Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Honda CBR500R 2013 Breaks Cover In US [Tech Specs and Price]

Very recently, there were some spy pictures floating on the internet of the Honda CB500, the CBR500 and the CB500X in action on some Italian commercial. Now, Honda Motorcycles has set its first targets on the US market with the CBR500R and the motorcycle looks great. Honda has also turned to make its products more value-for-money like its Japanese rival, Kawasaki did some time ago with the launch of the Ninja 300R and ninja 400R with the price range being very modest. The Honda CBR500R that goes on sale will only cost about $1,800 more than its smaller sibling, the CBR250R. So, what this means that for an additional 1 lakh rupees, the US customers will be able to get double the displacement and so double power and torque compared to the CBR250R.
The Honda CBR500R closely resembles the racing lines of the CBR600RR and CBR1000RR motorcycles. Overall, it looks very sporty and aggressive. It is powered by an all-new liquid-cooled parallel-twin DOHC engine. It also gets Honda’s famed Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) that ensures proper fuel mixture delivery through continuous monitoring several parameters and thus ultimately giving you crisp throttle response. The engine churns out close to 54 bhp of power. The engine is of square design with bore X stroke 67.0mmX66.0mm. This makes it more relaxed on the rev range that the CBR250R which sports a short stroke design.
The engine is mated to a 6 speed gearbox. Underneath, you get a diamond-shaped steel tube frame. The chassis is lightweight, yet claimed to be responsive. At the front the bike gets telescopic forks while the rear gets the Pro-link single-shock rear suspension with pre-load adjustable with 4.7 inches of travel. Braking is provided by twin-piston caliper, 320mm disc brake at the front and single caliper, 240mm disc at the rear. It also comes in an ABS version.  I sincerely hope Honda brings this bike to the Indian market.
Honda CBR500R Technical Specifications:
Engine: Liquid-cooled 500cc Parallel-twin, DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Bore and Stroke: 67.0 x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Fuel Delivery: PGM-FI with 34 mm throttle response
Clutch: Wet multi-plate clutch; Cable actuation
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: O-Ring sealed chain
Frame: Diamond-shaped steel
Front Suspension: 41mm fork, 4.3 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Pro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Brakes: Front: Twin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc Rear: Single-caliper 240mm wave disc , Optional Honda ABS
Curb Weight: 425 lbs.; 429 lbs. (ABS model)
Wheelbase: 55.5 inches
Front Tyre:120/70-17
Rear Tyre: 160/60-17
Rake: 25.5 deg. Trail: 4.05 inches
Seat Height: 30.9 inches
Fuel Capacity: 4.1 gallons
Honda CBR500R Price: $5,999 (~Rs. 3.24 lakhs) in the US.

Scalable transmissions based on NuVinci CVP technology coming this decade

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The NuVinci transmission uses a set of rotating balls between the transmission's input and output components that tilt and vary the output speed of the transmission.

Development of high-efficiency transmissions appropriate for light-passenger, off-highway, and commercial vehicles is the basis for strategic alliances involving Allison Transmission, Dana Holding Corp., and Fallbrook Technologies. The relationship will facilitate the development, manufacture, and commercialization of gearless transmissions using Fallbrook’s NuVinci Continuously Variable Planetary (CVP) technology.
The NuVinci’s basic design uses a set of rotating balls—located between the transmission’s input and output components—that tilt and vary the output speed. The tilting balls change their contact diameters with the discs, which varies the speed ratios.
Allison has an exclusive license for using NuVinci technology to develop and commercialize primary drivetrain transmissions for its end markets, which could include commercial vehicles and military applications as well as certain off-highway and large stationary equipment.
A separate agreement provides Dana the ability to engineer and produce transmission components and other powertrain products using Fallbrook's technology under an exclusive license for passenger and certain off-highway vehicles in the markets that Dana serves.
Lawrence Dewey, Chairman, President, and CEO of Allison, said during a Sept. 13 conference call with media that the agreements put in place a “coordinated approach to product development.”
Roger Wood, President and CEO of Dana, noted via email exchange with SAE Magazines that NuVinci technology “changes the way mechanical power is transmitted. It reduces the complexity of powertrain systems through its compact coaxial design, allowing the engine to operate at peak efficiency.”
Dana technologists conducted a performance assessment of the core NuVinci CVP technology. Those findings were used in “high level powertrain systems simulations for a typical Class A vehicle with a range of transmissions—e.g. automatic and manuals. The results indicated the NuVinci technology enables the engine to operate at the optimal speed for the power demand, which means the engine is always running at peak efficiency,” according to Wood.
For several years, Allison technical specialists independently looked at CVT technology in its various forms. Noted Dewey, “Allison’s investment in a noncontrolling equity stake in Fallbrook Technologies is a tangible indication of our interest in this technology.”
NuVinci CVP technology can mate with traditional transmission components.
According to Dewey, “Generally speaking, CVPs are in front of the transmission in respect to their drivetrain location. There are situations where an entirely new transmission will present the better solution for moving ahead; and in other cases, depending on the application or vocation, a modification to a current product might prove more workable.”
While light passenger vehicles are projected to realize an 8-10% fuel economy improvement when using NuVinci CVP technology, similar gains are possible for larger vehicles.
Noted Wood, “Improvement projections would vary depending on duty cycles, but expectations are in the 10% range for a typical front-end loader in a Y-cycle duty.”
Transmissions and other advanced powertrain systems “engineered with this technology will ultimately deliver higher customer value by improving performance, increasing fuel economy, reducing greenhouse gases, reducing system complexity, and increasing design flexibility,” added Wood.
Off-highway vehicles in the markets served by Dana likely will see NuVinci CVP technology usage in the next three to five years. Light-passenger vehicles using NuVinci technology for production applications will be closer to the 2020 time frame.
Dewey stated in an email that “a hard timeline for commercial vehicles isn’t presently being shared. However, after completing a series of developmental and on-road evaluations, further announcements will be made available to OEMs and the media.”

Rolling tires power self-inflation pumps

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Goodyear is developing a self-inflation system, called Air Maintenance Technology, that tops off the air in truck tires as they roll down the road.
When’s the last time that you checked your car’s tire pressure? If you are like most American motorists, you pay little attention to whether your tires are fully inflated even before you embark on long road trips.
U.S. government studies of the issue indicate that commercial truck drivers feel the same way as everyday commuters. A survey conducted a few years ago by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that only 44% of all domestic truck tires are inflated to within 5 psi (34 kPa) of their target pressures. Further, it showed that nearly half are under-inflated by 6 to 19 psi (41 to 131 kPa) while an additional 7% are under-inflated by 20 psi (138 kPa) or more.
The trouble is that chronic tire under-inflation cuts vehicle fuel economy substantially and speeds up tire wear, according to John Kotanides, Jr., Project Manager of the Advanced Concepts Group at the Goodyear Innovation Center in Akron, OH. “Our rule of thumb is that every 10 psi loss in inflation pressure leads to a 1% loss in miles per gallon,” which at current prices costs a typical long-haul truck operator about $600 in extra annual fuel purchases, he said. “In addition, we find that a 10% under-inflation can shorten tire tread life by 9 to 16%.”
Properly inflated tires also help keep a vehicle's handling performance at optimal levels. Under-inflation means less evenly distributed pressure on the road. It also reduces the tread area that is in direct contact with the road and can impact the integrity of the tire casing, which is key to any post-use retreading process.
That’s why Goodyear engineers are developing a passive self-inflation system that automatically tops off the air in commercial truck tires as they roll down the road. The Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) system should help tires to remain inflated at the optimum pressure over the long term, reducing the need for any external pumps or electronics. The commercial application of Goodyear's new AMT system recently made its debut at the 2012 IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover, Germany.
“Goodyear started working on the technology on the consumer application side in late 2009-2010,” Kotanides recalled, “but then in August 2011 we received a grant of up to $1.5 million over three years from the [U.S.] Department of Energy’s Office of Vehicle Technology to develop a self-inflation system for commercial truck tires.”
Principal investigator on the in-house RD&E project, Robert Benedict, invented the patent-pending passive pumping concept for the self-inflation system, Kotanides said. During the following year the Goodyear team “designed the system, conducted initial testing, and proved out the theory behind the pumping mechanism before delivering a working prototype.”
“The idea was to keep it as simple as possible,” Kotanides said. The AMT system involves a regulator that senses when the tire is at optimal pressure. “If the pressure drops below the target level, an inlet filter in the regulator allows some outside air into the pumping tube which runs circumferentially around the inside of the tire,” he explained. “Deformations of the tube as the tire rolls produce little puffs of air that transfer air from the pumping tube through an inlet valve and into the interior cavity of the tire.”
The purely mechanical system is now undergoing fine-tuning and further tests at Goodyear’s Topeka, KS, manufacturing facility, he said. “We plan to start fleet evaluations in 2013.” The commercial truck AMT system is being designed to perform after the retreading process.
Goodyear has also received a grant from the Luxembourg government for research and development of an AMT system for consumer tires. That work is being conducted at Goodyear’s Innovation Center in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg.
Commercial trucks pose a different challenge for the AMT system than do cars and light-duty trucks because their tires are larger and feature higher inflation pressures—105 psi (724 kPa) for commercial tires vs. 32 psi (221 kPa) for consumer tires. In addition, they operate over much longer distances, carrying much heavier loads. This poses a significantly more challenging performance requirement for the pump system.
“We believe the Air Maintenance Technology application for commercial vehicle tires will not only enhance the performance of the tire, but will also provide cost savings to fleet owners and operators through the extension of tire tread life and increased fuel economy,” said Goodyear’s Chief Technical Officer, Jean-Claude Kihn. “The progress we continue to make with this technology is very encouraging. We look forward to further testing of this concept.”
Steven Ashle

Forstars: the Future for Smart?

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The Smart Forstars concept integrates a video projector in the hood.
Does the Smart Forstars concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show give a hint at future design direction for the Daimler subsidiary’s compact Fortwo two seater? Head of Smart, Dr. Annette Winkler, gave an answer in her press conference speech: “The Smart Forstars offers another glimpse into the future of Smart. Some design details of this car you will find in our upcoming Smart four-seater.”
The Forstars concept provides a different interpretation of the Smart two-seater formula, presenting a more contemporary shape. Comparing the dimensions with the current Fortwo, the Forstars concept is 855 mm (33.7 in) longer, 151 mm (5.9 in) wider, and up to 37 mm (1.5 in) lower. The wheelbase is some 603 mm (23.7 in) longer at 2470 mm (97.2 in). The track is some 193 mm (7.6 in) wider at the front at 1475 mm (58.1 in), remaining the same at the rear, making it 90 mm (3.5 in) wider than the current Fortwo. The Forstars’ main body features are shared with those of the For-us concept seen at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
Smart refers to the Forstars as a sports utility coupe, with the extra length providing a stowage space behind the seats that is 900 mm (35.4 in) longer than that of the Fortwo. This is accessed through the glass tailgate at the rear, while the lower tailboard can be lowered electrically into a position parallel with the load floor, then retracted by 280 mm (11.0 in), improving access to the cargo area.
Inside, the seat shells incorporate an open section in the center, covered with a fabric throw, which can be switched for a change of color. The open section also allows for loading of long items through the passenger seat with the seat cover removed.
The Forstars name is a reference to the convex glass roof above the seats, potentially providing a nighttime view of the stars. The lighthearted theme is continued by the video projector integrated into the hood. This would be operated via Bluetooth from a smartphone, mounted in a bracket where the rear-view mirror would normally be sited. Using a rear-mounted video camera, the smartphone would double as a rear-view mirror, media source, and control system for the video projector, providing a personal drive-in movie service using a suitable wall. Cinema sound would be provided by speakers concealed in the ventilation openings in the side panels behind the doors.
The rhombic front lights incorporate an “eyebrow” section, and a ring of LEDs around the headlamp provide the indicators and daytime running lamps. The rear lamps echo the rhombic shape of those at the front. Both rear lamps open. One can accommodate a drink can and the other the recharging point for the battery pack.
The Forstars is powered by the same 60-kW electric motor that powers the new Smart Brabus electric drive. The drive motor delivers 135 N·m (100 lb·ft) of torque to propel the car to a claimed top speed of over 130 km/h (81 mph). The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 17.6 kW·h. Recharging would take up to 7 h from a 230-V domestic socket or 1 h from a rapid charging point.

Monday, 12 November 2012

BMW shows concept for first front-wheel-drive model

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The production version of the Concept Active Tourer will be the first front-wheel-drive BMW. (Newspress)
BMW has never before produced a front-wheel-drive (FWD) car wearing a BMW badge. The company used the 2012 Paris Motor Show to display the Active Concept Tourer that looks set to compete with FWD rivals such as the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
The concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which combines a 1.5-L, three-cylinder, direct-injection, gasoline engine with a synchronous electric motor to deliver a combined output of 190 hp (142 kW). The engine features BMW’s Valvetronic variable valve control system and twin turbochargers, technology that will feature on all future BMW gasoline engines.
BMW claims fuel consumption of less than 2.5 L/100 km and carbon dioxide emissions of less than 60 g/km, measured on the EU combined cycle. Fully charged, the lithium-ion battery pack is said to give a range of around 30 km (19 mi). The synchronous motor provides 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) of torque from rest and drives and recuperates energy from the rear axle, similar to the Peugeot Hybrid4 system.
The concept is equipped with BMW’s ECO PRO mode, available with current production models. The system can reduce the power of the air conditioning system and other electrical components to improve efficiency. It is also linked to the satellite navigation system to provide the most fuel efficient route for the driver. Navigation data are used to advise the driver about the road ahead before it is in view.
Michael de Bono is the exterior designer of the Concept Active Tourer: “About a year ago we had the brief to find the solution for the trend of urbanization, with people moving back to the center of cities and living their lives in a city more and more and needing a car to satisfy that.
“We decided on a front-wheel-drive car that offers maximum interior space for the minimum exterior footprint—so the best of both worlds between a hatch and perhaps a 3 Series Touring. For us, we started with a blank sheet of paper to see how we could bring BMW into this kind of segment.” The concept measures 4353 mm (171.4 in) long.
“Traditionally you have quite a stretched long hood and then the whole greenhouse set back, focused on rear-wheel drive," said de Bono. "Here, it’s more about front-wheel drive or hybrids. So first of all it’s all about the proportion. This has to be right to communicate what the car can do. It’s a sporty car but one with a lot of space. That’s why we went for an almost mono-volume proportion, with very little overhang, front and rear. We set everything back around the wheels to really reduce the visual mass.
“It has to have this BMW agility, but it’s a different kind of agility to a traditional BMW, it’s almost like a sprinter in the starting blocks, in that you have this leaning forward stance," he continued. "We achieved that through the whole greenhouse, the D-pillar constellation. The Hofmeister kink and the rear glass work together and you have this feeling of everything leaning forward, with an almost coupe-like flowing line.”

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Volkswagen Jetta TSI : Road Test

With the venerable Volkswagen Jetta now available with a smaller 1.4-litre TSI petrol motor, have the boffins at VW made the right trade-off in order to get the best from this executive saloon? We find out

Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI front

The Jetta TDI was literally the epitome of the perfect executive sedan – stylish, upmarket, well built, great to drive and very frugal to boot. So you’d naturally assume that when its petrol powered twin, the Jetta TSI, was with us for a couple of weeks for a shoot, the Ziggy Gang would have showered it with attention. But you’d be quite wrong.

Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI rear

Make no mistake, the Jetta TSI is a great car. But it does pale a little in comparison to its diesel twin. The problem I believe is that we were expecting too much from it. When the rumour mill was buzzing earlier this year that VW was bringing in the petrol Jetta, the natural conjecture dictated that what we’d find under the hood would be that delightful 1.8-litre TSI motor that makes us howl with glee when we put our foot down in the Skoda Laura.

But the Germans pulled a fast one on us and word got around that the Jetta’s petrol motor would in fact be just 1.4 litres in displacement. But no matter, VW’s 1.4-litre TSI twin-charged engine is a petrolhead’s wet dream. This engine is such a technological masterpiece that it has dominated the 1.0- to 1.4-litre category of the International Engine of the Year Awards since 2006 and has won the top ‘Engine of the Year’ prize in 2009 and 2010. And as if that wasn’t enough, it even ended the Toyota Prius’ Hybrid Synergy Drive’s reign by winning the ‘Green Engine Of The Year’ award in 2009.

Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI engine

The secret behind this engine’s success is that using a combination of two different types of forced induction, ie, turbocharging and supercharging, it can produce up to 179PS of power and 250Nm of torque, while providing great driveability, excellent mileage and low emissions. But sadly, for India, we lost the supercharger and received a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces just 122PS of power and 200Nm of torque. So you can imagine then, that looking at the facts and figures, we’d all be left a little disappointed. But then what does all this mean for someone who fancies buying a petrol powered Jetta in India? Well, since this is all about a new engine, let’s get straight to the performance game.

Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI driving

Just how much has the performance dropped?
Of course, with a smaller, and more importantly less powerful engine, performance is going to be on the low side. So don’t expect this to take on its diesel twin or its petrol powered cousin from the Skoda stables. Compared to the Jetta TDI, this is 18PS and a whopping 120Nm down while compared to the Laura TSI, the difference is 38PS and 50Nm. Now all this would be fine if the car was considerably lighter, or that engine was plonked into a smaller car.

But at a bit over 1.4 tonnes, it’s not exactly what you may call light on its feet. With just the turbocharger having to do all the work of force feeding that small displacement engine with mouthfuls of air, the run from naught to 100km/h takes 11.7 seconds, which definitely puts the Jetta TSI lower down the performance ladder in its class.

Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI gearbox

Zero to 100km/h times are just one side of the story though, and the side that doesn’t matter too much in the real world. What matters more is driveability, and here the Jetta TSI certainly impresses. Not because it churns out any class leading figures, but because it manages things that you simply don’t expect from a car that, at least on paper, seems underpowered. The tractability of this engine is surprisingly good, especially in the first three gears, and in third, this TSI can pull along from 60 to 80km/h in just 4.71 seconds.

Gears four through six however all offer overdrive ratios, which means that when you’re cruising along on the open road at highway speeds, they offer smooth and efficient driving, but you won’t find yourself reaching for the top three gears too often in the confines of the city. But then again, expecting that the ‘driving-about-in-a-single-high-gear’ antics of the TDI would be possible on this car would really be hoping for too much. Still, compared to the diesel, the TSI’s short-throw 6-speed gearbox shifts very slickly indeed and the light clutch pedal action ensures that changing cogs on the manual transmission never feels like manual labour.

Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI driving rear

If it’s not as quick, is it more efficient?
With the price of petrol at about 75 rupees across the country, suddenly mileage becomes an all important factor, even within a segment you’d think isn’t so concerned with penny pinching and squeezing every kilometre from that last drop of fuel. The TDI was a very impressive car in this aspect, churning out a combined fuel economy of above 15kmpl on the worst of days, and if you used your right foot a little more conservatively, we’ve seen this number climb even over 30kmpl! Expecting this sort of frugality from any petrol engine is really asking for the moon, and even the ARAI’s claim of 14.7kmpl is not too bad really.

Our own tests however run by ZigWheels’ chief road tester, Dilip Desai, saw the TSI under-delivering on the mileage front than what the company and the ARAI claims. On the highways around Pune, the figure was about 11.7kmpl, while in heavy city traffic, it dropped to a paltry 8.2kmpl. With the combined figure barely over 9kmpl, the downsized 1.4-litre TSI engine doesn’t really offer any significant fuel savings over the group’s 1.8-litre TSI motor doing duty in the Skoda Laura. However, Volkswagen’s techno-marvel of an engine is certainly what you can call ‘green’. With a CO2 emission figure of 144g/km, it is one of the least polluting cars in the executive car segment and getting yourself one of these cars is an express ticket to guilt-free motoring heaven.

Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI interiors

So what DO you get?
Well, the rest of the car pretty much stays the same, which is a really good thing. The same conventional, yet handsome styling on the outside, the same well put together interiors and overall top notch build quality carry over exactly from its diesel twin. The Jetta’s cabin is a wonderful place to be in, and while it might not wow you with gadgets galore, very few cars in the Indian market feel this good, especially from behind the wheel. And what about the Jetta’s legendary handling? Well, that’s almost intact. The 205/55R16 tyres provide plenty of grip in every imaginable driving condition, but with a lighter motor over the front wheels, the front end of the car feels a little floaty, though only at high speeds, and the feedback from the steering wheel isn’t as sharp. But this is still one of the best handling executive sedans money can buy.

But the real advantage the TSI offers over the TDI is the affordability factor. With the Trendline model priced at Rs 13.6 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and the Comfortline at Rs 15.07 lakh, variant to variant, you end up saving over 1.3 lakh rupees, and that’s a pretty princely sum no matter how well off you are. On the other hand, the things you do miss out on are the top-of-the-range Highline trim level (along with all the little goodies that it offers over the Comfortline trim) and an automatic gearbox option. That being said, it faces stiff competition from its Czech cousin, the Skoda Laura, which offers pretty much all the same features, but with the larger 1.8-litre TSI mill, at an even lower price which undercuts the Jetta TSI’s by about Rs 70,000 to 80,000.

And after everything we’ve said about the car, the thing that we can take away from it is that it is definitely a brilliant machine in many departments, but sadly will always feel like it plays the ‘brat’ to its ‘good boy’ diesel twin. If it was a proper ‘bad boy’ (and we mean that in a good way – in the way that the Laura vRS is to the Laura L&K diesel), then it’d definitely have many takers. But the way things stand, it’ll end up being the Jetta for those who think the Jetta is too expensive. For the rest of those who want the Jetta and are willing to pay the premium for it, diesel is the way to go!

Mahindra XUV500 DC Lounge : First Drive

Design guru Dilip Chhabria gets his hands on the Mahindra XUV5OO and gives it the DC Lounge treatment
Mahindra XUV500 DC Lounge
Dilip Chhabria needs no introduction. Founder of DC Design and the brains behind some of the most wonderfully outlandish one-off cars India has ever seen, he has also been churning out what are called DC Lounge kits for everyday cars for a little while now. The DC Lounge concept is simple – take a regular (and slightly large) car, strip out the interiors and replace them with a set-up more lavish than even the most luxurious of luxury cars can offer. And this service is absolutely brilliant for those who want something opulent to sit in, but don’t want any sort of flash to be seen from the outside.

Mahindra XUV500 DC Lounge 24-inch captain seats

 The DC Lounge’s weapon of choice has, in most cases been the Toyota Innova, but last year the firm also gave the same treatment to its butch SUV cousin, the Toyota Fortuner. But remember, we’re talking about a near 20-lakh-rupee  car. So if you wanted to ‘DC Lounge’ an SUV, but had a donor car budget equivalent to the Innova, you were pretty much out of luck. Until now that is. The good blokes at DC Design have just designed this super luxurious interiors kit for the Mahindra XUV5OO.
Mahindra XUV500 DC Lounge interiors

Once you hand over your XUV5OO to DC Design, the firm really goes to town on it. The original second row bench and the foldable third row are chucked out, and in their place go a pair of 24-inch captain seats which are fully electric and can recline to a maximum of 150 degrees – perfect to take a nap in on those long drives. These seats, clad in very tasteful brown leather match the rest of the interior trim treatment, and feature controls for the seat position as well as the interior lights in the armrests. The roof also features an aircraft style centre module which offers diffused ambient lighting as well as an individual set of reading lights for each of the rear passengers.
Mahindra XUV500 DC Lounge offer pair of 10.4-inch LCD televisions
The backs of the front two seats feature a pair of 10.4-inch LCD televisions which can be hooked up to a variety of sources such as DVD players or even laptops. And if you want to use your laptop or have a meal, a pair of tables with sliding tops  and glass holders fold out from behind the driver and co-driver seats. And the customisation doesn’t end there. The same leather upholstery as well as wood panel trim is also available for the front of the cabin, to match the look and feel of the rear seats.
Mahindra XUV500 DC Lounge controls for the seat position

 The best part of a customisation job like this is that you can enjoy the lap of luxury without showing it off to the world. However, if you were in the mood to show off and the let all those watching know that you aren’t being driven around in a regular Mahindra XUV5OO, you can always go for the optional DC body kit which includes a new sculpted bumper as well as elegant cladding on the doors and wheel arches. All we can say is, wow!

MS Dhoni's Superbike Team unveils new identity

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's World Superstock team changes name from MSD R-N Racing Team India to Mahi Racing Team India and announces new riders for the 2013 season

Mahi Racing Team members
After ending the 2012 season of the World Superbike Championship in the Supersport category on a high note, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Superbike Championship Team unveiled a new identity and announced two new riders in its line-up today. The team has been rechristened Mahi Racing Team India and their Kawasaki ZX-6R bike will sport a new logo and livery for the upcoming season. The Indian cricket team skipper took the wraps off the bike at an event in Mumbai.  
 Mahi Racing has signed up three-time world champion Kenan Sofouglu and former champion Fabien Foret, who finished the 2012 season in fourth place. The two new riders will join existing members Dan Linfoot and Florian Marino. Signed as the factory team for Kawasaki, Mahi Racing Team riders will be testing the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R during the official winter testing season. With the new rider line-up, the Indian team will aim for the 2013 championship title. 

 Mahi Racing Team logo
The team marked its entry in the world of superbike racing mid-way through the 2012 season. Dani Linfoot and Florian Marino put up some brilliant performances with a points finish by Marino in the very first race and a brilliant podium finish for Linfoot in the last race of the season at Magny Cours, France. 

“We were targeting mid-table finishes to form a base for the next season (2013). But the team put up a sterling performance and created history by pulling off a podium finish after just five rounds. Our rider Dan Linfoot finished a remarkable third in Magny Cours, France. Our crew did an outstanding job by setting up the team in such a short time,” said Arun Pandey, Chairman and Managing Director of the Mahi Racing Team. 
 Mahi Racing Team members
 Mahi Racing team, which will compete in all the races in the 2013 season, will also be seen in India with FIM World Superbike Championship debuting on the Buddh International Circuit in March. A lot of hopes and dreams are riding on the team with Mahindra Racing – India’s other big motorcycle racing team – already making waves in the world of racing by winning the Constructors Title in the 125GP class at the Italian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (CIV) in Italy.
Team MSD R-N Racing entered mid way in the championship but went on to showcase some strong performances in the 600cc class and even grabbed a podium finish. Under the new brand name, Mahi Racing team India, as the team will now be called, the team has gone some changes in riders and their targets.
The team has signed three-time and reigning world Supersport champion Kenan Sofouglu and Fabien Foret who finished fourth in the championship. Apart from these two main riders, Mahi racing has also signed Dan Linfoot and Fabian Marino. To give you some background on Foret, he has won the title in 2002 and also has 24 podium finishes to his credit. The Mahi Racing Team has got a new logo too and the biggest support to the team currently is that it will be the factory team of Kawasaki and so they can expect maximum support in terms of technology.
Arun Pandey, chairman and managing director of Mahi Racing said,” We were targeting mid-table finishes to form a base for the next year. But the team put up a sterling performance and created history by pulling off a podium finish after just five rounds. Our rider Dan Linfoot finished a remarkable third at Magny Cours, France. Our crew did an outstanding job by setting up the team within such a short time.” The riders will be using the Kawasaki ZX-6R for the racing and will be testing during the official winter testing season. Next year, WSBK is coming to India, and definitely Dhoni’s team will see a good fan following.
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