Mahindra Racing Secure Their First Ever Win In Formula E in Berlin
10th June was definitely a historic day for Mahindra Racing because on this day Mahindra’s E Racing team successfully secured a maiden victory in the FIA Formula E Championship. If that is not all, they won the weekend’s two Berlin ePrix races by a double podium finish in the contest.
The two drivers who managed to win the race included Swedish star Felix Rosenqvist and German teammate Nick Heidfeld. While the rising Swedish star managed to secure the second position his teammate stayed right on his trail and occupied the third. Both the driver started the race from the 3rd and 4th position after participating in the Super Pole qualifying round. While exiting the first corner both the drivers managed to take the second and third place in the race and holding these positions till the end of the race. Race driver Rosenqvis overtook the competitor for the lead at the halfway point on race on lap 22 and managed to hold the lead despite his opponent di Grassi using his extra 100kJ of energy that was awarded to him by public vote in the series’ unique FanBoost initiative.
This double podium finish helped Mahindra Racing occupy the third place in the teams overall standing with just five more races remaining under the belt.
Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal, Mahindra Racing Formula E Team said, "This is a historic milestone for Indian motorsport on open four wheels. An emotional day and so rewarding for our entire team, partners, fans and colleagues back in India and around the world. We are ready to do it all again tomorrow for the second race in this double-header weekend in Berlin!"
Drag Race Video: Tamo RACEMO vs Toyota GT86
Tata Motors unveiled the ‘TAMO RACEMO’ at the 2017 Geneva Motors and this also happens to be India’s first globally developed ‘phygital’ car, which was used in the Microsoft’s Forza Horizon 3 game. The Game actually gives an opportunity to the gamer to experience and drive the Tamo Racemo in virtual world. The gamers actually can drive the car before the Racemo is actually launched in the market.
Now here in this video you can actually watch the Tamo Racemo in action as it competes against the Toyota GT86. Now both these cars are entry level 2 door sportscars, while the Racemo is powered by the 1.2 Litre turbocharged 3 cylinder unit which put out about 188 Hp of peak power. The Toyota GT86 on the other hand uses a 2.0 Litre naturally aspirated 4 cylinder unit which produces about 197 Bhp of peak power from the front positioned unit.
In this video you can clearly watch that the Racemo accelerates from standstill way quicker than that of the Toyota GT86. But the GT86 managed to overtake the Tamo Racemo towards the end of the race. This proves that while the initial acceleration of the Tamo Racemo was quicker than that of the GT86 the additional power and better top speed helped the Toyota to beat the Racemo at a later stage of the race and win the drag race.
However, do not get disappointed because the Virtual performance and the rear world performance might be a lot different in real life.
How Formula E Cars Work: Video
Formula One has been at the centre of attraction for many racing buffs around the globe. Now in 2014 when Formula E was introduced, the racing enthusiasts found something new, which is similar to the Formula One, but much more exciting than it as the Formula E cars run on electric power only, no fossil fuel.
In the first season of Formula E Championship all the teams were provided electric motor powered racing cars built by the Spark Racing Technology. The car was dubbed as Spark Renault SRT 01E. The cars used a chassis developed by Dallara, while the electric motors were developed by British automaker McLaren. The electric battery system was provided by the Williams Advanced Engineering. All the cars were equipped with a Hewland five speed transmission. Official tire sponsor was French tire maker Michelin.
In the first season a total of 42 cars were ordered. A total of ten teams participated, and each team received four cars. The Formula E cars can reach 0 – 100 kmph in just 3 seconds, while maximum speed is 225 kmph. The Formula E cars produce 80 dB noise level, while the Formula One cars make 70 dB. In the second season technical rules have been changed to allow new powertrain developers.
Many racing enthusiasts still don’t know how these Formula E cars operate. Here is a video, which describes, how the cars work.
International Women’s Day: Meet two Indian women making waves in Men’s world
First, we the TopSpeed India team wishes our lady readers a very happy women’s day!
Motorsport is a claimed men’s world, but there are few women who made waves in the men’s world by becoming the faster ones. In India such two women are Alisha Abdullah and Sneha Sharma. On this women’s day it is our special tribute to them who has shown way to the women motor sport enthusiasts of our country.
Take a read of the piece to learn more.
Ford Mustang and Lamborghini Murcielago are two furious looking high performance cars, which any petrolhead would like to drive. But, what if two of these cars are facing each other in a drift battle? Well, exactly, that’s what we got to see when Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Daigo Saito hopped in a drift battle with their Ford Mustang RTR and Lamborghini Murcielago respectively.
Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s 2016 Ford Mustang is powered by a 5.0 litre V8 engine churning out 550 hp peak power, while Dago Saito’s Lamborghini Murcielago gets power from a 6.5 litre V12 engine generating 661 hp peak power and 660 Nm peak torque.
Monster Energy has released a video in their YouTube channel of that insane drift battle between the Ford Mustang RTR and Lamborghini Murcielago. The shooting took at various places like in an abandoned village in Nikita, Japan; a deserted park whch is considered as a haunted place. Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Daigo Saito are professional drifters from USA and Japan respectively. The video shows us their superb skills behind the wheels. And even if that doesn’t amuse you, the screeching of the tyres, the adrenaline pumping music will surely do.
British auto manufacturer Jaguar is all set to enter the third season of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Formula E Championship as with its own team. On 24th October, 2015 the second season of FIA Formula E has already began. It is the first global electric single seater car championship. By participating in this championship Jaguar Land Rover will be able to research, develop and test their EV powertrains, as the automobile engineers from JLR will closely work with the racing team.
Jaguar is yet to reveal the actual car, but they already published a few photographs of the upcoming Formula E car, which looks almost identical to the present generation car. Therefore it is easily assumable that the aerodynamics won’t change much. The visible changes can be seen in form of revised side pods, rear wing. Visually most striking thing about the car is the livery. The car is painted in a light gray shade, while the neon blue strips on it grab the eye. We assume the neon blue strips represent the electric powertrain beneath the shell of the car. Although Jaguar is yet to reveal any detail about the powertrain for this car, but they did mention about the collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering.
McLaren might have had a rough 2015 Formula one season; they might not have won a single race in the championship. But, toward the end of the season they did something stunning. Not on the track, but in their lab. The McLaren team made an all new concept car which is expected to become the future of Formula one racing. The gorgeous car won’t be seen on the racing track anytime soon, but this is certainly the future racing car from the British brand.
The futuristic car looks cool, and it is wrapped with loads of technologies, which keeps this car way ahead from the others. Although McLaren gave us a peek of the car, but there is no information yet about its first public appearance or when it will be seen on track. However, here, we brought a closer look and a detail review of the futuristic Formula one car. Take a look.
Click past jump to learn more about the new 2016 McLaren MP4-X Concept.
Subir Roy and his navigator Nirav Mehta became the winner of the MRF Rally de Goa 2015 championship, which was the sixth round of the FMSCI Indian National TSD Rally Championship 2015. Their total time penalty was 47 seconds. Second position of the championship was held by the Team Tata Motors consisting Ajgar Ali and Mohammed Musthafa, while the third place was taken by Ganesh Moorthy and T Nagarajan. These three entrants were also the top three in the Pro Expert category.
In the Pro-Stock category of the championship, Team Tata Motors won the first place with Saurav Chatterjee and Ashoke Kumar Basu, followed by the second place holder V Santhosh Kumar and Balachandar, while the third place was taken by Soumyadeb Shaw and Souvick de Sarkar. In the Local Class, the all lady team Khyati Mody and Pratibha Anand secured first place and they also topped the Ladies Class. The team of Azim Hanchi and Jogi Koshy came in second and Bhargav Korde and Baburao Desai became third. On the other hand, the Couples Class was won by Osline D’Souza and Saurabh Bandodkar.
The entire event was organised by FB Motorsports and there were 20 entries for the National Championship from all over the country.
Here is the detailed results of the champion:
Pro Expert: 1. Subir Roy/ Nirav Mehta (Esteem, 00:00:47 seconds penalty); 2. SK Ajgar Ali/ MK Md. Musthafa (Bolt, Team Tata Motors, 00:00:53); 3. MD Ganesh Moorthy/ T Nagarajan (Scorpio, 00:01:00).
Pro Stock: 1. Saurav Chatterjee/ Ashoke Kumar Basu (Bolt, Team Tata Motors, 00:04:31); 2. V Santhosh Kumar/ R Balachandar (Swift, 00:05:22); 3. Soumyadeb Shaw/ Souvick de Sarkar (Swift, 00:09:17).
Local Class: 1. Khyati Mody/ Pratibha Anand (Ritz, 00:08:23); 2. Azim Hanchi/ Jogi Koshy (Esteem, 00:23:49); 3. Bhargav Korde/ Baburao Desai (Ritz, 00:35:33).
Couples Class: 1. Osline D’Souza/ Saurabh Bandodkar (Brio, 02:11:57).
Ladies Class: 1. Khyati Mody/ Pratibha Anand (Ritz, 00:08:23).
Dubai is all set to watch and experience American rally driver Ken Block showing his tremendous skills behind the wheel at Dubai International Motor Show, which will be Ken’s Middle East racing debut too.
The California based 47 year aged racer has signed up with XDubai, which is an action sports company. Ken started rallying in way back 2005 and later he formed the Monster World Rally Team. He will show his skills in Dubai during the Dubai International Motor Show and he is supposed to appear in the motor show on November 14. He is one of only four Americans to score points in the World Rally Championship. He will make his racing debut wearing the XDubai logo at the 4 day X Games in Austin, Texas, starting on June 4.
Commenting on the event he has said, “I’m really excited about this partnership,” said Block. “While we were in the initial discussions to make this deal possible, I took a trip to Dubai to learn more about XDubai and the city itself and I was blown away.” He also said, “It’s a hugely impressive city and it’s also known for being a massively progressive in that region of the world. The team at XDubai absolutely gets what I do and what I’m about and, as I’m sure everyone knows, Dubai itself has a passion for all things automotive.”
Gautam Hari Singhania, the lone contender from India in Ferrari Challenge Series EU 2015 won the overall second spot. With this he has secured a total of 10 podiums overall in the Championship including a maiden win this weekend at Mugello, Italy. This was also Gautam’s maiden full season in the championship.
In the finale of Ferrari Championship Series 2015, held at Mugello, Italy, he took the fourth spot; therefore winning the second spot in overall ranking. The championship was a culmination of a series of 15 races throughout the year, which were spread across 7 rounds which witnessed the world’s most proficient drivers battling out to achieve the renowned title of ‘Ferrari World Champion 2015’. These 15 races which was spread over six weekends mainly at Monza (Italy), Imola (Italy), Mugello (Italy), Le Castellet (France), Valencia (Spain) and Budapest (Hungary). Gautam Hari Singhania raced in the Coppa Shell category for the entire Ferrari Challenge Europe Championship 2015 and earned a total of 171 points. His personal best lap in the world finals today was 1:56:119. In the finale racing a total of 34 cars with contenders from Europe, Asia Pacific and North America were fighting neck to neck for the podium finish.
Commenting on the achievement, Gautam Hari Singhania has said, “I am thrilled and overjoyed to finish the World Finals in this leading position. A power packed year with all the hard work has finally culminated into one of the most memorable racing achievements and I am glad with my overall performance by securing 2nd position in the overall standings at my maiden full season. Ferrari World Championship 2015 has been an eventful experience! I look forward to more competitive racing next year.”
Arjun Maini, the 17 year old racing talent from India is all set to contest in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix with British team T-Sport. The youngster from Bangalore who contested the European F3 championship with Van Amersfoort Racing will change teams for the historic race. He is hoping that he can replicate his form from Van Amersfoort Racing earlier this year at the Pau street circuit in France. Macau Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on the weekend between 19th and 22nd of November, 2015.
The Macau Grand Prix is considered as a flagship race for F3 racers around the earth. It is part of a motorsport festival in the region that sees various races taking place on the same weekend. It includes, the World Touring Car Championship (till 2014), super bikes and GT car races. Previously legends like Ayrton Senna, Micheal Schumacher, David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher has competed in the event. Even the present day sensation Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel has also contested in the event. Commenting on the event Arjun has said, “I’m quite excited to be working with a new team for this race. The track is going to be a completely different challenge to Pau, as there are quite a few long straights with some extremely fast corners thrown into the mix. T-Sport have had quite a few really good results here and I’m sure if we can work together there’s no reason why we can’t bring home a good result. We had a two day Test in Silverstone to Simulate the Set up at Macau and I was happy with the Testing.”
Indian GT specialist driver Aditya Patel is all set to take on his rivals in the final round of Audi R8 LMS Cup in Shanghai. Chennai based Aditya is one of the 6 drivers fighting to clinch the championship title this weekend. Aditya who is backed by Audi India, JK Tyres and Jubilant Motorworks; started the season on an impressive note and gradually found himself in the lead of the championship table at the halfway of the series.
At the second half of the season Aditya came away with only 12 points due to some unfortunate incidents. Although he scored an impressive 80 points in the first half of the championship. He feels confident of a good showing in the final race of what has been the closest championship in the history of the cup so far. Alex Yoong, Frankie Cheng, Marchy Lee, Rahel Frey and Thomas Fjordbach are the other drivers fighting for the title, and the race is expected to be an epic finale. Aditya was saying, “It’s been a mixed year. After starting off so well, things didn’t really go as per plan in the second half of the season. But that’s racing. I still have the slimmest chance of fighting for the championship and the goal for this weekend is to win a race and score as many points as I can!”
Young Indian karting sensation Kush Maini (14) stole the show at the final round of the German Karting Championship (DKM), which took place at the Kerpen circuit in Germany. He became second on his senior level debut race. This was also the first time when Kush competed in Germany. The KF class is open to anyone above the age of 15 and is often contested by veterans with more than 10 years of karting experience.
Kush qualified 5th overall with a time of 43.375 seconds which was a 0.133 seconds off the leader of the race. He eventually managed a 6th place starting position in the finals. In the final Kush lost two positions at the start that saw him drop down to 8th but with a matured maneuvering he managed to overtake 3 karts in one lap and ended in 2nd position. He also managed to set the fastest lap of the race with a time of 43.395 seconds that was almost a full two tenths quicker than anyone else on the grid. Commenting about his experience, an elated Kush said, “First of all I’d like to thank my team, Forza Racing who gave me a near perfect kart to work with. I tried my best to make a move on the last lap but I couldn’t make it stick and had to settle for second, that being said I’m quite happy with KF (senior class) debut, I’ve never raced in Germany before so to come here and get a podium straight away is quite a good result.” Kush will now focus his attention on the J. K. Tyre Formula BMW championship before switching his attention to the WSK Final Cup in Adria, Italy, which is scheduled in November.
Gautam Hari Singhania again secures a double podium finish in the Ferrari Challenge Europe Championship
It seems Gautam Hari Singhania is on a podium finishing spree in the Ferrari Challenge Europe Championship. After securing a podium finish he made that into a double podium finish as he won the second race too in Valencia, Spain.
As of now, Singhania has secured a total of nine podiums. The Ferrari Challenge Europe Championship 2015 started in April 2015 at Monza, Italy where Singhania secured a double podium finish, which was followed by other podium finishes at Budapest, Hungary; Le Castellet, France and Imola, Italy in June, July and September respectively. The finale of championship is set to be held in November, which will be a close finish amongst the finalists. The finale of the championship will engage the finalists to fight hard against each other which is expected to be a spectacular event. Commenting on his historic win, Gautam Hari Singhania has said, “It has been a great racing weekend in Valencia with another double podium. The 2015 championship has panned out superbly with several close finishes and wins. I am eagerly looking forward to the Finale in November in Mugello, Italy." Incidentally, the finale of the championship is slated on 6th to 8th November.
Gautam Hari Singhania secures another podium finishing in the Ferrari Challenge Europe Championship 2015, and this time at the Valencia, Spain. In the first race he finished at second place after getting qualified second. Now he is placed at the third position of the championship, thanks to his array of successful podium finishes throughout the championship till now.
The Ferrari Challenge Europe Championship 2015 was started in April, 2015 at Monza, Italy. Gautam Hari Singhania secured a double podium finish there, which was followed by podium finishes at Budapest, Hungary; Le Castellet, France and Imola, Italy in June, July and September respectively. Elated after another podium finish, Gautam Hari Singhania has said, “I am thrilled to finish this race as successfully as others through the year and it is yet another proud moment for me at the sixth round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe Championship at Valencia, Spain. It has been a great season for me so far and I am looking forward for a great performance in finale in November as well.” Gautam Hari Singhania who been representing India, has raced with the renowned Swiss Team named Kessel Racing that has registered numerous wins and an exhaustive experience under its belt. Former F1 driver and current GT driver Andrea Motermini is Singhanias coach for the entire season.
The Erode pair KP Karthick Maruthi and Sankar Anand won the Pro Expert category in the MRF Rally of Bangalore, which was the fifth round of the 2015 FMSCI Indian National TSD Rally Championship. The pair won the race by a total time penalty of 29 seconds, which was just two seconds ahead of the Kolkata-Erode pair of SK Ajgar Ali and Mohammad Musthafa MK. Third position was held by Arvind J and M Chandrashekar, who finished with a total time of 32 seconds. Ali and Musthafa were leading the championship before this event but they could not hold the position till the last moment.
The entire event was conducted by the Karnataka Motor Sports Club. The areas that the competitors went through were Konasandra, Hemmigepura, Gollahalli, Gangasandra, Thittahalli, Nelaguli around Mysore Road and Kanakapura Road. The total distance covered by entrants of the Rally of Karnataka and Green Run Rally was 160Km. Approximately 90 per cent of the Rally was run on dirt and the remaining on tarmac. The event started and finished at the Club on Mysore Road. A total of 28 cars participated in the event and just one car couldn’t finish.
In the Pro Stock category of the event, Kolkata duo Saurav Chatterjee and Ashoke Kumar Basu won after attracting a total time penalty of 3.1 minutes. V Sekar and G Natarajan were championship leaders before this event, but they finished second with a total time penalty of 3.16 minutes. Finishing third were Amarnath GJ and Mokthiyar Ahmed with a time of 05:16. In the Green Run Rally for local participants, Pramod Vig and Prakash M won the Pro Expert category with a total time penalty of 1.02 minutes. The Pro Stock category was won by V Darshan and Velumurgan with a total time penalty of 12.26 minutes.
11 year Indian boy Shahan Ali Mohsin clicnhed 2015 Rotax Max Asia Challenge at the Shah Alam International Kart Circuit. Competing in the Micro Max category (8-12 years) Shahan battled with top racers of Asia. Shahan finished the pre finals in second place, and came out even better in the finals to stand on the top step of the podium, winning by a margin of 0.648 seconds.
Although he won the race amazingly, but Shahan’s weekend didn’t start off too well. In the qualifying round he was only 14th out of 19 karters. He couldn’t even progress much in the incident filled Heat events, as he finished 10th and 14th in the two heats respectively. His iS Racing team worked hard overnight to solve the problems and during the Sunday morning warm up event, things looked better as Shahan came out as third and felt more comfortable.
Visibly elated by the performance and win, joyous Shahan was saying after the event, “It is a really special day, a memorable one for me with my first win in Asia. The best part was that it was fair and square, there was no luck or freak incident, just a clean run from the back of the grid to the top of the podium.” He also said, “There were lots of ups and downs through the season and then we missed the previous round so this win makes up for it somewhat. We all wished it would have come a bit sooner, but nevertheless I am really happy to sign off the Asian season on a winning note.”