Performance Data Recorder - Coming Soon to A Track Near You

Cosworth’s Performance Data Recorder

Is this a video game or is this real life? It’s real life, and it’s coming to the new 2015 Chevy Corvette. Exclusively in the 2015 Stingray, professionals and amateurs alike will be able to record detailed information about their drive.

Industry First

The PDR by Cosworth is the industry’s first video and GPS telemetry recorder and allows you to record vital information similar to what you’d see in a racing video game. Upon clicking “Go”, “a recording of your Corvette’s track section overlays vital data like engine RPM, acceleration and braking levels, g-forces, steering angle, and gear position — including a track map and times.”

In addition to the engine information, they install a microphone in the cockpit and a 720p video camera on the rear view mirror so you can relive all the action from home. In addition, you can share your track sessions with your friends for bragging rights. You finally have the concrete proof to back up your trash talk, something very important to some racers!

Learn to Drive Better

The PDR also enables users to compare their past laps in excruciating detail. A driver can compare anything from corner tracing to vehicle speed in the pursuit of better times. That gives the amateur or professional an equal chance to study their game tape and increase performance. They can learn and work on their weaknesses, and ultimately succeed to become faster racers. Then, when they succeed at decreasing their times they can brag to their friends on social media.

I know what you’re thinking, why didn’t anybody think of this sooner? This will revolutionize the way gear heads interact with their friends in so many ways, and the ability to share those videos with other people is going to be priceless to some racers. No pricing has been announced to date but Cosworth did tell Motor Trend they may be looking for ways to bring PDR to other vehicles in the near future.

Click to read the Press Release from Cosworth.com

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BMW ConnectedDrive

Autonomous-driving prototypes are nothing new to BMW. BMW has really been pushing the tech boundary since early 2009 with the introduction of ActiveAssist. This year at CES, they unveiled BMW ConnectedDrive. Connected Drive is the amalgamation of all of their advanced driving enchacement software into one prototype and it is truly awesome.

At CES, they showed off some capabilities in ConnectedDrive that pushes BMW ahead of the pack in the autonomous driving race. The prototypes they brought to the track were doing some pretty interesting things we will talk about below.

BMW ConnectedDrive - A Master of All Driving Conditions

ConnectedDrive has advanced software allowing the car to seamlessly interact with almost any dynamic driving condition that presents itself on the road. So whether you’re traveling through bad weather or are switching from pavement to gravel the vehicle will make necessary adjustments in how it drives. This is an incredible advancement in autonomous driving. The vehicles they brought learned from the road, and made smart decisions based on the cars individual assessment of driving conditions. Really cool stuff! The cars even correct oversteer, understeer and can perfectly drift around corners while maintaining the optimal line for the next straight.

What does this mean for the daily driver? In the future, it’s interesting to think about what this technology could mean for automobile manufacturers, service centers, and us. Certainly, in a world with significantly fewer accidents, Auto Body shops will lose a lot of business. It is possible that with fewer necessary inputs from the driver, that the industry is kicked into an automobile interior customization renaissance. Without the concern for “distracting” the driver we could put big screen tv’s in our cars and really bring infotainment to the next level. Can you imagine not having to deal with the airport traveling from Miami to Atlanta? You could work the whole time, or sleep, or watch movies, the choice is yours.

Fleet by 2015

At the end of CES ‘14, BMW made a promise to its consumers and stakeholders. They will have prototypes on the road to test out highly automated driving by 2015. As soon as next year, we could see a car driving itself (most of the time). BMW also stated that by 2020, they will be introducing this highly automated driving system into their series vehicles. So we should be seeing mass production of highly autonomous vehicles by then. Of course, the driver will still have to have some input in the vehicles functions. We are not quite at the point where we can mount big screen tv’s in the front dash. But it’s a step in the right direction.

Click The Link Below To View The Promotional Teaser For ConnectedDrive

ConnectedDrive Prototype Track Teaser

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Preparing Your Car For Winter

From Miami (50 degrees) to Northern Minnesota (-26 degrees), people are proclaiming all over the nation this weather is freezing! With the coming of Father Winter, there are some special precautions you need to take to winterize your car. Read below to see some of the extra steps you can take to protect you and your loved ones on the road.

How Do I Know If My Tires Are Safe To Drive On?

Tire tread is one of the most important parts of maintaining a safe driving environment. If you’re not sure if your tires are safe to drive on, you should probably bring your tires into the shop to have a professional check them. A quick way to check to see if you’re all set is to use the old Honest Abe trick. If you put a Penny facing downwards in the lowest part of the tread of your tires and any part of old Abe’s head is obstructed you’re good to go. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s hair, it’s probably time to get those tires changed or at least checked out by a professional.

It’s also a good idea to check tire pressure. Check the books your car came with to find your recommended tire PSI. Sometimes it also says on the actual tire. Stop at the gas station or a service center and top off your tires if you’re low.

Is It Important To Do My Recommended Maintenance?

If you’re due for recommended maintenance, think about bringing your car to a nearby shop ASAP. Follow this checklist to make sure you’re keeping yourself safe:

  1. Walk around your car and make sure all of your lights are working.
  2. Top off or change your fluids. Check your oil, coolant, brake, and transmission fluid and all of your filters to make sure your vehicle is running flawlessly. Spending money now can help save money further on down the road.
  3. Are your windshield wipers up to snuff? If they’re smearing, it’s time to change them. Windshield wipers should be replaced at least once a year. Get into the habit of making that once a year in the beginning of winter.
  4. Keep your gas tank filled at least halfway. In colder temperatures your gas lines could freeze if your car is sitting idle. You don’t want ice forming in your gas tank or fuel lines.
  5. Fill the washer fluid reservoir with freeze resistant wiper fluid. Fluids in your car can freeze just like anything else!
  6. Lastly, check the brakes. If there is cracking or warping, get your brakes checked it’s likely they need to be replaced. If you’re not sure how to check out your brakes yourself, bring them to a mechanic. The last thing you want is for your brakes to fail!
Do I Have To Let My Car Warm Up?

In this day and age, you don’t need to sit and idle your car for several minutes before driving off. If you’re above 0 degrees F, you shouldn’t necessarily have to sit and let your car warm up. If under 0 degrees F, you should maybe wait a minute or so. Eiter way, for the first 3-5 minutes, don’t push the pedal to the medal. Give your car a few minutes of easy driving before you get into passing speed.

What Should I Do To Prepare In Case Of A Breakdown?

If you get stranded, you’re going to want a few things handy (depending on where you’re located).

In warmer climates keep a few things handy in case you break down.

  • A blanket
  • Jumper cables
  • A flashlight
  • Energy bars
  • A small knife and first aid kit
  • Spare phone charger

In colder climates, the list grows. As does the severity of the consequences if you don’t have these items during a breakdown.

  • Flares
  • Chains
  • Ice scraper
  • Small shovel
  • Sand, ash, rock salt, or kitty littler to help provide traction if your car gets stuck

Every situation is different. If you feel you need something not on this list make sure you have it! It’s better to be safe than sorry when the unthinkable happens.

Select Luxury Service is the premier Luxury Car Service Center located in Marietta, GA and serves the Greater Atlanta Area. We specialize in servicing BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Maserati, Aston Martin, VW, other exotics and super cars. Please visit our website to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle looked at by our Factory Certified Master Technicians.

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At Select Luxury Service we only employ Certified Master Technicians. With their decades of experience they are able to diagnose almost any problem. This week we decided to discuss common concerns with BMW’s.

 Engine oil should not be consumed. It is important to check the oil in your BMW regularly. Low levels may be related to some common leaks. Low oil related damage to a BMW engine can be extensive, costly, and may even require a new engine if all of the oil is lost.  These common concerns are mostly found in the three, five, and seven series; 1999-2005 models.  A burning smell or the presence of wet spots underneath your car may be indicative of an oil leak.

Some Common Leaks

Oil Pan:  Many BMW engines feature an oil pan that allows for easier access for engine repairs and overhauls. However, it is common for the gasket on the pan to leak as the BMW gets older. Replacement will require removing the car’s front suspension.

Rear Main Seal:  The rear main seal on some BMW engines is also prone to leakage. Rear main seals fail when there is too much wear on the crankshaft and the lip is unable to control the output of fluid.

Valve Covers:  Leaking valve cover gaskets are common in many BMW engines. Valve covers sit at the top of the engine. The covers are bolted to the engine and sealed by a gasket. Leaks can occur even with a new valve cover, but are more common on older cars. Valve cover gasket leaks are more common after 50,000 to 60,000 miles. Applying sealant can not usually fix the problem , and in worst cases the gaskets should be replaced.

Valve Guide Seals:  The valve stem seals prevent engine oil from being sucked past the valve guides. When the seals become worn oil can be sucked into the combustion chambers. The oil is burned off and appears as blue smoke out of the tail pipe.

Synthetic Oil:  It is more common for oil leaks to occur in older BMW’s when drivers use synthetic oil in the engine. Older seals tend to leak with synthetic oil. Non-synthetic oil may be a better option in older BMW’s.

Oil leaks can be common but sometimes the fix is quite uncommon. If you are experiencing this problem or any problems with your luxury vehicle, please visit our website and fill out the Ask a Tech form.

Select Luxury Service is the premier Luxury Car Service Center located in Marietta GA and serving the Greater Atlanta Area. We specialize in BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Maserati, Aston Martin, VW and other exotics and super cars. Visit our website to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle looked at by our Certified Master Technicians.

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Audi plans to spend approximately $30.35 billion over the next five years on new models, technology and expansion of its global production facilities. The luxury automotive company believes that this will help them reach their goal of 2 million annual unit sales by 2020. Audi has sold 1.5 million vehicles this year, a goal reached two years ahead of schedule. “We had set the goal of 1.5 million deliveries per year by 2015, but we already achieved that quite comfortably in 2013,” Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said in a statement. “We are now decisively steering towards our next milestone of two million deliveries; this is why we are keeping our foot on the gas regarding investments.”

Audi has confirmed that they will release eleven new models to help reach its 2 million sales target. A new model that has been confirmed is a Q1 subcompact crossover due in 2016. Experts are predicting we will also see a sporty Q2, Q4, and Q6 coupe.  The majority of the $30.35 billion will be put towards the development of the new models but a portion will be used to develop alternative drivetrains, including fuel cell technology.  The remaining investment will go to fund the development of new Audi manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Brazil. Both facilities are expected to be operational by 2016.

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As 2013 is coming to an end, Select Luxury Service has decided to highlight some of the biggest luxury automotive news stories of the year.McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and others were all at the top of their game, producing cars priced in the million dollars plus range. 

This year, the McLaren P1, the successor to the F1, was launched. All 375 units of the $1.15 million supercar have already sold out.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Italian automaker, Lamborghini. The owners of nearly 350 of this luxury brand toured Italy. At the end of their tour, Lamborghini revealed the single-seat Egoista concept car. In the final weeks of 2013, the last Gallardo rolled off the production line and its successor, the Huracán, was revealed.

Ferrari had a solid twelve months as well. It rolled out its most powerful and fastest production car ever, the LaFerrari. All 499 units, priced at $1.4 million each, sold out earlier this month. And not just anyone could buy one; Ferrari North America CEO Marco Mattiacci stated that prospective buyers should have 20 to 30 Ferraris in their collection to be considered as customers.

Select Luxury Service is the premier Luxury Car Service Center located in Marietta, GA and serves the Greater Atlanta Area. We specialize in servicing BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Maserati, Aston Martin, VW, other exotics and super cars. Please visit our website to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle looked at by our Factory Certified Master Technicians.

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