- Strange Volvo Photo
Straight from the MVS WTF Image Department Archives... comes... this. Ever tried to bicycle in sand? And what's with the giant watermark logo, in the center of the photo?
- Volvo Working on Mechanical(!) Regenerative Braking
... but it's not the usual regenerative braking found on hybrid-electric vehicles. Volvo calls it KERS, and it is mechanical. The Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) developed by Volvo uses energy created during the braking of the vehicle to spin up a flywheel at speeds of up to 60,000 rpm. With the flywheel spinning at such speeds in a vacuum, energy can be transferred back into the rear wheels when the driver needs to accelerate again, powering the vehicle until it reaches cruising speed. The extra boost makes a four-cylinder engine feel like a six-cylinder in terms of acceleration, says Volvo, giving an extra boost of up to 80 horsepower when it's needed the most and cutting the 0-100km/h time "significantly." From independent.co.uk. My bolds. There is also an excellent explanation at Car & Driver:…
- Buy a Volvo 850 or Volvo S70?
I'm fonder of the S70's interior, but the 850's does have a certain charm, and even if the boost guage isn't marked, it's still nice to have, which is an advantage of the 850.