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Understanding Your Car: Paddle Shifters
So here we are in a time when slowly manual transmission cars are dying out and customers and manufacturers are both shifting to automatic gearboxes. Is this a world we want our children to grow up in? As a true car enthusiast will say, manual cars are more engaging and who even drives an automatic car? And why the torture? But traffic is increasing. Cars are being reprimanded of free spaces to stretch their legs, every country doesn’t have an Autobahn and hence automatics have started to make s
Transfagarasan Highway: One Of The Best Driving Roads In The World!
In the search for the greatest driving road in the world, we have landed our sights on the breathtaking Transfagarasan Highway in Romania. "We were wrong, this is better than the Stelvio, this is the best road in the world!" Jeremy Clarkson - Top Gear. Anyone in the world who has had the opportunity to visit this highway has been awestruck by the sheer beauty of this place and the trio at Top Gear was no exception. The road climbs, twists and descends right through Moldoveanu and Negoiu - the hi
2021 Rolls Royce Ghost: Same Formula, Amplified Luxury
BOO!!! Rolls Royce has just recently come up with the second iteration of the Ghost after a staggering 11 years and we all have been thunderstruck. It is no coincidence that the company took 11 years to create something similar to the original version, but the company spiced up the timeless look of the Ghost and gave it a much more sublime character. Why create a new recipe from scratch when you can amplify the intensity of flavors for a divine experience? The Ghost has been the most successful
Rimac - The High-Performance Electric Car
When we talk about electric cars, the first name that pops right up in our minds is a Tesla. But when we talk about electric supercars, there aren’t many names that pop right up in our minds. Rimac Automobili has changed this for us in recent years. The first electric supercar accolade was well deserved by the company when they launched the exclusive Concept One. The company was founded in 2009 by Mate Rimac who rented suitable facilities just outside of Zagreb in Croatia. Mate decided to build
Sin R1 550: The Bulgarian Supercar
Today we are going to talk about Sin. Not the sin that you’ve committed, but something more enticing and with four wheels, the Sin R1 550. All the Asphalt 9 fans, looks like you’re on the edge of your seats as the car can only be obtained through the Legend Store. But coming back to reality, not many people know about the brand Sin Cars as it does not have a legendary Le Mans-winning car as Ford has. The brand is not even Italian to fixate everyone’s attention towards them. However, the brand ha
Mercedes-Benz MBUX: Bringing The Driver and Car Infotainment Closer Than Ever
MBUX (short for Mercedes Benz User Experience) has been hailed as a sort of revolution in the cockpit ever since it was introduced back in 2018. It is an artificial intelligence system that equips the majority of recent Mercedes models. It was first introduced in the fourth generation Mercedes A-Class. Mercedes has pushed the boat out with the MBUX processing capacity in the luxury cars segment. MBUX is a system that offers you the ability to control the interface your way. It comprises voice c
The Eastern European Legacy: Skoda
Insults, are sometimes blessing in disguise, as we Lamborghini, the fastest Supercar manufacturer came into manufacturing Cars after Ferrari insulted its CEO. Same is the reason for the origin of Skoda Auto company, which is nowdays known as Skoda. Back in 1885, Vaclav Klement was insulted, by a Bicycle manufacturer from Germany. This insult lead him to start manufacturing his own bicycles, along with Vaclav Laurin in Czech. In 1899 the company started manufacturing the Slavia Motorcycle with th
Team Kshatriya Explores Four-Wheel Drive (4WD)
College racing competitions are a very important aspect of learning for the undergraduate engineering students as it provides a platform to put theoretical knowledge to a test in the real world. Mahindra BAJA SAE is one of the few platforms where students come around with their builds and test in the competition. The event is organized globally by the Society of Automotive Engineers, USA. The event originated in the name of Mini - BAJA, in the year 1976 at the University of Carolina. Since then,
IIT Bombay Racing Gears Up For Online Events
IIT Bombay has been the pinnacle of technical education in India for ages now. But, the students at IIT Bombay have the passion to go further and have also made their mark in the Indian Motorsport scenario as the best electric Formula Student team. The team was founded in 2007 and took part in its first race in 2008 at Formula Student Michigan. The crew raced with IC engines for a short while and shifted to electric motors in 2012 and also were the first college racing team in India to do so. II
Kia Sonet : A new benchmark for urban cars in India
The Indian automobile market has seen car manufacturers flood the mid-size SUV segment with numerous launches and now Kia has entered the race with the Sonet. Kia has a good base of customers with the previous hot launch, the Seltos and now is looking to expand it with the Sonet. The recently launched mid-size offering from the Korean brand competes with the likes of Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport. Since its launch on 18th September 2020, the brand ha
Car Of The Week - Jaguar E-Type
When we talk about legendary cars many come to mind but amongst the top contenders is the Jaguar E-Type. The Jaguar E-Type is the most beautiful car ever made. We are going to tell you more about this truly iconic sports car. The E-Type is a sports car that was manufactured by UK car giant Jaguar. British car manufacturer Jaguar has a rich heritage for producing sports cars which are beautifully designed and great performance as well. The Jaguar E-Type is based on the Jaguar D-Type sports car.
Koenigsegg Gemera - World's First 4-door 'Mega-GT' Hypercar
Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg is world-renowned for producing some crazy and brilliant hypercars. What started as a dream to create the best car in the world has transpired into a company that is producing beautiful hypercars that are scaling new heights in the field of performance cars. The Geneva Motor Show 2020 was cancelled due to the Coronavirus, however instead of packing up and leaving Koenigsegg had other ideas…they decided to unveil their cars via a live stream right there on the
An Insight Into How Pravega Racing Has Been Shaped By Formula Student
Exams, tests are a part and parcel of every student’s journey. The world we live in today is a highly competitive one with a huge number of students vying to outscore each other and give their best performance. For a student learning a subject in theory and applying it into practice is always a different experience. It is every aspiring engineer’s dream to one day be a part of a race team and work on building a race car. Now imagine working as part of a race team designing, developing and buildi
Car Of The Week - Ford GT40
The 1960s were exciting times for the Ford Motor Company. Fuel prices were low which meant good sales, the iconic Ford Mustang was introduced in 1964 and Ford became a force to be reckoned with in the world of car racing. Ford has historically been known as a world-class car manufacturer of mass-market cars and SUVs. In 1966 Ford changed this with the introduction of the legendary Ford GT40. What made the Ford GT40 so successful? We are going to tell you all about this brilliant car! Here goes
Understanding Your Car - Disc Brakes
Driving is a very complex process. It requires a lot of concentration, coordination, situational awareness, swift decision making. Braking is one of the most crucial elements of driving. The brakes help control the speed of the car by slowing the car down, either to the desired speed or to a complete stop. The brakes are present on both the front and rear brakes of the car. There are two types of brakes which are generally used in cars – drum brakes and disc brakes. We will be telling you more a
Car Of The Week - Aston Martin DB5
Aston Martin is world-renowned for designing and manufacturing luxury sports cars and grand tourers. Aston Martin cars are known for the great blend of beautiful design and amazing driving performance. The British car manufacturer has produced some of the most beautiful and iconic cars of all time. One such car is the Aston Martin DB5. Arguably one of the most beautiful cars ever designed and an iconic movie car the Aston Martin DB5 has legendary status in the car world. Now, let’s get to know m
Is India Ready For Electric Vehicles?
Electric vehicles need one or more motors and use electricity for propelling the vehicle. It uses a battery to store electric energy. The battery can be recharged through charging stations or electric ports built for the purpose. EVs are the need of the hour with the high levels of toxins in the air due to emissions from conventional petrol or diesel engines. Climate change has made it imperative that we Indians do our part in reducing the carbon footprints that we are constantly creating. India
Car Of The Week - Toyota Land Cruiser
In 1950, the Korean war saw the demand for a light utility vehicle for the military. The US government gave Toyota the task of manufacturing 100 vehicles with Willys Jeep specifications. This gave Japan the Jeep! The demand for military UVs saw the creation of the Toyota “Jeep” BJ prototype in 1951. The BJ40 was the predecessor of the Land Cruiser. The BJ40 was larger and more powerful than the American Jeep. In 1954, Toyota decided to rebrand the BJ40 and changed its official name to the Land
How Do Electric Cars Perform Better Than Combustion Cars?
Electric cars are more popular than ever. Recently electric cars have seen very high demand in markets the world over. Conventional cars i.e. those running on fossil fuels are still quite popular and vastly outnumber their electric counterparts. With an overdependence on fossil fuels, their ill effects on global warming, climate change, and a need for alternative fuel transportation; electric vehicles have become increasingly popular. Electric cars are more efficient, environmentally friendly, a
The Sochi Autodrom
Sochi Autodrom, previously known as the Sochi International Street Circuit delivered Russia’s first-ever F1 race on the 12th of October 2014. The Russian circuit has been designed by Tilke Gmbh & Co., the head of which, Hermann Tilke, is the creator of most of the modern Formula 1 tracks. The circuit is the 4th longest in the F1 calendar, coming behind Belgium’s Spa, Britain’s Silverstone and Azerbaijan’s Baku City Circuit. Integrated into the Olympic Park that was built for the 2014 Winter Olym
Understanding Your Car: 4X4 V/S AWD
SUVs have become a mainstay for numerous car owners who swear by them for the utility, capability and reliability they offer. SUVs have been around for a long time, with origins which can be traced back to the 1930s when militaries across the globe were developing vehicles which had the capability of tackling or being deployed in any terrain. One of the most crucial elements in an SUV or any utility vehicle is the drivetrain system. SUVs use 2 types of powertrain systems – 4X4 & AWD. This time o
ICT Connected Shift System - Hyundai, Kia Develop Future Auto Shift Tech Which Will Predict Your Next Gear Shift
The car is one of the most important inventions in the history of mankind. Having revolutionized the way humans travel, commute the car can be credited to changing mass transportation as we know it! With the advent of cutting-edge technology and the means to make it more accessible, affordable to all consumers globally car manufacturers have been very successful in making the car an integral part of our day to day lives. While driving a car is an easy, fun task for a lot of people…a common frus
Who Are Great Wall Motors?
The automobile industry plays a very important part in the economic dividend of a country by increasing overall GDP, increasing exports, employment, etc. China is currently the largest producer and manufacturer of cars in the world surpassing established markets such as USA, Japan and Germany. China’s neighbor India is also one of the largest car markets in the world and the fastest emerging one too. Off late Chinese car brands have finally taken the leap and entered the highly lucrative, exciti
Meet The DBX: Aston Martin's First SUV
German supercar manufacturer Porsche shocked the world when it launched the Cayenne SUV way back in 2003. The Cayenne was a mid-sized luxury SUV that also delivered on the supercar-like performance, experience one would get when driving a conventional supercar. The Cayenne started the trend and pioneered the luxury performance SUV segment. Iconic British car manufacturer Aston Martin is the latest car brand to join the luxury performance SUV segment with the Aston Martin DBX. James Bond can now
What Does Kia Have In Store For The Indian Car Buyer?
The year 2019 is going to be a very exciting and important one for the Indian automobile industry. The first half of the year has been dominated with new car launches the likes of Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV 300; we have also seen the much-loved Honda Civic in an all-new avatar marking its re-entry into the Indian market after a gap of 7 years. Well...if you thought the first half of 2019 was great, then you are certainly in for an awesome second half! In the second half of 2019, India is going
Understanding Your Car : What Is Perfect Car Care?
The car has become one of the most important means of transport for humans. In today’s day and age, the car is not only a means of transport but has also become a necessity for millions across the world. It is estimated that there are over a billion cars in use all over the world. On average a car owner uses his car for a period of approx. 6-8 years. Owning a car is a very high involvement process and requires attention and care in order to use it to the best of its potential. The car is a mac
Understanding Your Car : Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
Braking is one of the most important elements of driving. The brakes of a car enable a driver to have control over his/her car by reducing the speed. A slower speed allows for greater control of the car, hence enabling the driver to make a turn, maneuver in traffic, park the car, etc. When a car is in motion it has a lot of kinetic energy. When car tires are in contact with the road surface friction is generated, this friction is very important to determine both maximum speed and minimum stopp
Understanding Your Car: Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Driving a car is a constantly engaging process for the driver. Braking and handling are amongst the most crucial components of driving. The active safety of a car depends on the way a driver safely brakes and handles the car. Car handling refers to how a car responds to the inputs of the driver (braking, turning, accelerating etc.) and how it moves along in the desired direction of travel. A car being a wheeled vehicle is prone to understeer and oversteer. Understeer occurs when a car turns le
Volvo S90 : Redefining ‘Practical Luxury
The influence of German cars has been a very big factor, in the Indian market. We, must agree that the German manufacturers do offer another dimension to the Indian car buyer. Brands such as Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai etc. have always done well and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. No car is perfect and with the preferences and fancies of the Indian customer changing at a very rapid pace the Germans have garnered a very strong fan base in India. Moving to where they a
Tata Tigor AMT - Practical, Affordable, Value For Money
The automatic gear transmission is a real boon, more so in a country like India. The increasing number of cars, excessive congestion on roads, large-scale infrastructure projects, lead to snarling traffic jams. Car users would agree that the daily commute from home to the workplace, is a grueling affair both physically and mentally. While driving a manual car, the constant hold and release of the clutch take a toll physically. This is where the added convenience of the automatic car comes to t
Tata Nexon : India's Best Urban Compact SUV
Tata Motors – the Tata group’s vehicle (passenger & commercial) manufacturing arm has been an important part of their Indian business ventures. Tata Motors created India’s first indigenously developed car – the Tata Indica in 1998. The Indica later went on to become one of the best-selling cars in India. Popular market movers from the Tata stable were the Tata Safari, Tata Sumo amongst others. All car brands go through a phase where the offerings they give to the customer do not quite click i
Range Rover Velar - On Par With Excellence
Range Rover have been one of the most popular brands in the automotive world. Always striving to be on par with excellence. A sub-brand of Land Rover, Range Rover has been pushing the boundaries of luxury, technology and overall capability for the better half of 5 decades. The Range Rover has been known as the ultimate luxury vehicle to take you anywhere, and rightly so! The Land Rover brand as a whole has been a pioneer in the off-roading segment. The first Range Rover launched in 1970, left
MARUTI IGNIS - The Modern Urban Car For The 'New Age' Indian
By 2022, India is set to be the most populous nation in the world. With close to 60% of the population below the age 35 years, India is on track to become the youngest nation in the world. Firms in the Indian market are keeping a watchful eye, particularly on the millennial generation. Generation Y as they are more popularly known, refer to the people who are born between 1980s to the early 2000s. Currently India has about 356 million people who are in the age bracket 20-35 years. All the playe
Mahindra Marazzo - Premium, Value For Money, 'Family' MPV
Mahindra Motors has launched its first premium MPV – the Mahindra Marazzo for the Indian market. The launch of the Marazzo is important for Mahindra as it expands its model range into the lucrative Indian MPV segment. An all-new car launch from Mahindra was a long time due and the brand hopes that the Marazzo will do justice to expectations. The word ‘Marazzo’ which means shark is derived from the Basque region of Spain. The growth of the Indian MPV segment can be credited to the undisputed s
Hyundai Venue: One Of India's Best Value For Money Cars
The Indian market is a value-centric one. Most Indian customers make their buying decisions basis value for money factor derived from a product or service. The Indian car market is one of the best places to witness such consumer behaviour and buying patterns. The Indian car market has a wide variety of cars on offer from Rs.1.5 lakh all the way to upwards of Rs.5 crore…yet cars below the Rs.12 Lakh mark make up the bulk sales. Car manufacturers who consistently provide value for money cars at
Can The Volvo XC40 Catch The Eye Of Young Indian Premium SUV Buyers?
India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world today. Our country has the youngest population in the world. The Indian automobile industry has emerged as one of the fastest growing and most dynamic in the world today - high economic growth and more youth buyers in the market have attributed to this growth. With an increase in disposable income young car buyers have pushed the demand for entry-level premium and luxury cars sky high! German heavyweights Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi have be
2019 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R : The Practical Workhorse Is Now Bigger & Better!
Maruti Suzuki is the most trusted, reliable car brand in India. Not only this they have very well championed the hatchback segment in the Indian car market. Cars such as the Maruti Suzuki Alto, Zen, Wagon R, 800 have been the true pioneers of the hatchback segment in the country. Being a master of offering value for money to the Indian customer Maruti cars are appealing to one and all! If you were to ask anyone who has some knowledge of the Indian car market – ‘Which are the 2 most popular Tal
The X1 Racing League Is Here To Revive Indian Motorsport
Motorsport has historically been a very exciting, fascinating experience for fans and spectators across the world. Just like any other sport, motorsport too has an emotional connect with its fans. A strong grassroots foundation is the stepping stone for sporting success in any country.  Competitions such as F1, WRC, NASCAR etc. are the pinnacle of global motorsport and have played a very important role in making the foundation of motorsport strong, while also setting young aspiring drivers a b
2018 Mahindra XUV 500 or Jeep Compass : Which SUV Is Perfect For You?
The past few months have been very exciting for Mahindra. First, the all new Mahindra flagship XUV 700 was unveiled and showcased at the New Delhi Auto Expo. The XUV 700 will be replacing the SsangYong Rexton SUV. Then Mahindra owned iconic automobile design house Pininfarina announced that it will venture into manufacturing electric vehicles. Just a few weeks ago, Mahindra launched the 2018 XUV 500 SUV. Hence, giving one of India’s most popular SUV’s a much-needed mid-cycle/mid-life facelift. I
Meet Pravega Racing - One Of India's Best Formula Student Teams
India has at its disposal a very large, capable talent pool of young engineers who are currently pursuing their studies in one of India’s many eminent engineering colleges…while at the same time chasing their passion. Many students in engineering colleges across the world take part in race competitions which challenge aspiring engineers to test their theoretical knowledge and put it to practical use by designing, building, testing and finally racing a formula car! The Vellore Institute of Tech
IIT Bombay Racing - Pioneering India's Electric College Racing Circuit
Nestled in the heart of Mumbai is Powai, a buzzing neighborhood of high-rise buildings, corporate hubs and the prestigious IIT Bombay. IIT Bombay is a name synonymous with a lot of people not only in India but globally too. This prestigious institute has been at the forefront of engineering, science in India and is the most esteemed destination for any aspiring student who wants to venture into the world of engineering. IIT Bombay is a place reserved for the best of the best! It’s not surprisi