The Renault Sport R.S. 01 slips on its Interceptor guise. A new rapid intervention force is in town, in the shape of the Renault Sport R.S. 01, with rally legend Jean Ragnotti at the wheel. It’s a white-knuckle ride.
Carvana, a US-based used car dealer, has officially opened the world’s first coin-operated car vending machine. Soft drink machines had a good run.
How safe are your wheels? In 2015, Australia’s automotive industry worked together to investigate and demonstrate the serious safety issues with imitation parts. Remember, Genuine is Best.
While the industry seems to be focusing on aluminium, still a majority of collision repair involves steel and it isn’t being done well. On this episode of Repair University, types of steel involved in vehicle construction, it’s purposes, joining methods and repair replace reasoning are discussed.
A man has built an incredible upside down truck that looks like a flipped-over vehicle. Rick Sullivan spent six months and $6,000 building the topsy-turvy truck from the parts of two separate vehicles. The road-legal car is created from a 1991 Ford Ranger pickup truck with a 1995 F-150 pickup truck body placed over the top – upside down.
A great battle between a Ferrari 458 and Ferrari 430 leads to an unfortunate crash at Round 4 of the CCR Forza Tifosi Challenge at Road America. The Ferrari 458 goes airborne for over 400 feet at 240+ kph. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt and walked away with minor injuries.
Chip Foose presented a Color Matching demonstration during NACE 2015 utilising the latest from 3M Collision Repair, Color Match Film. 3M™ PPS™ Color Match Film brings a new level of flexibility, and accuracy to one of the most difficult challenges in shops today; achieving the perfect colour match. 3M™ PPS™ Color Match Film allows users to spray the Film exactly as they would a traditional spray out card (metal, paper/cardboard, or plastic), then peel the Film from its backing and stick it to the substrate (e.g. bumper, fender, vehicle). Once attached, the technician is free to stand back and view the Film from any angle using the 3M™ SUN GUN™ II colour matching light.
Because the film conforms to contours, it offers enhanced side-tone capabilities and a more-accurate representation of how the colour would appear once applied. Another variable in colour matching; your own eyes! With the film conformed to the vehicle and the technician looking from several angles, PPS™ Color Match Film helps prevent these types of problems.
A dramatic crash was on caught on camera as a vehicle went airborne and crashed into a building. The driver escaped with minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
New shop for Gemini Australia. The shop is the biggest in Australia, it can repair 190 repairs per week, 38 per day, it is realised using FixLine formula and we have the segmentation of repairs dividing damage into three different processes;
• One panel – 2 FixStation with 2 technicians multi skills for a production of 8 repairs per day,
• 2-3 panels – 1 FixLine KombiTron for 20 regular repairs per day with 15 technicians.
• 1 FixLine SprayTron for 10 repairs per day more than 4 panels including not drivable car with 11 technicians.
The new shop is equipped 100% of Symach products and will work using SPAP process, so the key to key time will be 1.5 days average, one of the best qualities and service in Australia.
See which truck comes out on top as Howie Long and Chief Engineer Eric Stanczak review a third party test on the time and cost of repairing the Chevy Silverado and Ford F-150.