Tata Bolt – The New Year gift from Tatas

Posted by admin on January 13, 2015
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Finally the long wait is over and Tata is ready to launch their much talked about hatch. Bolt is their first product along with Zest to be introduced in the global market. With Zest already being well accepted among car lovers worldwide, Tata is expecting the same success for Bolt as well. First unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014, the official launch is now fixed on 22nd of this month. Online bookings have already started with a down payment as less as Rs 11000. With the Bolt, there is now more choice for the buyer in the already flourishing hatchback segment.

Bolt maintains the typical Tata silhouette, yet carries a distinct appeal. It too has a smiley shaped front grille like its elder sibling Zest. The new Tata signature grille flows into the blackened out projector headlights and the fog lamps get a chrome garnish strip. Two prominent lines run along the length of the car. The blackened C-pillar, a strong shoulder line and ORVMs with turn indicators add to its sportiness. The rear gets flame-shaped LED tail lights, a centre fog light and number plate strip in chrome.

Tata Bolt

Tata has provided completely new black interiors and an upgraded features list in the Bolt. Five adults can be easily housed in and there is still a luggage space of 320 litres. Storage spaces inside the cabin are not so adequate though. The plastics used are all of fine quality. The stylish dashboard is loaded with user friendly infotainment features. A 3 spoke steering wheel, gear knob, on door release handles and the detailed air vents all add to the overall appeal of the car. The tall seats along with large windows help in a good outside view.

Additional features include EPAS (Electronic Power Assisted System) with ‘Active Return’ function, speed sensitive power steering, ABS, Cornering Stability feature and dual path suspension system. It also has a 5 inch touch screen with audio and video playback, advanced Bluetooth technology, an SD card reader, USB and aux-in, a trip computer, power windows, power mirrors, parking sensor, climate control and in-built HVAC controls.

Tata Bolt petrol and three diesel variants. The 1.2 litre REVOTRON petrol unit is capable of delivering a peak power output of 85 PS along with a maximum torque of 140 Nm, while the 1.3 litre Multijet VGT diesel version will churn out a maximum power of 75 bhp with 190 Nm torque. Both the engines will be powered with a five speed manual transmission gear box.

Tata Bolt will be approximately priced in the range of Rs 5-7 lakhs. Suzuki Swift, Chevrolet Sail, VW Polo, Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo are some of its potential rivals.

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The Lotus Europa Series 2 Sports Car

Posted by admin on January 08, 2015
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A review of The Lotus Europa Series 2 Sports Car, covering development, important features, and technical data of this the twelfth model in the Lotus range.

In this Article, I offer a nostalgic look at the Lotus Europa Series 2, one of an elite group of classic cars, which was manufactured during the period 1968 to 1970.

The Europa Type 47

The Type 47 was a racing version of the Europa for use with Team Lotus, but which could still be sold to private competitors.

It was launched at the same time as the Series 1, and was based on a modified Europa.

The body was thinner than the standard car, and had wider wheel arches, plus cooling vents in the engine bay.

The rear suspension came from the Lotus 23, a mid-engined sports racer, and the Lotus 22, a Formula Junior racing car, as did the five speed Hewland FT 200 gearbox.

It was fitted with a 1594 cc, Lotus-Ford Cosworth, Twin Cam engine, developing 165 bhp, together with larger Girling brakes.

Built between 1966 and 1970, it is estimated that between 55 and 68 units of the Europa 47GT were built.

The Type 47 Europa, which was also known as the Snorkel Car, featured uprated suspension, four wheel disc brakes, and was lighter in weight than the standard production model.

The Europa Type 62

The Type 62, a prototype Europa race car, was a further development of the Type 47.

Introduced in 1969, it was powered by the new 2 litre, LV240, twin overhead cam, Lotus 907 engine, developing 240 bhp, which was to be used in the forthcoming Lotus Elite Mark 2, and Lotus Eclat, Esprit, and Excel sports cars.

It featured a spaceframe chassis, with Formula 1 suspension.

Unfortunately, owing to the problems with the Vauxhall engine block, its competitive success was limited.

However, its greatest success was finishing third in the Tourist Trophy at Oulton Park in 1969.

Only two cars were ever built.

The Europa Series 2 Type 54

The Series 2, also known as the Type 54, and introduced in April 1968, featured a fibreglass body that was bolted to the frame, rather than being glued as in the Series 1.

It was fitted with extras not found in the Series 1, such as electric windows, seats that were adjustable, a new interior, and a dashboard with a polished wooden facia.

It used the same modified 1470 cc, Renault engine as the Type 46, and was distributed to all markets with the exception of the US.

Around 200 Type 54’s were modified to be made suitable for export to the US, whilst using the larger Type 65 engine.

To satisfy US regulations, the front suspension was altered to increase the height of the front of the car so that the headlights were raised, combined with higher front bumpers.

The Type 65 engine consisted of a 1565 cc, emission controlled, in line 4-cylinder, Renault 16 TS unit, with a 10:1 compression ratio, and linked to a four speed gearbox.

It developed 87 bhp, with a 0-60 mph time of 9.9 secs.

Exports to the US began in 1969, and by 1970, a total of 3,615 Series 2’s were built.

The Lotus importer in Switzerland developed and marketed two modified versions of the Europa based on the Renault 16TS, 1565 cc, Type 807 engine.

Accordingly, the Europa Hemi 807 had a four speed gearbox, a twin choke Webber carburettor, and a top speed of 124 mph.

On the other hand, the Kugulfisher fuel injected Europa Black Shadow had a five speed gearbox, and a top speed of 150 mph.

Common to both cars was a wider track, alloy wheels, the front indicators were white, and extractor fans were positioned behind the rear seat.

In October 1971, the Series 2 was succeeded by the Europa Series 3 Type 74 sports car, which featured the 1558 cc, Lotus-Ford Cosworth Twin Cam engine.

This marked the end of the Lotus Europa Series 2 Type 54

Perhaps this stroll down memory lane might have answered, or at least shed light on, a possible question:

Which Morgan Sports Car is Your Favourite?

However, should this question still remain unanswered, I will be reviewing, in some detail, in future articles within this website, the entire range of Morgan sports cars which were featured in the memorable era spanning 1911 to 1996.

I hope you join me in my nostalgic travels “down sports car memory lane”.

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Best Decor for Small Patio Spaces

Posted by admin on January 01, 2015
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If you have a small patio, you may think that its limited space should be reserved for a tiny grill or a pair of chairs. Good news is that with the right products and a little bit of planning, you can make the space much more interesting and useful. Whether you have always wanted a small water feature or a lush container garden, it’s possible even with the smallest of spaces.

The initial investment you should make is in seating that doubles as storage. This may take the form of benches that have a retractable lid, where you can store gardening tools, soil, BBQ utensils, and many other outdoor objects that take up a surprisingly large amount of space. If you don’t care for seating, there are plenty of large trunks that can serve as an extra shelf for placing flower pots. Inside, you can stash your gardening hose or a compact circular grill. If needed, you can always remove the objects on top of the trunk and use it as a bench.

Seating can take the form of folding chairs. These can be easily placed away behind larger features or against the wall so that they do not take up space. There are plenty of chairs on the market that are foldable, as well as durable and attractive. For comfort, think about investing a linen or canvas backed chair. These can easily be machine-washer, and the fabrics are usually treated for water resistance.

If you have always wanted a container garden on your patio, consider investing in flowerpots that can be suspended from the ceiling or attached to walls or the balcony railing. These are not only attractive, but come in a variety of shapes, and can serve as a viable habitat for a variety of plant species. One thing to remember is that patio plants usually require much more frequent watering than plants grown in the ground. In order to save space that would otherwise be required for storing a bulky garden hose, consider purchasing a retractable gardening hose, which is made out of expandable and waterproof material. These can easily be folded and stored and serve the same purpose.

Also, if your small patio is uncovered and you want to create some shade, consider installing an awning. These are highly customizable and easy to install on your own. Further, they usually take up much less space than a bulky umbrella stand and outdoor umbrella.

Finally, if you have always wanted some sort of water feature such as a fountain or a pond, it is nonetheless possible in a small space. For example, you can set up a barrel pond using recycled barrels, which were once used to ferment alcohol. These can easily be made waterproof and serve as very attractive and rustic water features. You can easily install a water pump and enjoy the sound of bubbling water as you sit on your patio.

Find the way to maximize the usefulness of your space and you can enjoin your home more. A balcony or porch can be an extremely fun spot to hang out no matter what its size.

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