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Mon
Nov 3 2014
Samarpan Bhowmik 
Mini Epic Drive Leg 1, Day 4: Mangalore – Kochi by Samarpan Bhowmik 
It was a highway drive, yes, but the insane traffic all along made this a very tiring day indeed on the Day four of the Mini Epic Drive.

On the way out of Mangalore, there was a lot of construction on the roads and traffic was rather heavy as well. We had to navigate through all kinds of city traffic and around numerous diversions. It was tiring and cumbersome; something we were pretty bummed about, considering it was nearly a 420km drive to Kochi. Unfortunately, the shoddy roads didn’t improve much after we exited the city either. Thankfully, the Mini proved a sturdy little car over these broken bits, and though shaken, we weren’t entirely stirred. What also did provide some relief was the fact that no matter what the road conditions, the landscape around was very scenic. We passed lush green hills, groves, idyllic water bodies, gentle rivers and the like. While we did stop at some of the places to take photographs, there were plenty of spots where we wished we could’ve had more time.

 
Sun
Nov 2 2014
Samarpan Bhowmik 
Mini Epic Drive Leg 1, Day 3: Goa – Mangalore by Samarpan Bhowmik 
Hugging the coast involved some very good roads, and some very bad ones too. On the Mini Epic Drive.

It was already dark by the time we got to Goa, and there wasn't a chance to do much then. So, next morning, we took to the streets in the Mini, getting in as much of the local flavour as we could. We were at Betalbatim and took smaller lanes on the inside to move southwards. It was a typical Goan Sunday, with the locals headed to church in their Sunday best. We stopped at Colva beach for a bit of a breather before we got on the NH17 for the way to Mangalore.

 
Sat
Nov 1 2014
Samarpan Bhowmik 
Mini Epic Drive Leg 1, Day 2: Pune - Goa by Samarpan Bhowmik 
We head out early from Pune on the way to Goa in the New Mini Cooper D.

The start from Pune had to be very early. We were at Viman Nagar, which is at an extreme end of Pune, and had to get to the NH4 to be on our way to Goa. It meant cutting across the city, which would be a nightmare once the rush hour began. It also meant clearing the toll gate out, which could have you waiting behind trucks lined up for as much as a couple of kilometres.

 
Fri
Oct 31 2014
Samarpan Bhowmik 
Mini Epic Drive: Leg 1 Day 1 Mumbai - Pune by Samarpan Bhowmik 
Our Mini Epic Drive adventure begins from Mumbai with contest winner, Yohaan Daruwala.

Cross-country roadtrips aren’t anything out of the ordinary for us at Autocar India. But doing so in a Mini Cooper is something that definitely does not happen very often. With its compact dimensions and peppy driving manners, the Mini has always been a champion of the urban setting. Its abilities as a long-distance vehicle, though, is something that hasn’t been extensively put to the test. And that’s exactly what we decided to do: take this little hatchback across the length and breadth of the country. Sixteen days, nearly 5500km, across 16 cities and seven states.

 
Thu
Oct 16 2014
Arpit Phillips 
Safety begins at home by Arpit Phillips 
Driving safely has long been neglected, and I feel it is never too late to start educating ourselves.

I have a personal variation of a popular phrase 'Charity begins at home'; I believe - safety begins at home. Prepping a car before you head out is the first step to ensure safety while driving in the city or out on the highway. The car is a machine, and like every other machine, a lot of parts are interdependent for its proper functioning as a whole.

 
Thu
Oct 2 2014
Staff Writer 
Three horses of the apocalypse by Staff Writer 
Audi TT, S6 and RS7 take to a race track. It’s a man and machine partnership that’s unforgettable.

There’s something very soothing about driving at a race track. No distractions. No excuses. It is a place where the pretence, the bravado and the preening drop as you head out of the pit lane and onto the track. Every daunting corner, every cunning apex, every unruly kerb, every sneaky bump announce their intentions plainly. The rest is up to you. You and the machine. As you face up to the challenge of setting a quick lap, you realise, it is a mirror you are staring into. On our recent Tri-Circuit Challenge, the MMRT offered plenty of reasons for introspection.

 
Wed
Sep 24 2014
Rahul Kakkar 
Jekylls and Hydes by Rahul Kakkar 
One of the most fascinating things about touring India’s racetracks in high-performance Audis is how easily they can be turned from comfy cruisers to track animals.

Driving a car over a long distance really allows you to get to know it in much better detail. Having spent over 3,000km behind the wheel of Audi’s RS7, S6 and TT over the course of the Tri-Circuit Challenge, I think we can safely say we now know these cars rather well. Having said that, I must admit our initial scepticism of the Audis’ ability to tackle Indian road conditions was unfounded.

 
Thu
Sep 4 2014
Shapur Kotwal 
Just inches away by Shapur Kotwal 
Third-row seats aren’t just cramped, they are also relatively unsafe.

India has finally discovered the seven-seat MPV. Earlier consigned to the ranks of automotive pariahs, along with estate cars or station wagons, Indian customers today

 
Fri
May 9 2014
Shapur Kotwal 
Steer from the rear by Shapur Kotwal 
Rear-wheel steering has some unique advantages.

It isn’t everyday that you come across a driving experience that genuinely takes the game ahead. What’s even more thrilling is when it happens totally by surprise. But that’s exactly what happened when I first drove BMW’s then-new 750i back in 2009. Sure it was a BMW, but raw agility wasn’t what I was expecting from this massive barge of a car. What I was expecting, at best, was good stability and possibly a positive BMW-style turn in. What I got, however, was simply incredible high-speed agility and an ability to change direction at speed that bordered on spooky. The ability of this car to carry speed through corners without drama was simply baffling. The reason – a system very few customers opted for called Integral Active Steering; nothing more than four-wheel steering to you and me.

 
Wed
May 7 2014
Renuka Kirpalani 
An F-type of adventure by Renuka Kirpalani 
Renuka spends her birthday weekend in Spain. Celebrations were in a V8 Jaguar F-type R coupe, around a track!
I have driven fast cars, driven on autobahns and even been in situations where the road is just a blur.... flat out around corners on roads with oncoming traffic and yes my knuckles do go white sometimes, but what I experienced this weekend was just a different kind of high!
 
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