimedia Commons.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Rear - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Rear – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold”: $3.4 Million

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold”: $3.4 Million

“Project Gold” Sells for $3.4 Million

At the RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction, the “Project Gold” sold for over $3.4 million USD. The prestigious auction was held at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Including the buyer’s premium, the overall price for the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold” equates to $3,415,000. That is quite a bit of bank for a 993 Turbo. But, with only 1 unit from production, this car is quite collectible. Fortunately for RM Sotheby’s, the bidder’s determination led to a high sales price.

Specifications for the Classic “Project Gold”

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold - In-Progress - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold – In-Progress – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold” is a beautiful masterpiece. From interior to exterior, this car is the original, maybe even better. The original 993 Turbo was able to reach up to $200,000 in price, so $3.4 million is quite a bit more. Under the rear hood, this car sports a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine with 450 horsepower. This motor is straight from the 993 Turbo S, rather than the base Turbo. The original manual transmission and AWD make this car a beast on the street. Imagine cruising down the road in this golden yellow metallic 993 rebuild, ah… life goals.

Porsche Classic Strikes Gold!

Project Gold – One and only. – Porsche – YouTube

With the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold”, the Porsche Classic team hit the jackpot. Being from the past made this car stunningly unique as well as shows that older vehicles are still amazing. Thankfully, the Porsche parts were waiting to be built for quite some time. But, at $3.4 million USD, it may be smarter to simply buy a Turbo S and paint it gold. It may even be cheaper to include flakes of gold in the paint. But, it wouldn’t be as unique as this car. Overall, the “Project Gold” is an amazing automobile.

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

How Does a Carburetor Work?

How Does a Carburetor Work?

The History of the Carburetor

Modern engines use an electronic fuel control system but that was not always the case. Prior to the 1980’s, most cars relied on a mechanical device called a carburetor. Nowadays, carburetors are still popular with street racers. Getting that perfect air-fuel blend is kind of like the Holy Grail for racers.

The Mercedes company can claim responsibility for the development of the carburetor. A carburetor regulates the air and fuel mixture in a gasoline engine so that the fuel burns properly. Since they were first developed in the late 1800s, the design and complexity have changed, but the essential workings are the same.

Air + Fuel + Spark = Go

Bendix-Technico (Stromberg) BXUV-3 Carburetor with Nomenclature - Overview - Scheinwerfermann on Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Bendix-Technico (Stromberg) BXUV-3 Carburetor with Nomenclature – Overview – Scheinwerfermann on Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The workings of a carburetor are not too tough to understand. Let’s examine the flow of air and fuel as they move through the device:

  1. As air flows through the car’s air intake, it passes through a filter. The cleaned air enters the top of the carburetor.
  2. When the car is first being started, a choke restricts the amount of air coming in so that there is a greater flow of fuel into the cylinders. In older cars, this choke was manual, but more modern cars have automatic chokes.
  3. The air is forced into a narrowed portion of a tube, called a venturi. The pressure drops and creates a vacuum.
  4. Fuel is drawn into the vacuum.
  5. A valve called a throttle, opens or closes, depending on whether you want the car to accelerate or decelerate. If the throttle opens, then more air and fuel are pumped into the cylinders. As the piston rises in the cylinder, the spark plug ignites the mixture.

As you can see, it’s pretty straightforward. However, if too much fuel reaches the engine (running rich), or too little (running lean), then you won’t get maximum power.

Nowadays, most cars use electronically controlled fuel injection methods rather than carburetors. Companies such as Audi continue to tweak electronic fuel injection systems to optimize functionality in their automobiles. Regardless, carburetors were the original method of fuel injection worldwide.

How Carburetor Works – AuttoSource – YouTube

Note: The featured image is by Rich Niewiroski Jr. on Wikipedia.

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