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60 hours “Behind the wheel”: the finish line!

Late autumn — winter — early spring winter: five days of a marathon “60 hours “driving”,” we “hooked” almost all seasons. It’s all over now. Almost all…

Let me remind you that last week we have over 60 hours experienced on the ground by US under the Dmitrov novelties of the Russian market: the three universal — Lada Vesta SW and SW Cross, Ford Focus Turnier, as well as crossover Hyundai Creta. All with atmospheric petrol engines of approximately equal power, with manual gearbox and front wheel drive. And the prices are approximately in the same range.

The main part of the test behind!The main part of the test behind!

The cars were shod with winter non-studded winter tyres (“Velcro”) Toyo Observe GSi5, mounted on light alloy rim K&K. This company supplies drives to conveyors of almost all domestic car manufacturers and installed on our machines correspond to the regular disks in all respects, including mass. In fact, they differ only in design.

Measurement of residual tread depth was performed in 16 control points on each bus.Measurement of residual tread depth was performed in 16 control points on each bus.

Removing the wheels to check brake system.Removing the wheels to check brake system.

Measurements of the degree of wear of the brake pads.Measurements of the degree of wear of the brake pads.

On the roof hoisted the trunks of the Russian brand Lux with a 50-pound ballast in the salons put on three water-filled dummy. Refueled the car the same 95-m gasoline “Rosneft” brand Pulsar with a package of detergent additives.

Went for speed, mountain, dirt and cobblestone roads, trying to give cars greatest load possible and run over the maximum miles that were harder than usual — it has never until now a marathon not carried out in late autumn. But we are sure that you have loaded the machine to the maximum. And tested everything. Of course, now the received data must be carefully analyzed. It will take time.

Universal Ford Focus Turnier on the highway.Universal Ford Focus Turnier on the highway.

Total mileage on the roads of the testing ground was not so small, about 3,000 km corresponds to 25-30 thousand kilometers on normal roads.

Hyundai Creta.Hyundai Creta.

Lada Vesta SW.Lada Vesta SW.

Lada Vesta SW Cross.Lada Vesta SW Cross.

As promised, we made measurements of noise with the racks and no torque on the road. It turned out that the installation of the roofbox at a speed of 120 km/h increases the noise level by an average of 4 dB. When driving on winter tires is 5-7% of the total — to the human ear the difference is small.

Sergey Klochkov and Alexander Krapivin preparing for the measurement noise in the cabin.Sergey Klochkov and Alexander Krapivin preparing for the measurement noise in the cabin.

In order to load cars in the same “60 hours” used trailers. This time we are station wagons and crossover B-class, they many go on trips, and boxes on such machines has become increasingly common. The boot capacity for all the things a big family or the company may not be enough even in Focus, not to mention the Vest, and especially Crete. Box, which also accommodates hundreds of liters, can solve this problem.

During testing we ran the cars a 95-m gasoline “Rosneft” Pulsar.During testing we ran the cars a 95-m gasoline “Rosneft” Pulsar.

Analyze the data on fuel economy with a roof rack and without. Previously, the difference will be approximately the same as the noise level, i.e. within a few percent. So wrong the skeptics, saying that the boxes on the roof can drastically increase the expense. Remember this in case you are going on a long journey and there is a shortage of space in the car.

With their fuel-efficient vehicles, then they are not gluttony, and consumption is about the same. New VAZ engine 1.8 (factory index 21179-50), as the former Togliatti motors, loves the high revs. Despite the fact that he is 16 HP more powerful than the 1.6, does not give any substantial gain in dynamic or in the convenience of traction control. The new engine combined with manual Renault JR5 with sub-optimal for this engine selection of gear ratios when driving with a constant high speed is not enough the sixth.

One of these days on troscopy mechanism incorporating gear that stuck snow. When it froze, it froze, and reverse Vesta no longer included. A minute later, when the car is slightly warmed and the ice melted, the fault disappeared. However, a similar problem may occur in the case of the traction mechanism.

Each car took samples of the engine oil to be analysed in the laboratory.Each car took samples of the engine oil to be analysed in the laboratory.

No claims of reliability to the engine of VAZ yet. As to the power units of Hyundai Creta and the Ford Focus produced is not the first year. But we took oil samples to study the degree of wear of the motors. But there is still a series of special tests that will allow to draw conclusions about the suitability of the units to the Russian conditions.

Each of the cars wore alloy wheels K&K and the friction Toyo tires.Each of the cars wore alloy wheels K&K and the friction Toyo tires.

The best visibility is from the West, the worst — Focus. But the Focus is less other dirty and low speed. After a short ride on a dirt road to take the door handle of Vesta, not to get, it becomes impossible. But at high speed on a snowy road, the picture is opposite: the Focus is covered with a thick layer of snow, and SW Vesta remains clean. From Crete and visibility, and the contamination medium.

One of the objectives of the tests was to collect data on the wear of winter friction tires on the asphalt. Of course, they wear faster than summer. But how you learn from the article about the marathon in the January issue of the magazine “Behind the wheel”. As well as all faults and structural features of the experimental machines.

The finish took place. But the work does not stop there!

60 hours “Behind the wheel”: the finish line!60 hours “Behind the wheel”: the finish line!Photo: Cages George

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