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Canadian Company Introduces Innovative New Concept
Winter-tire technology is advancing at a rapid rate. Today’s winter rubber is so superior to snow tires of yesteryear that the two can’t even be compared. This is great news for those who live in regions with nasty winter weather as more and more passenger vehicles are rolling off of showroom floors with summer tires or low rolling-resistance tires, neither of which are well suited to handle the white stuff.
This winter season, are you worried about the driving habits of other drivers, or the weather affecting your car’s driving characteristics?
Snow and ice on the road can make for a slippery drive home, and the snowflakes falling from the sky can limit your visibility, so it’s no wonder that there’s a definite increase in insurance claims once winter starts.
Winter is almost here and there’s plenty to do in order to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable drive in the snow and ice. The drop in temperatures can affect a number of characteristics in your vehicle, from handling, visibility and durability. Here are a few steps you can take to ‘winterize’ your ride.
Among the many performance minded concepts Hyundai brought to SEMA this year, the Veloster Alpine concept is a more practically-minded option meant for snow sports.
We hope you haven’t sent off your Christmas wish list to Santa just yet, because we have something you’ll want to add, especially now that the temperatures are dropping – the Car Interior Preheater.
If you feel bad about remote car starters that let your car idle until it’s warm enough to get into, this is the car heater for you. This programmable heater will defrost your car’s windshield and get it toasty warm inside. Just set it for 20 minutes before you’re going to drive away and you’ll be treated to a comfortably warm car in the morning – even in the middle of winter.
The Car Interior Preheater comes with two heat vents that tilt 180º to direct the hot air onto the windshield or throughout the car. Just put it on your car’s dashboard – no professional installation is required. You can start the heater up from about 200 feet away, thanks to a remote control. It can be recharged through an AC outlet or a car charger, which comes included with the heater.
The Car Interior Preheater costs $119.95.
[Source: Oh Gizmo!]
Porsche‘s Camp4 Canada will return to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec for another season starting January 31st until February 6th. A new course, dubbed “Camp4S” wil continue from February 7th to February 10th.
Camp4S will expand on the skills taught at Camp4, but will only be offered for one wave. Otherwise, participants can expect a similar experience to ours when we attended Camp4 in February 2011. Of note is the addition of a fleet of new 991-chassis Porsche 911 Carrera S models, and a new off-track base at the Esterel Suites Spa & Lake hotel.
Pricing for Camp4 will be $4,995, with Camp4S pricing to be announced later. The standard course lasts two days, but one day programs will be available for corporate functions. Participants can register at porsche.ca/camp4 or by calling 1-800-Porsche.
Ferrari‘s been making a big push to promote the winter driveability of their cars, even going as far as to set up a winter driving school in Colorado featuring their new, AWD Ferrari FF.
Now Ferrari has released a video of their rear-drive California tearing up the slopes in St. Moritz, Switzlerland. It’s actually a pretty uninspiring video as far as hooning and speed go, but seeing any Ferrari driving on a snowy course is a novelty.
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Audi‘s finest test drivers got to wring out the new RS3 Sportback in on some powder-strewn Canadian roads this past week, and lucky for us, they were kind enough to film the whole thing. Powered by the same 340 horsepower 5-cylinder in the TT-RS, the cost of the TT-RS will likely stop it from being imported, but at least we can marvel at its capabilities from afar.
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