Monthly Archives: August 2017

BMW’s clever i8 hybrid wins International Engine of the Year

The 2015 International Engine of the Year (yes, it’s a thing) results were announced yesterday. Consequently, our inbox filled up with press releases from different OEMs, each trumpeting its dominance in a particular category. The overall winner can be found in BMW’s very clever i8. The i8’s 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder, 357 hp (362PS) hybrid powertrain beat Ferrari, Tesla, McLaren, and others to the top award, determined by a panel of international automotive journalists.

Looking at the results from the past several years paints a vivid picture of how the auto industry is facing up to tougher new emissions and economy standards, and it’s bad news for fans of the naturally aspirated engine. They used to say there was no replacement for displacement, but these days the opposite is true. Inline 3-cylinder engines used to be the preserve of Japan’s tiny Kei cars, but they’re now proliferating in small cars, coupled with forced induction.The competition, which has been running for 17 years now, can feel a bit like 3rd grade graduation with prizes for everyone. There are eight categories based on engine displacement (from sub-1L to above 4L), plus awards for the best new engine, best green engine, best performance engine, and best overall.

The results are as much power as the four-pot motors they’re replacing, but in a smaller and lighter package that burns less fuel and emits fewer pollutants. The only normally aspirated engine to win an award—two, in fact—was Ferrari’s 4.5-litre V8, a unit that’s been replaced in the new 488 GTB by a smaller (yes, you guessed it) turbocharged engine.

The BMW i8’s powertrain took top honors for the best new engine and the best engine between 1.4L and 1.8L, and it almost beat Tesla’s Model S powertrain for best green engine on its way to the overall win. You’ll be able to read a lot more about the i8 and its freakishly good powertrain when we publish our full review in the next few weeks, but suffice it to say that we’re not surprised it won.

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Online Betting Makes it Easy to Play the Odds From Home

Bitcoin Sportsbook makes it easy for sports enthusiasts to bet on their favorite games. With an online forum that uses bitcoins as their currency option, anyone can participate in the activity. Even people who live in areas where gambling is illegal are able to play because there is no sharing of personal information. Every user establishes an anonymous account with the site and uses their virtual wallet to load bitcoins into their account.

There are a huge number of sports to choose from on a Sportsbook site. Players are able to place bets on sports as varied as badminton, darts and rugby. The games are those that are scheduled all over the world and people do not have to be local to be able to place their bets on them. Because these betting sites have less overhead and more players, they are often able to offer better odds and larger payouts than other gambling options.

Bitcoin Casino is run in a similar manner. Players establish an account through the same method as they do with Sportsbook and can then begin playing a large variety of casino games. All of the most popular casino games are included like slots, poker and table games like blackjack and roulette. Slot games are a frequent favorite and they can be played for fun or for money. In fact, all of the casino games can be played for entertainment only until the player is ready to try their luck at winning the jackpot.

Online betting games are easy to use and they can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night. They make it easy for people to play in private and from the comfort of their own home. By using bitcoins each player can relax and enjoy the site without worrying about any risk of identity theft or current exchange rates. The deposits and withdrawals are all instant and players can cash out whenever they are ready.

Betting sites that offer both casino and sports betting are a great opportunity because people only need to establish one account to play in both forums. Members who do not have a sports match they are interested in will still be able to find plenty of betting entertainment to keep them busy.

Equestrian holidays on the East Coast

Come and see us at Orchard Farm riding holidays!!!! All horse riders i’v met want to ride on a deserted beach, wind in your hair, spray in your face, no cars, just you, your horse or pony and miles of great sand, the best feeling ever!! Your Horse riding holiday can be just like that at Orchard Farm horse riding holidays Nr Skegness Lincolnshire. 4* accommodation, amazing views of the lincolnshire wolds and your horses paddock and the added bonus of the very best equestrian facilities on offer, we are British horse society approved accommodation for horses so you know for sure your horse is as happy as you are. Also, we are approved by the British riding schools so you can ride our horses happy that you’re in safe equestrian hands.

Your 4* holiday accommodation is close to the yard yet secluded from the equestrian centre, balcony views are on offer to your horses paddocks and lincolnshire wolds, away from our busy riding school, it all adds up to a super horse riding holiday!
Non horse riders are just as welcome, being only a short drive from Skegness we are close to so many holiday attractions, fishing, karting, shooting to name but a few, the whole family can enjoy there time at Orchard Farm holidays.

Horse riding holidays for children….

Unaccompanied children’s horse riding holidays are also available, enjoying beach rides, trekking, hacking, riding lessons, horse care, jumping, dressage etc. The main attraction is still the beach, all the children have had a fantastic time so far! The children stay in our luxury 4 bed room holiday home, we normally accommodate around 6 teenagers at a time, enough to have a buzz but small enough to pay lots of attention to each rider. So come on, bring your horse on holiday and enjoy a holiday with your horse, If you’re interested in our horse riding holidays have a look at our web site, we are sure you’ll have a horse riding holiday to remember at Orchard Farm horse riding holidays! www.orchardfarmholidays.com