Cars in the foreign and even Indian market are getting too advanced. Features like gesture control, adaptive suspension, autopilot, sensors for different things and more are retiring old features to the history books. While cars are getting safer, more user-friendly and better to drive we cannot help but think about the long gone years where features like these were crucial or considered trendy and a luxury sometimes. The following is a list of 8 car features that are slowly going extinct –
Old Fiats, Ambassadors and many old cars used to have column shifters. It required technique and a different style. With time this feature of the car has now given way to the tradition on-the-floor setup and has remained since.
Cigarette lighters and ashtrays
There is nothing quite like promoting a bad habit by providing an ashtray and cigarette lighter as a standard feature in a customers vehicle. This is now being dealt with by offering the feature as a special package or an optional extra. In many cities and countries, smoking is banned in Ubers and Taxis or cars with kids.
Pop Up headlights
This was the coolest moving exterior feature of a car before the active aero and adjustable spoiler made us happy again. This feature was not banned or made illegal. It was a cause of concern for pedestrian safety and had to go. Will they ever make a comeback? No. Do we need them? Hell yea!
Car Cassette Player
Most of us reading this would be old enough to remember that the cars we sat in when we were kids had weird music players. Infotainment and touchscreens have come a really long way now. Earlier a Cassette player would be in place and your glove box or storage would be full of cassette box. Ah, the old times.
In the past cars or as we will now call them – ‘Vintage Cars’ had a particularly cool and useful feature that were side opening vents. On hot days or in the springtime these glass vents or quarter window vents could be opened to let a cool draft in and it could be set accordingly so that the air did not become turbulent and ruin your hairstyle.
Do you know any more of these features? Do let us know in the comments section below.
10 perfect vehicles for the apocalypse
An apocalypse is an event that will come without warning. Being prepared is going to be your prerogative. Below is a list of the best cars, bikes and also a TANK that will be helpful when the zombies descend.
Mercedes Benz G63 6×6
Apocalypse or not, this is the kind of car that is just suitable for any occasion. Grocery shopping, school run, cross country runs, flexing at a party and if the need arises, a road warrior that outruns zombies or runs them over with ease.
2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Edition
If the Daryl and Rick from The Walking Dead can rock a Hyundai during the zombie invasion, so can we. The car is very impressive when it comes to the additional features it gets. The exterior gets a Staked Zombie Plow, Armored windows, Armored headlights and taillights, Smoked headlights and taillights, Reinforced body panels, Rear bash bar, Wheel spikes, Adjustable front light bar, Escape Hatch, Winch, All-Terrain Tires, Forged Wheels, Upgraded lifted Suspension. The interior comprises of custom riveted sheet metal rear interior panels, Food & Supply storage compartments, 6×8 Net Cannon with a rear-view camera, Co-pilot controlled switch box with gauges, Master Kill Switch, Net Cannon Control, Lighting Control, Tilt front floodlights, Pan rear flood lights. The Weapons: Katana Sword, Baseball Bat and a machete.
It also gets a GPS, CB Radio, Nitrous System (120 hp/shot), Adjustable rear trunk flood lights and custom front seats with embroidery.
KTM 990 Adventure Baja edition
Again, enclosed cars and trucks are great, but 2 wheelers serve a vital role in your survival. There are few motorcycles that perform quite like this bad boy from KTM. Crowned the most off road capable travel enduro in the world, the 990 Adventure Baja has been outfitted with everything you need from suspension to power plant to ensure that you can transition from the asphalt to the dirt roads. There’s a slim chance anyone will be keeping up with road maintenance after the virus spreads, and this V-Twin powered machine will be able to tackle any beaten road you can throw at it.
Mercedes Benz Unimog
The folks at Benz said it best when they said the monster of a vehicle known as the Unimog offers “absolute off-road supremacy.” You can take Mercedes’ word for it, or you can research the 10 different models that were designed for disaster emergencies in the harshest conditions. This could be a bit impractical as your only means of transportation, but it could be a huge asset in your stash of vehicles.
Paramount Group Marauder
Hands down the most badass vehicle on the planet, the Marauder will withstand any test you throw at it. It was actually built for the South African army. The armored vehicle can destroy everything in its path. Features include long-range fuel tanks, the ability to survive TNT explosions, ultra-modern climate control system, run flat tire that can be pierced by 12.7mm bullets, anti-blast seats, and so much more. The vehicle has a fording depth of half the vehicle, meaning it can swim too. Reaching speeds of 120 kilometers per hour, this thing is far from a slouch.
Chevrolet Silverado Black Ops Edition
Let’s insert a practical choice. Chevy makes a solid truck. And this one is made with one intention in mind – Be Badass. Although the zombie outbreak was “unforeseen,” we can certainly classify it as an emergency. The fully capable 4×4 features a 5.3 liter EcoTec3 V8 engine with plenty of power (355 ponies to be exact) along with lower body armor, raised suspension, solar power pack, generator, military First Aid Kit, gas masks, a crate of food filled with Top Ramen.
RIPSAW EV2 SUPER TANK
This is the type of vehicle that the citizens of Dubai will mostly use in the event of a zombie apocalypse. First of all, EV2 is short for “Extreme Vehicle 2”. The tank gives you everything you could ever ask for in a post-apocalyptic world. Crowned the fastest dual tracked vehicle ever made, the EV2 is equipped with a 600 horsepower diesel engine, complete with a set of treads that were designed to annihilate anything they come in contact with. Stealthy black paint job dons the exterior with an interior that’s actually quite luxurious – for a zombie killing super tank. And this isn’t just some concept tank either. The team says they will be selling the Ripsaw for a price tag well into the hundred thousand (depending on options) and will take approximately 6 months to build out. Better start saving now.
1969 FORD BRONCO ‘URBAN MADNESS’ BY RMD GARAGE
This is the author’s personal choice. The Bronco is the definitive SUV. A big V8, a square body and I would personally rock this if the dead ever decide to rise up and eat the living. This absurdly cool SUV, which is powered by a 302-cubic-inch small block V8, features a custom one-off roll cage, comprehensive body-wide LED lighting, chopped down doors, a handcrafted grille, and an Army-inspired paint job. And that’s just the beginning – it’s also affixed with a WARN winch, Go Rhino bumpers and a roof rack. It even comes with an ‘AXE’ to behead zombies at arm’s length. The name – Urban Madness properly suits a car which will face zombies.
The worlds best roads to drive on before you die
Highway 1, Big Sur, California
Fany a proper American road trip? State Route 1 is a beautiful highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California. The highway is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA, leading to its designation as an All-American Road. It scenic and properly pretty.
The Atlantic Road, Norway
Want to go island-hopping in a car without putting it on a ferry? Check out Norway’s Atlantic Ocean Road. Traversing an archipelago of small islands via bridges this 8.3km section of County Road 64 is a brilliant stretch to drive on. Mind you, keep a lookout for cold Arctic waves spilling on the bridges from time to time
Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys
The Seven Mile Bridge is a famous bridge in the Florida Keys, in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It connects Knight’s Key in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. Among the longest bridges in existence when it was built, it is one of the many bridges on US 1 in the Keys, where the road is called the Overseas Highway
Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Town, South Africa
Chapman’s Peak Drive was hacked in to the near-vertical face of mountain on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, 15kms from Cape Town. Running from Noordhoek to Hout Bay, the twisting 9kms drive has 114 curves and gives you spectacular 180° views of the Atlantic coastline.
Leh – Manali Highway, Himalaya Mountains, India
Travel the Himalayas on four wheels or two by driving all 479kms of northern India’s Leh-Manali Highway. Its highest elevation is Tanglang La mountain pass at 5328m, and on average you’re two to three miles above sea level at all times on the route. The drive takes a day to complete and connects Leh in Ladakh. It’s only open from May to October, when the Indian army clears snow off the dirt gravel road.
The Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is widely considered Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline, a landscape of towering bluffs, pastel-hued villages terraced into hillsides and luxuriant gardens over turquoise waters and green-swathed mountains. Deemed by UNESCO “an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape,” the coast was awarded a coveted spot on the World Heritage list in 1997. The Amalfi Coast lies along the southern flanks of the Sorrento Peninsula, a cliff-edged promontory that wanders out from the mainland at the southern end of the Bay of Naples.
Transfagarasan Highway, Romania
Called “the best road in the world”, Transfăgărășan runs for 90km across the Southern Carpathian Mountains, between highest and second-highest peaks Moldoveanu and Negoiu. A winding route of sharp descents, S-curves and hairpin turns, the road climbs to 2,034 metres altitude at its highest point. It also passes Vlad the Impaler’s castle, Poienari fortress in the southern section near village Arefu.
Stelvio Pass, Alps, Italy
The Stelvio Pass is another place of pilgrimage for petrolheads. At an elevation of 2757m this is the highest paved pass in the Eastern Alps. The road has a heart-clutching 48 hairpin turns, and connects the Valtellina valley with the mid Venosta valley and Meran.
Millau Viaduct, France
Taller than the Eiffel Tower, Millau Viaduct is the world’s highest bridge. As well as being an engineering masterpiece, It is also very beautiful like the French would want it. It opened in 2004 and was built across the Tarn valley to alleviate holiday traffic between France and Spain. The bridge is 2460 metres long and is found between from Paris to Montpellier.
Do you know any great driving roads? Share them with us in the comments below.
Top 10 cars that got better with facelifts
The passing of the baton from the original BMW X1 to the next-generation model encapsulates a far-reaching maturing process clearly expressed in the design of both the exterior and the interior. The car now boasts robust proportions, powerfully sculpted surfaces and design features typical of an SUV. The faux station wagon look has long gone.
After 50 years of harking back to their original design, Ford made the new generation Mustang. It was completely modern with a throwback to the old car in some ways. Several key design features define the new Ford Mustang, including a low roof height and wide stance. Sleek profile enabled by the steeply sloped windshield and rear glass. Three-dimensional, tri-bar taillamps. Contemporary execution of the iconic car’s signature trapezoidal grille and shark-bite front fascia. It is one of the meanest and best-looking cars gracing our roads today.
If you don’t dig the German offerings. This is the car for you. It’s not boring or a spec-sheet tickbox product. It is the most engaging(Triggered BMW 3 Series fans will refuse) luxury sporsts sedan out there. The facelift in 2016 with the revised headlights, taillights and bumpers really made the car more crisper and a clean look.
Lamborghini Aventador S
The design of the new Lamborghini Aventador S clearly indicates the new Aventador generation. The Aventador S features a number of exterior developments, particularly in front and rear, while its profile remains clearly an Aventador.A more aggressive nose and longer front splitter redirect airflow for better aerodynamic efficiency. The rear of the Lamborghini Aventador S is dominated by a black diffuser, available on request in carbon fiber. Three single exhaust outlets exit through the rear bumper. The active rear wing is movable in three positions depending on speed and drive select mode, and optimizes the car’s improved overall balance.
Mercedes Benz S-Class
The final word in status and sophestication is the S-Class. The upgraded front with extensive chrome trim underscores the exceptional status of the Mercedes-Maybach. Also new is the Maybach logotype between the louvres of the radiator grille on the driver’s side. In conjunction with the new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, the S-Class features three distinctive torches of light as an exclusive design element. The front bumper with pronounced air intakes and sporty looks is also new.The new LED lamps with crystal-look tail lamps stand out at the rear. They look like jewels and ensure a characteristic design day and night. A tail lamp light show that plays when the vehicle is unlocked and locked, as well as three horizontal pairs of fibre optics are also new. All models are fitted with a redesigned lower bumper section with integrated visible tailpipe trim. The tailpipes are framed by a chrome trim element, which spans the entire width of the vehicle. Seven new light-alloy wheels with diameters between 17 and 20 inches are available as standard or options.
The car loved by many and according to most the best Value For Money option out there. The XUV500 got a much-needed facelift last year and the car was loved in every comparison test we did. The highlights included a new interior, redesigned bumpers, headlights and taillights.
The volume churner for Honda is now on its last legs. But the last facelift it got has really made the car something else. Up front, the Honda City facelift received a redesigned LED headlamp unit, a new grille and a new bumper too. The sedan also gets LED tail lights, boot lid-mounted spoiler with integrated LED high mount stop lamp, and new diamond cut 16-inch alloy wheels. The car, along with the Ciaz, Yaris, Vento and Rapid looks the best of the lot.
If you find the Volkswagen Vento boring, this is the car for you. Skoda gave the Rapid a great update. The new sharper bumper that gets a large honeycomb air intake compliments it and fog lamps on either side. The rear of the car also gets some minor changes. These include a revised bumper and addition of chrome strip on the boot lid. The top-end variant of the car also gets LED daytime running lights as a part of the dual barrel headlamp. Although the side profile has remained almost unchanged, the overall design does make the car look younger and fresher.
Not only did these cars get new variants and they also got hotter JTP versions. Tata has done nothing but kept improving on these cars. The new interiors sport a touchscreen and the exteriors get revised bumpers and new smoked headlamps and taillamps. The Tata twins are really cool in all their avatars.
The mild facelift that made this car fresh enough for some more time. The Hyundai Creta is a crowd favorite. The outsells sub-four meter SUVs. Last year the car got a new variant and many new features like a sunroof and exteriors included new bumpers, alloy wheels and headlamps.
Top 10 most fuel efficient cars on sale in India – 2019
Cars buying depends on multiple things, factors, features and in India the car is bought with some certain aspects that are very clear in one’s mind. The mileage of a car is always addressed with the question – ‘Kitna Deti Hai?’ The mileage of a car makes or breaks a deal most of the time for buyers in India. A very small part of the buyers, enthusiasts today look over mileage. But for the majority the car’s mileage is very important. We understand that. In the following list below, we have covered, what we think are the 10 best cars with the highest mileage figures. Take a look –
Petrol Manual – 24-27 km/l
Petrol Automatic – 19km/l-22km/l
Diesel Manual – 19km/l-27km/l
Maruti Alto 800
Petrol Manual – 23km/l to 25 km/l
Petrol Manual – 23km/l-25km/l
Petrol Automatic – 19kml-22km/l
Petrol Manual- 20km/l -22km/l
Diesel Manual – 23km/l-28km/l
Maruti Wagon R
Petrol Manual – 21km/l-22km/l
Petrol Automatic – 18km/l-20km/l
Petrol Manual- 14km/l-18km/l
Petrol Automatic – 11km/l-17km/l
Diesel Manual – 17km/l-24 km/l
Diesel Automatic – 17km/l-22km/l
Maruti Vitara Brezza
Diesel Manual – 16km/l-24km/l
Diesel Automatic – 16km/l-24km/l
Petrol Manual – 11km/l-16km/l
Petrol Automatic – 11lkm/l-17km/l
Diesel Manual – 15km/l-25km/l
Petrol Manual – 12km/l-18km/l
Diesel Manual – 15km/l-21km/l
Diesel Manual – 12km/l-16km/l
Are there any other cars that you think should make this list? Which segment of cars do you like best at the moment? Let us know in the comments section below.
Top vintage cars used in old Bollywood movies
Cars have always played a defining role in a film. They can be shown as a mode of transportation, some can be shown as a sign to define wealth and in some scenarios in a song or chase sequence to make the movie interesting. In modern times the use of the car in Bollywood movies has increased and in some cases, it has been done tastefully and in other not that much. In the olden days, with no help of the CGI, modern safety tech and stunt coordination the cars were more real and sometimes in an uncontrolled environment where the actor had to act while driving. The cars from this period were cool too. You will be surprised by the marquees and brands that were plying on the Indian roads in the early days after Independence.
Here are the Top vintage cars used in old Bollywood movies. Check them out-
Chevrolet Bel Air
The car was used in the 1967 Dev Anand movie ‘Jewel Thief’ starring the actress, Tanuja. The Bel Air convertible was featured in the popular song, ‘Yeh dil na hota bechara’.
1928 Ford Model A
The movie ‘Chalti Ka Nam Gaddi’ had a hit cast with Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar and Madhubala. The car chosen for the film was a Ford Model A and was lovingly called ‘Champion’ by the 3 brothers in the film.
The 1978 movie Trishul had some really cool cars. In the span of a few scenes, Bachchan hops between a Chevy Impala convertible and what is indisputably the most gorgeous car of the 20th century: a Jaguar E-Type, modded to include exposed supercharged pipes along the sides.
Willys Jeep CJ3B
Used in the movie ‘Aradhna’, the ‘Willys Jeep CJ3B was an iconic vehicle during the times. Starring ‘Rajesh Khanna’ in the iconic song ‘mere sapnoki rani’, he is seen in a Willys Jeep CJ3B.
Mercedes Benz 300 SL Convertible
I want to end this list with a car that the youth of today can at least remember or relate to. Farhan Akhtar’s debut film as director, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ showed us road trip from Mumbai to Goa in an open top Mercedes Benz 300 SL convertible. The road trip scene showed the newly made Mumbai Pune expressway and a race between a train and the big Merc.
Are there any cool cars that you remember from your childhood that should make the list? Let us know in the comments below.
Top 10 cars from the Fast and Furious movies
We as petrol heads grew on car movies and epic car chases in epic movies. The magic of driving a car fast through a crowded street with cops on your tail never failed to impress us. The one movie franchise that brought action cars, cops, stunts and cheesy one-liners together is the Fast and Furious franchise. So get ready and strap yourself in that ‘ejecto seato cuz ‘and lets blast off the top ten cars from the Fast and Furious franchise –
1970 Dodge Charger
One of the most iconic cars from the first movie. The car that we will always associate Dominic Torreto with. The car that supposedly made 900 bhp to the wheels and pulled off burnout wheelies. This car was seen first in a drag race with Brian O’Connor’s Supra and then in the 4th and 5th film. This car also upped the cool factor for muscle cars in the movies.
Nissan Skyline GTR (R34)
This is the car that came in the second movie where imports were shaming American muscle. The R34 GTR not only enters a midnight race and wins but also jumps a bridge in the process. The car was also the part of the famous question asked by Brain in the 4th film to an FBI officer – “Gallo12” or “Gallo 24”.
RB Swapped 1967 Mustang
Hate it or Love it! This Mustang was the definition of – ‘Built Not Brought’. The car was the highlight of the movie with the final drift race down the mountain the Drift King in his Nissan 350Z. The car was being powered by the RB26 inline-six engine from a Nissan GTR. The noise of the twin turbo high revving engine sounded wicked and weird to some coming out of the back of a classic Mustang. In the end, this was a very unique build.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
One of the most charming muscle cars of the series. This car stood out like a prize fighter at a boxing ring. Finished in matt black with the car was ultimately destroyed by Dom who crashed it to take out the baddie in the end.
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
The car that was not robbed or built by the crew but was bought at an expensive auction in London by Ludacris. The Charger Daytona was famous for NASCAR wins where it was so good that it was actually banned in the end. The car in the film was actually a regular charger made to look like a Daytona because the film director thought the original one with the long nose looked very ugly. Weird but true.
The car was seen in the sixth move like the above Daytona and both of them raced each other on the streets of London. The car in the movie was driven by Letty who did not remember anything but still had a British sports car with a Chrysler V8 shoved in it.
Corvette Grand Sport
This car really did not get a lot of screen time but was cool. It was supposed to be the car on which Dom and Brian get away but when their robbing buddies turned on them the car had to be jumped off a cliff into a lake. Still a very cool car nonetheless.
F1 meets Mad Max. These ramp cars are seen in the sixth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise. The cars are the ultimate track/traffic vehicle’s. Somebody is not moving over? Flip them off the road. These cars ran circles around the stock BMW M5s provided by the Rock to Dom’s crew and ended up creating a whole lot of havoc.
Toyota Supra Mark 4
The car in which Brian started and ended his journey in Fast and Furious. We saw Paul Walker in the first movie race Dom in this car against a Charger and cruise at the end of the 7th movie in a white Supra to along with Dom. The car is very symbolic for enthusiasts everywhere.
1987 Buick GNX
Last but not least. The most underrated but coolest car in the author’s opinion. Buick only sold 1000 of these cars ever. So they are super rare. The car was seen at the start of the 4th movie where Dom and Letty are stealing fuel tankers in South America. The image of a black GNX power sliding under a burning petrol tanker is the coolest start to any movie.
Also Read: Best modified Mahindra Thar’s in India
There are many cool cars in Fast and Furious. Any car that you particularly like? Any cars you think that should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below.
Race at MMRT – TVS Young Media Racer
Mumbai – 6th July, 2018
I am stuck in slow moving traffic, a usual monsoon evening for Mumbai in the rainy season. While this is normal, I was a little tense because I had a flight to catch. The check-in counters had already shut and the along with the flight, I was also going to miss my second race with ‘TVS MOTORSPORTS’ at the Madras Motor Racing Track in Chennai. Before the horrible thought had sunk in god intervened. The flight had been delayed by 30 minutes. The non-stop rain had made me late and also delayed the flight. Who knew a delayed flight would turn out to be a blessing in disguise. So here I was, with my boarding pass to Chennai and another chance to get on the race track. Having already experienced dread at the airport, I was wondering how this race would be.
Chennai – 6th July, 2018 (mid-night)
TVS had arranged our stay at Fairfield by Marriott at Sriperumbudur near Chennai. We needed a good night’s sleep because the next two days meant a lot of action for us racers.
Chennai – 7th July, 2018
Next morning, I met the other racers and our team coordinators for breakfast, post which we left for the track. We reached MMRT in the morning at around 8:30am. Entering MMRT is quite a different feeling for me. This is the place where we underwent our training with TVS TEAM FACTORY WORKS, the place where I stepped into the adrenaline fueled world of racing. Our free practice session was scheduled at 10:30am. During the practice session we got comfortable with our Apaches flying around track. We are given a half an hour of practice time to feel the track, the curves and also to see how our designated bikes are performing. This was vital because they we could have minor alterations or adjustments done before our qualification round. I was given bike number 10 for this race. After the practice session, I asked the team of mechanics to work on the handlebar as it was a little too tight in right handers, the tyre pressure had to be corrected and one of the foot pegs was replaced due to massive vibrations at higher rpm. Post this at 1pm it was time for our qualifying round. The best lap timings would decide our position on the grid. Having been on this track for our training sessions, most of us were a little more confident being here and as this was going to be a faster track than our previous round at Kari Motor Speedway, which is too technical to race at. The qualification round was a little too tough a competition than expected and everyone was surprised by the results. I finished 8th out of 10 riders with my best lap timing being 2 mins 41 secs. Finishing far behind the guy who finished first, I wasn’t happy with my performance. Maybe it was over confidence that got the best of me. Post this round, we went for a track walk with our mentor, Harry Sylvester. Having walked the entire 3.7kms track, he explained to us our braking points, apex points and suggested what gears we should ideally be using on any particular turn. The track has 12 turns and 3 straights, which make it quick and relentless. We learnt about the track in much more detail and by now all of us in our head knew what mistakes me made during qualification. We were now more prepared for the next day.
Chennai – 8th July, 2018 – Race Day
Even though monsoons were in full swing here, the rain gods were pitiful. Maybe they wanted to see us race. The weather was far better than the last time we were on this track. It was peak summer when we started our training and would feel as if we were wearing body ovens rather than riding suits. But thankfully, it was cloudy and breezy this time and we could definitely maintain our cool. Our race was scheduled at 3pm. The race would last 6 laps that equaled to a total of distance of 23kms. Being positioned at number 8, I was far behind on the grid. Seconds before the signals went off, one of the riders had a false start which confused us all. The race started in complete chaos. To worsen the situation, I too had a bad start and watched the rest of the pack vanish ahead on the first straight and turn into Turn 1 after that. I had a lot to catching up to do. With our instructors tips running through my head and the mental pressure to go faster I started hunting down the pack. Making ever turn as crisp and neat as possible became a mission. I was braking late as possible and hitting every apex at maximum speed. I overtook two riders over the course of 6 laps and another position as a rider had crashed and couldn’t finish his race. Finally all said and done, the final outcome of the race placed me at 7th position with my best lap timing being at 2 minutes 30 seconds. I was glad that I managed to shave off a good 11 seconds off by best time from the qualification round. Maybe it was because of the mental pressure of being last, the track walk or just every rider’s goal to be on pole.
I wasn’t very happy with my performance in this race and had expected better results. But that does not dissuade me, every lap and every race teaches me more and maybe the next race at the Buddh International Circuit would turn out to better. My overall experience with round two of the ‘TVS Young Media Racer Program’ has been great. It is because of their great team, our mentors who support us, a lot of man hours put in by the mechanics, the pit crew and the marshals that something like that has been made possible. Headed back with a certificate of participation in hand and a lot of happiness for my co-racers who finished at the first three positions, it was time to celebrate.
Stay tuned to know more about the next race at the Buddh International Circuit. We are excited for this one. Hoping that the experience of riding on an F1 track would be memorable and much faster.
5 things you should avoid with a brand new car
A brand new car is a big investment and the pride and joy of an owner. The reality however is that the car is still a mechanical tool that will wear and tear after a while. The car with its daily use and abuse will become less efficient over a long period. Some problems may surface sooner than you think. A lot of these problems can be postponed and avoided if you treat the car in a certain manner when it’s brand new.
In addition to these tips below, do refer to your owner’s manual and the proper break-in period for the car and its servicing schedule. Also during an emergency while driving, one must not adhere to these tips and do the needful to be safe. Personal safety is more necessary than anything else.
Don’t Floor the Accelerator
The reason for this is that the pistons in your brand new engine have some amount of spring tension in them and the combustion gases produced exert force on the pistons cylinder wall to make it move more freely. The gas pressure required for this is very low. The more power and fuel applied makes more pressure and the cylinder walls of the pistons will wear out and not evenly. This is why manufactures have run in periods for their cars where for e.g. – the car should not exceed 4000rpm at any given time except for an emergency. This ‘run in’ period will make sure all the imperfections of the cylinder wall are smoothed over and there are no hotspots on the wall that will cause a problem in the future
Don’t Shift At Redline
There are some people who will say that their car has a very tall 3rd gear and they like to use it completely till the point the rpm allows. Yes, that is a good thing for acceleration. But in a brand new car where the engine is working out imperfections and the gearbox and clutch are being worked in, that is wrong. The car will be more economical to run and the transmission will have less load on it f quick upshifts will be done. The rpm on cars also varies. The petrol engine on most cars has a high rpm available. The rpm available on a diesel engine is lower. Also in cars there is a rev limiter which does not allow the car to exceed the rev range and in automatic and new cars with clever ECUs the car changes gears n=more quickly to be in the meat of the power band in the rev range and not be at high rpm wasting fuel.
Don’t Use Cruise Control
Cruise control is good and a feature that is great for long distance drive to ease fatigue. But in a new vehicle, the car should be treated with different loads of speed. Especially in manual cars that cannot shift gears for themselves, will hold the engine and the rpms to a certain speed which will put a lot of load on the car. Let the engine exercise with different loads of power and performance. The clutch and engine need to get used to a different varying condition and that is why one should avoid a long distance road trip on a brand new car which will involve the car sitting at one constant speed and rpm.
Avoid Short Distance Drives
I know what you are thinking, don’t do a road trip but also don’t drive for a small distance, where is the logic? When we say not to drive short distances. We mean to say that the engine in a new car needs to operated enough on any outing that everything can come up to operating temperature. Engine wear at a constant temperature is best for the engine to experience higher and varying loads in the future.
Your can do it, doesn’t mean it should do it. Any car should be allowed to reach its break-in period where everything has been starched to its maximum and the capacity of the car to lug more weight than its own is alright. Till the break-in period, the cars suspension, wheels, engine and other mechanical bits will be exercised and ready to haul more than its own and its occupants weight.
“That was fast” – Jaguar Art of Performance Tour: Experience
The Jaguar Art of Performance Tour is an event that comes once a year to every major city in the country and always leaves enthusiasts and customers with a massive grin on their face. Having being a veteran of this experience for the past 3 years and given the opportunity to experience it again I did not say NO. The event involves experiencing all the cars Jaguars make in India and enjoying them at their absolute limit. When I mean absolute limit; getting a behemoth like the XJL to brake hard and handle like you were ferrying a head of state away from a terrorist ambush or driving a Jaguar F-Type like you boosted it from Gone in 60 Seconds. There are instructors on scene that briefed us and explained us how to proceed with the three distinct parts of the event – Lane change activity, the slalom test and an acceleration run. Read below to know more about this activity now. We were told about the driver aids and other features that will make sure we are safe and help us unleash our inner – Lewis Hamilton without killing or wetting ourselves.
Lane Change Test
The lane change test involves accelerating hard, suddenly changing lanes and braking hard. The aim of this test is to find out the vehicles weight transfer and dynamic ability. We were shown how a car would react under a high pressure situation where a split second decision needs to be made. The car we tested here were the XE, XF and XJ. The XE and the XF were really good in this test. The most surprising was the big XJ that did not understeer and stopped on a dime in the braking box.
In this test we had to hustle a car from left to right and pit in the braking box as fast as we could. The test oversees the cars handling, grip and acceleration through corners. Of all the cars we drove here; the Jaguar F-pace, the big SUV was surprising agile. The car which really left an impression was the nimble and smooth baby XE. The XF was also overall the most effective car here for me. With the race car driver chaperoning me sitting beside me telling me, ‘that was plenty fast’. According to him it was the fastest he had seen someone apart from themselves maybe, complete this test. Ah flattery; all part of the experience!
The above tests were fun and technical. The last test was the acceleration run. There were two Jaguar F-Types on duty for that. I was the first to reach this test and made a straight bee line for the hot red SVR waiting for its first sortie. I got into the car, adjusted the steering, the seat and smiled for the cameras like a F1 driver giving people joy rides. Then the real racecar driver beside me gave me my instructions, don’t touch the gear leaver; he’ll handle that. My job was to mash the accelerator pedal as hard as I could and keep the 567bhp monster in a straight line. The car jumped of the starting line and the surrounding were a warp. And before we knew it, the braking point was there and the fury died down with a touch of the brakes. We then turned around and let the car unleash its fury back to the pits again. With the car slowing down and crackle from the exhaust on the down shifts subsiding, the experience was over.
The Jaguar Art of Performance that took place in Wadala, Mumbai was a great experience. We in the cars were not doing a mundane test drive but were scaring and surprising ourselves with the cars performance and full capabilities. It was worth getting up early on a Sunday!
Most scenic location in Maharashtra – you might have been seen!
How could you miss out on the most scenic location in Maharashtra! This is the best route that has never been taken. We encourage you to take this route and go out and explore the beautiful Maharashtra. Let us support this. Ridergirl Vishakha is a part of this and this entire road trip was possible because of our sponsor partners Coco by DHFL insurance. A new insurance brand that offers renewal and claims all easily through the web/mobile.
The Training – TVS Young Media Racer
“The adrenaline and stress of an adventure are better than a thousand peaceful days” – Paulo Coelho
If that is something you believe in then you probably know that motorsports can bring you to the peak of an adrenaline rush. We are talking about fast bikes leaning across turns and the sound of blaring exhausts zoom past you while you watch them go from the spectator stands. We were at Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore to witness this ourselves for the
MRF MMSC FMSCI INDIAN NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE CHAMPOINSHIP 2018.
The season will have three races over the next two months .The first round of races started off on the 8th of June spanning over two days and ending on the 10th of June 2018. Under the banner falls the national championship, TVS One Make Championship, TVS One Make Championship for women, TVS Young Media Racer & Honda One Make Cup.
A weekend with heated track action, fast riders, race spec bikes, pit crews, adrenaline and cheering crowd is what you imagine when you hear ‘RACING’ and this weekend was exactly about all of this. But hold on….I am not a spectator! I am here at the Kari motor Speedway as a competitor. Yes, TVS Racing has given us media personal a chance to get a first hand track experience. Under the YOUNG MEDIA RACER PROGRAM, 12 journalists and motovloggers from different parts of the country were chosen. We received a training session last month on the Madras Motor Racing Track in Chennai under the guidance of our instructor Harry Sylvester, a six time national champion Jagan kumar and KY Ahamad.
Here we were shown videos and trained step by step about the basics of motorcycle racing, it’s rules and tricks. The team at TVS Racing was really patient and we were given all the attention we needed. Harry Sylvester was patient enough to answer all our queries and questions whereas Jagan Kumar and KY Ahamad led us in two different teams on the track.
Every time a new thing was thought to us. We would get back on to the track to apply what we learnt. Step by step, one at a time so that we do not get confused by the information overload. They also made sure each and every participant got a chance to ride right behind our instructors to closely observe what was being thought to us.
Being a first timer on the track I felt very comfortable and confident. TVS provided us with full racing gear except for we had to carry our own DOT CERTIFIED, DOUBLE D RING HELMETS.
We got our hands on the race spec modified TVS APACHE 200.4V with a slipper clutch. The bike handled superbly and went around the corners like a piece of cake. I was surprised to learn what all this bike is capable to do on track. Lots of track technicalities were inculcated into our minds. Including braking, riding posture, turning for apex, checking the entry points, how to enter a turn and how to exit a turn at maximum possible speed. We were explained exactly where we should place our feet while not changing gears and how much should be the % ratio of braking and how to divide the braking efficiently between the front and rear brakes. To make things easier, the track was even temporarily marked so as to get a better judgment and make learning easier. Our instructors made sure as to give as much as personal attention to each of my fellow riders.
Apart from basics, we were educated about the various rules one has to follow on the track, the flags and penalties. A start off so as to not pop a wheelie and if we do, we were also trained on how to control it without falling. We were shown training related videos, slides and some racing related motivational videos made by TVS.
We were also provided with contact numbers for our trainers and instructors so as to call them and get our future queries answered. The team at TVS is always happy to oblige and open to feedback and suggestions. By the end of our training session all of us participants had also become good friends and enjoyed learning together as a team.
How to make a smart decision while buying a used car?
We are always worried while buying a used car. We always have the worry of getting fooled. We have heard about being fooled by used car dealers, banks and even some third parties during any kind of dealing in used car.. With a new car it is still simpler as there is a set price from the automaker. There is a sticker price. Whereas, used car buying and selling is a tricky business. The fact is, used car dealers and banks are used to deal with people on a daily basis for cars and we aren’t. They are much more experienced in this process. They can manipulate things, especially with the pricing. Hence, we recommend you to read these five crucial steps and understand how to tackle used car dealers for getting the best deals. (more…)
Top 10 affordable FI (fuel injected) bikes in India under ₹1.5 lakhs
There are so many bikes in different categories, variants and different price points available in India. But the big question of the bikes is, being affordable because reasonably priced bikes are the ones that move the most units in India. For the following bikes we have kept the maximum price range of ₹1.5 lakhs and listed out the best available in that price range-
Bajaj Dominar 400
The Bajaj Dominar uses a motor based on the KTM 390 engine. The difference is that the Dominar uses a different cylinder head and is tuned differently from the 390. The Dominar puts out a respectable 35bhp and 35Nm of torque, which is not as powerful as the KTM but it’s no slouch. It is also one of the best-equipped motorcycles here, coming with dual-channel ABS, a powerful LED headlight and a digital LCD instrument console. Bajaj Dominar 400’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹1.48 lakh (Ex-showroom)
Yamaha Fazer 25
The Fazer 25 shares its engine with the FZ25. The air and oil cooled engine produces 20bhp and 20Nm of torque. This bike’s main advantage over the FZ comes in the form of added wind protection, along with its 14-litre fuel tank, makes the Fazer 25 a good long-distance motorcycle. Like the Dominar 400, this bike also gets an LED headlight. Unfortunately, ABS is not an option that is offered on this bike by Yamaha who offers it else where in the world. The Yamaha Fazer 25’s price starts from around ₹1.28 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Mumbai)
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200
The Pulsar RS 200 uses a fuel-injected version of the 199.5cc engine seen on the NS 200. The Pulsar’s liquid-cooled motor churns out 24bhp and 18Nm of torque. The RS also gets ABS, though it is only a single-channel system. A digital-analogue instrument cluster and twin projector headlamps mean that this bike features decent levels of equipment; although the bike’s design may not be to everyone’s taste. The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 price in Mumbai starts from ₹1.26 lakh (Ex-showroom). The Pulsar RS200 is available in only 2 variants. The top-end variant Bajaj Pulsar RS200 ABS is priced at ₹1.37 lakh.
Yamaha R15 V 3.0
The latest iteration of Yamaha’s sharp and focused track tool, the R15 version 3.0, uses a 155cc liquid-cooled engine putting out 19bhp and 15Nm of torque. This motor has a strong top-end without sacrificing low and mid-range power with peak power at 10,000rpm. While the R15 misses out on ABS, it does get a slipper clutch. LED headlights and an LED tail lamp are also standard on the R15. The Yamaha YZF R15 V3’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹1.27 lakh(Ex-showroom). YZF R15 V3 is available in only 1 variant.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0
The Apache RTR 200 4V is also available with a fuel-injection system, the latter is supplied by Bosch. The FI variant commands a hefty premium of ₹12,700 over its carburetor alternative. The fuel-injected version produces 21bhp and 18Nm of torque from its 197.75cc air- and oil-cooled engine. This updated RTR features a slipper clutch as standard which is a really good thing. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is priced at ₹90,716 on wards (Ex-showroom, Mumbai). It is available in 8 versions.
Suzuki Intruder FI
The Suzuki Intruder is the only motorcycle here that is a cruiser, mimicking the design language of the larger Intruder motorcycles. It is a long and low motorcycle with a very comfortable ride. Its 155cc engine is also available with a fuel-injection system over the carb unit. The motor churns out 15bhp and 14Nm of torque. The Intruder comes with single-channel ABS, digital instrumentation shared with the Gixxer and is also seen on the Burgman Street. It also gets an LED tail-lamp as standard. The FI variant comes at a premium of Rs 6,901 over the carburetor version. Suzuki Intruder’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹1.04 lakh (Ex-showroom). The Intruder is available in only 2 variant. The top-end variant Suzuki Intruder FI is priced at ₹1.09 lakh
Suzuki Gixxer SF FI
The first motorcycle on this list to dip under the 1 lakh-rupee-mark is the Suzuki Gixxer SF FI. The Gixxer’s engine figures are identical to that of the Intruder. Like the Intruder, the Gixxer is also available with a carburettor to command a lower price but with a tiny price increase you can get a fuel injected version of the bike. For a premium of Rs 7,000 the SF can also be had with single-channel ABS. The Suzuki Gixxer SF FI is priced at ₹1,01 onwards (Ex-showroom, Mumbai). It is available in 2 versions – ABS and SP ABS.
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V FI
Like the RTR 200 4V, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is also available with carb and fuel injection options. The fuel-injected variant produces 17bhp while the carburettor variant churns out 16bhp. TVS charges a premium of Rs 6,000 for the fuel-injection version, which is quite significant when one compares it to the Suzuki Gixxer SF. The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is priced in Mumbai at ₹77,813 (Ex-Showroom price).
Yamaha Fazer FI
The smaller version of the Fazer features an air-cooled 149cc engine making 13bhp and 13Nm of torque. Like its larger sibling, it features good wind protection and comfortable ergonomics. One of the Fazer’s strongest points is its refinement – something that is partly achieved with the implementation of fuel-injection. The Yamaha Fazer-FI’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹88,143 (Ex-showroom). Fazer-
Hero Glamour Programmed FI
Finally, we come to what is the cheapest fuel-injected bike in the country – the Hero Glamour Programmed FI. The 124.7cc motor in the Glamour puts out 12bhp and 11Nm of torque. The bike also gets a front disc brake, and an LED tail-lamp. With its fuel-injection system, it offers a level of convenience that no other bike in the segment can match. If you want a fuel-injected commuter, this is the recommended and only choice for you. Hero Glamour FI’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹72,903 (Onroad Price Mumbai).
5 cars we wish were on sale in India
Ford F-150 Raptor
We have seen this thing fly, swim and climb. Videos of the Ford Raptor pick-up truck doing something other than driving in traffic will always do well. The Raptor is a full size American pickup truck with a setup that is inspired for the Baja rally. This truck is now powered by a 3.5-litre EcoBoost rather than a V8. But that is okay because of it still has the power to make this radical truck jump from mountains into dunes. If the budding truck scene in India ever explodes, Ford please put our names down for one with the Black Ops livery.
There is already one muscle car in India. But with the supercar and performance scene getting hotter in India, we really hope another outlaw from Detroit lands here soon. Dodge makes a muscle car called the Demon which is an 800bhp street stripped muscle car that can do a sub-10 second quarter mile pass. This is thing comes prepped from the factory to go drag racing with slicks and a full kit. Imagine a cold winter night, on Mumbai’s Marine Drive, this car pulls up next to a 5.0 Mustang. Imagine the carnage.
Skoda Octavia Combi
Our affair with estate cars in India ended as quickly as khaleesi’s marriage to Khal Drogo in Game Of Thrones. It was a love story too good for this world. But we haven’t forgotten them. And I haven’t forgotten the Octavia Combi. They are good looking, super practical and sometimes like the super expensive Audi RS6 shows us, great sleepers that can hunt down supercars.
Subaru WRX STi
The car that was breed for rallying and making the Mitsubishi Lancer quake at WRC, it’s the Subaru WRX STi. It can keep up with supercars on a racetrack and can give some sports cars a pretty good thrashing. The beating it can take off road with its AWD system is legendary. If they ever come to India, we want one with a metallic blue paint job and massive gold MOMO alloys.
Yes, it’s bigger than a ‘normal car’. Yes, it would be a commercial vehicle in India. But this could be the car that kicks off the whole caravaning culture in India. It has a bathroom, a bed, a shower, a desk, a kitchen. It is your ideal home away from home. We would love one if we every need to shoot a few videos for a few days straight.
These are the cars that we want? Which cars do you want in India?
7 steps to follow while buying a used car
Buying a used car is a complicated process. So far, our market isn’t organised and this makes it difficult for the buyers to pick up the correct car. There has been no authority to state anything on the used car valuation. Here we share with you, seven simple steps to purchase a used car which will help you get a good deal on used cars. (more…)