27 Apr 2015
If you are on the road regularly then a dash cam could be one of the best purchases you make. I can’t tell you how many times i have seen someone do something stupid when out driving and wished i had caught it on camera. But dash cams aren’t just great for catching people doing stupid things, they also provide you with security if you are involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault. If you are unfortunate enough to be one of the 150,000+ people each year who are involved in a car accident in the UK then a dash cam could save your bacon. The following video just shows why a dash cam could be your guardian angel, especially when scammers are involved. This video shows a Honda Civic rolling back at the traffic lights which clearly shows the driver trying to get away with a “rear end scam”. This crucial dash cam footage clearly shows who is at fault here, and the vehicle in question wasn’t rear ended at all. You would be surprised how often scams like this happen, especially in the UK. Unfortunately, without dash cam footage or at least a strong eye witness, the scammer would probably get away it costing you money via your insurer. It’s scams like this that cause our insurance premiums to go up and up, but if more drivers had dash cams, then scammers and bad drivers would be punished. But dash cams aren’t just great for saving your skin, they could make you money too. How To Earn Money From Dash Cam Videos Dash cam videos on YouTube are very popular with some reaching upwards of 500,000 views. So what? I hear you say. Well, if you have ever uploaded a video to YouTube that is popular, then there is a chance to make some money by monetising it. Like this… This is a screenshot from our YouTube channel which shows the video titled “Expensive Mistake By Mechanic” with a green $ icon (highlighted). This means that the video is displaying Google AdSense adverts alongside and on top of the video, which means each time the advert is clicked you earn money. However, let me make something clear, not all videos go “viral” and you have to be very lucky to capture something on your dash cam that is worth sharing. Imagine you recorded something like this… Thankfully nobody was injured, but that is an instant viral video with lots of $$$ to be made for the owner of the footage. Dash cams come in all shapes and sizes, we recommend these from Amazon Super Legend HD Video Car Dash Vehicle Recorder Transcend 16GB DrivePro Just fit a dash cam to give you extra security when you’re out and about, and maybe you’ll capture something priceless. Stay safe out there.
24 Apr 2015
If there was ever a video that suited the phrase “all the gear, no idea” then this is it. This kid was apparently driving his fathers Porsche Cayman S when he lost control in only a few seconds. The road conditions aren’t perfect, but this kid floors it off the line and that was his first mistake. Watch the video below to see what happens. That was cringeworthy!
23 Apr 2015
If you have experience welding, or you’re interested in learning, then the following video may be just what you’re looking for. By using a pair of batteries, some welding rods (at least 1/8″ 6011) and a set of jumper cables you have almost everything you need to weld steel together. You may be interested to read our article on friction welding too. This method is perfectly fine for the odd welding job and in emergency situations, especially when you are on a budget. Is this method safe for batteries? Whilst it’s not 100% good for them, when done properly, this method is perfectly fine and draws roughly 150 amps which is similar to a starter motor. From the battery’s perspective, there is little difference between trying to start your vehicle for 15 seconds or welding for 15 seconds.
22 Apr 2015
McLaren has unveiled to the world its cheapest supercar yet, the 540C. Joining the ranks of the 570S, the 540C is the second model from their new Sports Series range which are aimed towards the “average joe” of buyers. You will still have to fork out £126,000 for this entry-level supercar which is not exactly cheap by any means. But what you get for your money is pretty impressive, with a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 producing impressive speed figures of 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 199mph. Whilst this car is similar to its more expensive siblings where the engine is concerned, it has had its power output lowered to 526bhp. Nothing a remap can’t fix? Let’s be honest, a car producing 500bhp for less than £150,000 is still mightily impressive and will please the majority of everyday drivers. The McLaren 540C features a seven-speed gearbox, a simplified suspension system which is suited to everyday driving, and anti-roll bars positioned at the front and rear just like on the 570S. Things inside look very tasty indeed, with complete leather upholstery, a seven inch touchscreen infotainment center with DAB digital radio as standard. On paper it all sounds great, but I’m a little confused. If McLaren would have us believe that this is their “budget” supercar, why does the kit and performance say otherwise? If this is indeed everything it looks to be then it does seem like a bit of a bargain especially when the 570S will set you back £17k more. The McLaren 540C Coupe is available to pre-order right now, with first deliveries expected in early 2016.
21 Apr 2015
The police clearly have nothing better to do as they are now looking into claims that TT racing legend Guy Martin drove an Aston Martin Vanquish at speeds of up to 180mph on a public 40mph road. Guy admitted to breaking the speed limit through a small village on the Isle of Man in his review of the new Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon in the Sunday Times Driving. I bet this will have caught the eye of Top Gear producers! The 33-year old wrote: “I saw 180mph down Sulby Straight, one of the fastest sections on the TT course, and the car wasn’t even in top gear.” Martin added: “About 17 miles into the lap there’s a corner called Ballacrye, a fast left out of the village of Ballaugh.” “On this Sunday morning I just got around it with the accelerator flat to the floor. There’s a jump after the corner, and the car was off the ground, all the lights flashing on the dash telling me everything was dropping off. It fishtailed when it landed,” This review has caught the attention of police who are looking into these claims in which Guy Martin allegedly drove at over four times the speed limit. Isle of Man Inspector Derek Flint, said: We are making some inquiries. What’s done is done, nobody was injured so just let it go i say. What do you think? Comment below. Cover Photo: Shawn Sanders
20 Apr 2015
If there was one person on this planet who has the money and isn’t afraid to show it, then that person is Floyd “Money” Mayweather. To set the pulse rating of any petrolheads out there, Mayweather shows us the inside of his garage which features multiple Bugatti’s and a beautiful Ferrari Enzo. Let’s take a glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle of a successful multi-millionaire boxer. Mayweather’s collection doesn’t end here either, he has his own limosine and various Rolls Royces. From Ferraris to Lamborghini’s and other exotics, Floyd’s representative says that Floyd wants to “keep the people guessing on what he’s going to roll up in next”. Which of Mayweather’s cars is your favourite? Let us know in your comments below.
20 Apr 2015
It’s been over a month since the BBC decided not to extend Jeremy Clarkson’s contract on Top Gear, and in that time a lot has happened from petitions for reinstating him to claims of court action for the “fracas” with a Top Gear producer. Now that Clarkson is no longer part of Top Gear it seems he is ready to move on, to bigger and possibly better things. Jeremy wrote in his column for the Sunday Times saying he admits there is no way back for him with Top Gear. “I have lost my baby but I shall create another. I don’t know who the other parent will be or what the baby will look like, but I cannot sit around any more organising my photograph album. Let’s stop being silly and pick up the pieces and start again … I just know I’m going to do another car show.” Jeremy Clarkson These comments come only days after he revealed that the 48 hours leading up to the incident with Oisin Tymon were the “most stressful of his life”. It does seem like Clarkson has had a tough time of late with the loss of his mother and breakdown of his marriage. To make things even worse, he had a medical scare with his doctor warning that a lump on his tongue was most likely cancererous. Thankfully, he has been given the all clear. With no official announcement about Clarkson’s next venture its all up for debate, but rumours are he could be making an appearance on Sky reuniting with his former colleagues Richard Hammond and James May. Either way, this isn’t the end of Clarkson and i for one look forward to seeing him back on TV. What channel should Clarkson’s new car show be on? Let us know in your comments!
17 Apr 2015
First of all let me say, HAVE YOU SEEN THE SIZE OF THE TURBO’s? My god, this 69 Chevrolet Camaro built by Tom Bailey is insane. For starters, it produces 4000bhp with the help of two 94mm twin turbos. This incredible Camaro can do a quarter mile in 5.5 seconds reaching speeds of 300mph, but unlike other drag cars this thing is street legal. It has power windows and even cup holders, and can be driven legally on the street. Check out the video below. No cup holder in the world will stop your drink spilling when you launch this bad boy down the strip.
17 Apr 2015
The majority of drivers on the road will get a slight adrenaline rush at speeds exceeding 100mph, i certainly do. But this Lamborghini Gallardo laughs at your puny 100mph and raises you by an additional 100mph. That’s 200mph folks! The video below shows what a 200mph overtake looks like on the German Autobahn. Would you be brave enough to ride shotgun? Just listen to the noise from that screaming Lamborghini.
16 Apr 2015
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is the most powerful Cadillac of all time, an actual monster of a sedan capable of over 200mph. It is America’s answer to the M5 group and apparently it might just stand a chance, it certainly gets the attention of Europeans who like to spend their days flying down the fast lane of the autobahn. Powered by a huge supercharger blowing a v8 6.2 litre engine derived from the Corvette Z06, it will definitely be pushing past 600 horsepower, it also comes complete with General Motor’s new eight speed auto gearbox. There isn’t a coupe or a wagon, but the sedan is expected to start from $65,825 through to around $85,000 for the best model. Do you think the euro giants have met their match? I think that this is one of America’s best calls. Let us know what you think.