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Honda set to unveil NSF-250 race machines next season

Highlighting the roadmap for the next season, Nagaraj pointed out that the focus will be on “preparing a world class Indian racer”.

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Buriram (Thailand), Dec 1 : India is still considered to be at a very nascent stage in motor sports but Japanese two-wheeler giant Hondas plans of introducing the NSF-250 in the country will surely ensourage a lot of enthusiasts take up the sport.

While most Indian riders are used to mass-production machines, Honda riders will be able to taste the actual road machine — NSF-250, the Moto3 machine, which will be imported from the 2019 season, Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President, Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) said during an interaction on the sidelines of the final round of the Asian Road Racing Championship at the Chang International Circuit here.

Highlighting the roadmap for the next season, Nagaraj pointed out that the focus will be on “preparing a world class Indian racer”.

While Honda riders like Rajiv Sethu, Anish Shetty and Sarath Kumar have become household names with their accolades in the domestic circuit, Nagaraj agreed that Indians are still taking babysteps among the giants at the Asian and global level.

“This has been a long but fruitful process, from actually working on rider safety to actual participation of our riders in top class international competitions. I can’t say our riders have started ruling the track but the exposure they gain from such competitions is huge,” Nagaraj told IANS here.

“When we started some riders wore jeans and were without any safety gear. We took it one step at a time before actually preparing our riders race-ready.”

“The roadmap is very clear, not that we just select and send them to race but it also involves a 360 degree development program, that includes a three-day camp and off-road practice for better handling of the vehicles,” he added.

He also laid down the importance of introducing the NSF-250 machines, which he felt will help our riders get accustomed to the international standard.

“In India till this season we have been using the modified mass-production machines, while the developement of riders of the other Asian countries happen on the NSF-250, which are race machines. We will introduce these machines next season,” he revealed.

“The idea behing the Talent Hunt program is primarily to get those hidden talents from various parts of India on a common platform and help and nurture those talents for the big stage.

“We started it this year, and I am happy to see the progress of the riders. We hope to carry this to the next season and more until we find the potetial to compete in the Moto GP,” signed off Nagaraj, a self-proclaimed motorsports enthusiast.

(Tridib Baparnash cfan be contacte1d at [email protected])

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Emission case: NGT asks Volkswagen to deposit Rs 100 crore by tomorrow

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New Delhi, Jan 17: National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday asked carmaker Volkswagen to deposit Rs 100 crore by 5 PM tomorrow (January 18) in emission case.

If Volkswagen fails to pay the stipulated amount within 24 hours,
the Tribunal warned of punitive action including the arrest of carmaker’s country MD and seizure of all properties across India.

In November last year, the green panel had directed Volkswagen to deposit Rs 100 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) within a month for causing “serious environmental damage” by using a cheat device that lowered vehicular emissions only during tests.

The German auto major challenged the order in the Supreme Court but the court refused to put a stay on the Tribunal’s directive.

On Tuesday, a four-member committee constituted by the NGT in November, penalised Volkswagen Rs 171.34 crore for causing air pollution in Delhi becuase of excess nitrogen oxide emissions.

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Musk lays foundation of first Tesla plant in China

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Beijing, Jan 7: As the US-China trade talks began, electric car maker Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday laid the foundation of a Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai — the first-ever outside the US — that is expected to produce 500,000 electric vehicles per year and double the production capacity of Tesla.

Musk attended the ground-breaking ceremony of Tesla Gigafactory with Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong.

“Aiming to finish initial construction this summer, start Model 3 production end of year & reach high volume production next year,” Musk tweeted earlier in the day, adding that “Shanghai Giga production of Model 3/Y will serve greater China region”.

“Shanghai Giga will produce affordable versions of 3/Y for greater China. All Model S/X & higher cost versions of Model 3/Y will still be built in US for WW market, incl China,” he further tweeted.

According to reports, the Tesla Gigafactory is the biggest foreign investment in Shanghai.

Tesla’s first Gigafactory in Nevada produces Model 3’s drive units and battery packs. The Shanghai Gigafactory is set to be equipped with production lines for both batteries and electric cars.

According to a report in teslarati.com, by producing its lower-end Model 3 and Model Y in Shanghai, Tesla would be able to price the vehicles very competitively in the country — regardless of the presence of a trade war between the US and China.

Bullish on his Chinese dream, Musk last July said he aims to invest long-term in the country and signed a preliminary agreement with the Shanghai government to build a Tesla Gigafactory.

Musk had earlier said that China’s progress in advanced infrastructure is “more than 100 times faster than the US”.

According to a CNN report on Monday, Tesla is forging ahead in China “at a tricky time for both the company and the country”.

“China’s slowing economy and its trade war with the United States have hit the auto industry hard, with companies including General Motors (GM), Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen all reporting a slide in sales recently”.

“Tesla’s own prices in China have fluctuated wildly, with the company slashing prices several times last year even after China increased tariffs on imported US vehicles,” the report added.

Tesla has also cut its US prices by $2,000 as the federal tax credit granted to its buyers gradually gets reduced and phased out.

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Tesla asks more employees to test new Autopilot hardware

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San Francisco, Dec 28: Electric car company Tesla is looking for internal participants for its new Autopilot hardware, consisting of a new neural net computer that it claims would be the “world’s most advanced computer for autonomous driving”.

The company’s chief Elon Musk has sent an email to the staffers to find participants within the firm for the system’s beta testing period.

“Tesla needs a few hundred more internal participants in the full self-driving programme, which is about to accelerate significantly with the introduction of the Tesla designed neural net computer (known internally as Hardware 3). This has over 1,000 per cent more capability than HW2!,” the Electrek quoted Musk as saying late on Thursday.

Earlier this year, the Electric Vehicle (EV) maker reportedly sought hundreds of employees to test its full self-driving system and offered free Autopilot upgrades with new purchases.

“If you elect to participate in the programme and provide feedback for improvement to the Autopilot team, the $8,000 cost of FSD will be waived. This is on a first to purchase basis and will close as soon as we have enough participants. this is the last time the offer will be made,” Musk said.

The EV maker is expected to release improved Autopilot features via software updates and Tesla owners with the new hardware can expect more advanced autonomous features.

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