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  1. two mules have been spied at a few meter distances from each other. One of the mule was running on bigger alloy wheels from Aria but that was about it! In another development, we have managed to snap another test mule of Safari Storme passing by near Tata’s Pune plant. If you carefully analyse, Tata has gradually been pushing Storme up the ladder over Aria (or the vice-versa!). Now there could be a possibility that Tata may be testing the following: 1.A regular Safari Storme endurance test vehicle 2.Safari Storme with more features possibly for an upgraded version that is expected to get launched soon (Earlier report here) 3.Storme Automatic! Possibilities of this being a regular endurance test car are low since it makes not much of a sense testing exactly the same car in exact same specifications for a year after its launch. There were reports that Tata is preparing a more loaded Safari Storme a few months back and there is almost a certainty that Automatic Safari Storme is coming to our shores soon, along with Aria. Which one is this mule, we can not really claim anything. But one thing is for sure, there is a lot that is cooking at Tata’s stables and Storme needs a lot of ammo to slug it out against the more contemporary rivals in the market. Source - http://motorbash.com/spied-tata-continues-testing-safari-storme-we-continue-our-spotting-spree/
  2. Here’s how to get your car to perform better by spending less than Rs 50,000! If you own a petrol or diesel car and wish that it had just that little bit more power to beat another car out of a traffic light, there are some performance modifications that could help you do that. There is no limit to the extent you can modify your car, but within a budget of about Rs. 50,000, here’s how you can squeeze about 20% more power and torque out of the car. Modifying the performance of your car is better done once the car’s warranty period has expired, because no warranty claims will be honored by a car manufacturer if aftermarket modifications have been done to it. Also make sure the modifications are carried out by a reputed tuner or garage, if you plan more elaborate aftermarket performance modifications. Ideally a complete, expensive performance modification would involve upgrading most parts of the car to keep the balance of power and performance all around. If you give the car more engine power, you’ll need to upgrade the brakes to stop it. Then you’ll need to upgrade the suspension to help in better handling. However, smaller, bolt-on performance modifications are cheaper and don’t involve too many collateral changes to the car. Here’s a list of some performance modifications you can consider for your car. Common performance modifications High-flow air filter (Rs. 5,000) One of the easiest modifications is to help the car breathe better. There are stock replacement aftermarket high-flow air-filters from companies such as K&N and Green Cotton, which involve just replacing your regular air filter with the oil-coated performance filters from these companies. The better air-flow to the engine will result in fast pick-up and also a slight increase in mileage. The overall gains are only about 5% in terms of power and torque output. The downside that some owners have reported is that carbon build up is higher in the engine. Fuel injectors need cleaning more often because high-flow filters sometimes allow some fine dust particles to pass through. As long as you carry out preventive maintenance often on the car, it’s worth installing a high-flow air filter. Free-flow exhaust (Rs. 15,000 onward) Free flow exhausts are modified exhaust pipes that allow a higher volume of burnt-exhaust gases to escape from the engine. The faster burnt gases leave the engine after combustion, the better it is for performance. Each model of car will need a custom-built free-flow performance exhaust as the route for the exhaust plumbing differs. Free-flow exhausts, however, amplify the engine’s exhaust note and need not necessarily be street legal. They sound better on petrol vehicles, but not that nice with diesels. Emissions are not affected as long as you retain the catalytic converter in the exhaust. However, if catalytic converter is removed, you do get more performance, but at the cost of higher emissions. Total performance gained in addition to a high-flow air filter is only about 10% Upgraded spark plugs for petrol cars (Rs. 2,500) High-performance spark plugs are more resistant to carbon-deposits and give a more consistent spark pattern, which helps in better combustion of fuel. Some plugs also have multi-directional sparks, while some have single-point sparks. Companies such as NGK supply Iridium and platinum tipped plugs which are supposedly better than standard plugs. Along with the plugs, the plugs cables and connectors also need to be upgraded. There are no immediate performance gains, but these are useful for smoother running of the engine, faster pick-up and slightly better mileage Octane boosters for petrol cars (Rs. 200 per tankful) Another easy way to extract more performance out of your petrol car is to add an octane booster. This is a 250 ml bottle additive made by companies such as STP and Wurth which improve the combustion quality of the fuel (improves the octane rating). You could either use such an additive with each tankful of petrol to improve overall performance or also consider filling high-octane petrol (97 octane), that is significantly more expensive than regular unleaded or premium fuels. ECU remap (Rs. 28,000) An ECU re-map is new software with a set of engine parameter codes that are fed into the car’s ECU (engine control unit). This alters the way the car behaves by modifying the timing and amount of fuel flow. You can get different types of performance re-maps for the ECU, which include maps for better torque (to increase acceleration) or better top-end power. Pete’s and Kiirus are a couple of companies that offer this service in India. One can also get maps for better fuel economy too. A re-map works with both petrol and diesel cars, but the gains are more significant with a diesel car. Performance gains are as high as 20% in some cases. Diesel tuning box or “chip” (Rs. 28,000) Some companies such as Dieseltronic and Pete’s offer “piggy-back” diesel tuning boxes for various Indian cars. These systems are plug and play. It is a box, pre-loaded with software that connects between the car’s fuel-injection system and the ECU. What the tuning box does is to fool the car’s main ECU into thinking that the car is running a lean mixture or running too cold, which makes the ECU force more fuel to the injectors, allowing for better acceleration and performance. One can get up to 10% to 15% more power from this, but emissions do go up significantly because of the rich fuel mixture, which leads to black smoke emission on hard acceleration. Other modifications If you are considering even more serious performance modifications, the list of things that can be done is vast. Petrol cars can opt for nitrous injection systems, which help in drag races. One could also add a turbo-charger and increase power significantly in a petrol car, while diesel cars can opt for bigger turbos and intercoolers to boost power. However, these kinds of modifications will cost a few lakhs of rupees. And it doesn’t stop there. With increased power, you need to stiffen the chassis, upgrade the suspension and upgrade the brakes. Just a set of high-performance shock absorbers can set you back by about Rs. 50,000. The price is similar for upgraded brakes. One will also need to upgrade the clutch for even better performance. Then you have to consider upgrading the wheels and tyres, which will set you back by another Rs. 30,000. But if you are working with a limited budget to modify the performance of your car, the list above should serve as a pointer to what you can do. Do let us know if you have more ideas to increase the performance of your car. Please share any experiences of owning or modifying a car as well. Regards LeoRahi
  3. So I broke this thing few days back called the plastic belly pan (Not sure though) but it's on the bottom of the front end, on the bottom - between the engine and radiator. I have just fixed it in it's place with a stick temporarily. Called in a mechanic and he said it will cost around 12K. Attached some pics to give some idea of what it really is. Just wanted to know the name of the part and the cost to fix this thing. Any help is appreciated.
  4. Hyundai i20 Active - Diesel/Petrol

    Your usage is less than 1.5K on average. I'd definitely suggest you go for the Petrol version and don't worry about the engine, it won't be a problem.
  5. Tata Tiago - Hitting the right notes

    This could be TATA's resurge to this segment. This definitely looks fantastico! The strategy is good this time. Let's see how it unfolds
  6. The Auto Expo 2016 Discussion Thread

    Jaguar XE looks striking. I liked the Hyundai Tucson as well. The Renegade Cruiser looks sporty and rugged at the same time.
  7. The dealership dilemma - NEXA and Maruti Suzuki

    Good point by Librankur there. It seema more of a business strategy than thia "premium offering" thing.
  8. The Maruti Vitara Breeza Discussion Thread

    This looks good and the specs as listed by cars4life are great as well. Tough competition for Ecosport ahead (?)
  9. KUV1OO - Quirky / Bold / Beautiful / Macho / Ugly ???

    I'd rather prefer the Rio than this ugly, quirky and what not. I just don't seem to get the idea behind the sub 4m SUV/MUV or whatever you call it.
  10. The Gadgets and Gizmos thread!

    Need to get a new phone on a tight budget of 18K. Should have good camera, performance, good battery life. Please put in your suggestions.
  11. I'm all for preventive measures but they should be realistic and conventional. Not sure if the Odd-Even formula can be implemented in Delhi. This was tried before in many places and it failed miserably.
  12. Hi there ACians. I’m going to write down a bit as to how we zeroed onto buying the Hyundai i20. I’ll go on step by step highlighting all the things happened while buying our i20. I will try my best to make it interesting and keep it short. OUR DECISION TO BUY A NEW CAR It’s around Mid 2011, Our previous cars served us well for about 10 years. But we all felt that it’s was the time we should buy a new car. The oldies were showing their age. OUR PRIORITIES • Space to accommodate 5 passengers easily with a big luggage bay • Looks, it mattered to me. I wanted a car which could turn heads • Decent FE, Every owners priority (AFAIK) • Safety, though can live without it as our most driving is going to be in city • Features, Wanted a car with some good features • Easy driving, Much needed in city traffic • Last but not the least, Has to be within our Budget of 6L THE RESEARCH This step is the most boring and lengthy thing every buyer goes through (IMO). I and my Dad went on to shortlist some cars fitting within our budget and priorities. We had to keep the budget in mind while selecting a car. We went to many forums, asking questions. Some were helpful and some not. After lots of researching, we shortlisted some cars and went on checking them... THE SHORTLIST Maruti Swift – OK, It’s a great car but I was never a guy who liked its Froggy front face. Hyundai i20 – This is the car which strikes, the styling, so many features, space, good maintenance, Decent FE. Probably the best car for city in its class. I was always biased towards it Ford Figo – Liked it, great VFM, Good ride and handling. Maintenance is a tad too high. Nissan Micra – Good looks, Has good features, nice ride and handling. Though not of my taste Renault Pulse – It’s a new car then, so, wasn’t sure about it to make an impact and that has happened. So, the cars passed our needs are Hyundai i20 and ford Figo. I even booked the Figo but then my dad’s colleagues said not to go with it, has some defects, FE wasn’t good and that maintenance stuff blah blah..! So cancelled it. The car left was the i20! THE BOOKING It’s was a hell of a hot day, mid July 2012 . Went to the Hyundai Showroom, 2kms from our home. The showroom manager greeted us well. He respected our decision. It always feels good when you get respect from someone; the Ford Guy wasn’t that cool! Then some formalities and the car was BOOKED! THE WAIT AND THE DELIVERY! Just 4 days of waiting and it felt like years. Anyways, I woke up early that morn the showroom guy phoned me at 10, told that the car is ready to be delivered! And I was like jumping and dancing full of joy. We went to the Showroom, the car was on display. Again formalities there and I was like WTF? I was waiting sitting there looking at the car for two hours. OK, formalities done! Offered some freebies and 10 litres of petrol . Got the keys and just didn’t wait for a second, started it and just zoomed off! THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE The i20 no doubt works best as a city car. The clutch is superlight and smooth, so as the steering. The ride is good, the rear seats are very comfortable. The handling not that good as you would have expected from a car like this, the highway manners are not that good, after crossing 100kmh the handling is a bit unstable. Though if you are gonna keep it below 90 it handles fine. The interior are classy, the plastics used are of high quality. The centre console looks awesome. The audio works fine, the AC seems to cool a bit slow, takes about 5mins in a very hot day. The interiors are spacy can easily accommodate 5 peoples. The boot is a very big one, very useful on long trips. THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE My experience with the i20 is so far great. I've never felt that I've done wrong to buy the i20. The maintenance is good, the customer care is awesome. The driving experience overall is good. I've clocked 14000+ kms in it and I'm happy with it. CONCLUSION Well the i20 is a good city car. But overall not a driver’s car for sure but if you’re a docile driver who just wants a car to be comfortable in & won’t be crossing 100 often then it’s the way to go. Steering feedback & confidence is pretty depressing on this car but should keep you very happy in traffic & parking as it goes very free when your parking that I often steer with one finger. Sorry If I posted too much smileys, just wanted to make it a bit interesting Time for the teaser..!
  13. 3rd Year service done. First Non-Free service. Service included change/checking of Oil Filter, Engine Oil, Coolant, Brakes and plugs cleaning, Washing/cleaning. Everything costed Rs. 2000 + Labour Charges Rs. 1000 and the total was Rs. 3000 approx. Changed the service centre this time and it was a much better experience, probably also because it was a new service centre.
  14. 3 Years Done! I should have went for the 3 Year service in August but just couldn't take it for the yearly service due to some very busy days. Going in for the service within a week, surely!
  15. VW emission scandal

    This is a huge scandal, the company might go bankrupt and I'll be more than happy if it does.
  16. Diwali Wishes

    HAPPY DIWALI ACI members! Have a safe and prosperous Diwali!
  17. The Gadgets and Gizmos thread!

    3rd Gen Moto G is gold! Such a smooth performer and looks are much much better.
  18. Pics: Weird and wacky modified bikes

    Weird peoples LOL .. why would someone have that many lights
  19. Great attention to detail, really amazing work, bro
  20. Good to hear you are going good with the Classic. It's really a great car, Neeraj, may not stand out but it's a winner! Ticks all the boxes.

    Sorry to hear that Rameshbabu. I think filing a police complain should do it. And thanks for the heads up.
  22. Google Search

    I thought I was the only one having this problem.
  23. Pics: India's first Ferrari 458 Speciale

    What a beauty of a car, man
  24. Why don't we have an app for the forum or atleast make it available in Tapatalk, it's plain simple to enable tapatalk for a forum. It's a real pain in the *** to surf the forum on mobile. Please look into this.
  25. Skoda Octavia should be your first choice, IMO. Corolla in there next. TD both and decide.