2017 Nissan GT-R to be launched on November 9 in India

2017 Nissan GT-R to be launched on November 9 in India

Every car enthusiast around the world has at least once dreamt about owning the Nissan GT-R. This time around, reports indicate that the 2017 GT-R is set for its India launch on November 9. Pre-bookings for the same have already commenced against a booking amount of Rs 25 lakh. Post launch, the 2017 Nissan GT-R will compete against the likes of Porsche 911 Turbo and Audi R8V10 in India.

The upcoming Nissan GT-R will be powered by a 3.8-litre, V6, twin-turbocharged engine which puts out 562bhp and develops 637Nm of peak torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox, the vehicle does an unbelievable 0-100kmph in less than three seconds. The front gets a new V-motion grille that offers it a sportier stance. The upcoming car will be offered in shades of katsura orange, vibrant red, pearl black, pearl white, racing blue, gun metallic and ultimate silver.

Speaking about the interior, the new Nissan GT-R gets the instrument panel wrapped in Nappa leather and a new front seat design. It also gets a new multifunction display and a redesigned paddle shifter. The leather used in the interior matches the exterior colour. Though the pricing aspect is not known for now, we anticipate it to be priced well over Rs 1.5 crore (Ex-showroom, Delhi).


Tata Hexa base variant might get Varicor 320

Tata Hexa base variant might get Varicor 320

The Tata Hexa was supposed to be offered only with the Varicor 400 diesel engine, but, as per latest speculations, the Varicor 320 might make it to the new premium people mover from the Tata stable. To be launched in January 2017, the Hexa might offer the Varicor 320 with lower variants while keeping the Varicor 400 for top-spec cars.

If Tata offers this engine on the entry-level variant of the Hexa, it can get the price tag lower than what it could have done with the Varicor 400. Also, with a slightly better fuel economy, having the Varicor 320 across the range might offer Hexa buyers a cost competitive option for the same set of features and comfort. The Hexa Varicor 320 would come only with the five-speed manual gearbox and will miss out on the driving modes offered on the 400.

To ensure success of the Hexa, the pricing would be instrumental and this is where the Varicor 320 makes complete sense. The Varicor 320 engine is already being offered on the Tata Safari Storme and the Tata Aria. It is the same engine in a lower state of tune and producing 140bhp of power and 320Nm of torque as against the 160bhp of power and 400Nm of torque of the Varicor 400 that is being offered with the Hexa. Hence, plonking it in would involve absolutely no added costs.

Benchmarking the competition, the XUV500 and the Innova Crysta, it would be natural for the Hexa to have an automatic option for the mid variant. Hence, Tata might offer the base variant, XE, only with the Varicor 320 engine with the five-speed manual; the XM with the manual Varicor 320 and the Varicor 400 with both manual and automatic gearbox and the XT only with the Varicor 400 with both gearbox options.

The different variants on offer might be as follows:

Tata Hexa XE 320

2179cc, 148bhp, 320Nm, 5-speed manual

Tata Hexa XM 320

2179cc, 148bhp, 320Nm, 5-speed manual

Tata Hexa XM 400

2179cc, 154bhp, 400Nm, 6-speed manual

Tata Hexa XMA 400

2179cc, 154bhp, 400Nm, 6-speed automatic

Tata Hexa XT 400

2179cc, 154bhp, 400Nm, 6-speed manual

Tata Hexa XTA 400

2179cc, 154bhp, 400Nm, 6-speed automatic


Audi India head, Joe King set to return to Germany

Audi India head, Joe King set to return to Germany

Joe King arrived at the helm at Audi in 2013 and since then helped the brand with growing numbers and more importantly going past Mercedes-Benz. Now three years down the line, his tenure has finally come to an end and he is all set to move back to the company headquarters in Germany.

Joe King was also responsible for Audi India’s dealer expansion program and customer focused initiatives. Educated at the University of Melbourne, King came with over 23 years of automotive experience to the role, having commenced his career with Toyota in 1990.

From 1996 until 2009, Joe King held various roles with BMW group Australia, including managing director of BMW Sydney and general manager of sales. He also held the position of general manager of sales at BMW Melbourne, along with the role of finance and insurance manager.

Thierry Lespiaucq, managing director of Volkswagen Group Sales India since May 2014, is to replace King as the interim head at Audi India. Thierry Lespiaucq has been part of the automotive industry for over 37 years and joined Volkswagen in 2004.


First fully electric rally car unveiled

First fully electric rally car unveiled

Over the years Manfred Stohl research and development firm (STARD) has been feverishly engineering its EV rally concept in Austria.

This project has involved testing and developing what’s basically a transformed Peugeot 207 body shell with a four wheel drive system, a single speed gearbox, and batteries that have been designed completely in-house by STARD. It uses individual motors at the front and rear axles and attains an equivalent of 544bhp and 760Nm of torque; output that’s comparable to what a rally supercar currently makes on an average.

With 1250kg to propel, this powerplant can get this car to reach 90 per cent of its maximum torque in just 40 milliseconds from standstill. As of now, it can run at maximum power for 15 minutes and can hit a top speed of 195kmph. “Of course I was sceptical at the beginning when my engineers told me to forget all I knew about a race car’s power delivery. You can’t put it into words – the immediate and continuous torque, without even the smallest ditch from nothing to 195kmph makes you feel like you’re on a giant rubber slingshot,” said Stohl.

This EV complies to FIA rules which makes STARD ready for any category that uses EV technology. Now, though there’s no plans for an electric category in either rallying or rallycross, STARD has funded the research to be ahead of the game in case a need arises.

For now, the Andros trophy ice racing series that happens between December and February in the French Alps, is the only one that has an electric class.


No Detention Policy: Centre may leave decision on states

No Detention Policy: Centre may leave decision on states
New Delhi: States may soon overturn the policy of “No Detention” upto class VIII as a top advisory board on education on Tuesday left the decision on the issue to their discretion, while the HRD Ministry will soon take a call on compulsory examination for class X under the CBSE.

These were the decisions taken at a meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) today which was chaired by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.

“It was agreed that the Central Government may bring in suitable amendment which will give states the freedom to review the ‘No Detention Policy’,” Javadekar told reporters after the meeting.

The sub-committees constituted by CABE had also recommended that the ‘No Detention’ provision should be reviewed.

Javadekar said the HRD ministry will soon take a call on compulsory examination for class X under the CBSE.

“Since the matter relates to Class X exams for CBSE which is under the HRD ministry, we will soon take a decision in this regard separately,” he said when asked if any decision related to Class X board examination was taken today.

CABE is the highest advisory body in the country on school education. The HRD ministry may now take the matter related to reviewing of the ‘No Detention Policy’ to the Cabinet.

The meeting was attended by Union Ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Vijay Goel, Mahendra Nath Pandey and Upendra Kushwaha, besides representatives of all states and union territories including education ministers of 21 states.

Javadekar said another key decision that was taken was that learning outcomes would be defined and made a part of the Right to Education (RTE) rules.

It would be laid down that what level of learning a child studying in a particular class should achieve, Javadekar said.

Among other key decision taken at the 64th meeting of CABE today was that there has to be accountability of all stakeholders including teachers for improving learning outcomes.

Another decision taken at the CABE meeting, he said, was to complete the task of training untrained teachers within the next 5 years.

It was also decided to constitute a sub-committee under Deputy CM and Education minister of Telangana Kadiyam Srihari to look into issues of girl’s education.



All the cool things Microsoft announced today

Microsoft stormed into the future today with a flurry of mind numbing announcements that puts creators and producers and artists in the center. Today’s announcements will make everyone who uses a computer to create original products tear up in joy, because this Microsoft is for them, this Microsoft has the best interests of the 21st century at heart. And at its core are these products and software that Microsoft announced today.


Microsoft’s New Surface Book With Laptops With Improved Battery


Microsoft’s Panos Panay unveils the new and improved Surface Book the Surface book i7 that sports quiet the same features of the previous generation Surface book and gets a revamp from the inside. The most notable aspect is the new battery life, which delivers almost 16 hours of battery life on the new Surface Book i7.

By acknowledging the needs of the customers, the laptops got backed with interesting features like high frame rates that aid to gamers and a much better battery life performance. Although there were no major detailed highlights on the specs department, but Panay sure did mention that the new i7 would pump twice as much graphics and 30 percent more battery power delivery than what it used to be in the previous hybrid laptop. The new battery would give of almost 16 hours on a single charge.

Talking of the design aspects of the machine, the Surface Book i7 looks very much exactly like the previous generation Surface Book, but talking of all the hardware, the system gets a second fan as well as a new thermal system, that definite will give the performance department, an overloaded bump. Still hosting a 2 in 1 design where you could detach the PixelSense touch display from the full key board, came along the new compatible Surface Pen that helps you take a leap at possibilities.

All the features bumped in the machine are cautiously made to meet the need of all kinds of different users who like to be more creative or go full on proficient. Apart from all the new hardware upgrades, there also was the Windows 10 Creator update that will be launching soon, which literally aid to the powerful tool, helping you would breach all the possibilities that you never imagined of doing over a laptop. The new Surface Book i7 can be pre ordered followed next month with a price tag of $2, 399 (Rs 1, 60, 338 approx).


This 3D-printed bioabsorbable bone implant may improve future surgeries


In a major step towards improving surgeries after head or face injuries, Russian scientists have developed a new type of 3D-printed polymeric bone implants that can get absorbed and subsequently replaced with natural bone tissue in the body.

The prototype can be printed on 3D-printers according to specific parameters, contracted to half its size, then heated in the course of the surgery so the implant can obtain its original shape and size and is securely fixed in the section of the bone being restored.

The implant is installed with a minimum number of metal fixators that are traditionally used in transplantation.

“We have successfully employed the shape memory effect of the lactic acid polymer – a composite based on polylactide. The porous composite structure is capable of shrinking to half its original size and then returning to its original shape,” Project Manager Fyodor Senatov National University of Science and Technology MISIS in Moscow, said in a statement.

“This material is bioresorbable: it decomposes in the body without causing any harm,” Senatov noted.

The researchers noted in traditional implant insertion after head injury, additional surgery is often required required due to the low rate of integration with the surrounding tissues or wrong implant position.

The newly invented polymeric implant has a specified geometry and high porosity, and does not require any additional treatment, the researchers said.

Due to the properties of the material and the use of the patient’s own cells, it rapidly adapts and gets replaced with natural bone tissue.

“Together with specialists at the N.N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center, we have developed the technique of colonising the bioengineered structure with cells isolated from the patient’s bone marrow,” Senatov said,

“The preliminary colonization stimulates budding of blood vessels and tissues inside the implant, which optimises the process and increases the rate of integration with the surrounding tissues, making for more effective transplantation,” Senatov said.

The developers plan to use the new implants in oral and maxillofacial surgery to replace small parts of skull bones, up to five cubic centimeters in size.

The estimated cost of a bioengineered structure colonised with cells isolated from the patient’s bone marrow is about $400, the researchers said.


Titanfall 2 reveals modest day one patch

While you might require top-end tech to run Titanfall 2 in 4K, you probably won’t need to clear your hard drive to install its day one patch.

Ahead of launch this coming Friday, Respawn’s CEO Vince Zampella confirmed the incoming FPS’s release day update will be a meagre 88MB.

Which has of course prompted a deluge of gratitude and appreciative memes, against the multitude of substantial day one-ers we’ve become accustomed to in recent years. That said, while it’s quite refreshing to see such a modest day one update, I can’t help but wonder what the patch is actually for.

Unlike its multiplayer forerunner, Titanfall 2 boasts a dedicated single-player campaign which involves puzzles and platforming and making pals with big robots. It lands on October 28, however here’s another look at its single-player campaign trailer:


WoW: Legion Patch 7.1 is out now with a new dungeon, raid, and heaps of new quests

Just when you thought you were finally free from Azeroth, Blizzard drops a massive update. World of Warcraft: Legion patch 7.1 is out, and with it comes plenty of valid reasons to ignore other videogames forever—and you should, if Stephen’s glowing Legion review is anything to go by (it is).

Longtime players will finally get to return to Karazhan in a mythic dungeon aptly titled A Return to Karazhan, and The Trial of Valor is a three-boss raid acting as the connective tissue between the Emerald Nightmare and as yet unreleased Nighthold raid. Rad. For players regularly puttering about the Broken Isles’ overworld, a new questline in Suramar will unlock over the next few weeks and new Helajar World Quests (the quests that never ever end) will start appearing all over. And that’s just the beginning of what 7.1 has in store.

Check out Blizzard’s WoW blog for the full list of patch notes, or skim the biggest updates from the press release below.

A Return to Karazhan (LINK)
A new 5-player, 8-boss Mythic experience with challenges from familiar and new bosses, including new stories from the famed Opera Hall.
The Trial of Valor (LINK)
Journey further into the tale of Odyn and Helya in a new, 3-boss raid dungeon that serves as an interlude between the Emerald Nightmare and the upcoming Nighthold raid—Normal and Heroic unlocks on November 8; Mythic and Raid Finder unlocks on November 15.

New Adventures in the Broken Isles (LINK)

  • Heroic efforts in Suramar continues in Patch 7.1 with a new series of quests that unlock weekly over nine weeks, leading to the very entrance of theNighthold. Following the quest line to completion brings players closer to obtaining the wondrous new Arcanist’s Manasaber mount.
  • Unlocking new Helarjar World Quests, which will begin to appear all over the Broken Isles, in an effort to put a stop to Helya’s infernal impact.
  • A new invasion on the coastline of the Broken Isles – Falcosaurs, who drop Falcosaur eggs and Falcosaur feathers, reagents for new First Aid and Cooking recipes.
  • New rare pets in Ulduar, Trial of the Crusader, and Icecrown Citadel, including Stardust the celestial bunny.
  • Return to Alcaz Isle for cosmetic consumables and toys for pets, and anElectrified Key that allows Hunters to activate one of three Arachnodrone mechanical spiders…which can be tamed.