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Season 2 – EP 7

Randy heads to the states for another round of Street Outlaws (No Prep Kinds) and tells us about the wild cars and world of 1/8th mile drag racing. See if you can count how many times David’s jaw drops in pure astonishment. Speaking of David; Peaches (his C5 from the last episode) was finally taken to the track. As fun and fast as that was, it came with it’s own host of problems to sort out as well.

Season 2 – EP 6

There’s a thing called going off the deep end, and David’s done just that. The lure of the track meant finding a 4 wheeled companion that would be up to the task (and on a budget too). Of course things came down to a crunch and Randy joined in for the journey. You know things wouldn’t have been simply straightforward would they?… David learns the hard way.

Season 2 EP 5 – If you’re going to pick a video to watch in preparation for heading to a track day or autocross event. This is the one. What to bring, how to bring, what to do. This one is the best 20 minute prep you will get!!!

These days a trip to the pumps can be quite painful. Especially if you happen to suffer from high octane woes. A nice dinner out at the local steakhouse might officially be cheaper than how you get there. Inflation hasn’t just affected your groceries!

Is the solution to stick a fork in a socket and get electrified? Obviously not. There are some simple tips that you may not have thought or even heard of!

 

1 – Check Your Tire Pressure

We’ve said it before. Often overlooked, low tire pressure not only causes poor handling and accelerated tire wear but can also be a major contributor to poor gas mileage. Not to get too technical here but rolling resistance literally describes its own problem. Tire tread pattern, tire size, even rubber compound can make a difference. But right now let’s just talk about optimizing the pressure (in all your tires, not just the flat one)! Check your door jam area for recommended pressure and get to the air pump!

 

2 – Throw out the Lard

Your car is fat. Thousands of pounds of Apple Car Play and umpteen air bags are heavy! The last thing your car needs is to carry around your living room. You’d be surprised how quickly it adds right up. You might be carrying around some books, maybe some extra jugs of windshield washer fluid or maybe you’ve got a couple sets of shovels in the back of your Cadillac. Either way, lose the extra weight. It helps. Feels good to cleanse your car too.

 

3 – You are Dragging it down

Are you currently using the ski rack? How about the surf board or kayak holder? Maybe a luggage rack? Let’s get more technical, did you add a wing or a splitter or something else to ruin the slippery shape of your car? Ask yourself if the 10 – 20 minutes of taking those things off the car might be worth the couple of dollars you’ll save at the pump. Coefficient drag can be significantly changed by a simple roof rack so consider that the next time you wanna save some pennies.

 

4 – Smooth as your Digestive Tract

Friction, inside and out. Smoothing out the physical friction and making your pump run efficiently! That’s right, your car’s motor is essentially just a giant air pump. Making it efficient is simple. Maintenance!!! Put in the right gas that your car calls for. Change your oil, that helps with internal friction. Change your spark plugs, make it ignite the gas efficiently. Change your air filter!!! Literally your car’s lungs. Clean means better flow. Better flow mean efficiency. Everyone is happy when they have good flow…

 

5 – Adjust Your Driving

Let’s make this easy. PAY ATTENTION to the road ahead. Try to coast more, try to tickle the gas pedal. By seeing what’s ahead you can prepare safely and well in advance. Keep your momentum safely. This can help in saving gas as well. 

Some thoughts to help your mindset. The car is least fuel efficient while it idles, and when it needs to start moving. That takes the most energy (and thus fuel). Coasting and letting the car slow naturally is more efficient than slamming on the brakes and then using fuel to get moving again. Follow the rules of the road and be courteous to those around you. But there are definitely some opportunities to adjust your style to hypermile!

There you are. Some simple tips to save you a few buckaroos in between visits to the pump. Of course there is even more you can do but this will get you on the right track. Also might be worth considering who you vote for in the next election as well. Maybe questioning the efficiency of the air pump that is the government. Who knew a tax would affect your ability to get to work; so you could get paid, to pay tax. 

 

Regards,
David Balazic
@milk4coffee

 

Season 2 Episode 4 Who on earth is that guy next to Randy? What one earth does he know about cars and how did he end up here? Well in this episode, you’re about to find out.

 

Yet another trend hits the phones this week, be it instagram, tik tok or youtube shorts there is no shortage of short clips for you to oogle over. See what I did there about the short thing? It’s true though, we digest content at 2 – 60 seconds at a time and being a car enthusiast means your scrolling thumb gets just as sore as a single twenty something male on tinder.

It’s not to say that longer format content is dead. All it takes is a quick trip to the online world to see Larry Chen, Petrolicious, Hoonigan, Donut media or any number of great content producers. Including ourselves here as 11Tenths and Milk4coffee (just search youtube). But the majority of content we see is quick and breezy. First it was countless images of our favorite cars on instagram. “Oh, I like that build” or “I like that look and I want to replicate that” turned into a follow. Then we got hit with stories and it quickly became a measure in tagging your friends to show their car booty or a throwback on a Thursday.

Now it’s spiraled in a mass of quick flipping images timed just so perfect to music. Or a trend of cars spitting flame or recording the lumpiest of idles. Sometimes it’s a crazy pass or a Porsche hitting the curbing just perfectly at the apex. What we’ve done here is come to a world where we judge cars in less time than it takes most cars to reach 60 miles per hour! We don’t like the colour, swipe. We don’t like the model, swipe. We don’t like the tacky stripes, swipe. We are taking for granted the sheer amount of different cars we ingest while cracking the porcelain throne!

Why does that matter? Simply because it is becoming more difficult to maintain a proper outlook on your own progress. I’ve found myself weighed down by too many options and not enough time or funds. Seeing what I want my ride to be and not being able to just click and add to the shopping cart. Getting bogged down that the time frame to do something right is just not soon enough. It can actually get quite depressing, when the whole point of this hobby is to be challenging and exciting.

Money is the main thing that finishes an elite level build. Even if you’ve got the talent and elbow grease to make an amazing car you still need the ability to spend time on it and there is nothing more expensive than time invested. Just ask a proper paint shop.

So how can you expect to stack up to every single build you swipe through? I’m here to tell you to take a minute and enjoy where you are at right now. If it’s your first car or your first race car. Your daily driver or your pristine show queen. Appreciate the fact that at the current moment you are at a place of change. Change is the most consistent expectation as an automotive enthusiast. As the snow melts and you wash your car, you’ll find a new rust spot. It’s possible that you’re even still waiting on parts thanks to the supply chain issues in the market. If you’re lucky you might just be completing that first golden oil change before you set out to your first track day of 2022 somewhere warm.

No matter how you digest or produce your content don’t forget to take a moment and enjoy the journey because a flash in the pan under thumb moment isn’t everything. Especially when there is a potential unrealistic bar your mind is setting for itself. It’s about getting to that point and where you’re going next. Dirt, tarmac, track, street or show carpet. Focus on the next dollar, the next bolt, the next tire, the next wax, the next show, the next apex….see you out there ‘on the line’.

 

Written By:
David Balazic
@milk4coffee

The best time to modify your vehicle is the minute you decide to do it. This allows you to get the most value for the modifications throughout the lifetime that you own said vehicle. Some may be concerned with the chance that warranty is voided with certain modifications, so keep that in mind with the type of upgrades you plan to do. Cosmetic changes such as wheels, aero, window-film etc.. are generally warranty-safe and can add some new ‘spice’ to an older vehicle you may be getting bored with. 

Today’s modern turbocharged engines take very well to an ECU flash/tune which will dramatically increase the power and torque. Engine upgrades are most likely to void your warranty and cause serious grief should you incur major issues down the road. If you’re past the warranty period, then a flash tune, intake system and exhaust are common and value-packed upgrades to dramatic improve the sound and feel in today’s modern car.

Generally, if you have plans to sell the car in the near future, I wouldn’t recommend spending any money on modifications, as they rarely increase the resale value of your car. Some modifications can be carried over to another vehicle, if you stay within the same brand and platform type (wheels, intake etc).

It’s also recommended that you modify a car that does not require any maintenance, so make sure everything is in perfect working order before spending money on (arguably) non-essential parts.

 

Written by:
Randy S.

 

The full on PRI experience from the eyes of Randy and David. What a 72 Hour trip to an automotive trade show look like along with some other fun along the way. Painful shrimp…we’ll just leave it at that. You’ll have to watch!

If the last round of lockdowns didn’t convince you; then maybe checking the long term forecast will change your mind. Snow is here, among many of the reasons to stay inside. In case you haven’t watched the 1st Episode of this season’s podcast let me remind you Ontario people: pulling your handbrake in the snow now definitely counts as reckless driving! Maybe it did before, but surely any type of parking lot or drifty drift in the white stuff is not worth the risk of impounding your car and losing your licence. So what’s the alternative to all this doom and gloom?

Simple, simulator racing. For the third season running I’ve been hosting my own Milk4coffee Sim ‘Beer League’ of sorts. Why do I simplify its description as a beer league? Because it is simple, easy and cheap. Oh and a lot of participants choose to race inebriated in one way or another. Which I remind you is completely legal! Unlike in real life. In case you couldn’t tell, the goal is fun. This essence is the goal of every single simulator out there, no matter how serious they take themselves.

On the level of professional to arcade-y the order of “games” goes something like this:

(1)  ARCADISHSIMULATORISH (10)

(1) Forza Horizon (2) Forza Motorsport (3) Formula 1 

(4) Gran Turismo (5) Project Cars 

(9) Assetto Corsa (10) iRacing

The last two there are interchangeable and arguable, there are also many other racing titles. But this is your most basic summary of the most popular titles out there. The difference is that an arcade style game is more easy to play and a little less realistic in it’s driving dynamics to achieve a more fun play style and atmosphere. Where the simulator is meant to be as close to the real thing as possible. Your understanding of a simulator being never as good as the real thing is a must. Get over yourself, it never will be “real”.

Enter the money game. The more realistic you want it to be, you are most likely going to end up paying more money. As with anything in life you get what you pay for. Better pedal and wheel setups versus better consoles or computers. It’s all relative. So be prepared for that. 

Next we need to talk about competition. The range of skill is just like anything else. Some people can’t swing a hammer. Others can barely hit a nail. Others wield a hammer like Thor. So keep in mind there’s lots to learn and don’t get frustrated if you’re not the best out there right off the mark. The learning curve is just like a track day, continual! There’s always room for improvement. Once you go racing in online multiplayer there is literally a whole world of people to race with and against! I’m going to take a moment and thank the nearly 20 different people who joined my league this year because we’re only a few races in and it’s already been an absolute blast. It truly is arguable that just hopping online with your friends is better than popping down to tims and standing around in the cold drinking coffee and staring at cars. Simply because it’s the same comradery but with some playful competition. I’m sure every single person would agree.

Let’s talk shop. HOW MUCH $$$?  As a baseline I’m going to use my “beer league” as an example. We play Forza 7, a game which is now a few years old and costs <$40 to play in most cases. You can play on PC or an Xbox One X, all things that are more easy to come by because they are not the latest generation. Plus you can race with a controller or a wheel. So that’s wide open. But let’s get back to the costs. Setting yourself up on a used seat and used Logitech G27 wheel which is also a couple years old will be in and around the $500 dollar mark altogether. So if you get everything used including the game, you’re looking at $500 – $800 for the console, seat, pedals and wheel to get you going. Anything less than that and you’ve got a bargain or something that might just be made with 2x4s and wood screws (yes it’s out there). The price goes up from there. The skynet, I mean metaverse, I mean sky….is the limit.

Now here’s the main thing. For that relatively marginal amount of money you can drive any car in the world on almost any track in the world, with almost anyone in the world. For that, you have to admit it’s a pretty good deal. Not a bad way to travel the world and brush up on some apex basics locked in the comfort of your own home.

 

Yours,

David Balazic

@milk4coffee 

Honestly, so many beautiful and rare cars in this episode your head will spin. From SEMA 2021 to a full Peterson Museum breakdown with a stop for the worst tuna (no crust). Randy and David cover off some interesting builds as well as history for this one. Sit back and enjoy.