Ford Cars – Speeding Ahead

May 12, 2014 by nitram

Founded by Henry Ford in the beginning of the 20th century, Ford Motor Company did not take many years to find themselves on the Indian roads. Launched as Model A, Ford cars were introduced into India in 1907.

The production of Ford cars began in India in 1926 and continued for the next three decades till the company was closed in 1954. In 1995, Ford formed a joint venture with Mahindra & Mahindra Limited known as Mahindra Ford India Limited (MFIL). This was renamed as Ford India Private Limited in 1998.

Ford has its own share of hatchbacks, sedans and SUV’s, in each of which it has succeeded in carving a distinct niche for itself.

The first locally produced Ford car was the Ford Escort which was followed by the Ford Ikon in 2001. Ford has introduced a number of other models, though a few of the models like the Ford Fusion, Ford Mondeo, Ford Ikon and Ford Escort have been discontinued. Ford cars are manufactured at their exclusive manufacturing unit located in Chengalpattu, Chennai. Ford also has a main production facility situated in Maraimalai Nagar, Chennai.

Ford hit the bull’s eye when they introduced the Ford Ecosport. This car saw potential car owners flocking to their showrooms; the long waiting list, extending to one year validating its popularity.

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The other Ford car models like Ford Figo, Ford Classic, Ford Fiesta and Ford Endeavour also found a lot of buyers.

It was not just the smart prices that were making Ford cars one among the most popular car brands of India, they were also known for other qualities like fuel efficiency, technology, safety and outstanding performance. Ford cars are elegantly designed with striking interiors and eye-catching exteriors as well.

Under the hood, Ford cars are not only known for their performance and power, but also for the fuel efficiency figures which makes them quite in demand especially with the mileage-obsessed Indian car buyers.

Ford is also planning to launch a few new models in the future. The upcoming new models are Ford B Max and Ford Figo Concept.

Ford cars were also the first cars to be seen with safety glass windscreen, rear seat safety belts, child-proof door locks and the seat belt reminder lights.

Clearly, Ford cars have been winners here and this is evident from the continuing waiting list for their cars. For new cars & bikes log on to Autoportal.com & Bikeportal.in

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2013 United States F1™ GP: Inside Track

November 14, 2013 by nitram

Get the inside track to the 2013 United States Formula One™ Grand Prix as Scuderia Ferrari and Shell prepare for the race. We hear from Guy Lovett (Technical Manager for Ferrari at Shell) on how Ferraris limited experience on this track affects the teams race preparations.

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Featuring interviews with: Scuderia Ferrari Driver Fernando Alonso, Scuderia Ferrari Test Driver Marc Gené, Mike Evans from Formula One Fuel Development at Shell, Technlcal Manager for Ferrari at Shell Guy Lovett, Scuderia Ferrari Race Engineer Rob Smedley and Scuderia Ferrari Head of Engine Development David Salters.

Here are some interesting facts regarding the track:

  • First and only track in the United States to be purpose-built for Formula 1
  • The total length of the circuit is 3.41 miles (5.49 kilometers)
  • The track will run in anti-clockwise direction due to the overwhelming number of left hand turns. Only other circuits currently run this way are: Marina Bay in Singapore, Interlagos in Brazil, Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi and Yeongam in Korea.
  • The spectator capacity estimated to be 120,000 (permanent and temporary seating facilities).
  • One of the unique features of the circuit is a deliberate widening of the circuit in the corners, to encourage drivers to follow multiple racing lines.
  • There are 20 turns (11 left, 9 right) and a total elevation change of over 130 ft. including a long and very steep uphill run into the hairpin Turn 1, there will be excellent passing opportunities at the tracks signature corner.
  • From the start line the cars speed into the first corner, the highest point of the circuit, with an apex positioned perfectly on the crest of the hill.
  • Next, the drivers descend downhill into a series of fast left/right sweepers and through a fast blind corner at Turn 10 leaving them at the far end of the circuit and a hairpin of Turn 11.
  • The cars then blast down a huge 0.62-mile straight (DRS Zone) back to toward the main straight exceeding 200 mph before slamming the breaks into Turn 12 and the next series of curves.
  • This will be followed by a downhill, multi-apex corner started with Turn 16 that has very limited run-off before the final two corners of the circuit and then back on the main straight.

This covers it up for Sunday’s GP: Inside track of the US which will be held at Sunday this weekend.

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2013 Korea F1™ GP: Inside Track

October 7, 2013 by nitram

gp-korea-1Get the inside track to the 2013 Korean Grand Prix as Scuderia Ferrari and Shell prepare for the race.We hear from Fernando Alonso on the challenges of the Korean track being anti-clockwise. Guy Lovett also talks to us about how Shell and Scuderia Ferrari need to be conscious of the effects of G-force on this track.Plus, Rob Smedley, Race Engineer at Scuderia Ferrari, tells us how drivers on the Korea International Circuit need to consider their style in order to conserve their tyres.
The first ever Korean F1 Grand Prix was held in 2010. The Korean International Circuit was completed barely a year after the funding was secured in September 2009 and the go-ahead was given to break ground. The 5.4km track was designed by Hermann Tilke and features his signature traits; sharp hairpins and some quick corners to make overtaking easier. The marina section offers breathtaking oceans views and made it the first permanent track in the history of the F1 to have an ocean in the background. In 2012, Sebastian Vettel won here for the second year in a row, en route to defending his world title.
gp-korea-2The Korea race organisers have made changes to the problematic pit lane exit on the circuit.Cars used to rejoin the track from the pits on the outside of turn one, leaving them vulnerable if a car entering the corner had to run wide.This year the pit lane exit will run through the turn one run-off area, moving the flow of pit exit traffic further away from the racing line.

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2013 Italian F1™ GP: Inside Track

September 20, 2013 by nitram

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Last race was held at arguably the best track, and this coming weekend is held at the fastest and perhaps the most exciting track. Autodromo Nazionale Monza is certainly one of the oldest tracks in the world, and has figured on the F1 calendar pretty much consistently for the last 60 years.

FormulaOne_3Monza consists of very few corners and several long straights/full throttle bends. It has the highest average and attained speed of any F1 track. Full throttle is achieved for nearly 80% of the lap, which is why Monza is one the toughest tracks on engines and has been the reason for the demise of many an engine in the past. F1 cars are approaching turn one at around 210 miles per hour, some 10 mph faster than the fastest points on most of the other tracks. It was even faster in the past though, with JP Montoya reaching over 230mph in the mid 2000s, but there were fewer strictions on rev limits and aerodynamics back then.Coming into this weekend, there are several drivers and teams that would like a good result to try to catch Red Bull and Vettel. Alonso and Ferrari would love a great result here on Ferrari’s home turf, and they will no doubt be pulling out all of the stops to try to make that happen. Alonso will want to continue his great form to try to haul back Vettel from running away with yet another championship. Raikkonen and Lotus will want to put their issues from Belgium behind them to try to get a good stack of points from Monza. Although the brake issues Kimi suffered at Spa were unavoidable, the significant loss of points – especially when Kimi’s three challengers for the title were all on the podium – was a big knock to take.

FormulaOne_1Others, such as Hamilton and both McLaren drivers will want to try to get another good set of points. The McLaren looks a better car, and Button showed that last race at Spa. Hamilton truly now looks like a potential contender for the title, and Mercedes certainly have the budget to keep up, so can he get a good result here this weekend and reign in the supreme German? Vettel and Alonso have both won at Monza twice (Monza was Vettel’s first victory in F1, back in 2008 for Toro Rosso in the wet). Hamilton has won it once, which was last year. I think, as all the cars will have the minimum amount of downforce they can get away with, it will be pretty close on the straights. The ‘Bull isn’t known for its straight-line speed, so maybe if another car gets a sniff at either Webber or Vettel, they may be able to do it. Many drivers on the grid have experience in getting a great lap in qualifying, so pole is anyone’s guess.

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A 458 Italia-powered Fiat 500 is not a good idea, it’s the best idea

June 26, 2012 by nitram

We’re pretty sweet on the resurrected Fiat 500. The quirky little hatch is an engaging driver with adorable looks. It is not what we’d call fast, however – even the Fiat 500 Abarth just barely lands itself in “quick” territory.

Fortunately, there are hard-working souls out there willing to remedy the machine’s acceleration deficit. Lazzarini Design has done some measuring and discovered that, with a little body work, the 500 can play host to much more formidable powerplant. How formidable? The crew wants to yank the beating heart from the Ferrari 458 Italia and plop the 4.5-liter V8 behind the seats of cinquecento. You know, where the car gods intended the engine in the 500 to be.

These are clearly our kind of people.

But they aren’t entirely off their medication. The engine has been detuned from 570 horsepower to a more reasonable 550 hp. Lazzarini says the project actually stretches the 500 wheelbase by almost a foot in order to fit the engine and transmission safely aboard. The whole machine weighs in at 2,200 pounds, even with ballast on both front corners to keep the car planted. If you like what you see, the studio says it is currently looking for an investor to help build the machine. Lazzarini Design estimates the project will cost around $550,000. Check it out over at the Lazzarini site.

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