Tuesday, August 18, 2009

About clicking on and downloading photos on Faster and Faster

Some of our readers have written in, saying they are unhappy with how photos are being hosted on Faster and Faster. The main concern voiced is having to click something on an external site after clicking on the picture itself on Faster and Faster.

Well, here's a quick explanation. Faster and Faster is hosted on Blogger/Blogspot, which is where our pics also used to be hosted earlier. Some months ago, however, we exhausted our 1GB limit that Blogger enforces for pics.

Hence, we now have to host our images on free image hosting services like Imagevenue and Imageshack. Now, while you may have to endure pop-up advertisements from these sites, these sites are in no way malicious or unsafe. There is no virus, no malicious code and nothing to worry about - just click on the pics and download them as you used to earlier.

While hosting the pics on Blogger/Blogspot may have been ideal, please understand that that is no longer possible. Using services like Imagevenue or Imageshack DOES NOT earn us any extra revenue. We're using these services simply because we don't have any other option.

So, please bear with us and don't worry when clicking on any pics on Faster and Faster since both Imagevenue and Imageshack are TOTALLY SAFE sites, and your computer is NOT AT ANY RISK if you go to these sites and download our pictures from there.

Update (19th Aug., 2009): Since most readers were complaining about inappropriate ads that were being served up by Imagevenue, we've stopped using that service. From now on, we're only using Imageshack, which does not serve up adult ads. We hope this will sort out any problems that you may have had in the past.

Monday, August 17, 2009

2009 Czech MotoGP: Race pics from Brno

Pics from the 2009 Czech Grand Prix. Race results and more pics here

Even more pics from the 2009 MotoGP season here

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ilmor develop turbocharged 700cc five-stroke engine


Ilmor's 700cc five-stroke engine might possibly be used on a production motorcycle in the future!
Via Ilmor

Ilmor Engineering, the British company that came to MotoGP briefly in 2006 and 2007, has now developed a turbocharged, 700cc, three-cylinder, five-stroke petrol engine which might someday be used on a motorcycle.

A five-stroke engine? Yes indeed, Ilmor say this engine will deliver better fuel economy than a comparable diesel and is lighter and has lower emissions than a conventional four-stroke petrol engine of the same capacity.

How, exactly, does it work? Well, we don’t completely understand but we’ll quote from the Ilmor website. ‘The five-stroke concept engine utilises two fired cylinders (High Pressure - HP) operating on a conventional four-stroke cycle, which alternately exhaust into a central expansion cylinder (Low Pressure - LP), whereupon the burnt gases perform further work.’

‘The LP cylinder decouples the expansion and compression processes and enables the optimum expansion ratio to be selected independently of the compression ratio. Running of the concept engine has produced impressive fuel consumption readings over a very wide operating range. This is because at the onset of knock a greater percentage of work can be extracted in the LP cylinder, giving a degree of self compensation.’

All right, that reads like a physics textbook and we don’t understand most of it, but what’s really interesting is that Ilmor’s turbocharged 700cc five-stroke engine produces 130 horsepower at 7,000rpm and 166Nm of torque at 5,000rpm. And the best part is, according to Ilmor, the engine uses conventional technology and requires no new manufacturing techniques. This might allow the engine to be used on a production motorcycle sometime in the near future.

Ilmor claim their five-stroke engine has a power density of 150bhp/l and is 20% lighter than existing production engines of the same capacity. If the benefits really are as significant as the company claims, perhaps a mainstream motorcycle manufacturer will license this technology from Ilmor and use it on a production motorcycle. And wouldn’t that be cool…!

Confederate P120 Fighter Combat unveiled


The Confederate P120 Fighter Combat. Very impressive...
Via Autoblog

Confederate Motors Inc. recently unveiled their latest machine – the P120 Fighter Combat – at the Quail motorsports gathering in Carmel, during the Pebble Beach car week. Why unveil a motorcycle at what’s essentially a car event? ‘Considering the level of discerning motorsport enthusiasts gathered from around the world in one place at one time, we could not think of a better forum at which to unveil our cutting-edge Fighter Combat,’ says Matt Chambers, CEO and founder, Confederate Motors. Oh, well...

The Confederate P120 Fighter Combat – only 120 units of which will be built – is fitted with a 1,966cc twin-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower (measured at the rear wheel) and 182Nm of torque. The bike’s monocoque chassis is made of aircraft-grade aluminium and the P120 weighs 207kg.

The gearbox is a close-ratio five-speed unit and the suspension is comprised of a double wishbone setup at the front and fully adjustable monoshock at the back. Brakes are from Brembo, with carbon-ceramic discs and radial-mount four-piston callipers. The bike rides on 19-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels, and the top speed... ...probably doesn't matter.

For more details, visit the Confederate Motors website here


The P120's price hasn't been announced yet, but this is one of those bikes where if you have to ask...

A video of the P120 Combat Fighter

Saturday, August 15, 2009

2009 Czech MotoGP: Race results from Brno


Rossi now leads the 2009 MotoGP world championship by 50 points

Czech Republic MotoGP: Race results


1 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha 43'08.991
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 43'20.757
3 Toni Elias San Carlo Honda 43'29.747
4 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda 43'30.409
5 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki 43'30.529
6 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro 43'34.535
7 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha 43'34.667
8 Alex De Angelis San Carlo Honda 43'43.100
9 James Toseland Monster Yamaha 43'44.608
10 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda 43'48.815
11 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki 43'49.767
12 Niccolo Canepa Pramac Racing 43'59.652
13 Gabor Talmacsi Scot Racing 44'08.179

DNF:
Mika Kallio, Marco Melandri, Jorge Lorenzo, Michel Fabrizio

Czech Grand Prix: Practice, qualifying pics from Brno. Race pics posted here

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