White Zombie: Electric Powered ’72 Datsun Humiliates Corvettes

John Wayland is a daring 47-year-old who has changed the preconceived notion that electric cars are widely known for their fuel efficiency instead of speed and muscle. He belongs to a group of hot-rodders who “humiliate” all gasoline-powered cars. For example, his “White Zombie” is an electric 1972 Datsun Sedan, which he bought in 1985 for $585, that can go from a standing start to 109 miles an hour in 11.9 seconds, making it one of the fastest street-legal cars in the nation. Other hot rodders like Wayland put cars like Corvettes to the test on the race track proving that electric power can appeal to the environmentally friendly speed freaks.

White Zombie and the other electric cars compete in the most popular drag-racing category: the one for cars that can be driven on regular streets. Anybody can drive up and compete in this "street-legal" category. White Zombie has two powerful motors normally used to operate forklifts and 36 12-volt storage batteries crammed into the back seat and trunk. Unfortunately, and to our dismay, most electric cars in the U.S. are little more than “souped up golf carts with fewer batteries and much less power.” -See a video of the electric Datsun racing after the jump

Posted by Dani

Via: Wall Street Journal

Pimp My Ride Gets Chumped: Pimped Voyager for Sale on eBay

Ever wonder what happens to those dilapidated cars on MTV’s show Pimp My Ride? Well, we always thought the car owners just drove off happily with pimped rides and everyone lived happily ever after. Not the case for Laila, who is selling her pimped 1999 Plymouth Voyager on eBay for a starting bid of $22,999. She got her 5 minutes of fame and made about $22,998 from the deal since she bought the car from her dad for $1. Xzibit won’t be too happy about this one. The guys at West Coast Customs should demand some sort of royalties. -Continued: Click “Read More…” below

*Update: We received an e-mail from Joe M, supporting that he is the legal owner (and seller) of the pimped Voyager. According to Joe's own words, "
Laila is moving out of the country in the near future and cannot take it with her. She enjoyed owning the car very much. "

Posted by Dani

Links: eBay & MTV

Video: ’78 Honda Civic V8 Dragster

One of readers sent us this link of a first generation 1978 Honda Civic equipped with a V8 powerhouse, or to be precise, a ’78 Civic body built on a chassis with a V8 engine. Looks great, sounds even better. -Continued: Follow the jump for the video

Thanks for the link Andrei!

Via: hondaswap

Amazing Plush Replicas Of Cars, Bikes, Trucks And Engines!

The moment we laid our eyes on these stunning plush replicas our inner kid jumped out and we knew we had to have one, or two or three… “Rocket-Craft” is a Japan based company that creates custom ordered plush replicas of cars, bikes, trucks and even engines all of which stand out due to their amazing detailing. According to the translation we made, “Rocket-Craft” will create a 35cm to 45cm (13.7 – 21.2 inch) long plush replica of your choice for 25,000 to 35,000 Yen –depending on the difficulties, which is about 210 to $250 USD or 152 to 183 EUR. If you want a license plate on your plush vehicle you’ll have to add another 4,000 Yen or 35 USD -25 EUR. -Continued after the jump

Mmm, okay, I have my first batch of cars ready: Lancia Fulvia HF, Holden Monaro 350 GTS HQ, Alfa Romeo GT Veloce, BMW Z1 and Alfa Romeo 75 SZ. Now I’ll just have to find out if they accept take out…

Via: Autoblog.it , Source: Rocket-Craft

Costly Luxury Fender Benders: Infiniti G35 Tops Tests Costing Twice As Much As A BMW 3

A test issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for 11 midsize luxury cars revealed that bumpers of even the most expensive vehicles do not resist damage in low speed impacts. The Institute conducted a series of 4 low-speed tests, full front and rear into a barrier designed to mimic the front or back bumper on another vehicle plus front and rear corner impacts. The full-width impacts were conducted at 6 mph while the more demanding corner impacts are run at 3 mph. (see how mainstream sedans managed at IIHS tests here)

The worst performer in the pack of 11 midsize luxury cars that were tested was the Infiniti G35 which sustained almost $14,000 in damage - that's more than double the cost of repairing a BMW 3-Series for God's sake! The Infiniti was a disaster,” said Institute senior vice president Joe Nolan. "There shouldn't be much or any damage in collisions at these speeds, especially to expensive and presumably well-made cars." The best performer was the Saab 9-3 which sustained "only" $5,243 in damage while the Audi A4 was quite close with $5.831. From the 11 cars tested, 4 broke the $10,000 barrier.

So, the question that follows is why were are spending so much cash on presumably quality cars and at the slightest fender bender we’re paying up to $14,000 and our first born child? As Nolan pointed out, "there's nothing luxurious about shelling out thousands of dollars to fix damage from a bump that occurred from something equivalent to the speed of a brisk walk. -Press Release and analytical repair costs after the jump

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Bumpers on luxury cars aren't luxurious: worst is Infiniti G35; 4 of 11 cars sustain more than $10,000 damage in 4 minor bumps

ARLINGTON, VA — Bumpers, even those on expensive cars, don't resist damage in low-speed impacts. The Infiniti G35, the worst performer, sustained almost $14,000 damage in a series of 4 tests conducted at 3 and 6 mph by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Saab 9-3 was the best, sustaining $5,243 damage. Only 3 cars sustained less than $6,000 damage, while 4 would cost more than $10,000 to fix.

"The Infiniti was a disaster, and even the Saab sustained way too much damage in these low-speed impacts," says Institute senior vice president Joe Nolan. "There shouldn't be much or any damage in collisions at these speeds, especially to expensive and presumably well-made cars."

Why bumpers don't bump: The purpose of a bumper is to absorb the energy of a low-speed collision before it damages expensive-to-repair parts like fenders and hoods. But there are multiple problems, the first of which is that the bumpers on colliding vehicles often don't line up vertically so they don't engage to begin with. Even some that do line up don't stay engaged during an impact. Their aerodynamic styling may allow them to slide under the bumpers of the vehicles they strike. This means they can't do the job of energy absorption. Another problem is that the bars underneath bumper covers, which are supposed to do the main work of absorbing crash energy, often aren't up to it. They may not be big enough to provide much protection from damage, especially if they don't extend to vehicle corners, or they may be too flimsy to absorb much energy.

Something else driving high repair costs after minor bumps is the price of replacement parts to fix the damage. This is especially true of luxury cars, which are expensive not only to purchase but also to repair.

To assess and compare bumper performance in low-speed impacts, the Institute conducts a series of 4 low-speed tests — full front and rear into a barrier designed to mimic the front or back bumper on another vehicle plus front and rear corner impacts. The full-width impacts are conducted at 6 mph while the more demanding corner impacts are run at 3 mph.

These tests replace the 5 mph flat-barrier and pole tests the Institute conducted for decades to assess bumper performance. The new tests, which reflect years of development, more closely replicate the damage patterns in today's low-speed collisions between vehicles. The first set of results of the Institute's new tests involved inexpensive and moderately priced midsize cars, which sustained up to about $9,000 damage in the 4 tests.

"Luxury cars don't perform any better than cheaper cars," Nolan points out. "There's nothing luxurious about shelling out thousands of dollars to fix damage from a bump at a speed about like a brisk walk."

Make bumpers wider and taller: To do an effective job of managing crash energy, the bars underneath bumper covers have to be long enough to protect car bodies out to the front and rear corners. If a bar doesn't extend far enough, a minor corner impact is likely to cause lots of damage, even compromising lights and other safety-related parts. The headlight on 1 car the Institute recently tested was damaged so much that it wouldn't illuminate, and those on another 7 sustained lesser damage.

Bumpers also have to be tall enough to engage, and to stay engaged with, the bumpers on other vehicles in collisions, even during emergency braking. Otherwise the bumpers bypass each other when the vehicles collide, overriding and underriding so that crash energy goes right through and crumples the vehicle body.

The Mercedes C class is a good example. Its front bumper is mounted so low that it underrode the barrier in the Institute's front full-width test, escaping virtually unscathed. A little touch-up paint was all that was needed to repair the plastic bumper cover. What absorbed the energy of the impact was the C class's grille, hood, radiator, headlight, and air conditioning condenser, all of which were damaged. This is how the repair costs escalated to more than $5,000, the highest total sustained by any of the 11 cars in any single test.

"This is exactly what we don't want to see," Nolan says. "The car body took the hit."

On the other hand, the front bumper system on the C class includes a longer bar than on the other luxury cars. This reduced damage in the corner impact to less than $1,000, second best behind the Volvo S60's $543.

Flimsy bumpers fail: Even when bumpers engage in collisions without under- and overriding each other, the components may fail. Bumper bars may not be strong enough. Energy-absorbing materials (foam or something similar) may not be up to the job.

The Audi A4 was the best performer among the luxury cars in both front and rear full-width tests. Equipped with components that work like shock absorbers to dissipate crash energy before it can damage the car body, the A4 sustained less than $1,000 damage in each test.

"It isn't coincidental that the A4 is the only luxury car among the 11 we tested with this kind of absorbers, which usually outperform other methods of managing the energy of crashes. If the A4 had longer bumpers for protection in corner impacts, it probably would have been the best performer among this lot of cars instead of second to the Saab 9-3," Nolan says. A bonus of stroking energy absorbers is that they don't have to be replaced after every impact. They can absorb energy again in subsequent collisions.

Federal rules don't cover bumpers on minivans, pickups, or SUVs: The barrier the Institute uses to test bumpers is set 16 to 18 inches off the ground, in keeping with a federal rule that specifies a zone for car bumpers 16 to 20 inches from the ground. The idea is to ensure that car bumpers line up reasonably well so they engage each other in collisions, allowing them to absorb crash energy. But there's a problem in collisions with other vehicles because the rule that applies to cars doesn't cover minivans, pickup trucks, or SUVs. The bumpers on these vehicles often are much higher off the ground, failing to line up with those on cars.

For example, the bumper on the Infiniti G35 luxury car is much lower than the one on the Infiniti FX35. An Institute test involving these vehicles indicates that in a collision into the back of the SUV, the G35 would slide right under the bumper system, especially if the driver were braking hard, which would cause the front end of the car to dip.

"Infiniti equipped this car with a bumper that wouldn't prevent damage in a minor collision with the same company's SUV," Nolan points out. "This makes no sense, and it won't be solved by tinkering with the bumpers on cars alone. The federal rules have to be applied to minivans, pickups, and SUVs too. Only then will we start to see good bumper match-up in collisions at low speeds."

Sky-high parts prices: Even when bumper systems perform adequately to minimize damage in low-speed collisions, the damage that does occur still can empty a consumer's wallet because of the price of the parts needed to restore the vehicle. In the rear full-width test, for example, damage to the A4 was confined to the bumper cover. However, the cost of the cover alone approaches $600. Then it has to be attached to the car body and painted to match.

Headlights were damaged in 15 of the 22 frontal tests the Institute conducted, 8 corner impacts and 7 full-width ones. It cost $847 for the G35's replacement headlight and $1,046 for the one on the Lexus ES, not counting installation charges.

"If an automaker is going to charge this much for a headlight, it ought to do a better job of shielding such an expensive part from damage in a minor bump," Nolan points out.

Put luxury in bumpers too: It wouldn't take much for automakers to reduce the cost of repairing the damage that occurs in low-speed collisions. Nolan points to 3 main things automakers already know how to do and could be doing:

1. Make the bumper bars longer so they protect headlights and other critical and costly equipment at the corners of vehicles. The bars all could be as wide as those on the Volvo S60, which was the only car that limited damage in the front corner test to the bumper cover alone. The rest of the luxury cars sustained damage to fenders and other body parts.

2. Make bumpers taller so they engage the bumpers on higher riding SUVs and pickup trucks instead of underriding them, even during emergency braking.

3. Don't sacrifice function for style by mounting bumpers too close to the car body. This makes for a sleek look, but it doesn't leave much room for absorbing crash energy. Mount bumper bars farther out and use the available space under a bumper cover for energy absorption.

Without these design changes, "we can't say anything good about the bumpers on these luxury cars," Nolan concludes. "There's nothing exemplary about even the best performer, the Saab 9-3. It simply avoided racking up the most damage in any single test and ended up coming out the best of a mediocre lot."

Via: iihs

Video: BMW M6 vs Mercedes CLK 63 AMG Black Series

In this video the boyz at Edmund’s Insideline pit Mercedes’ brutal 507Hp 6.3-litre V8 powered CLK 63 AMG Black Series against BMW’s savvy-tech M6 Coupe which is fitted with the same 507Hp strong V10 engine that’s used in the M5. Theoretically, the CLK 63 AMG aims head straight at the forthcoming BMW M3 CSL, but with a hefty $136,000 price tag (vs $109,000 of the specific M6), the Benz hasn’t the comfort to choose with whom it competes with. However, judging from the video, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series gives the M6 more than it bargained for.

Via: Insideline

BMW Considers Developing Sub-MINI City Car

According to a report from Financial Times, BMW Group is thinking of developing a sub-MINI sized city car as part of a review of its market position and car portfolio. FT supports that the Bavarian carmaker is willing to make this move in order to lower its mostly large-engined fleet’s average carbon dioxide emissions as E.U. lawmakers push ahead with CO2-cutting laws. The newspaper also suggests that if the project gets a go, BMW will most probably use the same platform as the next-generation MINI on its new city car.

If you’re asking our humble opinion, we believe that if BMW doesn’t buy off another carmaker e.g. Volvo, the Germans will definitely go ahead with this project and they will most surely use the MINI’s platform. And the reason will not (only) be CO2 emissions. BMW needs to find a way to expand its front-wheel drive model range in order to justify the cost for the MINI’s platform. Having three versions of the MINI (hatch, Clubman and Cabriolet) is simply just not enough. Also, don’t be surprised if the rumors about BMW and Mercedes developing a new FWD platform in the near future actually come true either.

Via: FT (sub. required)

Land Rover Freelander 2 By Loder1889

Loder1899, a Bavarian car tuner that specializes in the Ford Group’s European line-up (Aston Martin, Mazda, Ford, Volvo and land Rover) presented a sport package for the new Land Rover Freelander 2. The pack includes a Body-Styling-Kit, consisting of two front-flaps, a front diffuser in aluminium optic, rear-flaps and a roof spoiler along with 20-inch alloy rims in 265/45 rubber. Loder1899 also intervenes with the Freelander 2’s TD4 diesel unit pushing output from 155Hp up to 185Hp. -Details and prices after the jump

Prices list

  • Front-flaps varnishable: 252 €
  • Front-diffuser in aluminium optic: 169€
  • Rear-flaps varnishable: 267€
  • Roof-spoiler 225€
  • Wheel/tyre combination “special edition” Sins wheel in 20 inch with tyres (265/45R20) from Pirelli or Continental: 3.595€
  • Power management (155hp to 185hp): 1158€
  • Stainless steel exhaust system: 1268€.

All prices are including 19% VAT.

Via: Motorpasion , Source: Loder1899

Nissan To Debut New “Pop-Up Engine Hood” Safety Feature On '08 Skyline Coupe

Safety isn’t (and shouldn’t) only be about occupants. A car also interacts with pedestrians. Nissan on its behalf will try to address this problem with the introduction of a “pop-up engine hood” to help reduce head impact injuries in the event of a pedestrian collision. The new safety feature will make its premier on the all-new Skyline coupe which is set to go on sale in Japan this fall.

According to Nissan, the pop-up hood concept helps minimize serious head injury by creating a protective buffer space between the hood and the engine components underneath. Upon impact with a pedestrian and based on the severity of that impact, a sensor incorporated in the bumper activates the pop-up control-unit which in turn will trigger an explosive actuator that raises the hood. As with all safety features of this kind, it is expected that the "pop-up engine hood" technology will pass into all future Nissan models.

Fiat Grande Punto Sporting 1.4 T-Jet Hits UK Shores

Fiat has expanded its Grande Punto UK line-up with the addition of the 1.4 T-Jet Sporting version. Equipped with Fiat Group’s new turbocharged 1.4-liter petrol unit that delivers 120Hp and a maximum torque of 152 lb ft, the Grande Punto Sporting manages to sprint from 0 to 62mph (100km/h) in 8.9 seconds while it achieves a top speed of 121mph (195km/h). According to Fiat, the Sporting 1.4 T-Jet features an avg. consumption of 42.8mpg (UK) on the combined cycle, while the engine emits 155g/km CO2. We’ve driven the specific version of the Grande Punto and despite its gorgeous looks and promising 1.4 T-Jet engine though, unfortunately it doesn’t live up to expectations in terms of driving dynamics - if you’re looking for an economic mini GTi, then you’re definitely better off with the Ford Fiesta 1.6 Zetec S. -Continued after the jump

Recommended retail prices for the 1.4 T-Jet 120 in the UK are £11,995 for the three-door model and £12,595 for the five-door with standard equipment including: 17-inch alloy wheels, Air conditioning, Sports seats, Leather steering wheel, Chrome tailpipe, Spoiler and sideskirts, ESP, Six airbags and Fiat’s Blue & Me, a voice-activated music and communications system, developed in conjunction with Microsoft.

1.4 16v T-Jet 120 Hp

  • Capacity: -1368cc
  • Type: -4-cylinders, 16 valves
  • Power: -120 Hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Torque: -152 lb ft @ 1750 rpm
  • Top speed: -121mph
  • Acceleration (0-62mph): -8.9 secs
  • Fuel consumption (UK mpg)- Urban: -32.5mpg , Extra urban: -52.3mpg, Combined: -42.8mpg
  • CO2: -155 g/km

AC Schnitzer Profile based On The BMW Z4 M Coupe

Though it may look like it, this poor BMW Z4 M Coupe hasn’t been visually abused by a bitter girlfriend who wanted to get back at her cheating boyfriend. Actually, you’ll have to pay several thousands of euros to make your standard Z4 M Coupe look like someone spilled a dinosaur egg on it. But hey, look at the bright side; not only do you get a “enterprise-starship” style miniature roof spoiler but AC Schnitzer boosts the straight-six’s power from 343Hp to 350Hp and they also remove the electronic speed restrictor. What else could a man want? -Press release, specs and image gallery after the jump

The concept PROFILE by AC Schnitzer based on the Z4 M Coupé

Take the first ascent of the 8,848 metre high Mount Everest, the expeditions to the poles or the dive into the 11 km deep canyon of the Mariana Trench. There have always been individuals and extreme characters who have pushed our boundaries and discovered new terrain. An extreme region for automotive tuners, where only a few venture, has always been the BMW M-series cars, in particular the uncompromising Z4 M-Coupé, a thoroughbred driving machine.

But the fact that the limits of this extraordinary car are far from reached is evident from the new concept vehicle by AC Schnitzer - the PROFILE - even at first glance. Classic engine tuning hauls the power of the high-revving six-cylinder in-line plant to a robust 350 HP. Not only is a special "active breathing" airbox used, but the engine control unit has been remapped. But power alone isn’t enough to get the maximum from an athletic heart. So the modified rear axle ratio of 3.91:1 provides better sprint capacity, while the perfectly smooth transmission with the AC Schnitzer Short Shift ensures crisp changes by the driver.

And as you listen to the sonorous baritone note of the left/right sports exhaust system with the trapezoid tailpipes, you could be deceived into thinking that the driver is not changing gears, but playing some kind of a musical instrument. A feast for all the senses: Visually the stunning colour combination of white-orange casts its spell and perfectly enhances the exquisite contours of the AC Schnitzer bodykit. From the front skirt with its suggestive cup-wings via the widened wheelarches and flanks with the gill-like vents - as already used on the legendary BMW 507- the dynamic line is drawn over the bulging side skirts to the rear skirt with carbon diffuser.

The whole is crowned by a rear spoiler and a fascinatingly styled roof wing. The forged alloy Type V wheels from the standard AC Schnitzer collection are a work of art in themselves. Filigree design yet with an air of solidity, in size 9.0J x 20" at the front and 10.0J x 20" at the rear, these wheels are the perfect adornment combined with tyres size 235/30 ZR 20 front and 295/25 ZR 20 rear.

But traction alone isn't everything, and the dynamics are supported by the AC Schnitzer suspension with its racing heritage, set up in the Green Hell of the Nürburgring. An aluminium strut brace in "Racing“ style not only catches the eye but limits the torsion of the front body. Thanks to the AC Schnitzer racing seats, the driver always holds position. And the carbon interior trim and pedal set, with decor elements of aluminium, radiate pure racing flair. Could there be a better place to experience the limits of potential?

Performance: 350 HP at 8000 rpm, 370 Nm at 4950 rpm, power upgrade consisting of:

  • special air box, control unit and removal of speed restrictor, engine optics
  • AC Schnitzer rear differential modification, 3,91 : 1

Transmission: AC Schnitzer sports gear change "Short Shift" incl. gear knob

Exhaust: AC Schnitzer dual sports rear silencer left/right incl. chromed exhaust tailpipes, design "Sports Trim"

Suspension: AC Schnitzer Racing suspension, height adjustable incl. lowering AC Schnitzer aluminium strut brace for front axle, design "Racing"


  • AC Schnitzer lightweight forged wheel Type V
  • FA: 9,0J x 20" offset 22 with tyres 235/30 ZR 20
  • RA: 10,0J x 20" offset 13 with tyres 295/25 ZR 20


  • AC Schnitzer special painting orange - white
  • AC Schnitzer front skirt
  • AC Schnitzer air outlets for engine bonnet, chromed
  • AC Schnitzer fenders incl. air outlets, front
  • AC Schnitzer fenders rear
  • AC Schnitzer side skirts incl. air intakes for rear brake, set
  • AC Schnitzer wing, 3-pieces
  • AC Schnitzer carbon rear roof wing
  • AC Schnitzer rear skirt incl. wheel house ventilation
  • AC Schnitzer carbon rear diffuser

Interior trim:

  • AC Schnitzer Racing seats
  • AC Schnitzer carbon interior orange incl. door handles
  • AC Schnitzer carbon cover for centre console
  • AC Schnitzer aluminium pedal set
  • AC Schnitzer aluminium foot rest
  • AC Schnitzer aluminium handbrake handle
  • AC Schnitzer floor mats, velours

Russian Truck Slams Into Airplane Wing!

Ok, if this guy wasn’t filled up to his eyeballs in vodka then please someone give us a reasonable explanation to as how he managed to slam his truck right into a frigging airplane wing… Thanks for the link Syba! -More images after the jump

Via: hectop

Hyundai UK Introduces Santa Fe Limited

Seems like the new Subaru Impreza WRX ain’t the only one looking better with a mesh-grille; so does the Hyundai Santa Fe as this UK only limited edition proves. Pity they don’t just introduce it to all versions. Anyway, based on the diesel powered Santa Fe CDX model and apart from the sport-mesh grille, the “Limited” features integrated running boards and wheel arch trims, privacy glass, reversing sensors and limited badges. Buyers are opted to choose between four colors – Ebony Black, Sleek Silver, Gun Metal and Black Pearl. According to Hyundai UK, the Santa Fe Limited offers £900-£1,100 worth of additional equipment over the standard CDX model. -Press release and image gallery after the jump


The highly acclaimed Hyundai Santa Fe range is joined in the showroom this August by a limited edition model, Hyundai Santa Fe Limited, offering £900-£1,100 worth of additional equipment over the usual CDX model.

Diesel powered, the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited is available as either a 5 seater for £23,795 or a 7 seater for £24,895; automatic versions are priced at £25,195 and £26,295 respectively. Metallic and Mica paint are an additional £375.00.

This strictly limited edition model includes integrated running boards and wheel arch trims, privacy glass, reversing sensors, sports mesh grille, limited badges and a choice of four colours – Ebony Black, Sleek Silver, Gun Metal and Black Pearl. The highly visual special equipment package would usually cost consumers £1200 for the 5 seater and £900 for the 7 seater.

The Santa Fe range is still receiving plaudits from the media. In July Santa Fe CRTD CDX won a group test in Auto Express beating the newly introduced Chevrolet Captiva and the well established Honda CR-V. In addition What Car? placed the Santa Fe CRTD CDX ahead of the Chevrolet Captiva and Mitsubishi Outlander, praising its spacious cabin, practicality, refinement, comfort and warranty package.

Specification levels for the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited include high levels of safety equipment such as an Electronic Stability Program, ISOfix child seat fittings, side impact bars, traction control, active head restraints, multiple airbags and adjustable head restraints all round.

Inside the new highly specified Santa Fe Limited standard fittings include leather seats, seven speaker audio system with MP3 compatibility, air conditioning, electric driver’s seat and much more.

Fuel consumption is 38.7 mpg on the Combined Cycle, delivering a potential range of over 600 miles.The new Santa Fe Limited comes with the famous Hyundai warranty package that includes 5 year unlimited mileage warranty, 6 year anti-perforation warranty as well as 3 year Hyundai RAC assistance.