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  2. 5 Game-Changing Vehicle Technologies

    Although not developed solely for cars I have two pieces of automotive "tech" that I like and I think popular consensus would say the same. 1. Remote Central Locking 2. Air Conditioning Once considered "Optional Extras" I don't know of many cars these days that don't come with both as standard and honestly, would you buy a car that didn't have at least one of these?
  3. 5 Game-Changing Vehicle Technologies

    It’s easy to forget just how much the car you drive has changed over time. While most of your car’s technology has been widely introduced with safety in mind, much of the tech also has its origins on the race track. Here are 5 of the most game-changing technologies to ever be introduced to your car. 1. Forced Induction Forced induction is the compression of intake air resulting in more oxygen entering each cylinder, generating more power. Both turbochargers and superchargers can do this, but a turbocharger is the common choice today. Early examples of turbocharged engines didn’t produce much boost pressure when in the low rev range and suffered from ‘turbo lag’, however, modern twin scroll turbine design and technology has allowed for boost to be reached much earlier. But in an effort to lower vehicle emissions the addition of turbos to smaller engines is seeing the demise of bigger, naturally-aspirated units. 2. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control (TC) Early traction control systems were a safety mechanism introduced to reduce wheel spin and the loss of control in slippery conditions. But for careless drivers it also meant they needn't worry about erroneous throttle input. Modern ESC and TC has now evolved to the point that it can allow a vehicle to drive on its absolute limit without fear of losing it. The latest Ford Focus RS is one example where power is modulated at each wheel and perfectly calculated according to the amount of steering and throttle input. 3. Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) A technology originally developed for racing, DCT gearboxes allow rapid gear changes and other tricks such as launch control. Inside a DCT are two clutches – one for even gears and one for odd gears. This means when driving in either an even or odd gear the other clutch is able to engage the next cog. The result is rapid gear changes without losing acceleration. It has also led to features such as launch control, which helps shoot the Nissan GT-R Nismo from 0-100km/h in just 2.7sec. 4. Electric Motors Full electric and hybrid cars were once something reserved for eco-warriors, but the technology is now used in many new supercars that can accelerate as fast as some of the quickest petrol-powered rivals. The advantage of an electric motor over an internal combustion engine is that it provides full torque from 0rpm. Of course, it would be impossible to provide 800Nm from 0rpm because of traction and that thing called physics, so, electric cars usually have all-wheel drive and rely on sophisticated traction control algorithms. The Tesla Model S P100D uses a full electric powertrain to accelerate 0-100km/h in just 2.7sec... But there’s the even faster Ferrari LaFerrari that produces 708kw and 900Nm of power from its hybrid electric 6.3-litre V12 driveline and rockets 0-300km/h in under 15.0sec. 5. Fuel Injection Perhaps the days of fuel injection are numbered as more electric cars enter the market, but in the 1980s it replaced the long-trusted carburettor when emissions testing required a more efficient fuel delivery. Early systems weren’t great but fuel injection was rapidly revolutionised and helped lead the way to increasing turbocharger boost pressure, shutting down cylinders when cruising for economy and lowering emissions. What has been your favourite development in the world of car tech? What are you excited about in the future? Share your thoughts below or join the conversation on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
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  5. Buy 3 and get the 4th tyre FREE*. Available on Bridgestone Ecopia, Potenza, Turanza Serenity Plus or Supercat tyres. A fuel saving tyre solution Engineered for Performance Superior safety and comfort. Excellent value performer. Promotion is valid from 25/02/2018 to 31/03/2018. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. Get the full terms and conditions here LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  6. Recently, the guys at Downshift were given the chance to review the Bridestone Potenza RE-71R tyre. Here’s what they had to say! Recently we were given the opportunity to test out Bridgestone’s newest semi-slick, the Potenza RE-71R, which boasts superior performance on the street as well as on track due to it’s UltimateEYE technology. So we set out to test just that. The first guinea pig was to be my own John Player Special E30 BMW 323i. We opted for the largest size that would fit in my guards without scraping, and went with a 215/45/16. I’m (cursed) lucky enough to live in Canberra, which means more than enough roundabouts as well as the usual city streets and parkways to put the tyres through their paces! I was fortunate enough that we also had a few days of rain while I had the tyres fitted, which meant I was able to try them out in the wet. I found myself gaining more and more confidence entering corners and roundabouts without breaking traction (which shouldn’t be too hard with an LSD and a short wheelbase) Due to their unique angled lateral groove design, they expel large amounts of water to keep the responsiveness in the wet as close as possible to dry. At one point on my travels, I was also sharply reminded that I had the RE-71Rs on when I encountered roadkill, and had to manoeuvre sharply to avoid it. The response was such that it almost felt like the car could have performed a 90-degree turn. Normally this should have scared a person, but that was when I had my “wow” moment of realisation of just how hard the tyres grab the road. We even kept them on for an interstate trip from Canberra to Melbourne & back for one of our Melbourne Downshift meets. While they did sit nicely on the highway, the one downside is that I found they were on the noisy side for such a long trip. Obviously not an issue for most people who will be opting for semis. The next challenge was to try them out on the track, however due to my BMW not being up to the task when the time came, we put the word out for somebody that also had an oddly sized 16″ rim to test them. That’s when I was contacted by Andrew Grosse, who owns a gorgeous shark nose BMW 635CSi 24hr Group A Spa replica, running an M30B35 with a M30B34 bottom end (a 3.4L slant-6 for those not familiar with BMW engines). A few chats back and forth and Andrew had a track day booked at Sydney Motorsport Park and we had the tyres sent up to him. Fast forward a few weeks, and we were finally going to get to push the Potenza RE-71Rs to their limits, while Andrew got to play racecar in his gorgeous machine. After a few warm up laps and battling the usual track day demons, a control time on a different set of tyres was recorded of a 1.59.163 on the Gardner GP circuit. Then, it was time to fit the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71Rs. Andrew found himself becoming more and more confident coming into corners, even holding higher gears in corners 4 through to 6. The proof would be in the laptimes though, and he finished the day with a PB of 1.55.847 recorded! After a debrief on the day I could tell Andrew was quite happy with the track performance of the tyres, especially given that these tyres had a smaller rolling diameter than his usual 245/50/16. He strongly believed that on a set of RE-71Rs in his usual size would allow even more time to be shaved off his PB again. By Adam Vhalos For more information on the Potenza RE-71R, click HERE. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  7. Bridgestone RE-71R Review

    Nice! Good to see my old car still getting around and being looked after by an enthusiast
  8. Bridgestone RE-71R Review

    Fullboost recently gave their Project GSR Lancer a shakedown at Sandown Raceway wearing a fresh set of Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R rubber. Check out their Bridgestone RE-71R review in the video above. For more information on the Potenza RE-71R, click HERE. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
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  10. When it’s time to service the brakes and a change of brake pads are required, you might be told that the front brake pads are done, but the rears will be fine. It’s a rule of thumb that since the rear brakes do less work than the front, the pads will last twice as long. In modern cars and vehicles, this is no longer the case. with the advent of traction control, stability programs and electronic brake force distribution systems found in today’s new cars, the rear brakes are given a work out just as much as the fronts, often without us realizing it. Electronic brake force distribution (EBD) is a system that is now found on most modern cars with high safety ratings. EBD works by varying brake pressure between front and rear wheels, depending on speed, road conditions and how hard the driver is braking. It works alongside standard anti-lock braking systems for peace of mind. Often, EBD uses the rear brakes to stop the car from diving under initial brake application. This prevents excessive weight transfer to the front, allowing for more stable handling, and a better ride for the car’s occupants. In rear wheel drive cars, clever traction and stability programs are used in place of a limited slip differential, by braking the inside or outside rear wheels to improve handling and traction. Stability control programs also brake the inside rear wheels to prevent understeer in emergency situations. Automatic hill descent features are now mostly standard in modern 4x4 vehicles or SUVs. The hill descent program individually brakes each wheel while the vehicle goes down a steep slope, without input from the driver. Front and rear brakes are independently used to maintain a specified speed going downhill in slippery off road conditions. This also results in rear brake pads to wear out sooner than expected. Bendix brakes are suited to modern car technology that continuously improves to meet ever stricter safety regulations. Combined they offer exceptional on-road safety. Make sure to check your rear brake pads, calipers and rotors as well at your next service, and ask your mechanic for Bendix brakes. For more information on Bendix brake pads, click HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. To follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and news, click HERE.
  11. Not a bad result for my first Targa. 14th outright and 4th in class. Lots of top 10 times, but my best was 5th outright on the 40km Eildon stage.

    Thanks to Angryman Photography for the nice pic below.

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  12. + A few sets of gloves doesn’t go astray also, some rubberised ones, some nitro style grease resistant and fuel resistant ones help if you have to get things grimy like messing with wheels or lies and good if there is an accident etc, I have them in the diesel Audi as the pump handles are covered in diesel and you don’t want to then put that on the steering wheel... if I fill Jerry cans the gloves help to keep the petrol off the hands.. safety vest too, afew old towels and garbags help too...
  13. How about a first aid kit. Even if you do not know how to use it a bystander might. And it might be you they need to use it on.
  14. As essential as fuel in the tank and air in the tyres is a good tool kit in the boot. It won’t take up much room and it will keep you from waiting for (potentially expensive) help to arrive. Most of the 12 items in this list will fit into a small tool or tackle box, and will cost about as much as a call-out fee from a mechanic. 1. Cable ties Cable (or ‘zip ties’) are always handy to have around. From holding a pranged bumper together to keeping a hose connected, cable ties have saved the day on many occasions. 2. Jumper cables Many people have been asked for a set of jumper cables, and many don’t keep a pair in the boot...don’t get caught out. Just remember the order - connect dead battery positive terminal to good battery positive terminal, then connect good battery negative to bad battery negative or the manufacturer’s jumper point (on newer cars, read the manual). 3. Jack and tyre iron Most cars should have these, but if you don’t, you could find yourself in a bad spot! The process of jacking a car to change a tyre is extremely straight forward but there are some basic safety protocols to observe – familiarise yourself with the process so that you can perform it flawlessly when the time comes. 4. Socket and spanner set Size 10mm-22mm should take care of most bolts – for newer cars you’ll be looking for a quality ‘metric’ set (measured in ‘mm’), and for older cars an ‘imperial’ set (measured in fractions of an inch). 5. Screwdriver (Flat and Philips head) A big one and a small one should take care of most situations. 6. Fuses Newer cars may take both the big and the mini type, so make sure you have enough handy. Some cars also come loaded with a few spares in the factory fuse box – just be sure to restock any that you use so you’re never caught out again! 7. Fire extinguisher In-car fires are a real thing and can be caused by any number of vehicle malfunctions, from leaking oil to electrical fires. A small powder type extinguisher will take care of most types of expected fires. 8. Torch Unfortunately, you can’t pick the time of day something goes wrong. 9. Pliers Good for pulling fuses or cutting wire; a Leatherman-style multi-tool is even better. 10. Tape Stronger gaffer tape can solve most problems, including noisy backseat occupants. 11. Stanley knife and/or scissors For cutting things, of course! 12. Workshop manual If you’re doing some remote driving or like to get your hands dirty, a model-specific workshop manual will show you how to remove every single bolt in the car and put it back together again. Are there any vehicle must-haves that we’ve missed? Reply to this post below, or let us know in the comments on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  15. Save more on fourWhen you buy 3 tyres, you'll get the 4th for $10!Luxury Touring!Buy 3 Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus car tyres and get the 4th for only $10*. Total cost from $385.Based on RRP of 205/65R15.Buy 3 Supercat car, SUV or light van tyres and get the 4th for only $10*. Total cost from $217.Based on RRP of 175/70R13. Promotion is valid from 25/12/2017 to 27/01/2018. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. Get the full terms and conditions here LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  16. The last car show of 2017, and what a way to end the year! Hot Import Nights brought the summer sizzle with insane cars on display. Add the hottest import models from both the US and Australia, supercars from all continents, and huge variety of modified rides on display, Hot Import Nights is a bona fide premier auto event. It was super tough to pick the cars, but these are what we reckon are stars of the show! Pandem BMW 318 E30 This obese E30 belongs to Redha, an admin of a wildly popular Facebook page European Motor Fanatics. He has a lifelong love for…you guessed it, Euro cars. A current owner of three BMWs, he decided his E30 318i should go under the knife for Hot Import Nights. Built in just three weeks, the Pandem kit you see here was sourced from Carbon Plus in Melbourne. Frantic phone calls were made, and countless nights were spent in the garage to get it fattened up for the hottest import show of 2017. Redha has wildly succeeded as you can see here. Sitting on ridiculously wide 16in BBS RS wheels re-barrelled to fill up the wide guards, the E30 has a presence like no other in the hall. The Double Unicorn AKA Nissan Stagea R34 Ben’s Nissan Stagea is famous. Like, really really famous. On the Internet. Where a whole series of YouTube videos has been dedicated to how a Nissan V8 made its way into what was originally an AWD family station wagon. Ben, A.K.A. the Mechanical Stig (the very same one on Mighty Car Mods), found the Stagea really cheap, when he was trying to sell a GTR 34 front end. During a trip to Japan, MCM mates began hatching a plan to make it something different. A VH41 V8 was originally found in Nissan Cima; big lumbering plush sedans found transporting top officials and businessmen around town in Japan. After 14 or so episodes of Mighty Car Mods, the result is a Nissan V8 turbocharged, all-wheel drive, manual, double unicorn Stagea, with a GTR 34 front end. Say that out loud, as it could be the coolest thing you’ll say in 2018. Start your year right and all that jazz, y’know. MCA86 Conquering the car world, one field at the time, MCA Suspensions brought out their latest toy to display alongside their stand at Hot Import Nights. This is their second Toyota 86; while the other one packs a lot more horsepower, this one doubles up on neck snapping power. A rare Aimgain/Stancenation body kit widens up the 86’s flanks to accept the deep dished 18in Work Meister L1 three piece wheels. Bringing the wheels and the arches together is a set of MCA Suspension Red Series coilovers with the traction mod, so it can ride low and comfortable, yet vastly improve the handling over the stock suspension. Finally, the icing on top is the mind bending psychedelic 3M wrap; the subtle dark silver complementing the spectrum shine perfectly. The wide rear is topped off with a Voltex Type 7 swan-neck spoiler, rising high above the roofline. The stock headlights and tail lights have ditched for the more complex Valenti designs. Under the hood, the FA20 has been tuned to accept E85, and spits spent gasses out the back courtesy of the Invidia 4-1 Equal Length extractors and titanium cat back. 2000 Nissan Pulsar SSS The smallest details make the biggest difference, and this Pulsar SSS is full of them. Mitchell’s 2000 Pulsar SSS has come a long way. Inspired by aerospace and aircraft elements, the SSS is visually striking from afar, yet is incredibly polished and detailed when you get up close. The widened Crazy Hornet front guards have been given the carbon fibre treatment, while the flying tiger decal on the front bar shows the N15 is ready to eat up other road users. The rare JDM SR20VE engine has been given the more aggressive cams from the even rarer SR16VE, a customised Toyota individual throttle bodies, and tuned with an Adaptronic ECU. 150kW is nothing to sneezed at in this car weighing only 900kg. Inside you’ll note Recaro seats from a Civic Type R, Snap On Pry Bar Handle gear knob, Defi gauges and the Grip Royale steering wheel for optimum control while touge dogfighting. Rare JDM parts like the Lucino tail lights and number plate surround, VZR rear pods and front lip, as well as Almera side skirts round off the more subtle details of the exterior. It sits on 15x8.5 Fatlace AME wheels, with grippy Toyo R1R rubber. The bright red wheels are finished off Garage 326 lug nuts and spiked caps. Liberty Walk Honda S660 Small packages can have the biggest impact. It’s clearly what Honda had gone for with the S660. The diminutive convertible was built with Japanese kei car regulations in mind, and thus punts out only 64hp from its 660cc 3 cylinder turbocharged engine. With a mid-mounted engine, it drives as good as it looks. Brought in by OZ Mover, this S660 was initially a car to test its marketability here. Having sold a few, the owner kept this baby blue one and decided to go a bit over top. Liberty Walk released a kit for the S660 and it was decided that was what the tiny roadster required; more phatness. The slammed Liberty Walk S660 is also blessed with a Mugen aftermarket exhaust, just in case you missed the hyper blue paint and wide flares. The front bumper is also completely redesigned to mirror its more expensive, exclusive stable mate, the new NSX. Side Mugen mirrors, and a special Liberty Walk x Frontline 16in wheels finished it off. David’s Honda S2000 Jaw dropping, yet elegant in execution, David’s S2000 is a masterclass in being clean, simple and slammed. It kicks off with a full respray in Honda OEM deep purple, a colour only available on the Honda Odyssey of years gone by. The deep purple appears black until light hits it. A rich violet hue only then becomes apparent to the eye. The occupants are covered by an OEM hardtop and held in by a pair of Recaro SPG bucket seats. We’ve been told that the front bar is the only one in Australia; it’s a rare CR version that was only released in the UK, Japan and the US. Other bits include a Voltex Wing and rear diffuser, and carbon fibre side diffusers and strakes to round out the rest of the exterior bodywork. You might notice that this S2000 is laying on its rails. Thanks to an Air Lift suspension kit with a custom boot install, the 18in super clean Work Meister S1s tuck into the wheel arches at a touch of a button. There is little need to modify the F20C other that forced induction, but David has chucked on HKS headers and a Hi-Power exhaust to help liven up the driving experience. KustomKraft RWD Drift Evo 8 KustomKraft Fabrication’s drift Mitsubishi Evolution 8 was on display at HIN, bonnet ajar to show that this is a truly one of a kind car. Extensive fabrication work feature throughout the ride, all for the purpose of sliding and smoking the rear tyres for as long as the driver want to. The almighty 4G63 has switched from transverse to longitudinally mounted; its cam gears now faces forward. Stroked and forged for power and reliability, the 2.4L engine gets fed air and fuel through a Garrett GTX3582R and a set of 2000cc ID injectors. A Haltech ECU and Turbosmart goodies ensure that E85 and spark are delivered correctly where needed. All this power is sent straight to the rear wheels courtesy of a Tremac TR6060 in a custom bell housing, driving a custom tail shaft and turning a R32 GTR rear differential. It also looks stunning thanks to a full wrap from Prowraps and Graphics, taking out the Hottest Livery award. Chris’ Time Attack RX-7 Voltex, Bride, RE-Amemiya, Feed, RAYS, GReddy, Craftsquare, Cusco, HKS…the list of top shelf JDM parts goes on and on and on. Chris’s Mazda RX-7 has been a long build, as each modification or part is simply the best he could get for the car. Supplied and mostly installed by Garage 88, purveyors of high end car modifications, the RX-7 is a regular fixture at their workshop. The track inspired kit and style came from Chris’ own desire to race in the World Time Attack Challenge, and all that aggressive aero isn’t just for show; they actually enable the rotary coupe to corner at dizzying speeds. Propelling the beast is a custom HKS T04S single turbo setup, running E85 on 14psi. Motive force is directed through a OS Giken enhanced gearbox and a Cusco Pro Adjust rear LSD. Inside, a pair of Bride seats hug the driver and passenger firmly, while a Vertex steering wheel helps the pilot steer the RX-7. Junior’s Phat 180SX Straight outta Japan and given an Hot4s twist, Junior’s Nissan 180SX snaps necks easily wherever it goes. The 180SX used to be Junior’s daily driver, but when he got side swiped in traffic, he decided to go all out with the rebuild. The aggressive looking Rocket Bunny V2 kit was chosen for this car, and repainted in a custom House of Kolor Gold. It’s got so much flake it in you swear it’s glitter up close. Filling up those widened guards are 18in Volk Racing TE37Vs with negative offsets, running on Nitto Invo rubber. There’s inner beauty too, with the interior retrimmed in black suede and fitted with Bride seats. Under the bonnet, a Garret GTX2867R has been fitted to the SR20DET, and a Haltech PS1000 brain ensures it works together with a custom CAI and front mount intercooler to pump out around 250kW. The lack of a rear bumper exposes the XForce Varex exhaust muffler; required as Junior daily drives this 180SX everywhere! As he doesn’t believe in bags, it’s been slammed to the ground thanks to a set of BC Racing coilovers. For updates and news visit our Facebook page To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit:
  17. How does fuel quality vary around the world – petrol and diesel – and who has the best fuel, who has the worst, and why? There’s plenty of oil out there but the process to change it from thick black crud to refined unleaded petrol is as laborious as it is expensive. An intensive scientific process, the process of refining oil varies around the world depending on the destination market, resulting in drastically varying qualities of fuel over the world. Clean unleaded petrol ideally has a low amount of sulphur and less than 1mg/L of sediment (dirt). It’s near impossible to remove all contaminants so there’s always a bit found in any fuel. In addition to cleaning the fuel, a detergent is added. Detergent is in all unleaded petrol and diesel fuels - it helps clean things in the engine like the valves, injectors and internal combustion chambers. It also has the added benefit of lowering emissions. The benefits of detergent mean a great deal to manufacturers because it can help an engine remain in good condition (which prevents warranty repairs) while lowering emissions. However, for a long time, there was no mandatory requirement of just how clean fuel should be and how much detergent it could contain. As a result, in the 1980s when fuel injection started to hit the scene, it wasn’t uncommon for the fuel in circulation to block fuel injectors! More recently however, car manufacturers in the US rallied together to create a regulated fuel called ‘Top Tier’. Top Tier promises a minimum of two to three times the detergents than in fuel from ‘regular’ outlets. In testing, it provides visibly better engine care and lower emissions. There’s also the World Fuel Charter that dictates all unleaded fuel should have less than 1mg/L of sediment and less than 30g/KG of sulphur. This all sounds good, but even Down Under, things aren’t perfect. In Australia, our fuel contains around 150ppm sulphur which compares poorly to Japan, South Korea, Europe and the US where fuel contains 10ppm. Our fuel also contains a greater amount of aromatics which make it smell sweet and improve the octane rating, but also mean it’s dirtier. There’s also very little regulation or clarity around detergents in any given fuel. So, Australia is about middle of the road when it comes to fuel quality and pales in comparison to the US, Europe and some Asian countries. But who has the worst fuel? Some of the larger refineries in Europe export fuel to Africa, and samples taken in Togo, Ghana, and Cote d'Ivoire showed sulphur levels of over 3,000ppm, or 300 times that of Europe. Of course this fuel was far cheaper to make, and because Africa was an unregulated country, the exporters could effectively get away with it. Things are changing though and better fuel standards are being set worldwide. In Africa, ultra-low-sulphur diesel is beginning to be offered and regulations have been brought forward to ensure all fuels imported have a maximum sulphur level of 50ppm - less than that of Australia. Got an opinion on fuel quality? We’d love to hear from you, share it in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  18. There's nothing more simple and exciting than two cars going head to head, down the strip. First to cross the line wins. This is what roll drags is about, and it's open to anyone who rocks up and registers. We attended November's roll drags and came away impressed with the array of monsters battling down the drag strip. Check out Part 2 of November's Cars of Bendix! What’s your favourite car from the roll drags? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit:
  19. Tough enough to bring you back. For Luxury SUVs. Promotion is valid from 25/12/2017 to 27/01/2018. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. Get the full terms and conditions here LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  20. There are thousands of legendary drives around Australia. From winding roads through the hills to scenic cliff-side journeys, these 5 roads prove that, in Australia, getting there really is half the fun. 1. Queenstown to Hobart Deep within the west coast of Tasmania, this road trip starts on one of Targa Tasmania’s most treacherous bits of road - The 99 Bends. The ragged switchback road winds up soaring cliffs before ducking and weaving through some of Tasmania’s tallest mountain ranges. In winter, the roads can be covered with black ice and require a cautious approach. Take the trip from Queenstown to Hobart 2. Macquarie Pass This 8km section of hill climb along the Illawarra Highway connects either side of Macquarie Pass National Park and offers one of the most engaging, if short, sections of public road in Australia. However, due to its narrow width and lack of lines in some sections, it’s notoriously dangerous, especially during busy times. Tackle the Illawarra Highway 3. Mansfield to Whitfield Although Victoria is full of beautifully curvaceous roads like the awesome Black Spur, they are also usually full of traffic, so this road a little further north is a good pick for a quiet run. The road is well kept and the climb through the hills affords great views, but there’s not much protection between the road and the valley below. Do Mansfield to Whitfield 4. Adelaide Hills There’s plenty of terrific roads that trace Targa Adelaide stages around the Adelaide Hills, but Gorge road is perhaps the highlight. Not far from Adelaide, the road makes its way to a junction between other stage roads. It is winding and narrow in areas, so traffic can be problematic, but the quick turns, bumps and gradient changes make it one of the most enjoyable 18kms in Australia. Head to the Adelaide Hills 5. Brindabella Who said all great driving roads must be sealed? For those who enjoy a bit of a rally, this 30km stretch of gravel offers long sweeping corners and a well-groomed surface. It’s just one of many sections of unsealed road around Canberra that’s used during official rally events, including Rally of Canberra that started in 1988. Head off-road to Brindabella What’s your favourite Australian road for driving? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  21. yeah I guess, weird that it nose dives just before 5000....... mine tops out about 145 in 3rd but that is at 8000........
  22. Bridgestone Australia would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year. We look forward to sharing our new products, stories and great offers with you all throughout 2018 and beyond. Our Forum Admins will be on holiday leave from Friday 22nd December 2017, and will be back in the office on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. If you have an urgent inquiry during the holiday period please contact us directly at our website HERE. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  23. What makes you think 3rd? The sheet says 4th and the speed to rpm backs it up. Just noticed it's actually got a 6 cylinder in it as well.
  24. Bendix would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are humbled with the responses to our tech and Cars of Bendix program, and would like to thank everyone for making 2016 such a great success. We look forward to sharing more brake information, car culture and great offers in 2018. Our Forum Admins will be on holiday leave from Friday 22nd December 2017, and will be back in the office on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. If you have an urgent inquiry during the holiday period please call the Bendix Brake Advice Centre on 1800 819 666 or contact us directly using the contact form here: For updates and news visit our Facebook page To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit:
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