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Aston Martin Aiming for Ferrari

History of Aston Martin

You have seen the commercials everywhere. Aston Martin has done a complete makeover of the brand. The Aston Martin is mostly known for the V12 Vanquish, and for starring in James Bond movies. However, they revamped their lineup and are pushing for a new era for the British luxury-sports-car manufacturer.
Most recently, Aston Martin announced that they would build a car that will rival the Ferrari 488 by 2020, with seven more models by 2023. That is an aggressive goal, but can it be done?

Aston Martin has been around for over 100 years. It was founded by two car enthusiasts, Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. Not only did the duo love racing, but they also loved to do it in style. Aston Marin has always been known to possess both the qualities of power and beauty –something overwhelmingly inherent in many British automobiles.
Car racing is a robust and competitive sport. Aston Martin has competed at high levels in all primary races, such as the French Grand Prix and the 24 hour LeMans. The company’s obsession with car racing continues until today, where they grabbed first place at the 2017 24 Hours LeMans GTE Pro Class with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE. They also produced the stunning and impressive Valkyrie Hypercar and even a submarine. All of this advancement, from rebranding to designing superior cars have them shooting for a new goal: Ferrari.

Ferrari – Car Racing Dominance

It’s no secret the Ferrari was founded on car racing and dominates the sport until today. Whatever technical know-how they gain from racing is trickled down into their vehicles. Ferrari is known to be perfectionists and always strive for the top spot.

The Ferrari 488 was first released in 2015. It is a mid-engine sports car, powered by a Ferrari 3.9 liter twin-turbo V8. It won the car of the year in 2015 by To

p Gear, and “Best Driver’s Car” by MotorTrend in 2017. So Aston Martin has some stiff competition.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie

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Its name takes after Norse mythology, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is a hypercar fit for the gods. It was first announced in March 2017 with a 2.5 million Euro price tag, and it has the specs to support it. For example, the engine is a 6.5 liter naturally-aspirated V12 producing over 1,000 horsepower –giving it a 1:1 power to weight ratio.

This newly planned Aston Martin will most likely borrow significantly from the Valkyrie to compete against the Ferrari 488. CEO Andy Palmer confirmed this in an interview with Top Gear. However, there are still many unknowns, as in what engine will it use, a

nd what will the body comprise of. Whatever it is, you can count on the fact that it will be a ferocious competitor in the mid-engine sports car space.

European Service Center has been services European vehicles and exotic cars for over 35 years. Our highly trained ASE certified service mechanics have the tools to inspect, diagnose, and repair any issue your Aston Martin may be facing. Whether it is routine maintenance or something more serious, make sure to give us a call or schedule an appointment.
Furthermore, we are so confident of our service that we offer a 3-year / 36,000-mile warranty on all of our work –give you more peace of mind.

Brake Repair Services

Brake Repair

The use for brakes naturally arose when humans began traveling using transportation techniques other than their legs. Whether it is by land, air or sea, the need for brakes mitigates the risk of accidents which cause injuries and even death. With the popular rise of the automobile in the United States, accidents became a daily occurrence. However, two things occurred which increased fatalities: 1.) High-speed highways became the norm, and 2.) Vehicles became cheaper but more powerful.
Since fatalities from car accidents were on the rise, society realized that safety standards need to be developed and enforced to protect consumers. So, by 1970, the National Highway Traffic Administration was formed to combat the rise in fatalities and instill a culture of “safety first” in automobile design.
Recently, the NHTA is now adding the need for an Automatic Emergency Braking feature to qualify for a 5-star rating. So, having a well-designed braking system is a big part of an overall process of avoiding injury from car accidents. But how do car brakes work?

How Brakes Work

Understanding how brakes work will help you look out or any irregularities in your braking system, therefore increasing safety on the road for everyone. The braking systems of today use multiple sensors and electronics to stop a car as quickly as possible. Nonetheless, the primary braking system is still used.
When you press the braking pedal, that pressure moves a piston in the master cylinder, forcing braking fluid to enter the brake lines to the calipers and wheel cylinders. The force applied to the brake pedal is therefore proportional to the force applied to the pistons.
The calipers in disk brakes and wheel cylinders in drum brakes are connected to disk pads and braking shoes respectively. The pistons push the disk pads or braking shoes onto the rotor or wall, causing friction and resulting in the decreased rotation of the wheel.

Components of the Braking System

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Braking systems include either disk brakes or drum brakes. Disk Brakes are comprised of a disc/rotor, calipers, disk pads and hardware necessary to mount the components to the car. The caliper is connected to the hoses and wires that send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.
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Drum brakes are comprised of a drum/braking plate, brake shoes, a wheel cylinder, and hardware to mount the components. The wheel cylinder is connected to the hoses and wires send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.

Braking Fluid

Water used to be used as a braking fluid in the past. However, the braking process causes temperatures to rise past the boiling point of water. This causes water to vapor resulting in brake failure.
Braking fluid is a hydraulic fluid with a high boiling point. Hydraulic fluids are used to transfer power, in this case, from the pedal to the calipers and cylinders while surviving high temperatures caused by braking. Braking fluid also protects against corrosion of systems it comes in contact with.

When to Schedule your Car for Brake Services

This is what to look for to bring your car in for brake services:
  • Noise or grinding coming from the brakes
  • Brake pedal feels spongy or soft when pressed
  • Car veers a certain way when the brakes are pressed
  • Brake fluid level in the master cylinder is low
  • Brake system Warning Lamp is on

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Brake Services by European Service Center

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