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  • Robert Burr 9:13am on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Registration   

    Registration Issues 

    Our web site was experiencing issues with the registration system. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to have it fixed soon.

    Update: I think this issue is fixed If you experience problems trying to register, please email rob@quantumleap.net

     
  • Robert Burr 12:04pm on Thursday, January 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Braking, Electronic, , Regenerative   

    Miata Now Has Electronic Regenerative Braking 

    Mazda announced a refresh for the MX-5 Miata sports car today for European markets, outlining new trim levels and standard safety equipment. The car hasn’t changed much, save for one thing: the inclusion of the company’s i-ELOOP and i-stop kinetic recovery and stop-start systems, which will now be standard on all European MX-5 models.

    Mazda’s i-ELOOP tech has been around for awhile, but this is the first time we’re seeing it included in the MX-5. It works by converting the car’s kinetic energy into electricity as it decelerates, rather than lose it to heat as the car uses its brakes to come to a stop. It then stores that energy in a dedicated capacitor, which in turn powers the car’s electronic systems. Mazda has a great video explaining the entire process:

    This system means the engine-driven alternator doesn’t have to work as hard to power the car’s electronics, which Mazda claims can result in a five-percent improvement in efficiency. And in case you were wondering, no, this doesn’t mean the Miata is now a hybrid. The system only helps power the car’s electronics — it doesn’t assist with propulsion.

    Mazda hasn’t specified how much weight its i-ELOOP system adds to the Miata, or how it’ll affect drivability or the car’s fun factor. But knowing them, we’re sure the car will be just as enjoyable, even with the system in place.

    Mazda declined to comment on whether the 2020 model-year Miata will be receiving the i-ELOOP system in the U.S., though we should receive news on updated trim levels and pricing for the car soon.

    link to article:

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/a30443839/mazda-mx-5-miata-brake-recovery-tech/

     
    • Andrew 10:58am on Saturday, January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      We will see how that works out in the end.

      To remove the load from the alternator (also probably making it smaller to reduce the amount of work the engine needs to do – which is where the 5% improvement comes as the alternator is belt driven by the main shaft), its going to use a capacitor to store the converted brake energy into electricity. Most of the electrical components will then run off that system. A capacitor will high a very voltage more than enough to kill if not careful when working in the engine bay. Additionally, it will add a bit of complexity and expense. Might also might mean limited options for upgrading the braking calipers, pads, lines, etc..

      Just a thought.

      • Robert Burr 11:03am on Saturday, January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The future of super-capacitors is unfolding rapidly, as an adjunct to battery systems. Capturing a large amount of power quickly, discharging quickly for large demand, this is the realm of capacitor. Discharging slowly to power 5 volt or 12 volt systems is a clever trick. Thank the electric vehicles for moving this technology of energy efficiency forward at a rapid pace.

  • Robert Burr 1:06pm on Thursday, January 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Stick Shift   

    Mazda Miata Buyers Kept the Stick Shift Alive in 2019 

    Every day, we car enthusiasts are warned that the manual transmission is dying. Automatics shift quicker, accelerate faster, and deliver superior fuel economy. The stick-shift is old fashioned, out of date.

    Mazda Miata Stick Shift

    Well, it seems someone forgot to tell Miata buyers about the death of the manual transmission. In the 2019 model year, the majority of the delightful drop-tops that Mazda sold were equipped with three pedals, according to Autoblog.

    Turns out, between July 2018 and April 2019, 76 percent of soft-top Miatas were sold with a manual transmission. The number was a bit lower for the retractable-hardtop Miata RF, just 52 percent sold with a stick-shift. Still, that means the majority of Miatas were manuals.

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/a30359876/mazda-miata-stick-shift-manual-transmission-take-rate/

     
  • Robert Burr 12:11pm on Monday, October 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: app, maps, Mazda Toolbox, navigation   

    Update Mazda Toolbox app to update navigation 

    I recently updated my Mazda Toolbox app which allows me to update maps on my 2017 Miata. You remove the little SD card from the navigation system and update it on your computer, then put it back in the car to enjoy the updated maps.

    Mostly, I use Google Maps and Waze on road trips with my iPhone, but its best to keep the car’s own navigation system up to date as well.

     
  • Robert Burr 1:58pm on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2000hp, 2020, electric, hypercar, Lotus Evija   

    2020 Lotus Evija: 2000hp all-electric hypercar revealed 

    This is it, then, the Lotus Evija electric hypercar – the car that will relaunch the Lotus brand next year. With 2000hp and four-wheel drive it’ll be, Lotus claims, the most powerful production car in the world, and capable of 0-60mph in under 3sec and more than 200mph flat out.

    Lotus will build no more than 130 of these £1.5m-2m (plus taxes) Evijas, carbon fibre constructed and with a carbon fibre body to leave it at 1680kg, beneath which will be four electric motors that can torque vector, and a 70kWh battery that can take 350kW fast charging. Join Matt Prior as he talks you through the full spec of this car and its extraordinary aero and fabulous interior, and gets the full skinny from Lotus’s design director, Russell Carr.

     
    • Robert Burr 2:01pm on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      There is a rumor that Mazda and Lotus have been consulting on an electric version of the MX-5 for the future. Obviously, no way to keep these below the 2,000 pound current weight of the MX-5, but who knows what the future might bring.

  • Robert Burr 10:02pm on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Top Down Season is around the corner 

    South Florida Miata Club - Road ripThere is a touch of cool in the breeze these days, and October could bring a change in weather with the change of seasons. We love driving with the top down when it’s pleasant and it makes us truly appreciated the convertible aspect of our cars.

    it’s also time to consider another season of upcoming road trips and gatherings. Take a few moments to think about places you’re like to visit and road trip adventures you’d like to experience, and share them here with your fellow members on the web site and our Facebook page.

     
  • Robert Burr 10:29am on Friday, August 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BBQ Festival, Flea Market, , Marine   

    Marine Flea Market and BBQ Festival – Sep 14-15 

    Visit the 10th Annual Florida Marine Flea Market and BBQ Festival Sept 14-15 from 9am to 5pm at South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach.

    Enjoy the BBQ vendors while looking for deals. Visit marine booths featuring nautical and marine related merchandise and services during the two-day festival. The marine flea market area will have offshore rods, reels, tackle dock lines, halyards, sheet lines, anchor lines, ladders, seats, bimini tops, life vests, mooring whips and bases, gauges, wakeboards, skis, wake surfers, kneeboards, boat covers, scissors, fenders, antique collectibles and maps, marine artifacts, lures and lines, boating apparel, taxidermy, diving equipment, and all kinds of other marine items.

    https://flnauticalfleamarket.com/

     
  • Robert Burr 10:23am on Friday, August 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Labor Day Festival, Labor Day weekend, Okeechobee   

    2019 Okeechobee Labor Day Weekend Festival 

    A community three-day event in the town of Okeechobee that includes local business owners, clubs and talent to say a fond farewell to summer on the weekend of August 31, September 1-2 from 10am, to 3pm each day. There will be a parade sponsored by the B.R.A.T club at 10am Saturday Morning.

    Lots of fun activities planned. There will be vendors with great food, arts & crafts, club information and so on. The admission is free so we just that you support the vendors.

    https://www.okeechobeemainstreet.org/p/26/labor-day-festival

     
  • Robert Burr 10:16am on Friday, August 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Battle at the Bridge, Drag Racing,   

    Sebring – Battle at the Bridge Drag Racing – August 24 

    Rev your engines and head to Sebring International Raceway for its late summer marquee drag racing event: Battle at the Bridge.

    This two-day event will host a car show, drift circuit, live DJ & lots of racing. Come watch some of central Florida’s fastest cars go head to head on 1/8 mile of our legendary track.

    Competitors in the Big Tire, Small Tire and Street Tire, Motorcycle and True Street class cars are all welcome to compete for cash and prizes.

    For this event, Seven – Sebring Raceway Hotel, will offer rates starting at just $69/night. Tickets and competition entry will be available for purchase at the gate.

    Do you have what it takes to bring home the cash purse?

    General Admission is $10 for adults & $5 for children 12 and under. All tickets will be available for purchase at the gate. Save $10 off your drag tech card by pre-registering. Call 863-655-7722 to register today.

    Sebring International Raceway is located at 113 Midway Dr. Sebring, FL 33870

    https://visitsebring.com/event/battle-at-the-bridge-drag-racing/

     
  • Robert Burr 10:09am on Friday, August 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Key West, Lobster Fest, Weekend   

    Key West Lobster Fest Weekend – Aug 8-11 

    2019 Key West Lobsterfest – Thursday, August 8- 11

    The Lobsterfest will feature arts and crafts, live music, lobster boil, pub crawl, Duval crawl, live music, vendors, fresh lobsters, and much more.

    Thursday 5 to 9pm – Lobster Boil on the Roof at the Waterfront Brewery. Enjoy fresh lobster while overlooking the Historic Key West Seaport at Sunset!

    Friday noon to 4pm – Fiesta De Longosta – Pool Party at Havana Cabana Resort. Hot Sun, Cool Pool, Cold Drinks, Fresh Lobster, Great Music, DJ & More.

    Friday 8pm to midnight – Lobsterfest Duval Pub Crawl. Charity Fundraiser and celebration on World Famous Duval Street

    Saturday noon to 11pm – Street Fair & Concert. Check out all the Arts & Craft vendors as well as the local restaurants featuring amazing lobster creations. Everything from appetizers to full meals is available. Live Music from the Main Stage at Duval & Whitehead 1:00pm til 10:30pm

    Sunday 10am to 2pm – Lobster Brunch. Last chance of the weekend for some fresh Florida Lobster.

    https://keywestlobsterfest.com/

     
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