Is this India’s first supercar?

Is this India's first supercar?

America made the Ford GT and the Dodge Viper. The McClaren F1 rolled out of a British factory. Germany has the Porsche Carrera GT, while Italy is home to both Ferrari and Lamborghini. India, meanwhile, has never produced a flashy supercar.

Sarthak Paul, a 21-year old entrepreneur, is trying to change that. The recent university graduate has embarked on a starry-eyed quest to produce India’s first supercar, with help from a team of automotive engineers based at India’s Manipal Institute of Technology.

Paul calls his fledgling car company Mean Metal Motors (MMM). The automaker has already produced a couple of planned concepts, and if all goes well, Paul hopes the first physical prototype will be ready for a showcase at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. He’s calling his creation the “M-Zero.”

Paul cannot be accused of lacking ambition. With an estimated price tag of $125,000 to $150,000, M-Zero aims to compete with the world’s fastest and most powerful cars.

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The plans call for a supercar that can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds, and achieve a top speed of 200 miles per hour. The mid-mounted engine will produce more than 500 horsepower, and be partially powered by a hybrid electric power plant.

The M-Zero will also feature a fingerprint system instead of keys, and allow users to create a “profile” that will activate their preferred driver settings. These include their favorite seat position, air conditioning settings and music playlist.

“We want to give them a car that’s exactly the same or can do even more than a Lamborghini,” Paul said.

On the subject of aerodynamics, Paul’s excitement is palpable.

“I was watching a random show in which they discussed how the world’s fastest sea animal [the sailfish] moves through air and water,” he said. “Then we thought, why don’t we just analyze why the fastest sea animal is the fastest?”

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The body of the car will utilize the startup’s newly-developed smart material, called “carbo-flax”, which claims to be both lighter and one-tenth the price of carbon fiber. Paul said he hopes to sell the material to satellite companies in India in order to raise funds for the first prototype.

Fund raising is just one of many potential roadblocks Paul faces. The Mean Metal Motors founder said that Indian venture capitalists “do not identify hardware startups as something they’d invest into.” They prefer the software firms of Bangalore.

Murad Ali Baig, a popular author and automobile analyst with The Economic Times, has doubts about Paul’s “carbo-flax” funding strategy, and sees few other options for the company to raise capital.

Baig also pointed to the complicated engineering required to build a supercar.

“The very advanced engine and hybrid motor technology, and the successful mating to the suspension and body is no simple matter and may need months or even years to debug sufficiently to make them safe on the roads,” he said.

Paul refuses to be discouraged, saying his company has acquired “the best automotive engineering talent in the country.”

“[Our success] would give a boost to people who want to do something in the hardware world,” he said.

Is this India's first supercar?

Source: CNN Money

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Video: Watch $400,000 worth of Italian supercar go up in flames

Video: Watch $400,000 worth of Italian supercar go up in flames

On Monday a businessman in South Delhi, India, watched as his Lamborghini Gallardo, with a lofty price tag of $400,000 due to import taxes, went up in flames, according to several local reports.

The driver, who had just picked up the car from a nearby service station, escaped without harm. Officials said the cause of the fire is not yet known.

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Lamborghini stopped production of the Gallardo, the automaker’s best-selling car, back in 2013. It sold more than 14,000 of them over a 10-year run.

The company issued a recall a few years back, citing risk of a fire.

Source: Marketwatch

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Uber Offers Free Supercar Rides In India With Droom

Uber To Offer Free Supercar Rides In India With Droom

For those drooling over the luxurious Audi R8 or pining for a ride in a sturdy Hummer, Droom, the online marketplace for buying and selling of automobiles, is offering a once in a lifetime chance to fulfill that wish in India.

With the largest collection of supercars in India, it now partners with Uber to present ‘Supercars on Demand’. Those wishing to take part were required to get on the Uber app between 1 and 4 pm on July 15, 2015 to get their favourite supercar on demand.

Rishab Malik, co-founder and VP of Business Development at Droom, commented, “We are absolutely thrilled about this one of a kind event that we are hosting along with our partner Uber. Niche luxury cars are now just a click away with Droom. With this latest category, we now offer the widest range of pre-owned, exotic and classy cars for sale. Through this campaign we wish to bring people who have longed to enjoy a first-hand experience of supercars one step closer to owning their very own mean machine.”

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Karun Arya, communications lead, South Asia and India, Uber, commented, “This is the first time we’re bringing #UberSUPERCARS to India, for real. Uber is all about providing amazing and unique experiences to its riders and this is one way of giving them an opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the supercar ride.”

It’s a memorable experience for Uber and Droom users who can now post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pictures with these supercars. Surprise gifts were also given away to select riders!

Source: Times Of India

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Video: Meet the M-Zero, India’s First Supercar

Video: Meet the M-Zero, India's First Supercar

Introducing Mean Metal Motors – an automotive start-up which is working on India’s first supercar. Called the M-Zero, it has 4 teams from 4 countries working on turning this dream in to reality.

While the teams in Portugal and Italy take care of body and styling, the UK team looks after the simulations and analysis. The remaining one i.e. the team in India, is responsible for the engine, transmission, aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, electronics, and energy storage systems.

The M-Zero will get a light-weight carbon-fibre monocoque tub chassis, which will give provide the required rigidity. Though it will be designed by these folks at Mean Metal Motors, it will then be given to various parts manufacturers for production.

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About the engine – it will be a parallel hybrid mid-engined supercar. Sarthak Paul, founder and director, said they’re planning on getting either a 4.0-litre AMG V8 bi-turbo or the 4.8-litre NA V10, though the procurement process is yet to be initiated. Sarthak adds that they are targeting the 500+bhp mark for the power output.

Since this is a parallel hybrid supercar, there will be an electric motor involved. The electric motor will be capable of producing approximately 250bhp, which, in turn, will give the M-Zero a combined power tally of 750+bhp. The total torque developed will be 900Nm.

Mean Metal Motors is currently looking for funds, and intends to raise $7 million in the first round of funding, which will help them make their first prototype. The manufacturing facility, sadly, will not be in India but in a Scandinavian country. Also, the market they’re looking at is Europe.

Source: NDTV

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Super boys from India help design 900 HP supercar

Super boys from India help design 900 HP supercar

Four students from India have acquired overnight fame after a futuristic car they designed as part of a team project earned rave reviews at an international motor expo in Switzerland.

The master’s students, three of whom are from Mumbai and one is from Pune, study at an Italian design school and collaborated with a magazine from the country on the project.

The sleek-looking car was designed by a group of 11 post-graduate students of Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), a design institute in Italy. Amongst the eleven team members are Marshin Bhatt (25), Rahul Sadwelkar (23), and Sunny Ramrakhiani (31) – all from Mumbai, and Gaurav Jagtap (26), from Pune.

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Other designers hail from Poland, China, Israel, Taiwan, Iran and Mexico. The project was the final thesis project for the masters course in transportation design, in collaboration with Italian car magazine, Quattroruote, and garnered rave reviews at the Geneva Motor Show 2015.

“The theme given to us was to design a modern and futuristic car which uses techniques that could make sense in the future. We chose to design a car giving extra attention to safety features not only for the driver, but also pedestrians,” said Sadwelkar, who spoke to mid-day from Italy.

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The 23-year-old moved to IED in 2010 and, after completing his bachelors in car design in 2013, joined the same institute for a master’s course on scholarship basis.

Bhatt, a student of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology in Andheri, joined IED in 2013. “I used to sketch cars since I was in school and had my own collection of posters and magazines. Work is fun when you do what you always wanted to do,” he said, adding that his family is proud to see his dreams turn into reality. Bhatt hopes to move on to bigger challenges. “Who knows, I may open a design consultancy firm one day.”

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Source: Mid-Day

India’s Top Five Luxury Infinity Pools

Infinity pools are synonymous with luxury and beauty. As they merge with the horizon, these pools are one of the best ways to relax and enjoy magnificent views. Hotels.com has drawn up this list of five beautiful infinity pools in hotels across India where you can enjoy some spectacular views…

5. Taj Malabar, Kochi, Kerala: It gives you the illusion of merging with the waters of the magnificent Kochi harbor.

Taj Malabar, Kochi, Kerala

4. Alila Diwa, Goa: One can enjoy soaking in the lush green paddy fields of Goa here.

Alila Diwa, Goa

3. Wildflower Hall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh: At 8,250 feet above sea level, the infinity pool here extends into the magnificent Himalayan mountain ranges.

Wildflower Hall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

2. Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom, Kerala: It merges with the Vembanad Lake here.

Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom, Kerala

1. Kurumba Village Resort, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu: The infinity pool stretches out to the lush green valley in the Nilgiris.

Kurumba Village Resort, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Which is your favourite? We’d love to hear from you if you’ve ever been to one of these paradisaical spots or are planning to go!

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Most Popular UK Surname Number Plates: SINGH

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Within the last 100 years, the number of people named Singh in the UK has increased by more than 1,000 per cent. People named Singh were at a record high in 2009 with 95,203 of them living in Britain, and this number is still increasing.

It is no surprise then, that car registration plates featuring the word S1NGH, 51NGH and other variations are particularly sought after in the UK. In 2006, the number plate 51NGH sold for £201,000 at auction, and S1NGH sold for £86,000 back in 1998.

Apparently the S1NGH number plate number plate has never been registered to a vehicle, but is now worth in excess of £250,000! However there are many other variations available for a fraction of the price. Here are some examples (click on the images for more information):

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Singh is a common title, middle name or surname meaning “Lion”, dating back over 2000 years old to ancient India. It was originally used by Rajput Hindus, and is also used by Sikhs, Dogras, Gurkhas, Gujjars, Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, Yadavs and many other communities.

Sikhs, as a community, have adopted the name as a suffix to their own name so it often used as a surname by many of the Sikh faith. In Hindi and Punjabi the name is written and pronounced as Singh. In Gujarati is is written and pronunced as Sinh. Marathas use Sing.

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