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Tech Talk – What are Differentials?

618views When we think of the basic driveline elements of a car, the engine, gearbox, and driven wheels are our first and often only thoughts as critical elements responsible for driving.  But there’s a lesser thought of device that plays a big, big role – the differential.  The differential plays … Read more

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Tech Talk – Mazda’s revolutionary SKYACTIV-X

801views The world has caught on to the latest trend of killing the combustion engine – electricity is the new hot thing, and why should the world wait?  Not Mazda though, who seemingly missed the memo and instead have developed the next iteration of the petrol engine; a system set … Read more

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Tech Talk – What is Volvo PowerPulse?

3kviews You may remember our Tech Talk segment on turbo-lag; what it is, what it isn’t, and the ways around it.  At the time of writing, there were only a few ways around it, with the most likely going forward in production cars being ‘electric turbocharging’.  Audi has proven us … Read more

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Tech-Talk – Turbocharged Fuel Economy is a Lie

924views Of late, a few articles have been released stating that manufacturers are going to re-look at the idea of small displacement turbocharged engines.  It seems, despite the downsizing trend, they’ll actually need to start making their engines bigger again.  We’re not talking about getting back the 6208cc V8 from … Read more

Tech-Talk – Understanding Ride Comfort:

9.8kviews  Soft suspension equals comfort, and hard suspension equals a trip to the chiropractor, right?  Not quite.  Soft isn’t always plush, and likewise, hard doesn’t always mean harsh.  It might be tough to understand at first, but TCR Tech Talk is on hand to explain how soft can be harsh and … Read more

Tech Talk – Why do DSG’s/DCT’s burp?

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Ever wondered what causes the DSG/DCT phenomenon of the 'burp'? Wonder no more...
Ever wondered what causes the DSG/DCT phenomenon of the ‘burp’? Wonder no more…

The ‘DSG Burp’ is a cultural phenomenon in South Africa – more so than it should be, really.  The excitement that can be drawn from the ‘burp’ of a DSG equipped Golf GTI in unreal,

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Tech Talk – Types of Transmission:

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Not all transmissions that change gears themselves are automatics, and in fact not all transmissions have gears at all...
Not all transmissions that change gears themselves are automatics, and in fact not all transmissions have gears at all…

There are only 2 types of gearbox used in cars, right?  Wrong.  Contrary to popular belief, there’s more to a gearbox than just whether it’s an automatic or a manual – not all gearboxes that

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Tech Talk – How fuel consumption tests work?

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Tech Talk - Fuel Consumption Test

Ever wondered why you can’t match your manufacturers claimed fuel consumption figures on your car, no matter how gingerly you drive?  Chances are, you have, and chances are you’ve

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Tech Talk – What is a rotary engine?

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Rotary fans have a crisis at the mere mention of a Mazda RX model, but what is the rotary engine that powers these cars? TCR Tech Talk explains.
Rotary fans have a crisis at the mere mention of a Mazda RX model, but what is the rotary engine that powers these cars? TCR Tech Talk explains.

Rotary fanatics crawl out of the woodworks whenever the mere mention of a new Mazda RX model, crying for the day the rotary engine sees a new production model.  But those who aren’t

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When will safety become standard for all new cars?

It’s 2014, and we’ve come a long, long way from the dark ages of motoring where manufacturers didn’t have safety technology available to them.  We now live in a world with technology such as ABS, EBD, EBA, airbags, clever ESP systems and a whole lot more.  Why then do we … Read more

Tech-Talk – What is ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)?

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There are common misconceptions as to what ABS is and isn't, and what it does and doesn't do. TCR Tech-Talk explains.
There are common misconceptions as to what ABS is and isn’t, and what it does and doesn’t do. TCR Tech-Talk explains.

ABS is a phrase not altogether uncommon in the motoring world – almost every new car available on the market boasts these 3 letters on their list of safety features, unless we’re talking

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