What it says: Friendly, fickle, trendy “Orange cars are unusual. This is a person who is inclined towards trends, and doesn’t mind making a statement about a color that, while not always the most popular, certainly gains attention. At the same time, orange is not perceived as being as aggressive as red, so it has more friendly tendencies. There’s also a certain amount of fickleness attached to orange in that this isn’t a car that you’re going to invest in and drive for many years. A person who buys it loves that it reflects a trend, but could easily move on the next year to whatever the next trend is.”
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As it does on the bigger Prius, the hybrid system switches automatically and continually between gasoline, electricity or a combination of the two, depending on what’s needed. Come to a stop and the engine shuts off, although all functions such as lights, stereo and climate control continue to run. The hybrid battery recharges through regenerative braking, harnessing otherwise wasted energy when slowing down, or via the gasoline engine if necessary; the car can’t be plugged into a wall outlet.
F or many, it’s a case of bungled customer service, as public relations director Sam Hardy, from London, discovered. He had arranged to hire from Europcar in the capital’s Euston station. “The car was booked for 6pm,” he said, “but a signal failure on the Tube meant I didn’t get there until 6.15, by which time they had gone home. The booking was confirmed, so why didn’t they wait, or at least attempt to make an alternative arrangement?
The Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle allows you to set the drive mode to control throttle response to one of three levels, Standard being the least jumpy. We still thought it was a little too jumpy in that mode. Linearity is our friend in throttles. Traction control can also be adjusted via a handlebar-mounted switch to one of four settings, including off. We rode in Level 2 most of the day — medium intervention — and were fine with it. Under really heavy braking entering some of The Tail’s decreasing-radius turns, we felt the rear end getting a little squirrely, no doubt magnifying our less-than-Valentino-esque braking, but we kept it together each time and never crossed a center line. We never got to the point where we felt the ABS doing anything, either, so maybe we weren’t pushing hard enough. The FZ just ate up the turns, we’d throw it over on one side, power through then roll it right over to the other side and do the same. Lather, rinse, repeat, for 11 miles. The mighty Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S20 W tires — front 120/70 ZR17, rear 190/55 ZR17 — could have done a lot more than we were capable of doing with them. They were made just for the FZ-10 (we refuse to say “bespoke”) and are plastered with potential. Gotta go back and ride more. As it was, oh man, it was fun, fun, fun till our daddy took the FZ awaaaay.
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There are several ways to get there. We could just add more initial timing, such as 20 degrees and then bring 14 degrees of mechanical advance all in by 2,000 rpm and this would supply the timing for part throttle. But that might make the engine hard to start when it’s hot. Or, we could just bring the mechanical advance in very quickly so it’s all in by 1,600 rpm. But when we stab the throttle at 1,800 rpm with all this advance in our 10:1-compression big-block with iron heads and a big 850-cfm carburetor, what happens? If you think the engine might rattle its brains out from detonation you’d be correct. But if we use timing based on engine vacuum, we can have our part-throttle timing cake and still let the engine eat and not rattle when we stab the throttle even at very low engine speeds.
The Japanese-market Toyota Allion , along with the more luxurious Toyota Premio twin, has been facelifted again, marking the second such “minor change” since the second-generation models were launched in 2007. These cars are based on the European Avensis but are smaller in size to fit inside the Japanese compact car class, slotting between the Corolla Axio and Camry .
Most of the major car rental companies also have desks on the French side of Geneva Airport but it is likely that these will be over-subscribed so it is important to find a solution before flying into Geneva (or any other Swiss airport). Also be aware that if you drive out of the French side of the airport on to a Swiss autoroute you must buy a “vignette” for 40 Swiss francs (about £28) or avoid the motorways.
Like your iPhone, this isn’t something for the technically challenged, but if you’re tech savvy, this modification’s well worth it. Wondering what you can do if you code your BMW? Here’s a short list of options that can be accessed and changed by coding: Restraints and Airbags Disable Seatbelt chime Disable airbags (aftermarket seats) iDrive and Information Display Enable Video/DVD – Play Movies/Videos in motion Turn off Navigation disclaimers Car Access and Convenience Enable auto roll down/roll up via keyfob Enable one touch roll down Fold mirrors Lighting Customize welcome lights Disable Amber cornering lights Customize Daytime running lights Instrument Panel/Cluster Enable digital Speedometer Enable HUD options, turn signals etc. Enable Sports displays Performance and Misc. Read and clear error codes Disable Auto/Start and Stop last known position Software upgrades Parts you’ll need to code: Windows Laptop, or a Windows Emulator if you’re using a Mac BMW Ethernet to OBD-II Cable (BMW ENET Cable) ESYS Software PSdZDATA Files for ESYS and matching token DISCLAIMER: Driving Line and its staff are not responsible for any issues that may occur with your car if you attempt to jailbreak your BMW. Please do so at your own risk. My test subject was a 2015 BMW i8 , with the basic process pretty straightforward: Plug OBD Cable to vehicle, power laptop on, turn car on to accessory, launch program, enable code changes, upload, turn car off, then turn back on. Seems easy enough right? As long as you have the correct guide to match your vehicle and know the changes you want to make ahead of time, it actually is. I opted to change the variables as listed below. As a general rule of thumb, you don’t want to make all changes at once. This way, if something goes awry, you’re not struggling to remember the last value changed. Each module within the program breaks up the car into “sections.” For example: all of the navigation changes are in one folder, while the lighting and camera options are in another. We changed all “Navigation” related items first, then saved before moving onto other parts of the car, such as: Play Movies/Videos Video in motion – allows for Movies and Video while driving Camera in motion – allows you to access any cameras at speed (normally only during parking speeds) Window roll up/down via remote Customize Menus Addition of Tire temp to TPS monitor screen. ///M logo on startup HUD Display configuration Change Navigation voice to British Accent Disable legal disclaimers Once your changes have been made, it’s a simple “upload” back to the car’s computer (this process can take some time depending upon how much has been changed). Unplug the laptop, start the car up and you’re good to go! Here are some examples of the features added to the i8. MP4 video format with title info: Weezy MP4 video splitscreen with Weather app: Fullscreen for MPEG/BluRay(MKV) format: Addition of tire temperature to TPMS section: Front camera enabled at speed: These are only a handful of features available to code; a more comprehensive list of changes (by chassis designation) can be found here: http://www.bmwesys.com/guides