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Sport Compact
A SPORT COMPACT is a high-performance version of a compact car or a subcompact car . According to Motor Trend in a comparison entitled "Small, Fast, Fun", the sports compact car has to accomplish the multiple duties of a "family car" and a "daily driver" - thus having more than two doors and seating at least four passengers - while also being "fun to drive" on all roads and in town. CONTENTS * 1 Characteristics * 2 Market trends * 3 Tuning * 4 Motorsport * 5 References CHARACTERISTICSThere is no precise definition and the description is applied for marketing purposes to a wide variety of models, but typical "sport compacts" are front engined , front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive coupés, sedans, or hatchbacks driven by a straight-4 gasoline engine
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Steering Wheel
A STEERING WHEEL (also called a DRIVING WHEEL or a HAND WHEEL) is a type of steering control in vehicles and vessels (ships and boats). Steering
Steering
wheels are used in most modern land vehicles, including all mass-production automobiles , as well as buses, light and heavy trucks, and tractors . The steering wheel is the part of the steering system that is manipulated by the driver; the rest of the steering system responds to such driver inputs. This can be through direct mechanical contact as in recirculating ball or rack and pinion steering gears, without or with the assistance of hydraulic power steering , HPS, or as in some modern production cars with the assistance of computer-controlled motors, known as Electric Power Steering
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DVD
DVD
DVD
(an abbreviation of "DIGITAL VIDEO DISC" or "DIGITAL VERSATILE DISC" ) is a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed by Philips
Philips
and Sony
Sony
in 1995. The medium can store any kind of digital data and is widely used for software and other computer files as well as video programs watched using DVD
DVD
players . DVDs offer higher storage capacity than compact discs while having the same dimensions. Prerecorded DVDs are mass-produced using molding machines that physically stamp data onto the DVD. Such discs are a form of DVD-ROM because data can only be read and not written or erased. Blank recordable DVD
DVD
discs ( DVD-R and DVD+R ) can be recorded once using a DVD recorder and then function as a DVD-ROM
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Aerodynamics
AERODYNAMICS, from Greek ἀήρ aer (air) + δυναμική (dynamics), the study of the motion of air , particularly its interaction with a solid object, such as an airplane wing. Aerodynamics is a sub-field of fluid dynamics and gas dynamics , and many aspects of aerodynamics theory are common to these fields. The term aerodynamics is often used synonymously with gas dynamics, the difference being that "gas dynamics" applies to the study of the motion of all gases, and is not limited to air. The formal study of aerodynamics began in the modern sense in the eighteenth century, although observations of fundamental concepts such as aerodynamic drag were recorded much earlier. Most of the early efforts in aerodynamics were directed toward achieving heavier-than-air flight , which was first demonstrated by Wilbur and Orville Wright in 1903
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Nitrous Oxide
NITROUS OXIDE, commonly known as LAUGHING GAS or NITROUS, is a chemical compound , an oxide of nitrogen with the formula N 2O. At room temperature, it is a colorless non-flammable gas , with a slightly metallic scent and taste. At elevated temperatures, nitrous oxide is a powerful oxidizer similar to molecular oxygen. Nitrous oxide
Nitrous oxide
has significant medical uses , especially in surgery and dentistry , for its anaesthetic and analgesic effects. Its name "laughing gas" is due to the euphoric effects upon inhaling it, a property that has led to its recreational use as a dissociative anaesthetic. It also is used as an oxidizer in rocket propellants , and in motor racing to increase the power output of engines . Nitrous oxide
Nitrous oxide
occurs in small amounts in the atmosphere, but recently has been found to be a major scavenger of stratospheric ozone , with an impact comparable to that of CFCs
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Shift Knob
A GEAR STICK (rarely spelled gearstick), GEAR LEVER (both UK English), GEARSHIFT or SHIFTER (US English) is a metal lever attached to the shift assembly in a manual transmission -equipped automobile and is used to change gears. In an automatic transmission -equipped vehicle, a similar device is known as a GEAR SELECTOR. A gear stick will normally be used to change gear whilst depressing the clutch pedal with the left foot to disengage the engine from the drivetrain and wheels . Automatic transmission vehicles, semi-automatic transmissions , and those with continuously variable transmission gearboxes do not require a clutch pedal
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Connecticut
Coordinates : 41°36′N 72°42′W / 41.6°N 72.7°W / 41.6; -72.7 STATE OF CONNECTICUT Flag Seal Nickname(s) : * The Constitution State (official) * The Nutmeg State * The Provisions State * The Land of Steady Habits Motto(s) : * Qui transtulit sustinet
Qui transtulit sustinet
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Mini
The MINI is a small economy car produced by the English based British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The original is considered an icon of 1960s British popular culture
British popular culture
. Its space-saving transverse engine front-wheel drive layout – allowing 80 percent of the area of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage – influenced a generation of car makers. In 1999 the Mini
Mini
was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century , behind the Ford Model T
Ford Model T
, and ahead of the Citroën DS and Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle
. This distinctive two-door car was designed for BMC by Sir Alec Issigonis
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Car Modding
CAR TUNING is modification of the performance or appearance of a vehicle. For actual "tuning" in the sense of automobiles or vehicles, see engine tuning . Most vehicles leave the factory set up for an average driver's expectations and conditions. Tuning, on the other hand, has become a way to personalize the characteristics of a vehicle to the owner's preference. Cars may be altered to provide better fuel economy, produce more power, or to provide better handling and driving. Car tuning
Car tuning
is related to auto racing , although most performance cars never compete. Tuned cars are built for the pleasure of owning and driving. Exterior modifications include changing the aerodynamic characteristics of the vehicle via side skirts, front and rear bumpers, spoilers, splitters, air vents and light weight wheels
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Ford Escort RS Cosworth
The FORD ESCORT RS COSWORTH is a sports derivative and the 1st 2500 were rally homologation special of the fifth generation European Ford Escort . It was designed to qualify as a Group A
Group A
car for the World Rally Championship , in which it competed between 1993 and 1998. It was available as a road car from 1992–96 in very limited numbers ,the smaller turbo cars were not F.I.A recognised and only the first 2500 cars made before 1st of Jan 1993 are in fact 'Homologation special versions" It was instantly recognisable due to its large "whale tail" rear spoiler. The main selling point was the Cosworth
Cosworth
YBT engine, a highly tunable turbocharged 2-litre engine which had an output of 230 PS (169 kW ; 227 hp ) in standard trim. Tuning companies have achieved power outputs of over 1,000 hp. The car was widely acknowledged to have excellent handling
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Chip Tuning
CHIP TUNING refers to changing or modifying an erasable programmable read only memory chip in an automobile 's or other vehicle's electronic control unit (ECU) to achieve superior performance, whether it be more power, cleaner emissions, or better fuel efficiency . Engine
Engine
manufacturers generally use a conservative electronic control unit map to allow for individual engine variations as well as infrequent servicing and poor-quality fuel. Vehicles with a remapped electronic control unit may be more sensitive to fuel quality and service schedules
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Weighted Gear Knob
A GEAR STICK (rarely spelled gearstick), GEAR LEVER (both UK English), GEARSHIFT or SHIFTER (US English) is a metal lever attached to the shift assembly in a manual transmission -equipped automobile and is used to change gears. In an automatic transmission -equipped vehicle, a similar device is known as a GEAR SELECTOR. A gear stick will normally be used to change gear whilst depressing the clutch pedal with the left foot to disengage the engine from the drivetrain and wheels . Automatic transmission
Automatic transmission
vehicles, semi-automatic transmissions , and those with continuously variable transmission gearboxes do not require a clutch pedal
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National Hot Rod Association
The NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION (NHRA) is a drag racing governing body, which sets rules in drag racing and hosts events all over the United States
United States
and Canada
Canada
. With over 40,000 drivers in its rosters, the NHRA claims to be the largest motorsports sanctioning body in the world. The association was founded by Wally Parks
Wally Parks
in 1951 in California
California
to provide a governing body to organize and promote the sport of drag racing . NHRA's first Nationals was held in 1955, in Great Bend, Kansas . (Typical for the era, this race was held on a World War II-constructed training air field.) The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series , the national event series which comprises 24 races each year, is the premier series in drag racing that brings together the best drag racers from across North America
North America
and the world
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Pro Stock
PRO STOCK is a class of drag racing featuring "factory hot rods ". The class is often described as "all motor", due to the cars not using any form of forced induction such as turbocharging or supercharging , or other enhancements, like nitrous oxide , along with regulations governing the modifications allowed to the engines and the types of bodies used
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Chevrolet Cobalt
The CHEVROLET COBALT is a compact car initially introduced by Chevrolet
Chevrolet
in 2004 for the 2005 model year. The Cobalt replaced both the Cavalier and the Toyota
Toyota
-based Geo Prizm / Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Prizm as Chevrolet's compact car. The Cobalt was available as both a coupe and sedan , and is based on the GM Delta platform also shared with the Chevrolet HHR
Chevrolet HHR
and the Saturn ION . Also available was a high performance, Chevrolet Cobalt SS
Chevrolet Cobalt SS

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Autocross
AUTOCROSS (also called "Solo", "Auto-x" or "Autoslalom") is a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course on either a sealed or an unsealed surface. It is a form of motorsports that emphasizes safe competition and active participation. Autocross
Autocross
differs from road racing and oval racing in that generally there is only one car on the track, driving against the clock rather than other cars. As an entry-level motorsport it provides a stepping stone for drivers looking to move into other more competitive and possibly expensive forms of racing (such as rallying, rallycross and circuit racing). Autocross
Autocross
courses are typically one to two kilometres long and tend to place demands on car handling and driver skill rather than on engine power and outright speed. Courses may be temporary and marked by traffic cones or be permanent tracks with approval by a motorsport body
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