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Suzuki launches the 2021 Hayabusa in India

April 29, 2021 / 0 Comments / 177 / Bike News

The Suzuki Hayabusa was one of the dream motorcycle of every auto-enthusiast when John rode it in the movie Dhoom. Ever since the motorcycle has got immense attention, there were very few Ninja’s, Triumphs back then. Japnese Engineering ruled the market in India such as the Suzuki’s, Yamaha’s, Honda’s. Suzuki, launched the third-generation model of its flagship Sport Bike, the All-New Hayabusa.

Under the product concept “Ultimate Sport”, inherited from the very first generation, the All-New Hayabusa has further evolved the unique styling design with outstanding aerodynamic performance and superior riding performance. Various mode selections are offered for each electronic control system to better fit varying riding scenes from city riding to touring, racetracks, and better serve for riders’ preferences and skill levels.

Key features:

1) S.I.R.S features SDMS-α
(Suzuki Drive Mode Selector Alpha)-

– Factory presets: 3
– User-defined settings: 3

2) Active Speed Limiter

3) Launch Control System (3 modes)

4) Suzuki Easy Start System

5) Low RPM Assist

6) Cruise Control System

7) Combined Brake System

8) Motion Track Brake System

9) Slope Dependent Control System

10) Hill Hold Control System

 

Instrument Cluster and Features:

The newly-installed Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) features SDMS-α, which offers a choice between three factories presets, (A: Active, B: Basic, and C: Comfort), as well as three user-defined settings (U1, U2, U3). Each one of these selects the mode settings as a group for the Power Mode Selector, Motion Track Traction Control, Anti-lift Control, Engine Brake Control, and Bi-directional Quick Shift systems. The rider uses switches on the left handlebar to change modes and settings, and the current settings are displayed on the TFT LCD panel located in the center of the instrument cluster, between the Hayabusa’s large analog speedometer and tachometer.

Engine & Performance:

All New Hayabusa is powered with 1340cm3 four stroke fuel injected liquid-cooled DOHC, in-line four engine to deliver 140kW (190PS)/9,700rpm power and 150N-m/7,000rpm torque. Additionally, Intelligence embodied in the electronic control systems enhance and advances the riding experience.

Price kitna hai?

The BS6 Compliant All-New Hayabusa shall be dispatched in the middle of May 2021, retails at INR 1,640,000 (ex-showroom Delhi.

Colours Available:

Total Three colours namely

1) Glass Sparkle Black/ Candy Burnt Gold,

2) Metallic Mat Sword Silver/ Candy Daring Red

3) Pearl Brilliant White/ Metallic Mat Stellar Blue.

Suzuki’s take on Covid-19 Precautions:

To ensure utmost customer convenience during the current COVID-19 situation, All-New Hayabusa can be booked at the click of a button through ‘Suzuki at your Doorstep’ with the booking amount of INR 100,000. Integrated within Suzuki Motorcycle India’s official website https://www.suzukimotorcycle.co.in

Currently, the Motorcycle stands sold out for the Indian market.

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Are Electric Vehicles (EV) future of mobility?

April 21, 2021 / 0 Comments / 215 / Drivepedia

The whole world has experienced all types of IC (Internal Combustion) Engines which majorly run on fuels such as Diesel or Petrol. These fuels fall under the category of Non-renewable source of energy, meaning once used they cannot be replenished. The major disadvantage of using these fuels, they release CO2 (carbon dioxide), as a result of combustion and other harmful gases which are not good for the environment thus increasing global warming.Fossil CO2 emissions in India were 2,533,638,100 tons in 2016. CO2 emissions increased by 4.71% over the previous year, representing an increase by 114,000,900 tons over 2015, when CO2 emissions were 2,419,637,200 tons.

To avoid and reduce this carbon footprint approx 189 countries have joined the Paris Agreement. The agreement includes commitments from all countries to reduce their emissions and work together to adapt to the impacts of climate change and calls on countries to strengthen their commitments over time. The whole motive behind this agreement is to lower the CO2 emissions from the exhaust of cars as low as possible. In European countries, they follow a norm called Euro6 engines and in India, we follow Bharat stage 6 engines.

As we saw advancement in technology we have started using CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) -operated vehicles and we have implemented most of them in public transport over 10 years. Using CNG engines also emit CO2 and other harmful gases but at a lower rate. To avoid this, few Automobile companies have come with a solution to have zero amount of carbon footprint and how is that possible you ask, by having the invention of the Electric Car.

What are electric cars EV?

A car that is propelled by an electric motor is called an electric car. The car has rechargeable batteries which are the power input for electric motors that are connected to the wheels. There are three types of EV’S (Electric Vehicles) the Plug-in electric, Plug-in hybrid, and Hybrid electric.

Plug-in Electric: – They solely depend on electricity, meaning they only run on rechargeable batteries. Example: Mahindra e2o

Plug-in Hybrid: – These cars run on conventional Internal combustion engines be it petrol or diesel and electric motors. If in case they run out of fuel or charge they can switch between the two. Example:Toyota Camry

Hybrid electric: – These majorly run on petrol or diesel but they also have an electric battery which is charged through regenerative braking, these let us choose between EV mode and the fuel. These cars cannot be charged they are only charged by fuel. Example: – Toyota Prius.

Can we use these cars in India?

As of now the sales of these vehicles are not that high because of the reliability of the EV vehicle? Few EVs can travel approx. 300kms in a single charge. It takes around 8-10hrs to charge from 0% to 100%. In India, we lack the infrastructure of charging stations for EV cars which is the main reason sales of EVs are low. As of 2020, we have 993 charging stations across the country.

 

When will we have enough electricity for charging stations?

As the latest report of 2018, we have a consumption of 909 GU (Giga units), and the required is 915 GU. The difference of 6GU is imported from Bhutan. About 66% of total electricity required is produced by burning fossil fuels (coal) and the rest about 33% is produced from renewable sources of energy such as wind energy, tidal energy, and hydroelectric plant.

Now we have a strong debate on does it makes sense to buy an electric car because the whole purpose of an electric car was to reduce carbon footprint but instead we are burning coal to provide electricity for charging stations.

According to the report published on 11th March 2018, PM says, we have an ISA (International Solar Alliance) which says by 2022 we will producing 175GW (gigawatt) by renewable sources of energy

ISA was established in 2015 as an initiative by the PM of India and President of France and the purpose was to bring together a group of nations to endorse clean energy, sustainable environment, public transport, and climate.

So India estimates to outgrow this number of charging stations and power them by using renewable sources of energy which will cause less pollution and will decrease the carbon footprint reducing global warming.

What (ISRO) INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION has to offer on EV’S?

ISRO is in the process of transferring the technology of a cheaper version of space batteries developed by ISRO for the automobile industry especially for commercial use in e-mobility. Chairman of ISRO Dr.K Sivan said,” we have developed the technology to reduce the cost of space batteries to be used for the production of e-vehicle”. The process has a collaboration of ISRO and ARAI (automotive research association of India).

What are the challenges for EVs?

  1. Inadequate charging infrastructure
  2. Reliance on battery imports
  3. Reliance on imported components and parts
  4. Incentives linked to local manufacturing
  5. Range anxiety among consumers
  6. The high price of EVs currently
  7. Lack of options for high-performance EVs
  8. Inadequate electricity supply in parts of India
  9. Lack of quality maintenance and repair options

The solution for the above-mentioned problems has been taken into consideration, governments and automotive companies are investing more in R&D (Research and Development) to overcome these issues.

We now compare 5 Advantages and 5 Disadvantages

YES for EV NO for EV
High cost of fuels Recharge points
Zero emissions The initial investment is high
Low maintenance The rise in electricity bill
Easy driving No lag Range is short
Tax benefits Longer time to recharge

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BMW welcomes the New 6-series in India

April 12, 2021 / 0 Comments / 271 / Car News

After the recent launch of the BMW ‘M’ version of the 3 series. BMW has more cars lined up for the Indian auto industry. One of which is their flagship the new BMW 6 series has been launched in India today. Locally produced at BMW Group Plant Chennai, the car is available in one petrol (newly introduced BMW 630i M Sport) and
two diesel variants (BMW 630d M Sport and BMW 620d Luxury Line). Bookings can be
made at all BMW dealerships from today onwards.

This BMW could be yours at : (ex-showroom)

BMW 630i M Sport : INR 67,90,000
BMW 620d Luxury Line : INR 68,90,000
BMW 630d M Sport : INR 77,90,000

Slightly out of your budget?

Thanks to BMW India Financial Services, customized and flexible financial solutions can be designed as per individual requirements. BMW 360˚ offers exclusive financial packages with great value and absolute peace of mind. Customers will enjoy a hassle-free ownership experience with low monthly payments, assured buy-back of up to 4 years, and flexible end-of-term options. Service Inclusive and Service Inclusive Plus further reduce the cost of ownership. Customers can choose from a variety of service plans according to duration and mileage. The packages cover Condition Based Service (CBS) and maintenance work with plans ranging from 3 yrs / 40,000 kms to 10 yrs / 2,00,000 kms. The service packages are lowest in the segment starting at approximately INR 52,000 for a 3-year period.

Perks of booking the car online?

Online bookings are done till 30 April 2021 will enjoy an attractive offer on limited units. These cars will come with complimentary Original BMW Accessories and Lifestyle Collection products worth INR 1.5 Lakh. Presented from the Aftersales Lifestyle catalog, the package includes products such as Mont-Blanc for BMW, BMW Display key, Headphones for Rear Seat Entertainment, etc.

What’s new about the BMW 6 series?

Exterior:

New contours for the BMW kidney grille and headlights immediately bordering it on either side make a striking impression.  Newly added BMW Laserlight, unique in this vehicle segment, distributes light perfectly up to 650 meters. The slope-like roofline overflows with coupe elegance. More modern and cleaned up – that is the first impression of the rear with broad, muscular lines, attractive LED rear-light design, and two freeform tailpipes.

Interior:

The Interior of the new BMW 6 Series justifies that this is the perfect travel companion –generously spacious with luxurious comfort and bespoke material selection. Newly designed controls on the center console in high-gloss black look elegant. Interior trim selections enhance the luxurious appeal – BMW 630i and BMW 620d offer Natural Leather Dakota trim with fine-wood trims and BMW 630d offers a refined premium option with exclusive ‘Nappa’ leather upholstery with diamond stitching. Comfort Seats offer fully electric seat adjustment with memory function on the driver as well as the passenger side. A rear seat bench with an electrically adjustable backrest angle and comfort headrest cushions adds extra comfort for long journeys. The two-part panoramic glass sunroof adds bright natural sunlight and enhances the sense of spaciousness in the cabin. Ambient Lighting with six dimmable designs creates an atmosphere for every mood. The car has four-zone automatic climate control with extended features. Adding to the luxurious feel are features such as electroplated controls, electrically adjustable roller sunblinds, and soft-close function for doors. The luggage compartment has a capacity of up to 600 liters, extending to 1,800 liters thanks to the 40/20/40 split.

Infotainment & Driver Assists:

The latest version of the Rear-seat entertainment Professional comprises two 10.25” touchscreen monitors with full-HD technology, a Blu-ray player, screen mirroring function, and two USB ports. Harman Kardon Surround. A high-end 16 speaker system with woofers generates an impressive audio experience in all seats that is unique worldwide in the automotive sector.

Modern cockpit concept BMW Live Cockpit Professional with BMW Operating System 7.0 includes 3D Navigation, a 12.3-inch fully-digital digital instrument display behind the steering wheel, and now a bigger 12.3-inch Control Display. The occupants can operate a number of functions simply by speaking to their BMW Virtual Assistant. Hands do the talking with BMW Gesture Control (in BMW 630d) recognizes six pre-defined hand movements for
control of a number of functions. The smartphone holder integrated into the center console allows inductive, Wireless Charging for mobile phones. Wireless Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto ensures seamless smartphone connection with the car to access several functions.

Parking Assistant with Rear View Camera makes parking in tight spots easier.  It keeps a record of the last 50 meters driven and assists by taking over the steering. With the Remote Control Parking function, a driver can maneuver the vehicle into a narrow parking space from outside using the BMW Display Key.

Safety:

  • BMW EfficientDynamics includes features such as 8-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic Transmission, Auto Start-Stop, Brake-Energy Regeneration, Electronic Power Steering, 50:50 Weight Distribution and ECO PRO mode in Driving Experience Control.
  • BMW Safety technologies include six airbags, Attentiveness Assistance, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    with Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
    and Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), electric
    the parking brake with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer, and crash
    sensors, ISOFIX child seat mounting, and emergency spare wheel.

What is to offer in terms of performance?

Thanks to unrivaled BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the petrol, and diesel engines meld maximum power with exemplary efficiency and offer spontaneous responsiveness even at low engine speeds, offering best-in-class acceleration figures. The 2-liter 4- cylinder petrol engine of the BMW 630i generates maximum output of 258 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm with 0-100 kmph acceleration in just 6.5 seconds. The 2-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine of the BMW 620d develops maximum output of 190 hp and a peak torque of 400 Nm with 0-100 kmph acceleration in 7.9 seconds. The 3-liter 6-cylinder in-line diesel engine of BMW 630d produces maximum output of 265hp and peak torque of 620 Nm with 0-100 kmph acceleration in 6.1 seconds, making it the quickest car in its segment.

The eight-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission performs smooth, almost imperceptible gearshifts. For even greater driving pleasure, it comes with steering wheel paddle shifters and cruise control with braking function. The standard Adaptive 2-axle Air Suspension with its self-leveling feature maintains constant height irrespective of the load, providing great comfort. It offers maximum ride comfort and extreme sporting capability. Individual electronically controlled dampers offer exceptional precision and improve the drive and handling dynamics. The damper response settings vary according to the mode selected with the Driving Experience Control switch, which allows the driver to choose between different modes to suit the driving conditions – Comfort, Comfort+, Sport, Sport+ and Adaptive.

 

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GTU Motorsport made India rank 45th in Formula Student Racing.

April 7, 2021 / 0 Comments / 342 / Car News

Team GTU Motorsports is the Formula Student Combustion Team of GUJARAT TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (GTU)  based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The Team was formed in April 2014, when seven GTU affiliated institutes signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a team under GTU. The team comprises a well-balanced combination of seniors with talent and expertise as well as juniors who bring creativity and zeal to the advancement of the Team.

Team GTU Motorsports shares that following the completion of Formula Bharat 2021, the team has risen 27 ranks in the global Formula Student Ranking Index and now stands on the 45th spot! At the moment, they are the ONLY Indian Formula Student Combustion team in the top 50.

Over the course, they have acquired a lot of recognition and expertise, which has effectively pushed them to this level. In the process of developing an open-wheel, single-seater Formula A style race car that enables students in inculcating skills like manufacturing, design, management, marketing as well as teamwork along the way. Every year, they represent GTU at two major events: Formula Bharat and Supra SAE INDIA. Our ambition is to bring GTU Motorsports closest to a “Real-world engineering experience”, not strictly limited to automotive design and racing. The team was formed for the students to enhance their learning experience and to go from book-smart to street-smart. Their motto is “Building People, not just Race Cars” and hence they focus on the overall development of an individual joining the team. Team GTU Motorsports is a result of the above-mentioned ideology and initiative.

Their ambition is to bring GTU Motorsports closest to a “Real-world engineering experience” not strictly limited to automotive design and racing. The team was formed for the students to enhance their learning experience and to go from book-smart to street-smart. Their motto is “Building People, not just Race Cars” and hence we focus on the overall development of an individual joining the team. Team GTU Motorsports is a result of the above-mentioned
ideology and initiative.

The team consists of 40 students from various colleges affiliated to Gujarat Technological University GTU, which are situated in various zones across the state which includes students from Mechanical, Automobile, Electrical, Electronics & Communication, IT & CE branches of engineering as well as management.

Few Achievements:

  • Even in times of pandemic, the team secured 3rd rank in Design Presentation and also won the Best Business Plan Pitch Deck in the first-ever Virtual Formula Bharat 2021.
  •  GTM20 is the Fifth Consecutive Race Car of Team GTU  Motorsports since its inception. GTM20 competed in Formula Bharat 2020 held at Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore from 22nd January to 26th January 2020 and secured 3rd rank overall. 1st rank in Endurance &Acceleration.
  • GTM19 (previous vehicle) performed exceptionally well in static as well as dynamic events. The team secured 1st rank in Acceleration, Endurance, Overall Efficiency. Hence, the team was declared as Champion in the 2019 edition of Formula Bharat, which was also held at Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore.
  •  GTM18 secured 2nd place overall at SUPRA SAE, held at Buddha International Circuit, Greater Noida.
  •  GTM17 won the SUPRA SAE which was held at Buddha International Circuit, Greater Noida.

 

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