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Hybrid Cars

What is a hybrid car?
Hybrid cars are electrified vehicles that still use an internal combustion engine, which means combining a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor. The main advantage of a hybrid is that it consumes less fuel and emits less CO2 than a conventional petrol or diesel-engine vehicle.

How do hybrid cars work?
Driving a hybrid is similar to driving an automatic car, so there’s little compromise on performance. A hybrid combines at least one electric motor with a gasoline engine to move the car, and its system recaptures energy via regenerative braking. Unlike an Electric Vehicle (EV) or Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), hybrids also have a petrol or diesel engine to fall back on if the electricity supply is diminishing.

Types of hybrids:
There are three different types of hybrids and each work in a different way.

Parallel/Full Hybrid
This is the most common type of hybrid. A full hybrid is a car which can drive under its own electric power, petrol or a combination of both. They are sometimes called ‘parallel hybrids’. The car’s wheels can be powered in three different ways: either directly by the engine, by the electric motor alone, or a blend of the two power sources. The Toyota Prius is the most widely known example.

Mild Hybrid
A mild hybrid car cannot drive under electric power alone and doesn’t improve fuel economy to the extent that a full hybrid system can. The engine never drives the car; it only produces energy for the electric motor. The Honda Jazz r is one of the more popular examples.

Plug-in Hybrid
As its name states, this type of hybrid can be plugged into an electric outlet to recharge their batteries, as well as being charged on the move. It carries a much larger battery pack that must be fully recharged using an external electricity source from the home or public charging station. Popular plug-in hybrids include the BMW i8 and VW Golf GTE, with both cars having bigger battery capacities to enable a longer electric range.

Our favourite video games that help you drive better

“Stop playing those useless games and do your homework!” Haven’t we all heard this from our parents while growing up? Be it on mobile phones, consoles or portable devices, video games have become a part of our lives. But now, we finally have an excuse! A study conducted by researchers from the University of Hong Kong and New York University Shanghai discovered that playing action-based video games for at least five hours a day can improve a person’s visuomotor-controls. The findings suggest the games could serve as beneficial training tools for driving!

Based on this advantageous information, here are some recommendations of our favourite racing video games that we loved playing:

Real Racing 3
With over 200 million downloads, this award-winning franchise sets a new standard for mobile racing games. If you’re looking for a console-quality, first-person racing simulator that feels very much like a real car, this is it! The game offers everything from Real-Time Multiplayer, Time Trials, night racing, and innovative Time Shifted Multiplayer™ (TSM) technology, allowing you to race anyone, anytime, anywhere, to in-depth car customization.
Developer: EA
Platform: Android and iOS

MotoGP 19
For years MotoGP has been a favourite for motorcycle racing and it’s 2019 release does not disappoint! Gone are the old days when you learned all the racetracks and easily won. The new Neural AI and Machine Learning gives you smarter and faster opponents who will exploit your mistakes. This improved AI makes the game a whole lot more challenging, realistic and thrilling. It’s motorcycle racing at it’s finest and die-hard MotoGP fans will be satisfied.
Developer: Milestone S.r.l
Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX One, Steam, Nintendo Switch

Forza Horizon Series
When you think XBOX car racing games, it’s the Forza series. Forza Horizon focuses on casual street racing rather than pre-planned tracks. With it’s latest release Forza Horizon 4, the popular car racing series lets players experience dynamic seasons in a shared open-world; something that is completely new in the racing and driving genre. One of the most polished driving games ever made, with the spectacular open world and the unbelievable visuals, players can explore beautiful scenery, collect over 450 cars, and a whole lot more!
Developer: Playground Games
Platform: XBOX

Need For Speed: Underground
Everybody loves Need for Speed, but the 7th instalment in the beloved racing series became an instant favourite amongst players. It was the first game in the series to offer a career mode, helping to reboot the NFS series. It finally featured a storyline and a garage mode that allowed players to fully customize their cars with a large variety of brand-name performance and visual upgrades. With the popular increase of import car racing game thanks to the movie The Fast and the Furious, Underground was EA’s attempt to get involved and they succeeded.
Developer: Black Box
Platform: PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox, GameCube, Arcade game, Game Boy Advance

Recommendation: Cool gadgets to spruce up your car

Online shopping has opened up our world to innumerable options for gadgets and accessories and most of us love looking for unique products that make us stand out. This is no less true when it comes to buying stuff for your car. Whether we need them or don’t, we all love sprucing up our car with the latest gadgets. Here’s a list of unique, yet useful accessories for your ride.

Mpow BH044 Bluetooth Receiver
This ingenious device is designed to make your car’s audio system compatible with Bluetooth technology. Just plug it into the auxiliary port in your car’s stereo system, turn on your phone’s Bluetooth and play music or answer calls easily through your car’s stereo. The Mpow Bluetooth car kit can connect 2 Bluetooth devices at the same time and comes with quick charging technology. Get yours here.

AKASO Dash Cam C330
Apart from reasons of security, we’ve all seen some cool videos of strange phenomena captured on dash cams. And while dash cams range from a wide variety of prices, our pick is this model from AKASO. This 1080P FHD cam comes equipped with a 3 Inches IPS Screen, 170 degrees wide angle, loop recording, 24 hours parking monitor, G-Sensor, WDR and night vision. It also covers about 4 lanes of traffic in front of your car! Get it here.

Litake Car Air Purifier
With the amount of pollution out there, it’s time to start thinking about the air quality we are breathing while in our cars. This air purifier releases high-density negative ions that neutralize airborne contaminants such as dust, pollen, unpleasant odours and bacteria from the inside of a vehicle. Dual USB ports are provided for charging your mobile phone, tablet and other devices fast and safely. With its sleek design and colour options, this high-quality product is a steal! Grab one here.

LBLA Car Backseat Organizer
Embarrassed by all the clutter in your car? Aren’t we all. A car seat organizer isn’t really a ‘unique’ gadget, BUT, the LBLA backseat organizer is! Not only is it affordable, it also has great reviews and is equipped with a foldable table, insulated pockets for your umbrellas, is waterproof, made of PU leather and has a total of 10 pockets. A bonus is, it looks great too! Grab one here and get decluttering.

Portronics POR-130 iTrack1
You go to the mall, park your car and do your shopping; then you realize you’ve forgotten where you’ve parked your car! It happens to all of us. At times like these, this budget-friendly GPS tracker can come in handy. Just download the supporting app, pair up your phone and start tracking. It works for a distance of 10 meters which is completely reasonable for the price. Plus, it’s small enough to fit onto anything: keychains, collars, luggage, making it useful not just for a car. What makes this tiny gadget even cooler is that you can even use it to take selfies, has a long battery life and is water-resistant. This nifty accessory is currently on sale and you can grab it here.

Famous Movie Cars: Where are they now?

When it comes to movies, there’s something for everyone. Movies let us live out our imaginative fantasies that most of us will never live in real life. And while most films focus on the actresses and actors, there are those famous few when the plot relies on a required prop – the car!

We’ve compiled a brief list of famous films that included an equally famous vehicle and where are those cars today.

1. James Bond 007’s Aston Martin DB5
The cars featured in the James Bond franchise are just as famous as 007 himself. The films’ legacy of famous cars and gadgets can be traced back to one car – the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 the spy drove in Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). The original movie car sold at auction in 2010 for $4.6 million. And I think fans can collectively agree that there is never gonna be a Bond car as glamorous as the 1964 Aston Martin DB5.

2. The Ford GT40
With the release of the latest film Ford V Ferrari, it takes us back to the iconic car in the film Le Mans (1971). Three versions of the GT40 were built and two of them still exist to this day. The Chassis P/1074 that starred in the film was sold for $11-million to a private collector in August 2012, Rob Kauffman, an entrepreneur and owner of RK Motors. Not only did he restore it to look like it did at Le Mans, but it runs like it did, too. Kauffman even brought the car back to the French racetrack in 2018 and drove the circuit.

3. 1970 Dodge Charger
You can’t think cars in films without thinking about The Fast and The Furious franchise. While every single movie has a bunch of great cars, there is only one that takes the spotlight – the1969 Dodge Charger R/T driven by lead character Dominic Toretto. Nicknamed “Tantrum” the car was featured in multiple films in the series. It’s now up for sale at a Chatsworth, California dealership named Fusion Luxury Motors.

4. Bumblebee’s Chevrolet Camaro
Back in 2007, fans where mindblown to see their beloved childhood Autobots in their live-action movie counterparts in The Transformers. And everyone (yes, everyone) instantly fell in love with Bumblebee. Thanks to the Autobot choosing to transform into the unmistakable yellow and black striped Chevrolet Camaro, the car earned a starring role. The Camaro’s sudden fanbase saw a boost in sales which even led to Chevrolet introducing its own Bumblebee Edition cars. All 4 Bumblebee Camaros were recently sold as a group at a charity auction with the final bid coming in at $500,000.

5. “The Love Bug” Herbie
When you think ‘Beetle’ you think of Herbie and vice-versa. The Volkswagen Beetle found instant fame in a series of successful Disney films as a vehicle called Herbie “The Love Bug”. The iconic design and the lovable character of a racing car with a mind of its own, made the car hugely popular and unforgettable for decades to come. This car was sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction on April 14, 2018 for $128,700, going on to become the world’s most valuable Volkswagen Beetle for a second time.

Herbie the Love Bug\

6. Audi R8 – Iron Man Series
It’s safe to assume that Iron Man is everyone’s favourite Avenger. Who didn’t love watching Tony Stark evolve and grow as a character throughout the series of films. But little do viewers realize that along with the growth of Tony Stark, happened the growth of the Audi R8. The Audi brand became synonymous with the famous superhero ever since the beginning of the Iron Man movie series when Marvel established early on that Tony Stark’s go-to car was the Audi R8. The first-generation Audi R8 came to be known as Iron Man’s ride with different versions of the car being featured across the franchise: the Audi R8 Spyder in Iron Man 2, the Audi R8 e-tron Iron Man 3, and the second-generation Audi R8 featured in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and in Captain America: Civil War.