Deep Kataria

Deep Kataria a.k.a Bhphunter. Mumbai based IT engineer cum gamer inclined more towards Automobiles than Computers. On the weekends you can spot him hunting corners on the NH4 and NH3 on his bike and writing for TurboZens . However if you fail to do so, you can always find him at www.facebook.com/bhphunter

Drifting as a sport in INDIA ?? Really?

Before we start, lets recollect the conversation between Sean and Twinkie (Tokyo Drift) when Twinkie accompanies Sean to the floor where Sean is supposed to race Takashi . Here is how it goes-

Sean: Can he drive?
Twinkie: Can he drive? You know what DK stands for?
Sean: Donkey Kong?
Twinkie: Drift King.
Sean: Drift? What do you mean drift?
[Cars drift in front of Sean]
Twinkie: Still need a dictionary?

Remember Sean’s reaction after watching the 2 cars moving sideways?? Well that was the reaction which even we had on our face after looking at those cars. Until Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift, all that happened in the F&F movies was racing fast cars, robberies, cop evasion, turf wars. With Tokyo Drift things changed(however next F&F movie again had the former ingredients). This movie was not about fast cars, it wasn’t about any 9 sec car now, no cops, no car showoff.

It introduced us to the world of Drifting. Now many people believe that Tokyo Drift led to the origin of Drifting. Well, the fact is that the exact origin is not known but it said to have Japanese roots; the same place where the movie was based. Drifting is an art which was the result of creativity of Mr Kunimitsu Takahashi. (Bow down to you Sir) The first time he drifted was on a motorcycle and he undoubtedly is called the Father of Drifting. He was known for using his drifting skills in non-drifting racing events. Further development in Drifting were led by Mr Keiichi Tsuchiya (Drift King)(Much respect to you Sir).

Mr Keiichi Tsuchiya A.K.A Drift King
Mr Keiichi Tsuchiya A.K.A Drift King

He became interested in Kunimitsu Takahashi’s drifting techniques and himself started practising it and in no time he had mastered them . He used to drift on the Japanese mountains and soon became famous for it . Well there is a lot more to drifting and its roots and its development till the present date. However our interest lies in the actual art itself rather than its history right ? :P. So lets get started.

Drifting

Drifting is a technique or more precisely – An Art of driving your car sideways while taking down corners .Suppose you are on curvy road in the mountains or on a road where you don’t expect much traffic or say its empty all the time. And you see a corner coming your way. You have 2 choices then . Either you could slow down on the corner, shift a gear down (if required ) and then drive at an optimum speed where your rear tires won’t start sliding sideways or rather you can just DRIFT! If you decide to go with the 2nd choice, you would pull the handbrakes or E-Brake(well not in India atleast :P), shift down the gear and then go optimum on the gas to keep your car’s rear running shoes spinning and at the same time counter steer the sliding so as to take down the corner in a badass way ;). Sounds amazing right??

Over the years drifting has gained much popularity just like other forms of Motorsports racing. Various competitions and events have been taking place to promote the sport. General types of racing events decide the winner based on the fastest time or the finishing position in the race. Ever wondered how winners are decided in a drifting event. There are many factors that are considered while deciding the winner. These include – the line, angle of drifting, showmanship and speed.

Line- It is the race line on the track which the drivers are supposed to follow to score more points. These are decided by the judges before the race.

Angle- Angle is the angle which the car makes with the track while drifting. Basically it’s the angle to which the front wheels are turned while drifting which ultimately decides the turning angle of the car.

Showmanship – It consists of many other factors such as – the amount of smoke, the distance between the car and the wall(if present on the corners) and the crowds reaction.

Speed- It is the speed at which the car enters the corner and speed at which drifts and most importantly the speed at which it exits the corner. Faster speeds get more points.

Instead of circuit racing events which take place on the entire racing track, drifting events take place on considerably smaller circuits. Generally they tweak these circuits to smaller ones or race on other smaller circuits. Racers enter the track turn by turn and take laps. Scoring is done on some parts of the track on. Generally these are the turns that have clear view from the judges and audience. Other parts of the track are not scored. Those parts are generally for the drivers to get their cars to to the optimum temperature and also to warm up their tyres for increased traction. Cars that can drift are generally RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) and some times AWD (All Wheel Drive) changed to RWD. The top favourites include –Nissan Silvia, Toyota Levin, Nissan Skyline, Toyota Supra (2JZ) and god mode drifter Toyota AE86 also known as “Hachi Roku” and used by Drift King. 😉

Drift King's ride - AE86 AKA Hachi Roku in action
Drift King’s ride – AE86 AKA Hachi Roku in action

If you noticed (in case you did not; google it :P) among’st the above cars there are no FWD because they are not used for drifting or just say they don’t drift. This is sad for us because FWD can’t drift and in India buying a RWD is way too heavy for your pockets. Also incase if the RWD did not cost a bomb, in India where Motorsports is not promoted and as much as it should be and is being celebrated around the world, promotion of Drifting as a sport seems almost like an impossible dream. Because in India , even straight line racing is yet to be evolved ( 😛 ) , going sideways will have to wait a bit longer.

But nevertheless, among’st all this some Indian guy promoting drifting would seem like a joke right? But its true. To believe it better Google about Mr Gautam Hari Singhania- Chairman and Managing Director of the Raymond group A.K.A Indian Businessman Tycoon cum Hardcore Petrol-head who has pursued his hobby in the truest and meanest sense. Realizing that there is a mass of people in the country who share a common interest with him, he has been humble enough to give a chance to people like us to witness it and live it.

He has been successful to set two events in every(probably) India petrol-head’s calendar. In January when the year starts he organizes a super car rally known as SCC of India – a Super car club of India which unites the super car owners around the country to a one of its kind car meet where people like us get a chance to hear these beauties ( super cars) in action . And in November end / December he organizes a drifting event in Mumbai – Maharashtra at his company backyard where he has set up his own drifting circuit. You all must be wondering ; how far can a Petrol-head person go in pursuit of his hobbies that he himself gets a PERSONAL racing track . To add to this craziness , he owns a fleet of Japanese Imports (The Japanese have been dominating the Drifting scene in the world from the start itself) – BMW e46 with the Corvette engine, Nissan Silvia S13, Nissan 240SX Nissan R33 Skyline, Honda S2000. You attend the event and you’ll not return disappointed.

He makes sure he takes lap in all the above beasts . No entry fee for the event and drinks are on him ( His own branded KS Energy drink 😛 ) . All this is what he does for himself. What he does for the sport then ? Well, he keeps the event open for people like us who do not own a RWD nor do we have our own backyard racing track 😛 . Mostly FWD cars participate in this 2 day event wherein the first day only participants are allowed on the track with no spectators. It is the practice day and the second day is the event day which in which cars like Honda Civic, Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Swift,Zen, Mitsubishi Lancer and more FWD. With people like him promoting motor sports in India, we hope that the motor sports scene in India gets a boost and it gets its recognition . Do check out the videos below –

Lamborghini – The Mighty Bull from Sant’Agata

Do you believe in Love at first sight? (No! This is not an article about relationships and blah blah :P. Don’t close the browser window. Continue reading) This article is about the Love for Automobile. Especially an Italian one. Especially a Lamborghini.There is always a first time to everything. Let me tell you about my version of Love at first sight with this Italian Automobile manufacturing company.

The Badge
The Badge

Back in 2008 when my dad brought me a Sony PlayStation 2, the first game I played was Need For Speed Most Wanted. I raced my way up through the blacklist. But when I had to race this Hector “Ming” Domingo, this guy turns up in his black car with gray trim at the rear and I keep looking at his car. Well that was the Lamborghini Gallardo. The car that made me fall in love with Lamborghini. As my game progressed and I became richer, I could soon buy the great Lamborghini Murcielago ( my now dream car 😀 ).Soon after I topped the blacklist, all I would do was, take out the V12 Murcie for a spin around Rockport. All the Lamborghini’s have some peculiarity which make them stand apart. Well, the Italians are artists and this reflects in their vehicles too. Be it Ferrari, Fiat, Ducati, Alfa Romeo and so on.

As long as the story goes , it is said that it was Enzo Ferrari that indirectly led to the inception of the brand Lamborghini. Back in the 60’s , Ferruccio Lamborghini used to roll in the Ferrari 250 GT. By then , he has a wealthy businessman owning companies manufacturing tractors and other industrial enterprises primarily making central heating and air-conditioning equipment. His Ferrari used to have a clutch problem which made him make frequent trips to Maranello which pretty much annoyed him. Also he used to complain about the build quality of the Ferrari’s manufactured those days. Not only him , many others too had the the same complaint but were afraid that they wont be allowed to buy a Ferrari again.

In those days, Enzo Ferrari was more interested in the Car Racing Scene that was developing that time and would not devote proper time to production cars. So Ferruccio himself took to fixing the clutch problem by installing one from his tractors. The problem never appeared again. With this solution that he found out he decided to visit Enzo Ferrari and talk about it. However things did not turn out to be as expected. Enzo Ferrari put him down by saying that the problem was with Ferruccio and not with the cars. He also told him that a man like him should concentrate on manufacturing tractors only because he had no knowledge about a sportscar. This miffed Ferruccio and he decided to not buy a Ferrari anymore; instead build his own supercar. When people heard about his ambitions, they laughed and mocked at him. But he was very much determined and adamant and in the 1963 he came out with prototype that pumped 370 horses.

Lamborghini's First Car - The 350 GTV Prototype
Lamborghini’s First Car – The 350 GTV Prototype

He set up the factory at Sant’Agata Bolognese, about 25 kilometres from Bologna and named it “Automobili Lambroghini”. His aim was to not only build sportscars but also to help the customers with the problems they had with their cars. He had the perfect team for the same. The first production car was a 270 bhp Lamborghini 350 GT.
Soon after their first car was out, Lamborghini launched the Miura in 1966. A crazy mid engined car that played a gamechanger for the Lamborghini and gave the Maranello people ( The guys at Ferrari 😛 ) a run for their money. (Well , Lamborghini even today continues to do so 😉 😛 ) The idea of naming it Miura came to Ferruccio after he visited the Miura Ranch in 1962. Miura continued to be a raging success for Lamborghini and kept a check on Ferrari. None of the Ferrari’s could beat it until they came out with the flat-12 Berlinetta Boxer in 1973.Howeve Lamborghini continued rolling out more powerful and lighter versions of the Miura. Before the Miura went out of production, powerpacked version of it was made known as the Miura SV(SuperVeloce).It was soon replaced by the Countach as soon as Lamborghini was brought by German Automaker giant Audi.

The Game Changer Lamborghini
The Game Changer Lamborghini

 

The Bull wide open
The Bull wide open
Miura's Replacement
Miura’s Replacement

It was the first Lamborghini to be made with an SV badging. Wondering what an SV mean?? It means Super Fast.Lamborghini has been absolutely correct in its nomenclature. The SV’s are steroided and pumped up versions of their normal version. This is includes more horses, including the use of carbon fibre, significant weight reduction and last but not the least- more aggressive stance. All said, stating the but obvious, the SV’s came with a bigger price tag which was totally value for money ( If you are billionaire 😉 ) Till now , few of the cars have been lucky enough to be made with this badging.

The first one being the Miura followed by Diablo. Next came the mighty Murcielago and now the recent addition to the list was the stunning Aventador. Lamborghini has followed this policy of making Superleggera versions of its small(comparatively small :P) yet powerful cars such as the Gallardo. A Hurracan Superleggera can be expected anytime in immediate future 🙂 ). For the bigger beasts it has the SV badging ready. Until the production of the Aventador, the Lamborghini Murcielago SV LP 670-4 was the fastest Lamborghini ever built. With a 6.5 L V12 beast roaring and 670 horses running wild, it could punch the competition harder than ever. The SV’s came with a limited number and stayed in production for a less time before eventually going out of production.

Miura SV
Miura SV
Diablo SV
Diablo SV
Murcielago SV
Murcielago SV
The recently unvieled Aventador SV
The recently unvieled Aventador SV

The Murcielago was precedded by the Diablo and is succedded by the Aventador.Same goes with the recently launched Hurracan. It has proved to be a worthy successor to the best selling Gallardo.
Apart from making powerfull production cars, Lamborghini has successfully made exclusive hypercars with the likes of Sesto Elemento, Reventon and Veneno. There have also been rumours about a Lamborghini bike named Caramello. The list of recent concept cars by Lamborghini include – Egoista, Urus, Estoque, Asterion.

Sesto Elemento
Sesto Elemento
Reventon
Reventon
Veneno
Veneno
Egoista
Egoista
Urus
Urus
Estoque
Estoque
Asterion
Asterion

All thanks to Mr Ferruccio Lamborghini for doing what was impossible. Challenging the old player(Ferrari) in the market and giving it a run for its money is what Lamborghini has been doing since its inception. No matter who all are competing, in the end, the competition doubles up between Ferrari and Lamborghini; each trying to outrun the other.

And in this competition, people like us get to witness their marvellous production cars that keep us drooling over and over and again. Both Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Lamborghini must be competing in heaven too. Who knows. :D. May the legends live forever.
BTW Ferruccio’s favourite car was the Lamborghini Miura which stands with pride in his private museum at Dosso di Ferrara till date. 😀

Mr Lamborghini posing pridely with his Countach Miura and the tractor
Mr Lamborghini posing pridely with his Countach Miura and the tractor

 

HotWheels- Because growing up is too main stream

If you spend some time with a man, you’ll realize that we’re all still little boys- Late Mr Paul Walker( WE miss you 🙁 ). Well everyone reading this post will agree with Mr Walker. Those who disagree can confirm it themselves by locking up a grown up man in a room full or atleast one toy car . I bet you wont disagree on that. Speaking about the toy car, let me ask you one simple question. Whether you are a car guy or not, whether you watched Schumacher push his Ferrari to its limits or watched cartoons during your childhood. Just a simple question. Anyone out here who does not know about Hot Wheels??

Hot_Wheels

This one little thing used to bring smile on our faces. This little thing which cost  fifty bucks(seems pretty cheap huh?? Our parents have the answer to it :P) made our childhood awesome. Who wouldn’t want a car that did not require license to drive. Who wouldn’t want to roll in a Mercedes or a BMW or a Ferrari at an age when all this seemed a distant dream(it still is :P).

HotWheels it is. Established in 1968 and owned by Mattel, an American toy maker , HotWheels has since then been rolling high. Its fan base not only include kids and young boys but also grown up adults. Hotwheels has been responsible for bringing out the car guy in most of us. All of us had that one moment in our childhood where it all started. Call it love at first sight or whatever seems apt to you. The pleasure of loving and admiring a car without actually owning one but its f 1:64 die-cast car by Hotwheels lets you feel it.

At that time HotWheels had a competitor- Matchbox which is now owned by Mattel itself. Hotwheels cars were tweaked and customised version of regular street cars unlike Matchbox which produced scaled down replica of regular street cars. Apart from cars, HotWheels has also been rolling out various tracksets, turbolaunchers and customizable car parts too. Soon after it was established Hotwheels rolled out its first 16 cars in 1968. Go ahead and have a look at all of em.

Custom Barracuda
Custom Barracuda

Custom Barracuda

Custom Camaro
Custom Camaro

Custom Camaro

Custom Corvette
Custom Corvette

Custom Corvette

'68 Custom Eldorado
’68 Custom Eldorado

Custom Eldorado

'69 Custom Firebird
’69 Custom Firebird

Custom Firebird

Custom Fleetside
Custom Fleetside

Custom Fleetside

'67 Custom Mustang
’67 Custom Mustang

Custom Mustang

Custom T-Bird
Custom T-Bird

Custom T-Bird

Custom Cougar
Custom Cougar

Custom Cougar

Custom Volkswagen Bug (designed by Ira Gilford)
Custom Volkswagen Bug (designed by Ira Gilford)

Custom Volkswagen(designed by Ira Gilford)

Custom Deora-Harry Bentley Bradley
Custom Deora-Harry Bentley Bradley

Deora(designed by Harry Bentley Bradley)

Ford J-Car(Ford GT40 Mk IV)
Ford J-Car(Ford GT40 Mk IV)

Ford J-Car(Ford GT40 Mk IV)

Hot Heap(Model T Roadster)
Hot Heap(Model T Roadster)

Hot Heap(Model T Roadster)

Python
Python

Python (cheetah)

'68 Silhouette Bill Cushenbery’s
’68 Silhouette Bill Cushenbery’s

Silhouette(Bill Cushenbery’s)

Beatnik Bandit
Beatnik Bandit

Beatnik Bandit( Ed Big Daddy Roth)

Well, this was just a glimpse at the HotWheels first lineup ever. Since then there has been no looking back for it and it has gone ahead with producing more and more such cars and complimentary products to them.

If you are in your mid 20’s or even older or lets just say you belong to the 20-25 age group, try re collecting the term “Power Launcher”. A circular object to which you need to feed a car and at the click of a button it just shoots out that car and gets your adrenaline pumping( well , that’s a lot for a child)
Another type of power launcher was a long rectangular open launcher kit which also fulfilled the same purpose but this one had the option of connecting it to a track set. Enough of talking now. Go ahead and have a look yourself and enjoy the nostalgic moments .

power_launcher tracksets

Hotwheels_power_tracksets

HotWheels started it with small scaled down models of cars and now it has shifted to real life size cars.
Team HotWheels is what they call themselves and do real badass stunts that we have been doing on the tracksets with our toy cars.

Anything that touches your heart deserves to be a collectors item and HotWheels car are no exception to it. Fans; young and old have been collecting these cars , tracksets and the lineup they own will just blow your mind off. HotWheels has till now designed around 700 unique car models. These are just the unique car models . Just imagine the massive volume of cars it has rolled out in these many years. Hard to imagine huh ?? Let me help you with it .

An average hotwheel car collector has over 1500 cars and children between the age s of 5 and 15 have around 41 cars. Mattel has stated from its own research that an 41 million are the estimate number of children who grew up playing with hotwheels. That’s a mind boggling figure , aint it ?? The highest price paid for an hotwheels was 72000$ in 2000 for a Volkswagen Beach Bomb. That is roughly 14lakhs INR for a toy car. Asking for this car from our parents can be biggest mistake of our lives right ?? :P. It used to cost anything between 50-100 INR for these cars around 15 years back. The price hasn’t elevated since then. Infact many of the model prices have dropped since then . Aint an expensive hobby right ??? So what are you thinking of??? Start collecting them . Before we end it, here is a small preview from my own Hotwheels collection.Latest addition are the Nissan Skyline R34 GTR and a Ferrari Italia 458.

Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
Mercedes CLK-LM
Mercedes CLK-LM
The 1995 Camaro Trio
The 1995 Camaro Trio
Nascar Car
Nascar Car
Nascar Car
Nascar Car
Ferrari Italia 458
Ferrari Italia 458

For people who haven’t experienced this  joy of owning them, you may end up spending your entire day playing with them and shooting them (clicking :P) . I can bet on that. Years down the lane when you’ll bring up your own kids, better be ready with a story to tell them and cars to show them too. 😉  I’d now better go and spend some time in my hotwheels garage and see you all soon…

Stay tuned to Turbozens for your dose of  adrenaline :D.

Yamaha’s new weapons explored – YZF R1 & R1M 2015

2015 Yamaha R1

The year 2014 is coming to an end like every other year in the calendar has, but some motorbike manufacturers( Especially the Japanese)  want it to end differently. After Kawasaki came out with H2R & H2, Yamaha has now joined the club with its latest offering to the market. Presenting to you the all new Yamaha YZF-R1 2015 and its steroid-ed big brother  R1M 😀 . 2015-Yamaha-YZF-R1-00001

2015-Yamaha-R1M_2 It all started in 1998 when Yamaha launched the YZF-R1 in the market and since then it has been a phenomenal journey for the company and the R1 owners as well. The bike has evolved over time. With not so major changes in its successor, the R1 kept evolving slowly and gradually. But what Yamaha has showcased is a drastic change in the previous year R1 and the new one is COMPLETELY different. Scroll down and have a look at it . ( Will definitely keep you drooling over it 😛 😛 )
2015-Yamaha-R1-full
2015-Yamaha-YZF-R1-002
2015-Yamaha-YZF-R1-001
2015-Yamaha-YZF-R1-005 A look at this beauty and you’ll keep looking at it - all the more. It wont be incorrect to term the R1 as a beauty with brains( and lots of muscle too :P). Over the years Yamaha had been fiddling with this power figure . The power range it used to play within was 130-160 hp . But the case with the new r1 is different. It is expected to churn out 200hp. After Kawasaki , its Yamaha that’s joining the 200bhp club. With that much power, the bike weighs 199kg. Now that’s some real good power to weight . But things are a bit different with Yamaha.  Unlike Kawasaki which has different power figures for the H2R and H2, both the R1 and R1M will have same engine specification. Lets find out then , where they differ.R1 vs R1mBefore pointing out the differences in the duo, let me introduce the new bad boy from Yamaha- The R1M. We all know what Yamaha does on track and the street as well. Inspired by the great M1, Yamaha blended the street bike genes and the track bike genes and came up with the R1m ( You could say that for the new R1 too ) Both the r1 and r1m are expected to have the same basic engine configuration with Yamaha’s 1000cc cross plane Inline 4 engines churning out 200bhp at 13500rpm and 83ft-lbs of torque at 10000rpm.Major differences between the R1 and the R1m are the carbon fiber body in the latter. Also the R1m uses  Öhlins electronically adjustable suspension. It also differs in the loads of electronics that Yamaha has put in the R1M. Yamaha has used its own MotoGP race technology in the r1m, which is why it can be called the street version of the great M1.Adaptive Slide ControlStraight from Yamaha’s race technology , it will prevent low slides by cutting down power to the wheel, when you are busy taking down corners.Adaptive Lift ControlGoing bang on the throttle after the signal turns green or while exiting a corner and want your nose to stay on the ground ??? Well, adaptive lift control is here [ For all you wheelie enthusiasts out there, don’t be disheartened. This feature can be turned off 😉  ]Adaptive Launch ControlThis will keep the rpm fixed while launching preventing tire spins ( You should have for sure seen a Lamborghini Aventador or a BMW S1000 launch control video?? )Quick ShiftWith quick shift, you don’t need to go light on the gas when shifting, just keep shifting, save time and eventually break your own track records!Track Developed ABSThis is here to transfer braking appropriately to both the front and the rear wheels no matter which brake you apply thus helping you to brake hard.If we talk about looks, the European bike makers ( BMW, Ducati, Aprillia to name a few) have been successful in making beautiful bikes and cars as well. Its not that other manufacturers don’t make such artistic products, however compared to the Europeans, they are bit down rated. But Yamaha is keen to change it and has changed this mentality with its duo. If you compare the new R1 with the previous R1, it has had a complete makeover. Firstly Yamaha changed the headlights in the R1 which it had been using since the first model,maybe R1’s signature head lamps. Its nose somewhat resembles an M1.It dropped the indicators in the front and got them fitted in the mirrors As quoted by none other than Mr Valentino Rossi – “It is just like my M1 but with wing mirrors and  a number plate”.
2015-Yamaha-R1M_1
2015-Yamaha-R1Yamaha has always been rolling out motorbikes that have been loved by all. The same thing goes with its fellow Japanese motorbike giants, However there has been a stereotype that the European sports bikes are premium class and the Japanese are low budget bikes. But if you put them on the track,  both go neck to neck (at times the Japanese outruns the European). Maybe it is because how the bike looks from the outside that has made this stereotype to come up. Nonetheless, the Japs seem to be very keen to kill this stereotype With Kawasaki launching H2/H2R , Yamaha launching R1/R1M and Honda following them with its MotoGP RC213V ( Next article 😉 ) in its prototype stage.
2015-Yamaha-YZF-R1-004
2015-Yamaha_odoSo now the real competition to watch out for is between the H2R and the R1M. When we put H2 and R1 against each other, the h2 is heavier than the r1 with nearby same power figures. The final judgement will come when these mean machines are actually put against each other on road. Yamaha is going to launch the 2015 R1 at Sydney in February 2015 and Kawasaki has not yet disclosed its launch date. So what we can do is wait till these giants go head to head with each other. Stay tuned to Turbozens for updates on these speed monsters 🙂

Kawasaki’s Insane Powered H2R Explored

How would you react if someone told you that he/she owns a vehicle that pumps out 300 bhp??Without any second thoughts you would be like WOWW!! and yeah, you would then ask which car are they talking about.So much of  power being pumped out by a V6 or a V8 aint a big deal right? But recently what Kawasaki has built will surely change the above phenomena. After reading this post or maybe if you are already aware about what this post is about, you may ask “ 300 bhp! ...Is it a car or a motorbike?” That’s right, 300 bhp in a car is good. But in an Inline-4,Supercharged bike is not just good- it is badass and it is even more evil when it comes from a Japanese Bike maker.Presenting to you the world’s most fastest production bike – Kawasaki H2R.

Kawasaki H2R review Kawasaki  has  emphasized on their  “Built Beyond Belief” motto for sure with their latest offering to the market. Not only with the power figures but also with the bike’s physical appearance , the product is definitely a wake up call for the entire motorcycle world. For years , the big players in the market have been rolling out products trying to touch the 200 bhp figure. But Kawasaki came in with a bang with a wild specification sheet . The most notable aspect of the bike is the supercharger which is built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Gas Turbine and Machinery Co.Powered by an Inlin- 4 supercharged 998 cc liquid cooled engine which is expected to churn out 300 bhp, the H2R is for sure gonna give its rival Suzuki Hayabusa as well as its sibling ZX-14R a run for their money. Until the arrival of the new Kawasaki,  Hayabusa and ZX-14 were the super-sports, who have been dominating the motorcycle world with their performance on the drag strips and street as well. The duo have speed records of touching the 300Kmph mark on the speedo but the H2R can do much more than this.Talking about the speed, the console on the H2R is quite simple. Maybe Kawasaki has been following the Less fancy and More Muscle principle 😛
Kawasaki H2R Console “Reflect on the outside what you are on the inside”- is a quote Kawasaki has taken way too seriously in designing the bike. With its monster power engine on the inside, the designers have been successful to give it a shape that goes well with the engine. One look at the beast and words like mean machine, aggressive and beast (BTW many more words will come to your mind but lets continue for now :P)  start playing in your mind. From what it seems from their latest offering to the market, Kawasaki is wanting to repeat what it had done in the 70’s. The Kawasaki H2R is somewhat related to the H2 2 stroke triple which was a beast at the time of its launch. With the black body and the Kawa green colored trellis frame, the aesthetic feel of the bike is mesmerizing. It is a perfect combination of aggression and art, simply said Beauty and the Beast.
Single Sided Swingarm - Kawasaki H2R reviewThe single sided swingarm makes it look like a hyperbike; which it already is :P. The bike has sharp edges and looks quite devilish when viewed from some specific angles. It is equipped with racing slicks both in the front and rear.
H2R Front View When viewed from the front, at first it seems the bike has got some badass black smoked headlamps . But we are wrong if we believe it. Those are actually air winglets for feeding air into the supercharger. Both the lower and upper winglets are carbon fiber and have aerodynamic significance.
Supercharger Winglets Ever wondered why Hayabusa and ZX 14 have such long wheelbase? Long wheelbase complements high speed stability. The duo have speed records on straight asphalt patches but no one has ever heard about them setting records on a race track. Bearing all this in mind, the good people at Kawasaki have stepped ahead of them both. The Kawasaki H2R is meant to be a fast riding bike as well as a bike you could lean onto the tarmac with. So in order to fulfill both the purposes , they shortened the wheel base to make the bike more easy for maneuvering but at the same time to maintain high speed stability( which was other wise possible to achieve with a longer wheel base but at the cost of cornering abilities) they focused more on the aerodynamics.
Unfaired H2R with SuperchargerThe H2R is a revolutionary product by Kawasaki but what we as a street rider can get out of it is the H2- the street legal, down-powered ( lesser power compared to the H2R ) version of the H2R. Though the H2 may not be making 300, 200 bhp is being anticipated and honestly said; 200 for a street bike is way too awesome 😉With the bike yet to be revealed completely,the exact specification figures are not yet available. Kawasaki is being a santa claus in this case and we being the kids eagerly waiting for Santa . So stay tuned to turbozens for updates on when this Santa will come with jingling bells.

Turbocharger Vs Supercharger – Which one would you pick?

Turbocharger

Ever heard the DTC (Delhi) or BEST(Mumbai) or BTIS( Bangalore) buses whistling their way while shifting gears or while halting at the depot or a stop?? If your answer to the above question is yes, then you must have definitely wondered what the whistling is all about.( if your answer is no, then continue reading and next time keep your ears alert for the whistling) Lets get straight to the answer. The whistling sound coming is actually from the blow off valve of the turbocharger in the buses.

The name “Turbo” will bring words like power, speed, awesomeness in your head(only if you are a car maniac; otherwise its just an usual English word). Well then lets get started and explore the Turbochargers and a similar mechanism called Superchargers. But before that lets dig a little into why the above two are needed.

A combustion engine needs power just like our heart needs fresh supply of oxygenated air to breathe. Well, that is for normal functioning of the engine. Analogous to a weightlifter who takes deep breathes before lifting weight,  to pump up the power output , air needs to be gushed into the combustion chamber.. This mechanism is employed in high performance sports cars and also in heavy vehicles which need lots of power for their normal functioning. Here the compressor duo come together.  Lets start with the supercharger first.

 

Supercharger

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A Sprintex Supercharger

Working of a Supercharger

A supercharger is an air compressor which is driven by crankshaft of the engine connected through a belt. What it basically does is increase the density or pressure of the air in the combustion chamber. This gives it more oxygen for combustion which increases the fuel supply and thus increase the power output. A supercharger differs from a turbocharger in one major aspect- the source of energy for their functioning. As mentioned earlier, a supercharger is connected to the crank of the engine and from there is where it gets its power supply. As the engine revs faster , more amount of air is forced into the combustion chamber. Thus a supercharger works right from the lowest rpm to the highest rpm. At the redline it discharges and we get the whistling sound. While driving a supercharged car, you get the kick right from the moment you start accelerating. This is one plus point of the supercharger. However the power boost obtained in a supercharger is quite less as compared to a turbocharger. This is because the supercharger itself consumes the engine power output in its own functioning. Thus the net power output = Engine power output – power consumed by the supercharger. However the power delivery in a supercharger is instantaneous all because of its connection with the crankshaft. Also there is no lag in the supercharger because it delivers power in the low rpm range as well. Natural air which is sucked in is not passed through a cooler before letting it into the combustion chamber and hence it adds up to the engine heat. This is also a drawback of using a supercharger. Using a supercharger is very cost effective way of pumping up the performance of low displacement cars.

Have you ever noticed the Mercedes lineup which has the Kompressor badge on it ?? The Kompressor badge denots the presence of a supercharger in the car. This was in the early 2000’s soon after which they abandoned the supercharger and have shifted to the turbocharger. We’ll get to know the reason for it but before that lets just summarize the supercharger with its pros and cons –

Pros

* Cost efficient way of boosting car performance.

* Quick power delivery because of its connection with the crankshaft.

* Power boosting at low rpm ranges unlike the turbocharger

* No lag as that in the turbocharger.

 Cons

* It acts as a parasite on the engine by using the engine’s power output thus reducing the net power output of the engine thus affecting the performance.

* Using it with a stock pre-built engine it raises reliability concerns because forcing air into the stock engine outside its capacity is likely to damage the engine. Hence it requires that the engine be built from scratch or all the parts be changed with aftermarket high performance parts

Turbocharger

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A Turbonetics Turbine
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Working of a Turbocharger

A Turbocharger is also an air compressor just like the supercharger with one major difference. It does not use the crankshaft mechanism for its functioning. Instead it is driven by the exhaust gases . Here comes the efficiency. This is one major aspect where it supersedes the supercharger. It runs on the waste exhaust gases fulfilling the double purpose of being self dependent and also reducing the emission of exhaust gases thus increasing the efficiency. The way a turbocharger works is a little different from the supercharger. The exhaust gases let out from the combustion chamber are forced into the turbine chamber . In the turbine chamber , there are two turbines connected through a shaft. The exhaust gases are forced on one turbine due to which it spins thus spinning the other turbine with it . The second turbine starts sucking in air and flowing it to the inter-cooler to cool down the pressurized hot air from which it is passed on to the combustion chamber. Well this is not the end of the story. How much air to suck in is the question here. The turbine chamber is set for a particular threshold pressure exceeding which the exhaust gas is then directly let out of the exhaust system without letting it into the turbine chamber thus stopping the turbo function. At the same time when excess air at high pressure is waiting to enter the combustion chamber and the threshold is reached there is a blow off valve which does it work. It blows of the air outside and at the same time the intake valve closes. This is how exactly the whistling happens. Ever thought that the actual process of whistling on the outside has so many process running within? Well this is how a turbocharger works. Interesting ??

Now lets just conclude this topic with the pros and cons of the turbocharger.

Pros

* Use the waste exhaust gases for functioning thus reducing the emission of these gases and also at the same time increasing the efficiency without using the power from the engine.

* Boosting the power of small displacement vehicles significantly compared to the engine size

* Better fuel economy

 

 Cons

* Turbo lag- Big turbos take time to spool until they reach a particular high rpm.The turbo does not start functioning at low rpm and starts working only at high rpm when the exhaust air force is adequate enough to boost. They do not work across a wide range of rpm as the supercharger does.

* Traction problem- The moment the engine enters the turbo working rpm range,  power  is boosted almost instantaneously causing the car to lose traction and slide.

* Soaring temperature- Turbochargers as they work at high rpms heat up and need oil for keeping a check on the temperature. Hence adequate oil lubrication is required unlike the supercharger.

Verdict– Supercharger or Turbocharger??? Well this depends on the application and requirement. Both have their own pros and cons. My personal opinion is TwinCharger. Yes , right. It is a combination of both and Supercharger which works at low rpms and a turbocharger which works at high rpm thus complementing each other’s cons and emerging as a winner. So the next time when you hear a whistling sound, it is the turbo spooling and try to play this entire process discussed above & you will be grinning in no time. Stay tuned to Turbozens for more updates on automobiles and related news and technologies 🙂