How to Remove Ice and Snow from the Car Safely

Posted on December 18, 2017 in Tips

How to Remove Ice and Snow from the Car Safely

Are you shocked staring at your supercar covered by four inches of snow? You must be so panic thinking about the possible damage to the flawless paint of your car. Panicking won’t make anything better, which means you have to remove the snow from the car as soon as possible. Moreover, if you are in a hurry to work, and you find the snow is covering your car that makes it impossible for you to drive it before cleaning it. Sadly, it is not the right time to get mad at anything. Don’t waste your energy on complaining, and get some equipment to remove it immediately. If you are wondering about how to remove ice and snow from the car safely, you can follow our handy tips below.

Recommended tool for the snow removal

First of all, don’t try to pull out your handcrafted corn-straw broom to sweep the snow or ice away. If you do, you’ll quickly find that the college-tuition-priced paint job doesn’t have the same effect anymore with brush strokes etched into it. What a pity! The same thing goes for removing the snow or ice using nylon brushes and especially shovels. So, avoid using any of the mentioned items previously. For removing snow or ice safely from your car, we recommend a foam brush as a recommended tool for this “dangerous” job. This tool is usually designed with a nonabrasive, freeze-resistant molded polyethylene foam head with a recessed hard-plastic plate that can prevent contact with the car’s surface. Some of the foam brush is equipped with a steel telescoping handle that extends up to 46 inches for maximum reach. Based on Bryan Burgess, the common damage from improper ice or snow removal are stretched in the paint. The stretches could be light or very deep depending on the situation. For example, if you use a nylon brush to remove the snow or ice from your car’s surface, it may leave light scratches that will be visible once you wash the car on a sunny day. If you use a shovel to remove the snow, you are at risk for a deep scratch on the painted that is either beyond a simple repair or even would require a repaint.

The best removal technique

If you have got the recommended tool in your hand, now it is time to start removing the snow or ice from your car. Here is the best removal technique to follow to do it safely. Remember to pull it off the vehicle in a straight line from the front bumper. You can do it by extending your arm as far across the hood as you can. Based on the advice of Burgess, besides pulling the snow off your car, you have to keep all motions in straight lines. It is aimed to make sure that if you cause a scratch, it will potentially appear to be the natural occurrence of your car that is coming in contact with debris at the higher speeds. Furthermore, he also said that you should work the removal from the top of the car down to the sides part and then to the hood and trunk areas.

When it comes to clean the windshield and window glass, you can take it easy because those are made of hard material. Therefore, there’s no need to worry about scratching it when removing the snow from these part. Although using a recommended tool to remove the snow from your car, still you need to minimize a contact between the vehicle and the brush to prevent mishaps. It would be better for you to leave the last bit of snow and let the heat from your car’s engine or power of the sun to finish this removal process. What you need to do is just remove the majority amount of the snow with a brush.

Alternative tools for snow removal

Is foam brush the only recommended tool to remove the snow from your car? Luckily, no it is not. You still have another chance to remove the snow by using your hands. What? Yes, it is true. You can always use your hands to push the snow off, though your reach will be limited compared with the foam brush with an extendable handle. This alternative technique is recommended by Eco Touch Premium Car Care. Furthermore, Eco Touch also suggests us to invest in a car cover and apply a coat of wax to protect the paint from the elements. Ideally, you could protect your car with a traditional wax before winter sets in, because there is a minimum temperature required for waxing when you can put wax on, let it dry to a haze and then wax off. The required temperature is usually in the mid-50d or even higher. You can also wash the car when the weather is warm enough, and then use a spray-on wax after a wash. For the interior, you should protect this part with all-weather mats, while tracked-in soil should be vacuumed routinely and leather cleaned and conditioned to guard against any stains and potential water damage. To reduce fogging, you should clean the windows inside and out regularly.

GT500’s Performance Against the New ZL1

Posted on October 9, 2017 in News



GT500’s Performance Against the New ZL1

Ford is now working on a new Mustang Shelby GT500, well, maybe! Spy shots and rumblings of a new Mustang and also the name Shelby GT500 is now being bandied about. We don’t know for sure what these prototypes are, what is powering them exactly, or if they are indeed an indication that something cool is headed for production. However, there are too many rumors out there to be ignored, so we can’t wait to gather the rumors, and we are going to refer to it as the GT500. If we look at the spy shots showing the latest creation of Ford in its full-camo, it seems like the GT500 is Ford’s answer to the 650-hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and also the 707-hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat. From a video that is showing us a GT500 prototype, we can see that the new car sounds very similar to a GT350. It is reported that GT500 will possibly get two transmission options, a six-speed manual or a new 10-speed auto co-developed between the Ford and GM.

This gearbox is already being used by Ford in the 2018 F1-50 and Mustang as well, and interestingly, the most obvious rival of the GT500 is also already using it, that is the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Antoine Joubert, an automotive journalist, caught another shot of upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 in Arizona. He said that Ford has been pitting the new Shelby GT500 against GM’s Camaro ZL1 because they wonder about how the two stack up. Arizona is the perfect testing grounds for the latest creation of Ford because there is a host of various tracks out there. Sadly, the shot doesn’t tell much about the new creation because Ford put, even more, camouflage right on the front end to cover the appealing part that has been rumored fender vents (where we can see a patch panel covering from the shot). From here, sadly, no one can wait that long until Ford pulls off some of the camouflage to show what the new 2019 Mustang Shelby GT500 is going to look like truly. Besides that, we also keep the real question that is how the latest Ford’s creation will perform when pitted against the new ZL1. Well, if you are so curious about the answer to this question, let’s find out below.

Horsepower of 2019 GT500

Adding more power than the ongoing GT500 is not the only thing to be excited with the new 2019 GT500 because it has a lot more to make you overwhelmed. However, we can; close our eyes from the fact that since the S197 GT500’s debut, Chevrolet Camaro Zl1 has been showing us the incredibly capable 650 horsepower and also beefy Challenger & Charger Hellcat by pumping out 707 horsepower. Well, we don’t mean to mention it, but it is true that the real challenge has come from the Dodge’s latest tease, it is the Demon that is rumored to be a lighter, more powerful and also dragstrip-ready Challenger Hellcat.
We get some clue for answering this challenge; current rumor has it that the all-new Shelby 2019 GT500 is going to be in the ballpark of incredible 750 horsepower. Various sources out there indicate that this kind of power number is delivered through the 5.2L V8 engine of the GT350 with the addition of a supercharger.

However, around the crankshaft, we found there are conflicting rumors about it. Some of the rumors say it is a cross-plane crankshaft version of the 5.2L Voodoo engine of the GT350, while the other some say that on the flat-plane crankshaft version of the 5.2L, Ford Performance slapped a blower on it. It is easy to realize that if Ford Performance were to run with the5.2L engine’s supercharged flat-plane crankshaft version, that the supercharger would run out of steam by the 8,250 RPM rev limiter. We know, some other companies out there have installed roots-type superchargers on the GT350 getting no issues. Still, Ford needs to slap a full drivetrain warranty on this Shelby GT500s for five years or approximately 60,000 miles. It isn’t going to be easy for doing that with 750+ horsepower.

Exterior behind the full-camo 2019 GT500

It is truly not easy to tell through the camouflage what this 2019 GT500 actually will look like in production form. We know it is what the company want to happen to their latest creation which is not ready to be unveiled now. However, we are able to decipher some defining style cues right off the bat with the current spy shots. If we look thoroughly through the camouflage, at first off, we found a clue of the spoiler that is like nothing we’ve seen on a production Mercedes-Benz S550 yet. Well, it may or may not be factory – but if it indeed is, it sure looks functional.

We also got the other cue of the next styling sign that is obviously different than anything that has rolled out of Dearborn are the vents that are located on the fender. Apparently, these vents are used for some sort of cooling whether it is for the engine, brakes, or the tires. From this cue, it will be interesting to see forward of what the new 2019 Shelby GT500 will look like in the coming months. We can’t wait to see it coming.