Jag Rattu of Napa business Audio House was featured on the cover and inside the December 2016 issue of Mobile Electronics Magazine — the “Vogue” magazine of the electronics industry, said a news release.
Rattu has owned Audio House for over a decade and said he was “honored and humbled” by national coverage of his local Napa business.
“When we started in 2006, it was just me and two other installers,” said Rattu.
“They worked their butts off,” Rattu said. “The store was open six days a week. I worked every day.”
Today, 30 percent of the shop’s business is window tinting with the other 70 percent spread amongst all mobile electronics categories, primarily car audio.
“I was born for this,” said Jag Rattu, owner of Audio House at 645 Soscol Ave.
“I love music and putting together pieces that fit together perfectly for the sound my customers are looking for,” he said. “I got my first job at a stereo shop trying to score a system at cost … I never left or looked back.”
Audio House installs car audio, mobile video, car alarms, window tinting, backup cameras, tracking systems and other items.
For ABT, customizing a car is as easy as 1, 2, 3. The German tuner-car specialist just announced completion of its newest project, the RS5-R, an upgraded version of the already hot Audi RS5. It comes with a big power bump, suspension modifications, extra splashes of carbon fiber, and beefy exhaust outlets, among other enhancements.
The most significant improvements are under the hood. ABT Sportsline massaged the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 to produce 530 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque, up from 450 horsepower and 443 lb-ft. ABT claims that’s good for a 3.6-second sprint from zero to 62 mph.
Beyond straight-line performance, ABT also addressed handling. The RS5-R has ABT sport anti-roll bars and ABT height-adjustable springs for a custom ride height. A coil-over suspension with ABT shock absorbers is currently in the works and will be an option in the future. ABT also gave the RS5-R ABT Sport GT 21-inch wheels.
And then there’s the carbon fiber. ABT added carbon fiber to the Audi with a new front splitter, a hexagonal grille surround, and aero elements on the bumper corners. The carbon continues with optional front fender vents, side strakes, a rear lip spoiler, and an aggressive rear diffuser. A quartet of four-inch carbon fiber exhaust pipes
complete the exterior package. Even more carbon is found inside, in the form of a gearshift cover, door and dash accents, and paddle shifters.
ABT will only build 50 examples of the RS5-R, but it has yet to release pricing information on the total package. Expect more information around the time of the Geneva auto show, when the model is set to make its debut.
It does not seem like flying cars on the horizon, but some new innovations within automotive electronics and technology are being tested that should improve the functionality and safety of cars far beyond what we have today.
Actually, there are already some crash avoidance systems installed in higher-end cars today. These actually came out of modifications to military technology. The same basic systems that can aim a bomb might be able to help you avoid an accident.
This is because vehicles will actually be able to speak with each other, so there will not be any bad surprises when the guy behind you just needs to get ahead, or the guy in front of you decides to slam on the breaks. Your vehicle can use this communication system to react a lot faster than you can.
In the end, the cars might truly take over. That is, they might drive themselves. You might be able to program your new destination in the same way that you set your GPS today.
Vehicles today already throw codes to a computer so a mechanic can tell which systems are causing a problem. But new cars may even be able to throw images of damaged parts with a sort of augmented reality. Instead of needing to guess why the code is getting sent, a technician will be able to visualize the problem very clearly.
Do you ever wonder why the mildest wreck has to do so much damage to your bumpers or frame? In the future, there may actually be air bags that deploy on the outside of your vehicle. This not only protects the passengers, but it can also protect the metal on the outside of your vehicles. I picture a day when cars are coated with some sort of heavy duty synthetic material that has enough give to survive a minor accident, and can help prevent damages and injuries for major ones.
You know how hot cars get in the summer. Why can’t cars store this energy and use it? Some scientists have been asking this question, and they are working on ways to develop body panels that can collect solar energy that could be used to power the vehicle or internal systems. Why look for a charger when the sun is on every day, and the energy is free to collect?
You might still be disappointed that you may never get to drive a flying car. But future car automotive technology may surprise, amaze, and delight you anyway. It will be a great day when the risk of accidents gets reduced, cars can drive themselves, and they do not use up as much fuel. While these cars are not for sale yet, the next decade should bring some surprises.