Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Porsche Boxster Spyder

The Porsche Boxster is a mid-engined roadster built by Porsche. The Boxster was Porsche's first road vehicle since the 550 Spyder came into existence.

On 5th of November 2009, Porsche officially announced the creation of a new production Boxster which was exposed at the 2009 Los Angeles Motor Show.

Among the Porsche products, Boxster Spyder will be the lightest Porsche on the market, weighing 2,811 pounds.

The vehicle will ride on a firmer suspension than the other Boxster models and will also be almost one inch lower in order to have firmer handling.

Characteristic design elements of the car includes a manually-operated canvas top, sports bucket seats and two signature humps running along the back of the vehicle. It will offer a six-cylinder boxer engine with
  • 320 horsepower (239 kW; 324 PS)

  • 273 lb ft (370 N m) of torque

The vehicle was released worldwide in February 2010 as a 2011 model.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Rinspeed sQuba - World's first under water car

The sQuba, developed by Swiss company Rinspeed, is the world's first car that can be driven both on land and under water.
Thirty years after the thriller movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" sQuba is the first car that can actually ‘fly’ under water
sQuba is a zero emission electric vehicle with three electric motors - one for land travel, two for water. Autonomous cruise control system is also there to allow autonomous operation.

On land it is powered by its electric rear-wheel drive powertrain by using rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
Upon entering water, it floats on the surface until the operator floods the interior to submerge it.

It can sink to a depth of 10 metres (33 ft), powered by twin electric-powered propellers supplemented by two Seabob water jets. The car's top speed is

  • On Land - 120 km/h (75 mph)
  • On the surface of water - 6 km/h (3.2 kn; 3.7 mph) 
  • Underwater - 3 km/h (1.6 kn; 1.9 mph)
The open cockpit design is intended to allow the occupants to escape easily in case of emergency. Without occupants, the sQuba will surface automatically. The vehicle's interior is water and salt resistant hence it can be driven in the ocean

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Aston Martin One-77

The Aston Martin One-77 is a two-door car built by Aston Martin.

Before being fully revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show the car first appeared at the 2008 Paris Motor Show where the car was covered by a Savile Row tailored skirt all through the show.

The car is also featured in many video games like Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Test Drive Unlimited 2 etc.

The top speed of the car is 220.007 mph i.e. 354.067 km/h with 0–60 mph time of approximately 3.5 seconds.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Maruti Suzuki in talks with workers as strike halts production

MUMBAI: Maruti Suzuki said on Monday its management was in talks with workers at its plant in the northern state of Haryana where a strike has disrupted production.

Production at the Manesar plant, which produces about 1200 vehicles a day, has been halted after a section of workers went on strike on Saturday, said a spokesman for Maruti.

Around 800 workers went on strike demanding the recognition of a new union, Maruti Suzuki Employees Union , the spokesman said.

"We are still trying to understand what their grievance is... We've had no discussions with them on this subject ever," R.C. Bhargava, chairman of Maruti Suzuki told television channel NDTV Profit.

Bhargava said the management was in talks with the workers to find a solution, but did not give a timeline as to when the strike was expected to be called off.

At present, the company, 54.2 percent owned by Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp , has one workers' union that is recognized by the management, Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union .

"It's more surprising that one month ahead of the elections this kind of thing should happen," Bhargava said, referring to the existing union's elections to be held next month.

Last year, Maruti Managing Director Shinzo Nakanishi said the company was looking to advance its capacity expansion plans to meet booming demand in the fast-growing south Asian country.