Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Safety Benefits of Classic Cars

It may be dangerous to drive a modern vehicle. I picture a modern car like a World War I biplane, flying over no-man’s land, with attackers swarming all around, while inside a hastily assembled, virtually untested, rickety canvas-and-plywood contraption, built within 10 years of the Wright Brother’s flight at Kitty Hawk. Is that a “smart” vehicle?

At least five million cars can be ‘hacked’ (i.e. are vulnerable to software exploits) and the potential danger thereof is very high. That number of cars with potential vulnerabilities is growing geometrically. [see video below] Many of these cars are so vulnerable that compromising any one of more than a dozen potential attack surfaces can lead to total system takeover. What does that mean? Your brakes could be disabled while you are on the highway. Visualize, if you would, a stealthy penetration of your car’s audio system through its ultra-convenient 4G antenna. Armed with geolocation and telemetry data, an attacker could see where you are, how fast you are going, even measure the G-Forces the passengers are experiencing.  The attacker could then potentially execute a lethal acceleration, braking, or disabling maneuver, as the situation warranted, from anywhere on the globe. Is there an app for that?

Convenience often comes at a cost, but is it really convenience? Here at Life In Car, we think of convenience as bucket seats, hand-stitched leather interiors, crisp mahogany panelling, and the classic fusion of form and function which defines the cars of the classic era. When Life In Car’s mechanics put modern technology into a car, we mean precisely-tuned suspension, variable-condition stabilizer systems, and efficient (or powerful) engines governed by cutting-edge controller chips.

If playing Angry Birds in the Costco parking lot is your thing, who are we to judge? Life In Car firmly believes that instead of creating new risks, we should be soothing the tension out of you, and when you strap into your classic vehicle, you’ll feel like you’re in the cockpit of an F-16. Watch this video to see how drivers of modern cars may feel:

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For all the hype, however, such attacks may be extremely hard to execute on a large scale: vulnerabilities are more-or-less vehicle-specific, even for the same manufacturer. Nowadays, Auto companies are basically systems integrators. Vendor components, built to arbitrary specifications are cobbled together, and no two vehicles end up being alike. It opens security holes, but parodoxically makes large-scale attacks impractical… for now. For those inclined here is a more technical (and balanced) video.

Why build your own car?

Building a car from scratch or refurbishing a damaged or neglected vehicle is a task that few undertake and even fewer who see it to the finish line. Its a monumental task not only requiring a lot of time, hard work, technical skills, dedication, but also requiring a fat wallet, cross country trips to find just the right part that you need and multiple days and nights spent pouring your sweat and blood into the car. The downside is that even after careful planning and execution the end result is not what you had expected.

That’s where we come into the picture. Life in a car was set up to offer an exclusive service where we are in the business of matchmaking car lovers with their dream car. This means working on a customized project for you to develop a car that is all about you without you having to worry about winning the auction for that rare carburetor or scouring multiple junkyards to find the set of hubcaps for your machine.

So come take a look at what we are all about, our success stories and the happy customers who will enjoy their Life In A Car!!!

Potential Asian classic cars market

Now the classic car market is only limited in States and European countries.

Now Asian people, especially Chinese have huge interest about classic cars and also enough wealth to buy these luxury goods. According to the Classic Car Weekly, if current restrictions of Chinese government are lifted the biggest car market in the world to historic vehicles will be open, and have a global effect on prices.

Still it’s not too late to rebuild your classic cars. Who know these classic cars makes you millionaire in the future.

China’s classic car fans prepare for ‘golden era’

LS1 Chevelle Preview

Here’s a preview of our 1970 Chevelle undergoing a few “quality tests.” The rear suspension was upgraded with a posi-track unit and 3.55 gears. The LS1 was re-tuned with long-tube headers, EGR deletion and a cold air intake system. The benefit to these upgrades is that you get a substantial horsepower boost without compromising on idle smoothness or gas mileage. What is the estimated horsepower of the Chevelle? 450 hp. Gas Mileage? 24 MPG.

Stay Tuned

Life in Car applies science and technology to the art of car restoration. This 1970 Chevelle was restored 15 years ago, but was already showing signs of deterioration just 3 years later. Our goal? Use chemistry to prevent the progression of rust. Use physics to match weight, power-output and suspension geometry and even give your classic the convenience and efficiency of a modern powertrain and electronics system if you so desire. Stay tuned for our progress on Life in Car’s LS1 Chevelle project.

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