Mahindra-owned Italian design house Pininfarina has announced plans of building a line-up of high-end electric vehicles under its own brand. The first car to be built will be a Bugatti Chiron-rivalling electric hypercar codenamed the PF-Zero. Aiding Pininfarina in this project will be the Croatian electric hypercar maker Rimac Automobili as well as the Mahindra Racing Formula E team. The 1,500PS PF-Zero will be limited to 20 units and should debut by 2020. Variations of the modular platform that will underpin the hypercar will also be the base for three more all-electric SUVs that will compete with the likes of the Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Macan. The highest-end Urus-rivalling SUV, codenamed the PF-One, will make around 950PS and draw power from a large 140kWh battery pack. This will give it a 0 to 100 kmph time of less than 3s. Details of the other two SUVs are scarce, but it is known that they will compete in the large and medium-size luxury segments. Pininfarina … [Read more...] about Mahindra-owned Pininfarina to turn carmaker, launch EV hypercar
Mahindra and Ford have announced they will co-develop a mid-sized SUV based on a Mahindra platform. This car will be sold independently by both companies under separate brands. They have signed five MoUs in which they have also agreed to evaluate co-development of a compact SUV and an electric vehicle, along with sharing powertrain portfolios which includes the supply of Mahindra powertrains to strengthen Ford's product range. These non-binding MoUs mark the strengthening of ties between both companies since first forming an alliance in September 2017 to address global challenges in the auto industry. The main aim of this deal is to accelerate the development of key products for consumers in India and emerging markets. The companies hope to leverage their strengths in the utility vehicle space. They also expect to benefit from Ford's global reach and expertise, and Mahindra's scale in India and its successful operating model. The two companies share a long relationship, they first … [Read more...] about Ford and Mahindra to co-develop SUVs and EVs
Back when Ferocitas, my KTM 390 Duke was new, I knew many people, including journalists who had new bikes as well. And then, one of them, a youngster, had a crash. I met him sometime later and asked him what happened. And he said, in essence, that he'd pulled out into the top lane to pass a slow or stationary truck. And run smack into the back of a truck parked in the top lane. Scary, yeah? Now see this near miss video that has been doing the rounds since yesterday. I don't know the riders, but that shook me up. And then I realised that we can learn from this video. And the journalist and this rider both made the same mistake. It's an easy one to make, to be sure, and an easy one to avoid as well. Vision The central, most vital tip we give to our students at the TWO School by Indimotard that OVERDRIVE powers and I teach at, is about the eyes. And we say that the bike goes where you look. That's a warning - in the case, for example, of running over the one 4-inch stone on an empty … [Read more...] about Better riding: You must be able to see where you’re going!
In just two and a half months from now, 114 BMW R1200 GS Rallyes will be put through some of the most grueling terrain on the planet as the 2018 edition of BMW's GS Trophy heads to Mongolia. We've been keeping track of how BMW preps these motorcycles for this adventure, and boy do those mechanics in Munich go crazy with the accessories catalogue! It is a long, long list but we've picked five additions that we think you ought to order when you buy your BMW R 1200 GS or even just getting your GS ready for your own little adventure 1. What? Enduro aluminium bash plate Why? Even though the Rallye offers 20mm more ground clearance that a stock GS, this longer broader and thicker (That's what she said) bash plate not only protects the sump but also wraps itself around the sides for added protection. 2. What? Stainless steel cylinder head cover guard Why? Because everyone including yourself (don't lie now) who spots a Boxer twin for the first time is thinking the same thing. What's happens to … [Read more...] about Five accessories that will get your BMW R1200 GS closer to BMW GS Trophy-spec
The upcoming Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway (NMSCE) is an eight-lane 700km road project which will cut the present travel time of 16 hours between these cities by half. The express corridor will connect the Nagpur, Buldhana, Amravati, Wardha, Washim, Thane, Aurangabad, Akola, Bhiwandi and Nashik districts with Mumbai. The NMSCE will have underpasses for foot traffic, along with flyovers and interchanges at major road intersections. The route will avoid major towns and cities and provide for vehicular underpasses and pedestrian underpasses at every village and town which it crosses. This new Mumbai-Nagpur expressway is expected to be ready by 2021. File picture for representation only Being built at a cost of Rs46,000 crores, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) project will also include the development of industrial clusters, townships, IT hubs and educational centres along the way. The project will provide for amenities like solar lighting to … [Read more...] about Upcoming 700km Mumbai-Nagpur expressway to reduce travel time by half