China Rally | APRC - Round 6 | Update

Pre-event Interviews & Preview of the China Rally, the last leg of the championship. On the first day, the SSS, Gaurav Gill tops.

1. Gill 1:39.7
2. Sumiyama 1:41.5
3. Atkinson 1.41.9
4. Salo 1:42.2
5. McRae 1:43.5

The event is the longest running rally racing in the country & is continuously held since 1997. Initial two events was contending event for the WRC and on 1999 the rally was on the WRC calendar. Later on since 2000, it is seen in the APRC calendar, with an off after 'Force majeure because of government' in 2003.
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Volkswagen Unveils TAIGUN | A Concept Crossover

Volkswagen, the world's largest 'Das Auto' maker unveils a compact cross over called Taigun at São Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil yesterday. Taigun, the name itself sounds strange and more Korean/Japanese/Indonesian at the first, and also the name is shared with a famous Japanese restaurant in Colorado. But that doesn't mean the name is lifted from there or otherwise, but definitely not sounding German!

Nomenclature apart, the new cross-over is powered by a tiny 1.0 liter 3 pot, but it is a direct injection and turbo-charged petrol engine which churns out 108 PS of power with 175 NM of torque with the tach needle is just at 1500. It is not just the power that is awesomely done, but this little monster also has an average over 20 KM / Liter of gasoline. This is possible with the very light overall weight of the vehicle of just 985 KGs.  The dimensions are 3.859 Meters long, 1.728 Meters wide and 1.570 Meters tall, and a wheelbase of 2,470 Meters. Its four door is meant for seating 4 people, with a lid at the rear for some luggage [which VW claims is actually bigger than in Golf]. It is claimed of a top speed of 186 KMPH, and 0-100 at 9.2 Seconds.

The tiny beast is a little smaller than the Golf, but looks really huge with the designing. VW plans to put this onto production only if it appeals to the buying lot, after the Motor Show. Hope it does sails ahead, as the spec is a definitely good for practical usage, with both performance & economy packed in the small family wagon and also sets its uniquely carved foot onto Indian soil too.

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FIA - APRC | China Rally - 2012 | Round 6

The final round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship is just around the weekend, on treacherous & rough stages in China. Team MRF & Proton Motorsports will be at their full attack to make most of the left out of this tiny, yet the only championship for the AP region.

China Rally has been featured from the past two seasons & continues to enjoy its stay in the championship. Team MRF's & Indian driver Gaurav Gill had an off in the 2010's event and had to retire, eventually losing the championship to his team mate, Katsu Taguchi.

More updates to follow soon, until then enjoy this little clip from the yester year's actions.

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Mikko Wins - Rally d'Italia Sardegna | FIA WRC - 2012

After 4 gruelling days of the Italian test of 12th round in this season of WRC, Mikko takes his first win in the penultimate round of the championship, young Russian, Evgeny Novikov takes his best ever finish with a second on the podium & finally the younger Estonian, Ott tanak makes it to the podium finish in nearly after an year behind the WRC car, Ford Fiesta.

All the offroaders [retirements] happened on the second day of the event with Loeb starting the series.

A small clip of rally winner Mikko's drive..

Russian's revenge, Evgeny's ride..

Finally, our sweet Estonian pacing drive..

The top 3 from day 3 did finish with their positions after a careful drive in the last two stages, but the last stage, being the Power Stage was won by Ford's Petter Solberg & Latvala, and final point was snatched by the Qatar WRT's driver Thierry Neuville.
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