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The Dark Knight

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#420796 Uk Winter 2014/15

Posted by The Dark Knight on 19 October 2014 - 06:01 PM

Yes, the torque is a bad thing. The Astra VXR was heavily criticised for its torque steer with such poor management of a lot of power through the front wheels.


Nothing like as much torque in the Fez ST of course but it has got quite a bit more than the old Fez ST which I have driven in snow. It coped admirably for what it was but was certainly skittish at times. Careful and appropriate driving still saw wheel spin due to the sporty summer tyres and eager throttle response.


Another good video:


#420747 Uk Winter 2014/15

Posted by The Dark Knight on 19 October 2014 - 03:33 PM

They are known officially as all season tyres Phil and yes there are essesntially the 3 types of tyre. The all season tyres will be better than summer tyres in winter but not by as big a margin as winter tyres.


All season tyres make sense if you can only afford one set and you need a new set. For you Phil, you have a perfectly good set of summer tyres so I would say winter tyres make more sense.


I had all season tyres (very good one's) as standard on my Freelander 2 in the big snow of 2010. Never had major probems but did notice a bit of slip when pulling away on a slope. Not so when I fitted winter tyres to it.


I think a key consideration is just how much power and torque the Fez ST has to put down through the front wheels. The torque vectoring would not be able to reign it in on snow with summer tyres.

#420125 Uk Winter 2014/15

Posted by The Dark Knight on 17 October 2014 - 09:26 AM

I like driving in the snow too, it's like an adventure not knowing if you'll make it home after work lol. Also this is my first car with traction control, not to mention torque vectoring, so will be interesting to see how it fares in the snow (with regular tyres).


To be honest Phil, the electronic gizmos don't help, its all about appropriate driving and tyres. The reason we see so many cars with their wheels spinning is not because they lack 4WD, its because they are on summer tyres. There is an argument that in snow, the traction control is better switched off.


For the last few winters I had the benefit of a Land Rover (with and without winter tyres) and was fine even in the 2010 snow. I had winter tyres on the ZS last year but it was too mild a winter to get proper snow and have now decided to keep them for the ST and I have backup wheels for the job. I think snow socks are a good idea but would be a pain to fit and remove and you need to remove before driving on cleared roads.


As for the question, do we NEED winter tyres in the UK? I would say no. We have too many mild winters to say we NEED them but are they safer all things considered? Yes and that's a fact. Any conditions (not just snow) at +7C or below and they offer superior grip and braking.


I had the original Fez ST in the snowy 08/09 winter on normal tyres and it was a bit skittish at times and I know how to drive in snow. Slow down with the gears, keep momentum etc. The problem comes when you have no choice but to stop, especially on a hill. Without winter tyres, it is hugely difficult to get going again. A BMW on winter tyres becomes easily driveable in snow which speaks volumes.


Someone I know accepts the cost implications of extra tyres so runs winter tyres all year. This is because the advantages in winter outweigh the disadvantages in summer.


Food for thought.

#412926 Iphone 6

Posted by The Dark Knight on 24 September 2014 - 05:24 PM

If I get mine and it bends and they offer a Samsung or other android as a replacement, I would rather go for this vastly superior phone (not an Apple but still beats android):



#412361 Super Bored...

Posted by The Dark Knight on 22 September 2014 - 11:02 PM

 "my love came out"


How sweet! That's how it always starts. Love is like a deck of cards: At first you need 2 hearts and a diamond but later you wish you had a club and a spade :lol:

#411967 Iphone 6

Posted by The Dark Knight on 21 September 2014 - 06:57 PM

One day there will be Google Airlines lol

#411137 Scottish Independence Poll

Posted by The Dark Knight on 19 September 2014 - 07:31 AM

Victory for the no vote! The right result. Scotland get more powers anyway so they still get a good result. Would have been bad news if it was yes.

#409785 I'm Back! - With Photo's

Posted by The Dark Knight on 14 September 2014 - 09:47 PM

Been away in the USA for the last 2 weeks on my big adventure holiday. It has been fantastic! LA is massive, Las Vegas has to be seen to be believed, San Francisco is very nice indeed and all the places in between were nice old western style towns. The Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park provided epic scenery and we had 43C in Palm Springs.

Normally, people say yeah but it's a different kind of heat to the UK so actually it's not that bad. Believe me, that doesn't wash this time. The heat was simply unbearable even in the shade. You could feel it burning your skin and it was hard to breath so we spent more time in air conditioned comfort of the hotel or the tour bus.

Made some new friends on the tour too and we will meet up at Christmas. I also bagged a pair of Levi's from Macy's in San Francisco for $83 which worked out at £54!! The key places visited are as follows: LA, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Williams, Seligman, Las Vegas, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, Sonora, Sacramento, San Francisco.

Here are pics taken with my iPhone: http://s746.photobuc...yst1...e photos
Here are pics taken with my camera: http://s746.photobuc...yst1...a photos

#400045 Dash Cam Dangerous Driving Clips, Should You Be Able To Up Load Evidence To T...

Posted by The Dark Knight on 20 August 2014 - 09:06 PM

This guy was 'approached' by police after he effectively stitched himself up by uploading his own dodgy driving and crash to YouTube.



#397916 Ssd Fitting To Macbook Pro

Posted by The Dark Knight on 15 August 2014 - 05:45 PM

I think my HDD must have been on it's way out to take so long to boot up. Although it was never this fast even in it's younger days.

Just as a test today to see the difference (sad I know) I decided to see how much I could get done in under 2 minutes. The old HDD took 1 minute 40 seconds to get to log on screen. Easily another 20 seconds from password entry until it had settled down so I could use Firefox etc. without it spitting feathers lol


So I fired it up, put password in, used Firefox to visit sky news briefly, opened mail to find one junk email which I deleted quickly, opened iTunes and played 5 seconds of 1 song, closed all programs and shut the computer down. All in 1 minute and 50 seconds!



#397559 Ssd Fitting To Macbook Pro

Posted by The Dark Knight on 14 August 2014 - 07:18 PM

Finally got this all sorted and installed and oh my god what a difference! Best investment I've made for my computer. The boot up time has dropped from 1 minute 40 seconds to 12 seconds  :)

Everything opens very quickly indeed and I remembered to enable TRIM which is crucial for SSD's. I cannot recommend this enough. A brand new MacBook Pro with a HDD would not be anywhere near this quick. Disk tester showed the write time as hitting 330Mb/s and read time as 505Mb/s

#395242 Uk Winter 2014/15

Posted by The Dark Knight on 07 August 2014 - 08:03 PM

Many on here will recall that I pretty much nailed the forecast for last winter in October. I correctly called that it would be relentlessly mild, wet and windy and overall it was a pathetic excuse for a winter.


Far too early for even me to make a prediction but I have done some research and I can tell you that last winter saw a very rare combination of events including high solar activity that gave us such a rubbish winter with hardly any frost let alone snow. This is extremely unlikely to be repeated.


An El Nino event may peak at the end of the year and with an easterly phase in charge this year, early models suggest a colder winter. We cannot take these seriously at this stage but my boss at work said her tree has got a shed load more berries on than last year. Vast quantites in fact. The old story is that loads of berries means a harsh winter because the berries help the birds stock up on food. We had big crops of berries in the build up to the 2010 snowmageddon.


Too early for my forecast but I would be very surprised if we saw relentless mild sh*t again this time.

#392403 How Do I Know If Overboost Is Working?

Posted by The Dark Knight on 31 July 2014 - 07:33 PM

Something I have wondered about with overboost is this 15 seconds thing. Let's say you found a place where you could safely floor it for 10 seconds before backing off and lifting off altogether for 5 seconds before flooring it again.


When you floor it again, do you have only 5 seconds of overboost remaining because of the 35 seconds cool down time? Or is backing off before the 15 seconds enough to reset it?

#392045 Complete And Utter Maniac!!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 July 2014 - 09:39 PM

Just as well the Ka driver wasn't in an ST, sounds like he would have wiped the floor with you.



? :wacko:


Not a question of wiping the floor, racing is out of the question on public roads. It was a bit of fun as there was a yawning gap between the cars performance wise. I certainly would not try to challenge a BMW M3 which would be just about the equivalent difference in performance of my ST over the KA.


Had the crazy fool been in a car of similar power, there would be no fun. I would have moved over and let him go. I once saw a guy doing similar things in his 'wipe the floor with anyone' EVO VIII. Eventually his car wiped the floor with the lamp post.

#392018 Picking Up My New St On Friday :d

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 July 2014 - 08:16 PM

19... Passed at 17 had an old fiesta and now coming from a mk6 golf 1.4 tsi

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Quite an achievement to be able to afford such cars at that age and the insurance. 2 years driving experience and a car with 200bhp on overboost is not the best idea on paper. Not judging you personally but I speak from experience. I was cruising around like I owned the place when you were 8 and I had some comeuppances for underestimating matters. No bad accidents thankfully or police involvement but over egging it lets say. I have been in a bad accident as a result of a blow out and was very lucky to walk away.


I still use the power of the ST now (no point otherwise) but experience tells me there's a time and a place and never ever drive quickly when you cannot see around a corner, even with the ST's abilities.


With regard to the car, the ST is fantastic. Superb pace and cornering with epic seats and engine note. It will be very tempting for you to show the local saxo man who is boss but be careful out there.


Costs me £60 to fill up and does around 350 miles to a tank with a safe but heavy right foot lol.