As talks of an anti-BJP front for the next Lok Sabha polls gain ground, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said he is not in favour of joining hands with the Congress to forge an opposition alliance that should be aimed [...]
Delhi's Karkardooma court on Sunday sent three men arrested in connection with the CBSE paper leak. Two teachers and a coaching centre owner were arrested by the Delhi police earlier in the day. It is learnt that the teachers clicked photos of [...]
Should I buy the BMW 5-series or the Audi A4? I know both are from different segments but I am considering the top-spec Audi A4, which costs around Rs 50 lakh, and the base model of the BMW 5-series, which costs around Rs 57 lakh. Which is more value for money?
Kushal Agarwal, Kolkata
AAA The A4 is a very refined car with a great ride and fantastic build quality but, overall, the 5-series is a much more compelling package in terms of driving pleasure and image. We feel you should go for the 5-series. It is a size bigger than the A4 and will be more comfortable too. [...]
Lynk & Co, the new brand from Chinese car firm Geely, has unveiled its new 02 small crossover at an event in Amsterdam.
The 02, which will only feature electrified powertrains, sits alongside the bigger 01 SUV and a saloon called the 03 in the nascent company’s range. The firm says that 02 will offer 'sporty' handling to appeal to a European audience.
The 02 will initially sold internationally by 2020 using the three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine from the Volxo XC40, likely in both hybrid and plug-in hybrid form. A full electric version is planned, but it unlikely to arrive before 2021. That will use the same electric motor as the forthcoming XC40 EV. Lynk & Co, which has the same owners as Volvo, began selling cars in China last year. It says the new 02 is central to its plans to gain a share in the European market.
Like the 01, the 02 is built on Geely's Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, also used by Volvo for the XC40. The platform is highly adjustable, and the 02 has a shorter wheelbase, lower ride height and wider rear track that the 01. It also has stiffer rear suspension, to make it more sporty. The 02 will be offered in a range of two-tone colours schemes, with a limited number of 'personas' instead of trims.
Lynk & Co has put a heavy focus on in-car connectivity, with large touchscreens and infotainment systems, along with what it claims is the ‘world’s first in-car share button’. Lynk & Co models won’t feature traditional trim levels and options. Instead, the firm says it will offer a series of one-price collections.
Along with its other Volvo-based models, the 02 will be built at Volvo’s factory in Ghenk, Belgium. The company says that its models will be designed with European handling tastes, with an emphasis on being fun to drive.
Lynk & Co's focus on 'globally connected urbanites' was also shown by a new partnership with online designer retailer Tictail, who will work with the car firm on a collection entitled 'The City Dweller Series'. [...]
Lobsang Sangay says ‘thousands and thousands’ of Tibetans have been killed since spiritual leader’s exile in 1959Tibetans should redouble their efforts to “reunite” the Dalai Lama with compatriots inside the Chinese-ruled region, the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile has urged.Lobsang Sangay said Tibet has seen 60 years of destruction of its civilisation, culture and identity by the Chinese since the Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959. Related: Jokhang temple: fire engulfs ancient 'heart' of Tibetan Buddhism Related: Tibetan activist put on trial in China for inciting separatism Continue reading... [...]
Rescuers search wreckage of four-storey building in Indore for survivors after incident on Saturday nightA four-storey rickety hotel building collapsed in central India, killing at least 10 people and injuring another three, police said Sunday.Rescuers working through the night with sledgehammers and chainsaws pulled alive 10 people from the debris of the building that came crashing down in Indore, a city in Madhya Pradesh state, on Saturday night, said police officer Sanju Kamle.Early morning visuals from #Indore building collapse site, the incident has claimed 10 lives. #MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/rFOLYGMADO Continue reading... [...]
A Bhagalpur Court on Saturday rejected the bail plea of Union Minister Ashwini Choubey's son Arijit Shashwat, who has been accused of triggering communal clashes in the district. Additional District and Sessions Judge Kumud Ranjan turned down the bail plea filed [...]
New Delhi, Mar 31: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to initiate a dialogue process with Pakistan at the earliest as the "key for peace" was with the neighbouring country. Speaking at a [...]
Three people were killed and two others injured after a building collapsed in Madhya Pradesh's Indore on Saturday evening. Over two-dozen people were feared trapped in the debris of a four-storey hotel that collapsed near Sarwate Bus Stand in Indore. The building is said [...]
Nobel peace prize laureate visited Pakistani town of Mingora, where she was shot by militants in 2012Malala Yousafzai has visited her hometown Mingora for the first time since she was shot on a school bus by a Taliban militant in 2012.Yousafzai and her parents landed in an army helicopter at a cadet school near the Swat Valley town in north-west Pakistan on Saturday morning. Related: 'Happiest day of my life': Malala returns to Pakistan for first time since Taliban shooting Continue reading... [...]
The BJP President Amit Shah alleged that Congress is playing minority status card for Lingayat community to prevent B.S. Yeddyurappa from becoming Chief Minister of Karnataka. It's the second day of Amit Shah's tour of Mysore, the home district of Karnataka [...]
Malala Yousafzai has visited her hometown of Mingora for the first time since she was shot on a school bus by a Taliban militant in 2012.Yousafzai and her parents landed in an army helicopter at a cadet school near the Swat Valley town in north-west Pakistan on Saturday morning.Malala Yousafzai visits hometown for first time since Taliban shooting Continue reading... [...]
The Central government filed a contempt petition seeking clarification in the composition of Cauvery Management Board (CMB). Also, it sought more time from the Court for implementing the February 16 order on Cauvery verdict. The Centre raised following questions [...]
After implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the ceiling of tax-free gratuity amount for the central government employees has increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. The unions have been demanding for the inclusion of the change in the [...]
Prominent human rights lawyer says pair, who were investigating the killing of Rohingyas by the army, are innocentProminent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has joined the legal team representing two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar. A court in Yangon has been holding preliminary hearings since January to decide whether Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, will be charged under the colonial-era Officials Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. Related: Reuters reporters clock up 100 days in Myanmar jail Related: UN officials point finger at Myanmar for 'crimes under international law' Continue reading... [...]
Former media baron Peter Mukerjea has been sent to judicial custody till 13th April by Delhi's Patiala House Court on Saturday in connection with the INX Media case. He will be produced through video conferencing in further hearings. "Peter [...]
Google on Saturday, March 31, paid tributes to Anandi Gopal Joshi - India's first woman doctor - on her 153rd birth anniversary with a doodle. The doodle honouring Joshi is the creation of Kashmira Sarode - a Bengaluru-based artist [...]
I love polishing and keeping my cars shining just as much as I love driving them. In fact, I like polishing so much that I’d voluntarily detail a friend’s car when I’m done with my own. You may not believe me but advising fellow car nuts on how to go about washing and polishing their cars can pan out to an in-depth conversation. Also, no overseas trip of mine is complete without visiting a car care product shop.
A shining car always stands out. That aside, for me, a well-detailed set of wheels is like being well groomed at an awards night dinner and is as important as personal hygiene.
You may wonder what products I use and brands I recommend, but honestly, most products from known manufacturers like Armor All, Turtle Wax, Formula 1 and the entire 3M range are all equally good. If you want to pamper your car and have deep pockets, try products from Autoglym, Griot’s Garage or other premium brands.
However, it’s not just great products that make your car look great but rather how thoroughly and methodically you do the cleaning and polishing work is what matters the most. At times, I use many household products on my cars like Mr Muscle kitchen cleaner to remove grime and tar from door trims and wheel rims, Silvo metal polish on chrome, or even Vaseline petroleum jelly to protect chrome in the monsoons.
Clothes-washing brushes are excellent to clean the tyres before polishing them and if your headlamps look a bit dull. And if you really can’t get your hands on a restoration kit, use toothpaste! As much as I love glossy paint, any car polish job would be incomplete without polished interiors. They look great, especially the veneer or faux wood in older cars when applied with furniture wood polish.
Of course, if you suffer from OCD like me, you wouldn’t want to make any compromises on your pride and joy and will use the very best products available for specific jobs. They undoubtedly make a difference over makeshift ones. I follow self-made rules, like allowing only a washer trained by me to wash my cars after a sort of induction period. Besides using only micro-fibre fabric, I like to have dedicated pieces of cloth to wash wheels, bodywork and glass.
I’ve always been tempted to buy a car wash system but never ended up buying one. Lately, I have been excited about waterless car wash technology. Not only does it save water, but also time. Best of all, it saves your car from the threat of rusting, especially older cars, as there is no risk of water being retained in cavities.
All this would mean nothing if you don’t maintain your car between polishes; it’s best to avoid parking under a tree or keeping your paint exposed to the sun. Or even further, protect your car from people wearing jeans standing against it – those buttons can scratch your paint. I’ve been doing this from the time I’ve attended college lectures!
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Now before you ask, no, you can’t buy it and it’s not coming to a showroom near you. In fact, it’s not coming to a showroom at all. So then, why am I driving this electric blue Renault Zoe e-Sport – a one-off prototype? Because we are told it’s electric; and that electric cars are the future. But it’s a future that gives enthusiasts like us sleepless nights. Just imagine a world without internal combustion and one that is ruled by emotionless, boring cars, silently roaming streets like appliances. That’s the cue for the Zoe e-Sport to come in and comfort us with the prospect that EVs (apart from their goody-good image of saving the planet) can be fast and fun. Okay, Tesla has already proved that EVs can deliver sportscar levels of acceleration, but the Zoe e-Sport takes it another level by bundling supercar-slaying performance in an ordinary hatchback. This could be the template for a GTI (or GTe?) hot hatch in the next 7-8 years.
The Zoe e-Sport is also a showcase of Renault’s Formula E racing technology and no doubt, the famous adage, ‘race on Sunday, sell on Monday,’ will soon apply to EVs, too. It also makes me digress a bit to the lost opportunity Mahindra Racing’s super successful Formula E campaign is. If Renault can stuff Formula E bits into a Zoe why can’t Mahindra do the same to a KUV100 as a one-off? That would have made some statement at the Buddh circuit.
Coming back to the e-Sport; it packs two Formula E motors, each to power the front and rear axle. Collectively, they produce 460hp of pure electric power distributed through all four wheels. The e-Sport has a tangible link to a road-going Zoe, but like a typical ‘silhouette’ race car, there is not a part in common between the race and road versions.
The e-Sport has a tubular chassis built by racing specialist Tork engineering and the body is made of carbon fibre. Hunkered down on massive 20-inch alloys that sit under outrageously flared-out wheel arches, the Zoe e-Sport – with its massive front air dam, carbon-fibre spoiler, and rear diffuser – certainly looks the part.
The underpinnings, too, are pure race car, with a double wishbone suspension front and rear, pro Öhlin dampers that are four-way adjustable, AP racing brakes and mechanical differentials on both axles with a 45/55 front/rear split.
Inside, it’s all racing car too, with a roll cage and a pair of Recaros with 6-point harnesses. There’s a single screen in front of you, which looks very high-tech and gives you all sorts of information on the power flow, and a trio of chunky rotary switches which select drive and vary the power output. It’s a stripped-out cabin with not much by way of creature comforts. Forget air-conditioning, there isn’t even a proper blower, and the windows are fixed and don’t roll down, whilst the door handles are flimsy levers. All this has been done in the name of saving weight. But tipping the scales at 1400kg, the e-Sport isn’t exactly light; and that’s because of the two 20kWh lithium-ion battery packs placed low down in the floor, that alone weigh a very hefty 450kg.
It may not have a favourable power-to-weight ratio, but with max torque available from a standstill, the Zoe e-Sport, according to Renault, will rocket to 100kph in 3.2sec and into 210kph in just 10sec. This makes the electrified Renault quicker than a Porsche Turbo. Time to test the claim? That’s exactly what I’m here for, on a hot, sunny day at the Dubai Autodrome.
Turn on the e-Sport and you can hear various wooshes and whirrs as it comes alive. Select Drive, engage the highest voltage setting (for max power) via the rotary controls on the dashboard and the e-Sport is primed for take-off.
You know the car is alive when a gentle prod of the right pedal is all it takes for the e-Sport to lunge forward like a frightened cat. The smallest flex of your foot is met with an instant response and there is absolutely no delay in power delivery.
I hold a steady ‘throttle’ trundling down the pit lane of the Dubai Autodrome, which allows me time to adjust to the relative lack of sound, which bears no resemblance to a high-strung racing engine. There’s a steady hum from the electric motors and cooling fans behind me, which sounds like some industrial machine. It all feels quite alien.
Exiting the pit lane, I press down on the accelerator and that hum turns into a high-pitched whine as the e-Sport bolts forward. The acceleration is incredible and pushes me into the deeply contoured Recaro bucket; but what I can’t get my head around is how the rapid build-up of speed is accompanied by a complete lack of drama. There’s no loud, manic scream to the redline, no interruption of power with gearshifts, but just a strong, seamless and linear shove forward which actually serves to mask the [...]
Mumbai, Mar 30: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Friday urged students and parents to boycott re-examination for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exam papers that got leaked. The CBSE announced a re-test of the [...]
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that he would sit on an indefinite fast if the issue of sealing is not stopped by March 31. The Supreme Court is going to hear this matter from 2 April on day [...]
Displaced Ukrainians and Battle Against Stigma, two series by Mark Neville, focus on the impact that post-traumatic stress disorder has on people who experience conflict.After spending three months embedded with troops in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Neville returned home suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.In Ukraine, he observed how the civil war affected children in the Donbass region.Displaced Ukrainians and Battle Against Stigma is at Quad: Market Place, Derby 30 March – 24 June as part of Format International Photography Festival and Quad’s season of Wellbeing Continue reading... [...]
Kolkata, Mar 30: West Bengal Congress president Adhir Chowdhury on Friday said an anti-BJP front in the country "can succeed only under party president Rahul Gandhi's leadership". He took a dig at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's proposal of putting [...]
New Delhi/Islamabad, Mar 30: In a bid lessen the prevailing tensions between the two countries, India and Pakistan on Friday announced they have agreed to mutually resolve all issues about the treatment of diplomats. The agreement follows claims and counter-claims by the [...]