BAD habits that will DESTROY tyres

Tyres are the only connection between you and the road. Taking utmost care of the tyres also increases the safety of your car. We list out bad habits that can destroy your car tyres, and how to avoid these. Proper Inflation Tyre manufacturers spend a good amount of money on research and development of new…

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2016 Indian Scout Sixty Launched in India; Priced at Rs. 11.99 Lakh

GaadiWaadi – 2016 Indian Scout Sixty gets power from 60 cubic inch engine delivering 78 horsepower and 88.8 Nm of peak torque Polaris India Pvt. Ltd., has today launched the all-new 2016 Indian Scout Sixty in Mumbai. At its authorised dealership, Auto Hangar India, the Indian Scout Sixty has been added to the Indian Motorcycle’s…

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Nissan hands over 4,200 cars for use during Rio 2016 Olympics

Japanese car maker Nissan has handed over 4,200 Nissan Leaf to the Rio 2016 organizing committee. The post Nissan hands over 4,200 cars for use during Rio 2016 Olympics appeared first on RushLane.

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Time Tabled Auto Express Inaugurated from Gurgaon to Nidvanda

GaadiWaadi – Time Tabled Auto Express caters for the transportation needs of the auto industry as Railways seeks to gather credibility and market share in automobile traffic Indian Railways has launched today the time tabled Auto Express from Gurgaon to Nidvanda. The state-owned enterprise targets one fourth of the rail market share in automobile traffic…

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Mahindra bags Airbus contract to manufacture helicopter parts in India

Mahindra Aerostructures is the first Indian company to receive a contract from Airbus Helicopters as Tier I supplier. The post Mahindra bags Airbus contract to manufacture helicopter parts in India appeared first on RushLane.

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How to: Cycle around the world

Want to quit your job and go travelling but too skint or scared to take the leap? Take inspiration from Annie Londonderry, the first woman to cycle around the world. Coralie Modschiedler recounts her stirring tale.

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On the morning of 13 January 1895, an enthusiastic crowd, giddy with anticipation, lined the streets of Marseille to see the arrival of a brave, young American woman in her early twenties.

Dressed in a man’s riding suit and astride a man’s bicycle, she had braved bitter cold and snow to reach the south of France from Paris. But despite the hardship, there she was, in the flesh: the famous, audacious Annie Londonderry – the first woman to attempt to cycle around the world.

A loud cheer went up and people waved and shouted as the petite, dark-haired cyclist wheeled by with one foot – her other foot, wrapped in bandages, was propped on the handlebars. Marseille was the last leg of her French sojourn and had been the most perilous so far.

“One night I had an encounter with highwaymen near Lacone [about 50km north of Marseille],” Annie later wrote in the New York World.

“There were three men in the party, and all wore masks. They sprang at me from behind a clump of trees, and one of them grabbed my bicycle wheel, throwing me heavily.”

“I carried a revolver in my pocket within easy reach, and when I stood up I had that revolver against the head of the man nearest me. He backed off but another seized me from behind and disarmed me. They rifled my pockets and found just three francs.”

“My shoulder had been badly wrenched by my fall, and my ankle was sprained, but I was able to continue my journey.”


Annie was a bold spirit who reinvented herself against all odds

While the dramatic encounter with highwaymen quickly became a staple among Annie’s many stories, it was never mentioned in the local press.

There was of course another explanation for why Annie pedalled into town with one foot wrapped in bandages – the inflammation of her Achilles tendon a few days earlier – but surviving a dramatic robbery made a much better story.

Annie never let the facts get in the way of a good tale. By then, she was reportedly halfway through a 15-month bike ride, a challenge she was undertaking to settle an extraordinary, high-stakes wager between two wealthy Boston businessmen.

If she could cycle around the world in that time and manage to earn $5,000 during her travels, she would earn an additional $10,000 on her return.

Her celebrity status was on the rise and the French press had been writing about her prolifically since her arrival at the northern port of Le Havre in December. She was a legend in the making.

Unbeknownst to the crowd of admirers who had gathered to see her in Marseille, the young cyclist from Boston was in fact Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, a married Jewish working mother of three.

What’s more, Annie was not just a cyclist on a round-the-world tour, but a consummate self-promoter and inveterate storyteller who was about to turn her journey into one of the most outrageous chapters in cycling history and herself into one of the most colourful characters of the 1890s.

“I didn’t want to spend my life at home with a baby under my apron every year,” she would often say.

With the cycling craze and women’s movement for social equality in full swing in the mid-1890s, the bicycle represented to Annie a literal vehicle to the fame, freedom and material wealth she craved.

Annie staged this photograph to illustrate her lectures

The rest of her journey, which would take her all over Asia and back to the US via the harsh Southern California desert, would be filled with harrowing adventure, frequent danger and endless drama.

Her increasingly outlandish tales – from witnessing the First Sino-Japanese War, to encountering one of the most infamous outlaws of the Old West, John Wesley Hardin, to being run over and almost killed in California – would soon attract increasing doubt over her alleged exploits.

“I shall never forget the horrible scenes I witnessed at Port Arthur. We arrived there after the butchery, but the dead remained unburied. I saw the bodies of women nailed to the houses, the bodies of little children torn limb from limb,” Annie told the New York World.

“We were captured by the Japanese and were thrown into a cell, and left without food for three days.”

“While thus imprisoned a Japanese soldier dragged a Chinese prisoner up to my cell and killed him before my eyes, drinking his blood while the muscles were yet quivering.”

Was any of it true? Almost certainly not. Annie knew how to spin a yarn.

It sure was a very lucrative business – her popular history lectures, signed photographs and advertising space on her bike generated more income than she had ever earned as a journalist back in Boston.

Whether she was viewed as a hustler making a buck, as in Singapore, or as a free-thinking young woman making a statement, as in Saigon, it’s clear that Annie made an impact wherever she travelled.

Annie cared little about the negative press. From her point of view, the more ink she got, the better.

For the thousands of people she met along the way, and countless others who read about her, Annie’s journey created memories of a smart, vivacious, charismatic and fiercely independent woman, memories that no doubt lasted a lifetime as they did for Annie – who of course completed the journey 15 months to the day she set off in Boston.

Annie Londonderry’s incredible journey is told in Peter Zheutlin’s thoroughly researched Around the World on Two Wheels (2007), which is published by Kensington Publishing Corp and available to purchase online.

Source: worldtravelguide


New Development: Electric motor free from Rare Earths by Honda

Honda and Daido used a hot deformation method to make magnets in place of the usual sintering techniques in order to offset for the use of rare earth metals that avail phenomenal heat resistant properties. The method implemented allows for the finer structure of the microscopic magnetic crystals providing heat resistance.

Honda Motor has developed a new electric motor for hybrid vehicles that gets rid of two important manufacturing hurdles. One is the soaring cost levels and the other is the rare-earth metals used for the magnets’ production process. The Japanese manufacturer will be employing the new motor in the hybrid version of its Freed subcompact minivan exclusive for its home market and is based on the Fit/Jazz platform.

The new motor is jointly developed with Daido Steel Co., a Japanese metal supplier and the volume production of the new magnets is set to begin in August. A joint release statement read, they sought to eliminate the use of heavy rare earth metal as much as they could. The Freed will be the first practical vehicle in the world to have a high performance magnet without the presence of rare earth metals.

Honda and Daido used a hot deformation method to make magnets in place of the usual sintering techniques in order to offset for the use of rare earth metals that avail phenomenal heat resistant properties. The method implemented allows for the finer structure of the microscopic magnetic crystals providing heat resistance.

Car manufacturers have been delving deep to restrict the use and recycling of rare earth metals as they are available in exclusive places with limited supply source prompting for high costs. China is the biggest producer of those metals for as much as 90 per cent which causes price concerns due to the regional disputes between them and Japan.

The Honda’s electric motor is not completely devoid of rare-earth metals as neodymium used can be bought from places like America and Australia as opposed to dysprosium and terbium available prominently in China.




JLR Special Vehicle Operations(SVO) Technical Center

JLR confirms one SVO model each year until 2020 with the unveiling of new base; first is reported to be a Land Rover model due for this year

Jaguar Land Rover opened a new dedicated base for Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) last week.The SVO Technical Center is located near the British brand’s facility in Coventry at an investment of £20 million. It will enable the performance division to speed up the production of JLR models carrying it’s badge.

The new factory spans 20,000 square meter and will be responsible for the manufacturing of one SVR model every year from now and until the end of this decade. The yearly production volume will be ramped up between 40 and 50 per cent from the current 3,500 targeted units. A new SVR model will be launched in the closing months of this year and is believed to be from the Land Rover stable.

The existing models bearing SVO credits are Range Rover SV Autobiography, Jaguar F-Type SVR and the Range Rover Sport SVR. The brand new production base employs 200 skilled workers and a further 250 employees will be recruited this year to increase the work rate of the operations within SVO. The SVO Technical Center is evident to Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment in making performance and luxury oriented vehicles. SVO is relatively new to the JLR family as it’s been only a couple of years since the first product came out. Despite that JLR has built a no compromising facility that is inspired a “Formula 1 engineering center” according to Managing director at SVO, John Edwards. It’s an all-under-one-roof base with the presence of corporate offices, an eco-friendly manufacturing area, technical suite, highly sophisticated paint shops and so on.

Alongside producing new models, the vast premise will allow SVO to meet the personalisation demands of the customers. A total of £7.5 million has also been invested for the classic business division which is scheduled to open in the later parts of 2016.

With the growing popularity of the JLR vehicles worldwide, the company is expanding its main facility, and already received district council approvals, with a massive £500 million investment.

Source: AutocarUK

BMW announces partnership with Intel and Mobileye to help develop autonomous technology in its cars


BMW has been developing autonomous car tech for the past several years, most of which can now be seen on the current-gen 7-series sedan. But now, the German automotive marque has decided to develop a fully-autonomous vehicle, which will be introduced by the year 2021. In order to achieve this goal, BMW has joined hands with the artificial intelligence and IT service provider – Intel, and an autonomous monitoring system development company – Mobileye.

BMW has chalked-out a multi-stage plan in the journey to develop a fully-autonomous vehicle. The automaker, along with Intel and Mobileye, will be working on different levels of vehicular automation. Under Level 3, the driver would be able to give the driving control to the car in certain situations, like while driving on the highways. Level 4 will include the car taking control in extreme weather conditions, while Level 5 will handle all autonomous functions, which include drop-off, pick-up and self-parking capabilities without any driver intervention.

BMW plans to earn most of their revenue by offering rides in these autonomous vehicles, rather than selling the cars to individuals. The company also hopes to establish an open platform for the autonomous vehicle technology, so that other manufacturers can use BMW’s learnings and technologies to build their own cars.

Source: ZigWheels