Associate Editor Tim Esterdahl is a married father of three who enjoys all things automotive including wrenching on his collection of old pickups. He also plays an absurd amount of golf. Like really absurd.
UPDATE: Looks like our source for this information, Motor Trend, got it wrong. The RC F won’t have cylinder deactivation. Instead it will use the Atkinson Cycle at lower loads.
This innovation is essentially variable valve timing, as the intake valves are left open a little longer at lower loads. The fuel savings is equivalent to reducing displacement 15%, yet power is unaffected.
Seems like this tech could work on any V8 if the engine was designed for it…
Next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Lexus is supposed to reveal its new Lexus RC and RC F coupe. While the news isn’t that exciting for truck fans, one nugget stood out. The RC F coupe will offer a Lexus and Toyota first of cylinder deactivation. Yep, Lexus is going to offer it. Here’s why and what it could mean for future Toyota products.
Yes, you read that headline right. And yes, I know that the Chevy Colorado is a mid-size truck while the Toyota Tundra is a full-size. You don’t need to tell me, but somebody should tell GM that.
UPDATE: Lexus will no longer be sponsoring Joe Bacal and his team. Bacal says that they have had a great run and he is looking forward to the future. We will keep you updated.
We got an email last week about a friend of ours, who happens to be a Toyota test driver (helped work on Tundra pickups), that he had won his second Baja 1000. Here’s the story.
A few weeks ago, I ran a featured truck story that used bead balancing to keep the tires balanced. I had never heard about bead balancing and by our reader’s responses, neither did they. Here is what they are, how they work and our take on them.
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