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2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Good Festival of Speed!!! 2019 year is the year I finally seized to opportunity to attend it. Well, my fiancĂ©e gave me tickets as my Christmas present 2018 🙂 and off we went. it was an amazing experience; from the trip through the south of England, our airBnB host and of course the Festival of Speed itself. I can highly recommend it. Long story short, I’ll let you watch the video down below rather than writing a novel.

Washer fluid sensor – Peugeot RCZ

Even though I recently and very unexpectedly sold my beloved Peugeot RCZ, I still had some video footage of it from February 2019, changing the washer fluid sensor.

The weird thing about this is that the washer fluid still keeps coming when you actuate the lever. Even when the fluid level is almost full, the onboard computer is showing the warning message “Screen wash fluid level too low”. I checked for any leaks coming from the reservoir or the hoses, but couldn’t find any. This meant to me that the source of the problem was likely to be electronical.

Long story short, watch the video to learn how to change the sensor. 🙂

Update on KITT & My advice on project cars

Originally I had in mind to dive into all the restoration videos around Christmas. Even though I have made significant progress in KITT since, I was too busy to edit a significant amount of videos. Meanwhile, I opened an Instagram account and started showing the current progress on KITT, which created a bit of a gap between the original presentation of the Firebird and the current status of the car.

Long story short, here is the March 2019 update of KITT. Enjoy the video!

2011 Jaguar XK 5.0 Portfolio walkaround

Ever wanted to take a closer look at a 2011 botanical green Jaguar XK 5.0 Portfolio with Caramel interior?

Well here’s your chance to get a close look at it and why not get behind the wheel of it, since this baby is for sale. Click here for get to the sale ad. Enjoy the video!

Why KITT? How I got my Firebird – Knight Rider project

The spark that started a passion for cars

Before going into the deep ends of the engine bay of my Pontiac Firebird KITT project, let me take a few minutes and explain to you why I’m doing this project in the first place and what it actually means to me. Sit back and enjoy the video! 🙂

1’000 subscribers! Thank YOU!!

You made it possible!

So my MotorScotti YouTube channel just reached 1’000 subscribers! What I started with a fairly modest short clip of my Yamaha XVS Drag Star 1100 motorcycles has gone through being a model car review channel to becoming a DIY how to repair and modification channel about cars in general and mores specifically the Peugeot RCZ. As mention in my channel update video, it’s time to move on to the next chapter with the Pontiac Firebird KITT project.

Over the years I have received a loads of constructive and positive feedback from all of the viewers and I am really greatful for your support! I enjoy documenting my little automotive and mechanical projects and share it with the world to help others who are looking for the information I provide and simply show that with a little bit of dedication you can do it, too! At you own risk, of course!! :-p

Anyway, this is just the beginning of a lot more to come. Thank you for your continuous support and stay tuned!! 🙂

 

BMW Tour – Sheep in a wolf’s package

Are you in for the looks or the performance?!

Frank Keane BMW, Blackrock
Frank Keane BMW, Blackrock

This week I happened to walk past the BMW dealership in Blackrock, Co. Dublin in Ireland. I looked at all the new and used cars they parked outside and first thought: Wow that’s a lot of high performance cars. Many of them have M packages (M for Motorsport, of course), meaning that they have the front and rear bumpers of the M variant of the respective model. M badges on the sides, the wheels and on the steering wheels.

BMW 420d convertible, Frank Keane BMW, Blackrock
BMW 420d convertible, Frank Keane BMW, Blackrock

Upon closer  inspection I quickly realized that most of them are actually pretty reasonably powered cars and that most of the aggressive looking cars are much lower powered diesel cars. For example, instead of the X5 M comes with a 4.4l V8 engine, delivering 575 hp. The white x5 here is actually a sDrive25d M Sport diesel delivering 231 hp. Same story for the 420d convertible and the 5 Series Touring; They are literally sheep in wolf’s clothing.

BMW M135i 5 door, Frank Keane BMW, Blackrock
BMW M135i 5 door, Frank Keane BMW, Blackrock

However, rest assured that there are also some properly powerful and fun to drive cars available. Check out the video below and discover for yourself:

Porsche 991 Carrera S – Generation comparison

From naturally aspirated to turbo

Porsche Centre Dublin
Porsche Centre Dublin

As I walked past the Joe Duffy Porsche Centre Dublin I saw two 991 Carrera S parked next to each other. A first generation in dark blue a second generation in white. Isn’t that the perfect occasion to compare the two?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porsche 991 Carrera S Cabriolet, 1st generation
Porsche 991 Carrera S Cabriolet, 1st generation
Porsche 991 Carrera S Coupé, 2nd generation
Porsche 991 Carrera S Coupé, 2nd generation

The Porsche 991 generation was introduced in late 2011 replacing the hugely successful 997 generation. This particular dark blue metallic Carrera S has a traditional naturally aspirated 3.8l flat 6 engine, producing 400 hp. The facelifted 991 Carrera S, officially called 2nd generation 991, was introduced in late 2015 and brought a major revolution to the Carrera family: turbocharger. Yes, indeed, this Carrera S is carrying a turbo charged 3l Flat 6 engine, producing 420 hp.

The external differences

The front bumper and air intakes have been re-designed. The LED daytime running lights are much slimmer on the second generation. Even though the headlight units are identical from the exterior, they have also been revised and are now featuring four-point daytime running lights. In the back, we can spot four major changes compared to the previous version:

  1. The general shape of the rear bumper
  2. The shape and centered position of the exhaust pipes
  3. The three dimensional shape of the taillights
  4. And the engine cover grill or vent which now shows 24 vertical lines instead of the previous three horizontal blades

When it comes to the wheels and chassis, the Sport version with the red brake calipers is almost identical. Only the back tires are half an inch larger on the newer model.

Front wheel, Porsche 991 Carrera S Cabriolet, 1st generation
Front wheel, Porsche 991 Carrera S Cabriolet, 1st generation
Front wheel, Porsche 991 Carrera S Coupé, 2nd generation
Front wheel, Porsche 991 Carrera S Coupé, 2nd generation

 

 

A zest of 918 in the cabin

Inside, only changes have been made where it really mattered: the steering wheel has been replaced with a 918-inspired wheel, eliminating once and for all the counter-intuitive gear changing buttons on the standard wheel. Moreover, the infotainment system has also been upgraded.

Check out the video for a better illustration of the comparison:

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