Skoda Cars

Written by nitram on May 8, 2014

Skoda Auto is the subsidiary of the German auto major, Volkswagen. The Skoda cars made their entry into the Indian car market even before the parent company Volkswagen did. These cars are known for their class, sophistication and excellent performance among others. Skoda considers the Indian market an important one for their growth that they have started an Indian arm to cater to the needs of Indian car lovers.

A brand known for its premium look and feel, Skoda has introduced only a few models for the Indian customers as of now.

The Skoda Fabia is the smallest and the cheapest of the lot. This hatchback has not been able to do exceptionally well in the Indian market, majorly because of its premium pricing. Apart from this, there are several cars from various manufacturers in the Indian hatchback segment. Most of these are priced lower than the Fabia and hence it is not always the first choice of customers looking for a small car.

Skoda Rapid is a compact sedan that has seen a facelift recently and has been able to sell good numbers. The Rapid has faced stiff competition from the likes of Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Verna and the like. Even so, the car has done good business in India.

Skoda Octavia, the flagship vehicle from Skoda, is undoubtedly the best seller for the Czech automaker. It is a premium sedan and has been one of the most loved cars around the world. The Octavia is the prime example of class and style, which is amply backed by superb performance. For most of the middle class Indians, the Octavia is a dream machine they aspire to own.

Skoda’s SUV, Yeti is also class apart. It looks stylish and muscular enough to be an SUV, at the same time retaining the endearing quality of a family car. Skoda Yeti is a good car to drive, not only on the city roads, but also during some adventurous off-road journeys. The growing popularity of SUVs in India can work in favor of the Yeti.

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2013 India F1™ GP: Inside Track

Written by nitram on October 18, 2013

NewDelhiFormula1-1Round 16 of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship sees the paddock make its third trip to the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi. This year the exciting young venue could well stage its very first title decider. Those involved in the 2013 Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix discuss their prospects for the coming weekend…The Buddh International Circuit received a resounding thumbs-up from the teams and the drivers after last year’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix. It proved to be a technically challenging racetrack that contained several overtaking places.

NewDelhiFormula1-3There are plenty of elevation changes too, after four million cubic tonnes of earth were moved during the construction of the circuit. The track rises 14 metres between Turns 1 and 3 alone and there are several blind corner entries that require pin-point accuracy from the drivers.



NewDelhiFormula1-2Like in Korea two weeks ago, car set-up at the Buddh International Circuit will be a delicate balance between straight-line speed and cornering grip. There was a huge amount of evolution in the track surface over the course of last year’s race weekend and, given that the asphalt hasn’t been used much in the intervening 12 months, the engineers expect similar improvements this year.



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2013 Singapore F1™ GP: Inside Track The Race is On

Written by nitram on September 23, 2013

singapore1Before we introduce you with the Inside track , let’s take a look at some interesting facts about the track itself:

The Singapore Grand Prix has been run five times previously, all at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The inaugural event in 2008 was the first F1 race to be run at night under floodlights and was won, somewhat controversially, by Renault’s Fernando Alonso.

The infrastructure required to hold a race on Singapore’s streets is considerable: over 10 kilometres of debris fencing is used, as well as around 2,600 concrete barriers, over 1,600 TecPro barriers and around 1,500 lights to illuminate the circuit.

-The Marina Bay Street Circuit has 23 corners – the most of any circuit on the calendar.

-The safety car has been deployed at least once in every Singapore Grand Prix to date. There have been eight deployments in total over the five previous Marina Bay races.

-The pit lane delta time in Singapore (the time it takes a driver to enter the pits, make a stop and return to the track) is the highest of the season.

-The two leading contenders in this year’s world championship – Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel – have each won the Singapore Grand Prix twice. Lewis Hamilton is the only other driver have won the race and you can read how he did it here.

-In fact, Alonso has only failed to reach the podium once in five appearances in Singapore – that was in 2011 when he finished fourth.

-Red Bull are the only team to have won the Singapore Grand Prix more than once. Renault, McLaren and Ferrari all have one win.

-Mercedes have yet to make the podium after their three previous races at the circuit.

-Nearly two-thirds of the 303 laps that have taken place in Singapore Grand Prix history have been led by either Vettel (98 laps) or Alonso (93 laps).

-The lap record in Singapore was set by Kimi Raikkonen in a Ferrari in 2008 and stands at 1m 45.599s. Turn 10 has been modified from a chicane to a single corner ahead of this year’s race so we’ll see a new lap record.

-In terms of average lap time, only Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium takes longer for an F1 car to lap than Marina Bay.

-No Singapore national has ever started a world championship Grand Prix.

-The furthest back on the grid any Singapore Grand Prix winner has started is 15th. That was Renault’s Fernando Alonso at the inaugural event in 2008, although his achievement was subsequently overshadowed when it was discovered that team bosses had asked Alonso’s team mate Nelson Piquet Jr to deliberately crash to bring out the safety car at a convenient moment. Still, only seven drivers have won a Grand Prix from further back on the grid…

-Alonso is the only driver to have scored a grand chelem (pole, win, fastest lap, led every lap) in a race at Marina Bay. He did it in 2010 in a Ferrari. It remains the only time in his F1 career that the Spaniard has achieved the feat.

-In the five races at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, the polesitter has been victorious three times (2009, 2010, 2011).

-According to Mercedes, the drivers are on full throttle for 48 percent of the lap distance. The longest time at full throttle is nine seconds. Drivers make an average of 80 gear changes per lap, which equates to 4,880 gear changes over the 61-lap race.

  • Singapore Formula One 2013 Circuit

Like the previous races, Singapore Formula One 2011 will be in Marina Bay Street Circuit. The Marina Bay Street Circuit (also known as the Singapore Street Circuit) is a street circuit around the city state’s Marina Bay and is the venue for the Singapore Grand Prix 2008,Singapore Grand Prix 2009, and Singapore Grand Prix 2010. The track is 5.073 km (3.15 miles) long in a harbourside location.

singapore3.jpgThe pit area of the circuit is located in an empty plot of land off Republic Boulevard and beside the Singapore Flyer. A temporary track leads from the pit area and under the Benjamin Sheares Bridge to Republic Boulevard and turns onto Raffles Boulevard. It then proceeds along Nicoll Highway, Stamford Road and Saint Andrew’s Road around the Padang, past the City Hall.The track then goes onto the Anderson Bridge, past the Fullerton Hotel and make a tight left turn to Esplanade Drive beside the Merlion Park. It joins Raffles Avenue and cut right after the Esplanade to the front of The Float at Marina Bay and return to the pit area via another temporary road around the Singapore Flyer. The track layout is unique in that in between turns 18 and 19, the cars race underneath a section of grandstand of the Floating Platform.

singapore2In March 2009, three of the circuit’s corners were given names after a competition amongst local F1 fans to submit ideas. Turn 1 was named Sheares after Benjamin Henry Sheares, the second president of Singapore; Turn 7 was named Memorial due to its proximity to a Second World War civilian memorial; and Turn 10 was named Singapore Sling.In January 2010, it was reported that race organisers were considering changes to the circuit for the 2011 season. These changes would see the extension of the long back straight so that the circuit goes around the outside of the War Memorial instead of inside it, and a complete re-design of the waterfront section to remove the sequence of chicanes near the site of Nelson Piquet’s 2008 crash.

Where to stay during Singapore Formula One 2013?

singapore4For the best Formula One experience, you can stay at any one of the Singapore Formula One trackside hotels. There were 11 trackside hotels during Singapore Formula One 2008, 13 trackside hotels during Singapore Formula One 2009, and 15 trackside hotels during Formula One 2010. Followings are hotels at the trackside of the Singapore Formula One circuit during Formula One 2010.

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Speeding it up with Patrick Dempsey

Written by nitram on September 12, 2013

Hollywood star, Porsche fan, race driver: Follow Patrick Dempsey and his team partners. Patrick Long and Joe Foster to idyllic France where getting ready for the legendary 24 Hours literally turns into a 24/7 job.

Here is some background information:

Patrick Dempsey’s performance at the race: All-American driving team Patrick Dempsey, Joe Foster and Patrick Long, scored a competitive fourth-place GTE-AM finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Dempsey and Long each led the race twice and Foster raced in the top three in the team’s No. 77 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

You might find some of Patrick Dempsey’s quotes for Porsche quite intriguing:

“We started working on coming back before we even left Le Mans in 2009. It is just very difficult, so many factors, so many moving parts, it almost takes more than a year’s worth of planning to race at Le Mans in any given year. We worked constantly to get back and enough came  together to make it back this year. In some ways it felt like we were gone for so long but in other ways, with the constant work by Joe and everyone, it seems like we made it back when were ready, and on schedule. Just getting to Le Mans is an amazing feat alone, before you even run the race.”

“I think, for me, the Le Mans challenge mentally is the biggest. Staying focused, not worrying about what was going on around me but to just focus on the job at hand. Once you got in the car, quite honestly, that was the easiest thing to deal with. I was more relaxed in the car than I was out of it. I do get sleep but it is not the same as when you are not at the track. Everything is so much more intense at a 24-hour race, and that includes even your sleep, but I am able to do it.”

“Everything is magic about Le Mans. The history, how the track has evolved, and the drivers who have raced here, all of that really means something to me.”

“It’s a tremendous honor driving for Porsche with their history at Le Mans… and a little bit of pressure.”

About the Video:

The video presents the preparation of Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Porsche works driver Patrick Long for the 24h of Le Mans 2013 The team finds itself in a little chateau in the middle of France, where they spent the last days before the race started Porsche Motorsport chose a surprisingly funny way of approaching the passion and effort you need for an endurance race, especially the 24h of Le Mans as one of the  hardest endurance races in the world. Dempsey enjoys being a part of the Porsche Motorsport family: “It’s nice to say that you are in the Porsche family,” says Dempsey. “It’s an incredible family, a talented family with a lot of depth when it comes to technology, engineering and design. It fills me with pride to now be a part of this family.”

And besides all that, the family has a good humor…

More videos of Porsche Motorsport with Patrick Dempsey:


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Volvo Commuter Hijack

Written by nitram on March 15, 2013

Volvo is asking you, what you would do to make your day stand out. Would you bungee jump? Score a penalty at a Premier League ground? Ask the Pope for a fag? Think BIG to be in with a chance of winning the All-New Volvo V40 R-Design. You have 5k in your hands, and one day to spend it on whatever you like (apart from hiring some hookers I assume…). There will be five hijacks happening around the country and if your video gets the most votes, you win the car!

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More information on the Volvo V40 R-Design:

The Volvo V40 R-Design meets the needs of the most demanding driver. Its combination of exclusive exterior and interior styling, optional sports chassis and responsive engines create a sporty yet refined 5-door performance hatchback.Exterior design cues include an exclusive R-Design front end featuring a glossy black grille and unique LED lights. Inside there’s a new black interior with sculpted front seats in Nubuck textile and perforated leather featuring embroidered R-Design logos. An illuminated soft touch gear shifter, our unique blue R-Design digital instrument cluster and personalised interior LED lighting all add to the R-Design experience.On the road the V40 R-Design offers sharper handling and steering without compromising on ride quality, while an optional lowered sports chassis reduces body roll through the corners. Our sporty V40 R-Design is available with strong, fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines – including a high-output, five-cylinder 254hp unit – so you’ll never be short of power when you need it. Refined stability control and torque vectoring – which greatly improves handling and agility – ensure that you’re totally in control at all times.

The V40 R-Design features a host of innovative technologies that help protect you if an accident should occur. City Safety, Pedestrian Airbag technology and DSTC – our Dynamic Stability and Traction Control which helps to stabilise the car if it registers any tendency to skid – are all part of our IntelliSafe philosophy, which ensures that your time behind the wheel will always be as safe as it is enjoyable.

For more information on the V40 R-Design, visit here.

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