Monday, August 10, 2020

Tesla Active Sound Milltek EV & Kia e-Niro

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It's all about electric vehicles or the humble EV this week and to be honest we even saw this at Autosport International where we got to see MillTek showing off their new active sound system for Tesla, on there Tesla 3 Performance. Yes, you heard right you can make your Tesla car sound like a combustion model with a sporty growl from the exhaust.
 
The sound is operated with a simple app on something like a tablet or smartphone.
 
The MillTek active sound control module with a link pipe and mounting kit is available from Demon tweaks for a number of cars, however the Tesla is a new addition. For around £1627 you have the power to take direct control of your exhaust note and you can tailor the exact noise you want.
 
We saw this demonstrated at Autosport International, the video shows the car with the sound and app that controls it.
 
The modulator works with vehicles with an existing inbuilt active exhaust sound system, the way it works is you  insert a module into the original system and this gives the user the ability to tune the sound of their exhaust with a smartphone or tablet.
 
This looks like the kind of thing that you will also be able to add to say the Tesla cyber truck and Y.
 
The vehicle demonstrating the exhaust speaker system was one of Millteks new showcars the Tesla model 3 Performance in action, the car sound generator produces 98 dB of performance exhaust tones.
 
A lot people want no sound from the Tesla but others want their car to sound like a supercar, you to set the sound when you step on the accelerator.
 
You can tweak and tune the sound you can choose from options such as V10 and V12 and the clever thing the tuning company will add to the list of active sound options in the future.
 
Of what we heard it is a subtle noise but it does give the car a little more character and you can disable it to so if you fancy travelling along with it off you can.
 
 
Speaking of electric cars we've currently got the Kia e-Niro on review, now this crossover has upto a 282 mile range which recoups energy back to the battery.
 
We have the First Edition, the one that you can buy now is the e-Niro 4 and that comes with things like LED headlamps, more info soon and watch out for a full review.
 
 
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March Update BMW 330e review Sssang Yong Musso road trip and more

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Welcome to planet auto Winter update it’s been a rather hectic time we have now uploaded a number of videos the road trip with the SsangYong Musso, Mitsubishi ASX, Vauhall Astra K, Skoda Kamiq, BMW 330e and more reviews and of course show coverage and some rather interesting vehicles from Goodwood FOS 2919 including some futuristic offerings from Citroen and VW.
 
We have a few cars coming up, starting with on Monday the Kia eNero yes a fully electric vehicle or EV.
 
We will be demonstrating the capabilities, range how to charge this vehicle and giving our general thoughts on the Kia eNero.
 
Expect some interesting challenges, we will also film our regular lives such as a preview and 5 things we love as well including something like a mini road trip, watch our youtube channel for the latest.
 
There is lots of news about the automotive industry at the moment in the news one of those today been the launch of the new Citroen AMI, a micro car that you only have to be 14 years old to drive fully electric and we saw the concept of this model whilst the Goodwood Festival of speed last year with Citroen 19_19.
 
 
We've also heard for the first time ever I think that the Geneva motor show has been cancelled it makes good sense though  wait till the world gets in better shape and then put on all these bigger car events again.
 
As you've likely see from our recent videos we have a number of project cars including the Honda Civic, that being said the Santa pod challenge is back on in April, we will be doing some little things to the car, meeting up with the rest of the channels and hopefully this year doing a couple of runs down the Santa pod Raceway.
 
Last year we had Annabelle's challenges, however looking all good this year.
 
The Mercedes is now home, yes our 230 CE W124 that we picked up wiith the Ssang Yong Musso. The car has now gone on its second adventure gone and into a local Mercedes specialist for some rather heavy duty work including subframe mounts, new shock absorbers, new springs, new brake lines, new discs etc.
 
We expect the vehicle to be in the workshop for up to a month, the challenges that have been revealed are very common on the W124 platorm, for some reason the mounts on the rear of the car seem to separate from the chassis.
 
Mercedes Benz recognised this and made a custom plate that can be welded straight in and goes exactly where the existing one is, you then need to strengthen up the area around it.
 
We should hear back early next week to see what needs doing in more detail.
 
Our Mk2 Golf GTI is well underway as well, the 16 valve ABF engine is in and in a word it's running, the exhaust needs fully connecting up, the driveshafts need reconnecting and then the rest of the car needs building up the electrics but in backing and things like that but we've overcome the first hurdle of getting the engine actually running we've also noticed a touch of welding that needs doing on the driver's side sill and into that floorpan of the front seat's.
 
After the Mercedes returns home the Golf will be going on a trip to the same place to get the welding completed.
 
We visited Micks Garage last week when we drove the Mercedes through at around 20 miles an hour due to its delicate predicament, its also booked in for an MOT, it literally took an hour to do a trip that should take around 22 minutes however she got there all safe and sound and looks fantastic.
 
Micks Garage just outside Kirby Lonsdale was the perfect place, Ben has used Mick at a previous gargage when he owned his C180 and used to look after that, we did some research and found he was still local and worked on classic cars as was the ideal as he's a Mercedes specialist coveted over many a Mercedes Forum.
 
When we arrived we saw a W124  estate parked on the pavement, and that sealed it.
 
Mick has already carried out this subframe mount challenge, literally it's a case you could be looking at the car one day and jack the vehicle up the next day and the mount will have be separate and there is no warning.
 
Our project cars are all well on the way we also have a number of review vehicles coming up including the Ford Ranger Raptor the Mercedes eVito and a number of others.
 
Spring will be with us very soon, we've started to see Sun already, also it is a leap day today, a day that only comes once every four years and with that we send our best wishes and don't forget to check out the Planet Auto YouTube channel and subscribe if you enjoy our content.
 
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What's new for Planet Auto in 2020

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It's that time of the year again - we've been awarded third place in the best UK automotive blog awards by Car Money: the car finance ninjas. It is quite staggering what has changed in the last year, as we also achieved third place last year. The way we're going, we may well be in first place next year! 
It's been a rather busy couple of months, as you no doubt have noticed, now that we've retrieved our Mercedes-Benz from our former partner. We've also driven a fair few vehicles as well, including the Skoda Kamiq, the BMW 330e, and - obviously - the SsangYong Musso, which we used to tow the Mercedes back, and drop into Autosport International as well.
 
Coming up, we've got the Subaru e-Boxer XV, the Kia e-Niro, the Ford Ranger Raptor, and the Suzuki Ignis...and that's just the tip of the iceberg! 
However, we've also got a car show to go to at the London Olympia, as well as a restoration in the Classic Car and Restoration Show at the Birmingham NEC. 
 
Currently, Annabelle and I are both working on videos - I am putting together a video comparing the J and the K Astra, as well as a review for the 330e, a review for the Musso, and 30 years of premium luxury, watch the video above, where we compare the BMW 330e with the Mercedes W124 - it is quite staggering how advanced our Mercedes was for the time! Both retail for around £48,000.
 
What is coming up this month?  Well, our aim is to put a blog out probably twice a month, just to keep you updated on what we're doing. If you want to watch most of our content, why not go to YouTube and search Planet Auto and you'll find our latest videos. 
 
We have live broadcasts, cinematics, previews, walkabouts around the latest vehicles including the VW ID Buzz, and don't forget we also do put up some content with classic cars: for example the Peel P50. 
We're also going to be uploading a video of the Frisky and lots more show content will be unveiled over the coming weeks.
 
Our YouTube subscribers are flying, with 4,593 subscribers and it goes up daily...we are getting well over 500,000 minutes watched a month, which is around 138,000 views...everything is increasing, it really is!
Watch out for work on our Mk2 Golf, and our 230CE project is well underway. 
 
We've also got something coming up at Santa Pod as well with the Civic - more on that later..
There you go, that's January and February for you!
 
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2020 and on Musso, 230CE, Autosport, Kamiq, 330e the future

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Welcome to 2020 as you've likely seen we've rebranded and also increased output to our YouTube channel and we've started taking on more and more cars.

The year 2019 was very interesting for us, it brought some rather large challenges, however we overcame these and overall we had unprecedented growth as well gaining over 3000 subscribers to our Planet auto Youtube Channel .

We have grown exponentially in the last year is going from strength to strength and thank you for the support, apologies for this post being a little late, we've been extremely busy in the last week alone we've had three press cars including Ssang Yong Musso Saracen a formidable pickup, Skoda Kamiq a compact SUV and a BMW 330e the new hybrid 3 series.

As well as that we've been to Auto Sport International where we went live, we also combined picking up our classic Mercedes 230 CE from our former partner, we wanted to demonstrate how versatile the Musso pickup was, we sourced our own car trailer set off on the Wednesday before auto sport and headed across to Lincolnshire.

When we arrived Tim and his father were awaiting, both Tim and Everard helped us start the car as the battery had depleted completely, we then all started the task of loading Mercedes which is around 1400 kg on the back of the car trailer all four tires were flat, we wisely order a winch too.

We then took in in turns to winch the car onto the bed, luckily the bed moved, this made it far easier to load.

Indespension on White Lund in Morecambe sorted us out with the trailer, they also talked us through how to load, how to secure the load, how to disconnect the trailer, how to operate the trailer including pumping up the bed and unhooking the hinges and balancing your load correctly and more.

Jamie knew everything and explained very clearly and even hooked it up to our Musso.

It was time to set off on our 400 mile journey to be honest the Musso Saracen towing the car trailer felt like we had no load whatsoever, even though this trailer weighed in at around 750kg, it was like you were driving the Ssang Yong pickup with no load.

We managed a decent economy of between 32 and 33mpg and as you know I don't drive particularly slowly, well accelerate on this occasion I couldn't exceed 60 due to the road laws.

The Musso handled exceptionally well on the motorway and on A roads the only challenge I did have is the fact that the car trailer was so wide but even with the car on after we collected it and left Tim's father's it didn't make that much difference to the driving experience.

The Pickup pulled it with ease our economy did drop to around 26mpg however the towing experience was faultless.

The Ssang Yong Musso is powered by a 2.2 turbo diesel engine which is the same one in the Ruxton, the truck is actually built on this SUV too and boasts that it is more SUV than pick up it has a six speed aisin gearbox and cruise control which makes pulling faultless, one thing we did notice around 40mph because of the weight it did get a bit indecisive with gear changes, but when you got to a say 60 it was faultless it would drop down gears to climb hills and felt bullet-proof.

It's very refined in the cabin very little noise even for a 2.2 diesel, no sway, very well planted and at no point did you think you had lack of power it just went, even pulling away from start up a steep hill it would just power through quite staggering this pick up is under £28,000.

As you'll see from the road trip on YouTube we had immense fun we met up with Joseph Lloyd of Lloyd vehicle consulting, he had chance to travel in it and also helped me do some of the manoeuvering as well as did Annabel.

After we returned from our road trip we then had the Skoda KAMIQ this is a fantastic compact SUV is also built on the Arona platform which is on MQB platform this is powered by a 1 L three cylinder turbo engine coupled to a five speed manual you can also get TDI, petrol engines vary from 95 bhp up to 150 these come equipped with a six speed manual, it's well refined lots of intelligent safety and other cool things that Skoda offer, umbrella in the door etc .

Currently we've got the BMW 330e outside this is the latest hybrid from the German manufacturer extremely well refined virtual cockpit, driving modes including Sport, Hybrid etc.

We've got an M sport edition and it is fantastic, pulls 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and it's got lots of bells and whistles excellent lights, excellent handling and full electric mode.

That's our review cars for the last week we also attended Auto Sport International, we turned up with with the Mercedes and Musso and started adventuring, we went to the Performance and Modified section 1st and saw some absolutely immense machines KREAM were showcasing their Bugatti Veyron, Mercedes G wagon 6 x 6 various Porsches and other boutique style luxury wrapped cars.

There were lots of tuners to peruse including Yiannimize, Liberty walk with tuners as well as MillTek who were showcasing their active sound system for Tesla.

Auto sport International they had their own cars right round the outside of the arenas from early Formula One through to the latest racing cars including the Volkswagen TDI Le Mans car one of the highlights was certainly the rally cars, there were some great group B cars subaru's etc and a Mira Fury and a Lotus Sunbeam, Metro 6R4.

One crazy thing is one member of the public or trade walked up to me and said that they'd see me on a previous British motorsport video drifting Paul Swift's BMW, i was staggered, now that was an interesting revelation and that's just the last week.

Moving forward we have got so much planned with more BMWs with more Peugeot cars well with loads more manufacturers coming hoping to get the new L200 as well, we've just had the ASX and i'm currently editing on the computer, we will also be attending the biggest shows this year including London concours both Goodwood Events, Festival of Speed and Revival, Salon Prive, Concours of Elegance and no doubt some others that I have missed.

We've also got some challenges coming with the Joseph Lloyd, The Rubbish Mechanic, Matt from Furious Driving and a whole host of other YouTubers, that will be at Santa pod Raceway where we will race and there will also be an economy challenge and all types of things.

This is what I missed last year due to Annabelle's challenging health but this year we're ready and raring to go, we are also going to go on tour in the Mercedes 230 CE and the Mk2 at some point, we have our mechanic Christian who has just got a new unit working on the Golf, meaning the Golf GTI Mk2 now running an ABF will be back on the road and as the Mercedes 230 CE 1991 coupe is now home this is going to be restored too, plated up at the back because it has gone in the normal place a W124 goes due to water ingress through the sealant into some of the core structure which holds on the rear axle which makes it is a very important repair.

Apart from that the Mercedes is in very good condition starts, runs and it's gonna be a very exciting year it really is, we expect our YouTube channel to grow significantly as well.

We also have a new automotive event to attend, the British Motor Show we've already been to the launch at Farnborough we've been talking to Andy Entwistle and we should be doing more with him we've also got for a 5000 subscriber giveaway,tickets to the #BMS, that will be a VIP package.

I think this is going be one of the longest posts I've ever written to this website, however you guys needed updating because after Michael left everything went a bit sideways we had to re-evaluate our systems we had to look at our processes and we had to streamline and I won't lie it has been a challenge we've had to do a lot of catching up because just before Michael left we decided that we were going basically go tenfold and get as much content out as possible.

We are now catching up with this also means we've  got lots more content to bring you includong Salon Prive which has not been published with supercars - even more projects as well as well as that we've been filming some the project work on a road trip and the Insight from Honda trip and the Musso.

There is lots to look forward to and thank you for your continued support keep watching the channel keep visiting the website and liking or social media posts it all does help and happy New Year I know it's little late and Innocent smoothies have already said that you don't say it now, but I need to say it.

Watch out for giveaways as you see we've rebranded so we've got new merchandise, we will be selling this at some point however currently it is just the prizewinners don't forget to visit the Planet auto Youtube Channel and thank you

 
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Hydrogen EV Charger AFC Energy

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Welcome to the AFC Energy solution to EV Charging.
 
On Friday Annabelle and myself were invited to the launch of a new Hydrogen EV charger.
 
We arrived at the event there were Press, Officials and interested investors.
 
There was a new Audi eTron and a Tesla Model S P90D and 2 Rolec charging points, an AFC Energy printed small container.
 
The first thing you realise is the chargers aren't connected to any electric feed, rather to the container and that is where this EV charger is different, this Hydrogen EV Charger can run off grid, with absolutely no electric.
 
This type of application versatility is astounding, it is zero emission which inturn helps in reducing a carbon footprint.
 
It's can fit in an existing location where diesel generators have been operating.
 
The H Power Electric vehicle charger on display here is  a 20 kW unit and increases from there, this one is a 10ft unit.
 
This allows you to be able to charge your electric cars in places where there is no electrical grid in operation e.g. the desert and it's only bi-product is mineralised water which is an asset for a myriad of reasons.
 
It's sustainable and versatile making it an interesting charging solution.
 
The more electric vehicles that are put on our roads and require plugin charging puts more strain on our grid and people have been wondering if the existing infrastructure will be able to cope with the additional vehicles.
 
Plug in charging whether it be on street charging or home needs additional power.
 
H Power EV chargers don't need this, the video explains what the company wants to achieve and explains how the system works.
 
Find out more on AFC energy's website as well as prices, sizes and what is possible, this company have also partnered with The 2020 British Motor Show.
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MK2 Golf GTI restoration Battery tray

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The Volkswagen Mk2 Golf project is no longer at a standstill, thanks to Triple M Roadside Assistance.

Christian turned up in his trust Ford Transit Connect to assess the Valver, after a look round, he said yes im up for it, great news for us.

Triple M is a mobile mechanic local to our area with a wealth of knowledge and vast automotive skill set - Typically, our garage door failed, fixed that with block of wood...after that though, we cleared the car bit, bumper and other bits and other things that were in front of the Mk2 Golf GTI, giving Christian room to peruse.

The video is a first taster at what's going to happen in the restoration of the classic Volkswagen, the battery tray was quite bad, rusty and holey.

On inspection the rust hadn't penetrated the inner wing meaning there was good metal that he could work with, it was in the chassis leg, however not as much that could compromise the integrity of the chassis.

Christian started by cleaning up the area, then cutting out the rot with a grinder until he hit solid metal.

Then it was just a case of cleaning up the area with a wire brush, and placing the battery tray over the top, aligning it and drilling holes for the weld.

The whole job took around 3 hours, including spraying and rust treating.

The Mk2 is well on the way to being back on the road!

Next Tuesday, it's the start of the engine conversion, which will require an engine crane.

First is change the timing belt whilst it is outside the car as this far easier, and it is a lot quicker.

As you can see, the VW project forges on and ChickenPig our Mk2 Golf may well be ready for spring - yay! then it's the Mercedes W124...

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Like a phoenix rising from the ashes - the British Motor Show returns!

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In August 2020 the British Motor Show will return - in its new home: the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre – which is a great modern and spaceous location. It’s close to London and caters to the M3 corridor in the South, however we believe it will draw people in from all over the UK.
 
The show hasn't been seen since 2008 when it was last held at the London ExCel centre and was hosted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
 
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