Agartala, March 17: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon to seek a special package to tide over financial crisis in the state. Deb will also meet Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with the same [...]
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The upcoming BMW 1-series is the first of six upcoming models which have been due to switch to new front-wheel-drive underpinnings, called FAAR (Frontantriebsarchitektur). Each of these models will come with either two-wheel or all-wheel drive. We run through what to expect in the list below
The 1-series hatch is the first model to benefit from the new FAAR platform. Insiders indicate that it will again be offered with the choice of three and five-door layouts.
2-series Gran Turismo
Instead of the China-made front-driven 1-series sedan, BMW will offer Europe a FAAR-based model that's likely to be a sedan-cum-hatchback.
2-series Active Tourer
BMW’s first dedicated front-wheel-drive model will switch from its existing UKL platform to the new FAAR architecture in 2021.
2-series Gran Tourer
The successor to today’s 2-series Gran Tourer is due in 2021. Plans are being made for a more luxurious model with improved comfort and space.
The FAAR platform will play a key role in BMW’s electric car line-up. Pencilled in for 2022 is a junior SUV model conceived as an i3 successor.
Having made the switch from rear-wheel drive to BMW’s UKL platform in 2016, it is no surprise that the next-gen X1 will use the FAAR platform. [...]
Steve McQueen’s iconic line in the movie Le Mans goes, “Racing is life. Everything else is just waiting.” And I’d been waiting a long, long time. Sure, I’ve been part of the odd go-karting slugfest with the guys from the office, but nothing that required me to slip into a full-on race suit, strap on racing boots and sit through a session just on the type of flags used at a race track. I’m at the recently updated MMRT and I’m here to play pro racer for the weekend. Volkswagen is hosting an Ameo Cup round for the media, so the grid is full of familiar faces from our small fraternity. It’s a mixed bag when talking race experience though. Some are discussing racing lines, while
others are figuring out the track layout. I’m part of the latter bunch.
The Ameo Cup car is no toy. It’s a serious racing machine with a functional rear spoiler, racing slicks, and a track-spec suspension setup. And… it’s powered by a 205hp, 1.8-litre turbo-petrol that’s mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. I can barely contort my way through the roll cage and I can’t say the racing seat is a match for the comfy chairs on the road-going Ameo either. Claustrophobia hits good and proper when the six-point harness is tightened. Thankfully, we are amidst the week-long winter in Chennai, so it’s more slow burn than blast furnace in the car.
Race champ and VW Motorsport’s driver coach Rayomand Banajee advises us to use the Friday practice to get comfy with the car and learn the track layout. But as soon as I’m past the green light at the pit-lane exit, I feel like an energetic dog let off its leash, and just go for it. The car sounds hardcore, is nicely grippy in the bends and has some seriously good brakes on call, too. My gut tells me I’m doing alright. I finish Practice 1 in P2, just a tenth off Carwale’s (and ex-Autocar India’s) Ameya Dandekar’s time. I start wondering if it’s too late to take up racing professionally…
I take more risks in Practice 2 and my cleanest laps net me a time half a second quicker than my Practice 1 best; but then it all starts going wrong. I’m penalised for missing the chequered flag that signals the end of the session (rookie mistake, I promise!), and coming in a lap too late. The penalty? I’m to miss the start of my qualifying session. Disaster! The only thing to do is to drive hard and try to make my way past whoever I can to get a proper hot lap in. I manage an overtake or two, but after trailing Top Gear’s Ashok George, impatience kicks in. I’m on the inside of C2, a slowish 90-degree right hander, and I think he’s gone wide – but mid-way through the manoeuvre, he turns in and there’s contact. His car spins on the grass and I know I’ve damaged my car’s steering. As I roll into the pit lane, I’m also informed I’ve been summoned by the stewards who are investigating my little adventure. I’m given the verbal equivalent of a rap on my knuckles and I’m let off with a warning. My best qualifying lap time is a full 4sec off my best in practice, putting me seventh on the grid. Abhik Das from Auto Today, Ameya and Anosh Khumbatta from Car India are the three fastest drivers of the day.
Sunday is the big day – it’s race day; and everyone’s eyes tell the same story – everyone is in it to win it. Warm-up lap done with, it’s showtime. The five lights go out… aaand I’ve botched up my start. I’m a moment too late with my launch and I’ve already lost a position before the first corner. This is becoming embarrassing. Then, one car runs wide and I move up the order. Another car goes off a lap later and another position opens up. By lap 3 of 8, I’ve found my groove and make a lunge down the inside of a rival and get by. That thrill of an overtake… it’s a major endorphin release. I’m running in fifth position, now and chasing Ameya, who’s desperate to fight his way up the order after losing two positions following a short-but-costly off-track excursion, early on. He’s making uncharacteristic mistakes, allowing me to chip away at his lead. Soon enough, we also catch up with Anosh who is running third. I’m a prime spectator to the dogfight ahead and the action just intensifies on the last lap. On the third from last corner, the pressure gets to Anosh, he slips up and gifts P3 and P4 to Ameya and me – but it isn’t over, yet. Ameya bungles up the very last corner of the race allowing me to give it a last go.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the room and finish just four-tenths behind him at the finish line. Abhik won the race by a massive margin from Ashok who had a quiet race to P2. I don’t have any silverware to show for the weekend but, still – what an experience! This sim [...]
Paul Henry Dean guilty of ‘unnatural sex’ with young boys and men at orphanageAn Australian man who posed as a doctor and priest to rape children at the Indian orphanages where he volunteered has been released immediately after being convicted.Paul Henry Dean, 75, was found guilty last month of “unnatural sex” with young boys and men at an orphanage for children with visual, speech and hearing impairments. Continue reading... [...]
The Congress's top leadership on Friday gave a final shape to the party's political roadmap and vision for the next five years that will be unveiled at its plenary session. The party's focus at the conclave would be to highlight the [...]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his government has broken the imbalance in development by focusing on the eastern part of India and taken governance to people's doorstep in that region. Speaking at the Rising India summit organised [...]
Both nations accuse the other of harassing diplomatic staff, including 3am doorbell ringingDiplomacy between India and Pakistan can involve high-stakes negotiation, subtle messaging and the ever present threat of nuclear war. Sometimes it involves ringing someone’s doorbell in the middle of the night and running away.Islamabad has recalled its high commissioner to Delhi for “consultations” amid a row between the neighbours about the alleged harassment of each country’s diplomats and their families. Related: Why Pakistan and India remain in denial 70 years on from partition Continue reading... [...]
AIADMK on Friday expelled former MP and one of its spokespersons K C Palanisamy for alleged anti-party activities after he favoured support by the ruling party to the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government in Parliament. A party [...]
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Aston Martin and the Red Bull F1 team are working together to launch a LaFerrari- and McLaren P1-rivalling, mid-engined car. Known as the ‘brother of the Valkyrie’ by its development team, the car is aimed at establishing a new benchmark for hypercars in the £1m (approximately Rs 9 crore) price bracket in around 2021, ahead of any of the established players re-entering the market.
Both the LaFerrari and McLaren P1 were launched in 2013 and, while production of both has ceased, such halo cars are typically replaced at extended intervals. The gap between the launch of the Enzo and the LaFerrari was 11 years and, were such a gap repeated, it would mean the Aston-Red Bull car stealing a march on them.
While it is loosely termed a hypercar, its performance will be far in excess of any production car previously sold, putting it in a different league to the likes of the LaFerrari and McLaren P1 and even – its makers insist – newer special editions such as the McLaren Senna and potentially the Senna GTR.
It is not clear how much the ‘brother of Valkyrie’ and Aston’s upcoming, more mainstream 488-rival – set to launch in 2021 – will share in common beyond their basic layout, but it is expected that the former will launch as a halo product to showcase Aston’s skills in the mid-engined supercar market. Consequently, the ‘brother of Valkyrie’ will likely be sold in extremely limited numbers, in order to add to its desirability.
It is likely both cars will use an all-new chassis architecture using a new carbonfibre monocoque and similar aluminium sub-frames, created using the knowhow developed during the manufacture of the Valkyrie.
Though Aston boss Andy Palmer declined to confirm on the likely powertrain that will be used by the ‘brother of Valkyrie’, there has been speculation that it could also be used as a halo project to showcase the electrified technology that Aston will bring to market around that time, albeit with a high-performance rather than efficiency focus. As such, collaboration with Mercedes’ AMG arm is possible, as is an extension of the working relationship with Cosworth, which is developing the 1,000+hp 6.5-litre V12 in the Valkyrie. Either way, it is likely to use a V8 configuration. [...]
The carmaker has created its quickest SVR model yet by squeezing in a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 into the Velar. The Velar SVR – as the car is expected to be named – will go on sale in October as a potential rival to the BMW X6 M. The newest SVR mixes Land Rover's off-road ability with savage performance.
Sources at our sister publication, Autocar UK, confirm that this hot Velar test car is using a 5.0-litre V8. It's likely that us motor is Jaguar Land Rover's most prevalent supercharged motor in the same form as the Range Rover Sport SVR, producing 550hp and 680Nm of torque and giving the Velar SVR the ability to get from 0-100kph in around 4.2sec.
Even though the Velar SVR – which has most recently been spotted testing at the Nürburgring – will be cheapest model so far, from JLR's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) high-performance division, it is also likely to rank as the quickest, due to its smaller size and lighter weight. The aluminium-based Velar will receive a host of SVR weight-saving measures to bring its kerb weight down to about 1,800kg. Admittedly, that does not make it a featherweight but it would be a significant 465kg lighter than the X6 M and close to 500kg less than the Range Rover Sport SVR.
SVO's engineers are still finalising the car's chassis set-up. This will include new performance settings for the air suspension – including a firmer, sportier mode designed for enthusiastic driving. Beneath the camouflage, the test car’s rear bumper looks to have gained a diffuser between two new exhaust exits and it also has new, lighter wheels.
Along with the BMW X6 M, the Velar SVR has another rival (and a stable mate), which is due to arrive in June – the Jaguar F-Pace SVR. That car is expected to get the same V8 albeit in a more potent F-Type SVR specification, producing 575hp and an acceleration of 0-100kph in less than 4.0sec.
Despite their similarities, the SVR F-Pace and Velar will each focus on slightly different areas of the market. The Jaguar will prioritise on-road performance and the Velar will retain more of its off-road ability.
While there is no word on Land Rover bringing the Velar SVR to the country, the India-spec model is sold with a 184hp, 2.0-litre petrol, a 179hp, 2.0-litre diesel and a 300hp, 3.0-litre diesel engine. Prices range between Rs 78.873 lakh and Rs 1.37 crore (ex-showroom, India).
2018 Range Rover Velar India review, test drive
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Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Thursday said the BJP may call for early Lok Sabha elections after its stunning defeat in the parliamentary bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, whose gamble of [...]