30th Anniversary of Quattro

It has officially been 30 years since Audi brought their all wheel drive system (Quattro).


Jalopnik has a great article up about the history of Quattro and how it was developed. Here are some snippets:

That last bit is where things get interesting — it led to one of the most ingenious packaging solutions of the late 20th century. The Quattro’s longitudinal center diff is built into the back of the gearbox, and the gearbox’s primary shaft is essentially an extension of the crankshaft. The primary shaft drives a hollow secondary shaft, which then drives the diff. But here’s the cool part: A third, solid shaft lives inside the hollow secondary, transmitting power to the front axles. This is the much-lauded “shaft within a shaft” that everyone talks about, and it allowed the Quattro to pack a steamer trunk’s worth of components into a space barely larger than an overnight bag. (Note: Anyone who makes an Xzibit “Yo dawg, I herd you like all-wheel drive so I put a shaft in your shaft so you can diff while you diff” joke at this point will be shot.)

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How Honda Blew the CR-Z….or why am I still a Honda fan?

So after checking out the specs on the new CR-Z, I’m as disappointed as you are about what should have been a true successor to the CRX.  The good people at Jalopnik agree:

Jalopnik don't believe the hype

…it’s a perfect example of product Fail, and on a personal level, it’s one of the greatest vehicular disappointments in recent memory. How can I say this without having driven it? Easy: I can read a press release, and I own a 1988 Honda CRX Si. The Si is a 2000-pound, 100-hp wonder, a manic, front-wheel-drive snotrocket that can crank out 35 mpg and make any winding road its bitch. The CR-Z is a wildly different machine. It weighs 2800 pounds. It’s rated for 37 mpg on the highway, which seems impressive until you remember just how tiny it is. And while its 1.5-liter hybrid four can be mated to a six-speed manual, it also makes just 122 hp.

Sigh…maybe Japan will get a Type-R version that will be exactly what the US wish that it got.

Don’t Believe The Hype: The CR-Z Is Not A New CRX