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CB Unicorn Dazzler vs CB Unicorn – Comparing Siblings

Honda Unicorn, more commonly known as CB Unicorn, is a bike from Honda and was launched in 2005. A sportier variant of the Unicorn, the CB Unicorn Dazzler was launched in 2010. The CB Unicorn is equipped with a powerful 13.3 bhp engine with several cutting edge technologies which ensures smooth power delivery in all speed ranges and delivers a consistent mileage of 60 kmpl. The CB Unicorn Dazzler has a 150 cc 14 bhp reformed Honda engine with a mileage of 60 kmpl. The retuned engine with increased power has an upper hand for better cruising on highways. bike

Both the bikes have a mono-suspension for better comfort. The racing inspired state of the art mono-suspension fitted on tough yet flexible diamond frame provides stability and comfort for confident riding over any road surfaces.

The CB Unicorn comes with a smart meter console that shows the speed and riding data. The CB Unicorn Dazzler comes with a digital instrumental panel that gives the rider accurate updates down to the last second.

The CB Unicorn Dazzler has a unique floating side cowl and is ornamented with the Honda 3D emblem. On the CB Unicorn, the Honda wing mark has been placed on the fuel tank in a 3-dimensional form.

The CB Unicorn Dazzler is 8 kg lighter and has a very well balanced chassis along with a light handle setup. It is easier to negotiate the bike in traffic. It also gets dual discs, both front and back. The 240 mm front disk brake provides sure and responsive control. The CB Unicorn Dazzler also comes with tubeless tyres, both front and back, for better performance and handling. It also gets an oil soaked paper air filter while the CB Unicorn gets a viscous air filter. The rear tyre is wider for more stability. Also styling of the CB Unicorn Dazzler is better than the CB Unicorn. The CB Unicorn Dazzler’s bold front with its uniquely designed screen less front cowl is appealing than the plain CB Unicorn. It also has an exotic tail and attractive rear.

The CB Unicorn comes at a price of Rs. 63208. The CB Unicorn Dazzler comes at a price tag of Rs. 70000 onwards.

The CB Unicorn Dazzler does have a few issues. The rear shocker setup is quite hard. And in way of it losing some weight, it has introduced more plastic on the body. The engine is not as smooth as the older unicorn. Also the feeble low end torque will see one frequently changing gears in the lower spectrum.

The CB Unicorn Dazzler comes in five exciting colors, while the CB Unicorn comes in three colours.

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RENAULT 8 GORDINI 1100 AND 1300

50 years ago was not a plentiful supply of sports cars in the world catalog, so that only his BMC Mini Cooper, Ford Lotus Cortina with his Alfa Romeo Giulia TI with or with BMW 1800 TI, were the only suppliers of this concept called sports tourism. As for us, the Spanish, 50 years ago, the only sports tourism that was available was the 600 “ready.”

renault-8-gordini-amazing-drift-atanas-panchovA sports sedan, that is, a family sedan, 4 or 5 seats and 4 doors equipped with a performance sports car, was the easiest and the cheapest way to provide high performance and, simultaneously, the utility of a family car, which one hand deprived of distinction and sportsmanship of an exclusive body, but kept an affordable price and a performance capable of habitability sport’s family, without his body, – exempt “their war paint” – so demonstrate.

Renault, providing a sporty version of its 4 CV and then his Dauphine, did the same with the successor of both the R8, which expanded its offering prestige and its image, as there is no car enthusiast motorist (many car users who use the car without the special hobby), no friend of the car that somehow do not like the sport and want to show it with a few consonants and aesthetic benefits.

RENAULT8Gordini-2042_3The Renault R 8 submitted in Castilian lands on June 1962, but not manufactured in Valladolid until November 1965 – was a disciple Beetle, Volkswagen Beetle and then the French Renault 4 was called in Spain-4/4 – Dauphine and then, as already said.

Its manufacturer quickly replaced her initial 956 cc engine 1108 cc for the Caravelle 1100, which kept all the useful characters and refined performance, benefits that had not reached the ceiling of their possibilities.

That was how the previous experience of preparing Gordini-Dauphine in amending the plans sporty-R was extended to 8 and the result was the R8 Gordini 1100.

In this case the preparation referred to mechanical tweaks and little more than a “war paint” on an aesthetic level, so that Amadeo Gordini, an accomplished trainer and specialist shows mechanical horse family, could provide the definitive sports Renault 8, Renault 8 Gordini the 1100 type 1134, officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 1964, the production model was launched in September 1964 and Model that 2,626 units were built with few changes until June 1966.

renaultp210The Renault, which advertised it with a picture of Amadeo Gordini with its open rear cover, defined the R8 Gordini 1100, on the occasion of its official launch at the Paris Motor Show 1964 – in these terms:

“The R8 Gordini must allow an entire clientele of enthusiastic and sporty driving enthusiasts, the chance to indulge their passion without thereby invest more than the price of a standard car” .

RENAULT-8-gordini-192620The R8 Gordini 1100 could be described therefore as an R8 Major-R 8 engine 1108 cc R 10, which here never was made ​​- who is endowed rocker and hemispheric cameras, new valves and tree reinforced cam, a new pinion two Solex carburetors 40 MPH, an oil cooler, a leak of four outputs, four rear shock absorbers, springs and servo sale suspension without other external differences on Major R8 their appearance lower, larger diameter your headlights, blue paint France, double white bands left side and the name Gordini seated right at the back .

renault-8-gordini-le-reve-bleuA few modifications such R8 Gordini 1100 joined. Throughout its production, a new positioning of your steering rack, front modified headlights, the adoption of a heated two-speed or a reinforcement of the pinion of the second, as well as changing the Solex carburetors are initialed by the Weber 40 DCOE.

Sporting success gave reason to the manufacturer, who from June 1966 to June 1970 released 8,981 copies of the 1300 R8 Gordini type 1135, also with few modifications such as on the calibration of your rear shock, the change of ignition coil , improvements in transmission control or changes in their scorecard.

The press welcomed with true joy to R8 Gordini 1100 and L’Automobile defined, it after the test as “honest illustration of sporty vocation that can be given to an R8 without incurring excessive complications.” They added that accepted family use and sports use, but “had to be handled with care to 795 kg car 170 km / h”.

renault-8-gordini-alpine-a110-2L’Automobile described the R8 Gordini 1100 as having a mild and a discreet engine to 4000 RPM, engine featuring a half decent 1600 because their performance, similar to the 1300 Mini Cooper S , were translated into a top speed of 166.4 km / h, accelerating from standstill in 18 4/10 to 400 m in 35 seconds to km (4-door 1600 BMW-like saying now D-520 was 153.1 km / h maximum speed and accelerated at 19 3/10 36 5/10, the figures of R10′s length was 129.2 km / h and 21 7/10 41 2/10, figures in 1100 were 192 Alpine 5 km / h and 17 8/10 32 6/10). Such figures imply velocísticas fuel consumption between 8.4 and 13.7 l per 100 km. To better understand the performance R8 Gordini 1100, I must say that its retail price in France in 1965 was 11,500 f, Costing 14,950 BMW 1600, 7800 Renault R 10 and 18,890 the 1100 Alpine alluded.

Specifically, L’Automobile he recognized the R8 Gordini 1100 good performance, excellent value for driving pleasure, comfortable seating and character of what could be defined as “a sports civilized”, well equipped, hard suspension, although slid back (more wet), requiring some attention corrections and at high speeds, especially with the wind.

RENAULT-8-gordini-192620Regarding its flaws scoring one gearbox poorly-adapted, allowing 50 at first, 85 at second and 125 third-, with poor synchro (especially from fourth to third and to engage reverse) direction geared down excessively soft and vague, pedals too far right and a marked sensitivity to side winds.

For its part, L’AutoJournal felt that the R8 Gordini 1100 offered “the best value driving pleasure of his life, relationship,” although he was considered “dangerous for unprepared young people who have not shot more than 150 km / h “.

Was added to R8 Major, an R 8-1100, whose hemispherical cylinder head, the valves V, the 10 compression ratio, 4:1, the two-point ignition, the two horizontal twin carburetors, the fan 6 blades and oil cooler 3.25 liter made the difference, as did its recessed and equipped with 4 cushions, a different setting of the front end, the booster and its center of gravity lowered rear suspension.

renault-8-gordini-20Specifically, praising its very high performance: 168 km / h top speed and acceleration to 400 m of 18 ¾ and 35 seconds to reach km (R 8-956, as manufactured by FASA, was 131 km / h top speed and 42 km from standstill seconds, for example, a Citroen ID 19 reached 158 km / h and ran km in 38 3/5 seconds).

They continued to say that the brakes were very good, so that their average consumption stood at 10.4 l per 100 km and that comfort was a virtue, but his suspension was loaded stopper; also highlighted their good seats and equipment (6 dampers, brake booster, oil radiator, two double carburetors, electric counter depression and two speakers) and its stability, noting, however, that their rear skids resulted sudden.

Renault_8_gordini_02As you pointed out flaws, one unstable idle, as easy deregulation was “unbearable in town” you. To this amounted to a gearbox poorly adapted, a box that did not allow changes to broadcast and requiring 5 speed.

Other defects in them were the exhaust, its sensitivity to side wind, the fueling dangerous (the fuel inlet on the rear lid would, on the motor…) and their bad suspensions agreed between the two trains, front and soft rigid rear.

As for the R8 Gordini 1300, L’Automobile describing it as “a gift of the Renault motor sport fans in need of a car for the family,” that is, as a sporty little complicated and useful series, a solution mixed family-sport enthusiasts who do not value as essential comfort its high performance and who will not require special talent for management, although attention.

renault_53627_global_enIn the test performed, the magazine began pointing out their differences with the R8 Gordini 1100, which he considered his logic, then differences concrete in its four headlights and her “diamond” forward, as well as its leather steering wheel – since 1968 have three arms leaky-its 5-speed gearbox, which allowed to reach 120 km / h in third and 150 km / h in fourth-, 1255 cc engine capable of 110 HP and hardened suspension, with increased availability of exterior colors to add to the end of its commercial life, the famous 418 blue: white, yellow, red, gray, green and blue sky.

L’Automobile consider the R8 Gordini 1300 car of good performance (175 km / h top speed and 17 7/10 and 33 2/10 seconds to make plays from 400 to 1000 m), thanks to an engine petardeante stocking themselves allowing a 2 liter.

They praised its stability civilized sport, fun to drive, understeer at the limit, where he had sought above all comfort, also praising his brakes, at the height of their benefits and their seats.

r8mch10As pointed defect management, soft and uncertain, your shifter and slow, especially at second synchronizers. Geared down and your suspension too hard, and their luggage and their dangerous gasoline filling were criticized as described.

Near the end of his career, the 1300 R8 Gordini faced in 1968 in a comparative test the very sporty Alpine 1300, the fun Mini Cooper S 1300, the moot Matra Djet V, the serious Lancia Fulvia HF Rallye and homogeneous Simca S 1200, a test in which he was regarded as the most honest, as defined him as a serious mechanical level, as well as very competitive given its performance and price, but warned that it was an extrapolation of the series with stability led to a high demand given limit its power, it also abocando compromising comfort.

For the sake, that test pitting the Gordini 1300 competition with his time, added that consumption proved the most economical and performance (171.1 km / h top speed and 17 6/10 and 33 2 / 10 to 400 m and km from standstill) were exceeded only by the Alpine and Matra. As for brakes and habitability, the Gordini 1300 had proved to be the most lauded option.

Renault_8_GordiniL’AutoJournal, meanwhile, described the R8 Gordini 1300 as an extremely high performance car (175 km / h top speed and 33 2/5 for the km from standstill, measuring the same magazine in R 8 S., our TS-R 8 143.3 km / h top speed and 39 2/5 to 1000 m from standstill) They considered their very strong brakes, good-although its stability at the expense of a considerable tightening of suspension – its nice box of 5 speeds and a fifth heavyweight allowing also roll 50 km / h in town. Was branded while pleasing your address, your team and abundant spacious front seats.

But there were flaws in the R8 Gordini 1300 as L’AutoJournal it hard starts suspension in excess or scarce tires, following their slow synchro, heavy drinking, his trunk decreased by supplemental front reservoir and your wiper one speed.

Kadett-et-gorde-abatistta-290Key features of the R8 Gordini were:

Engine 4 cylinders in line 1108 cc (70 × 72) which gives 95 HP at 6500 RPM sea 5 crankshaft bearings, overhead valves and hemispheric V inclined head, powered by 2 C 40 PHH Solex carburetors (1,255 cc and dimensions of 74.5 x 72 giving 110 HP at 6750 RPM sea, fed by two Weber 40 DCOE carburetors in the case of 1300)
Gearbox 4-speed and single disc dry clutch (5 speed in 1300)
Management zip
Hydraulic disc brakes on all 4 wheels with servo
4-wheel independent suspension by coil springs with two dampers front and four on the rear axle
Dimensions of 3,995 m in length, width and 1,370 1,490 high. Tires 165 x 380 radial. Weight of 795 kg (855 kg unladen weight in the case of 1300)

renault_53625_global_enWith respect to the sporting exploits of the R8 Gordini, suffice it to say that the hard won Tour of Corsica in November 64, also in 1965, capturing the top 5 thanks to a prototype engine 1300 and in 1966, this time when Jacob was driving Piot and R8 Gordini bodywork in light alloy and equipped with a 1440 cc engine, the car broke no less than an Alfa Romeo GTA.

Likewise, it is up another credit to R8 Gordini: to popularize the automobile competition, being in France the protagonist of the Gordini Cup event held between April 16, 1966 and September 28, 1970 and manifestation of that came Andruet pilots as prestigious, or Thérier Jabouille.

His successor, the Renault 12 Gordini, he regretted the absence of so charismatic R 8 prepared, whose true Spanish version was the Renault 8 TS.

renault_53626_global_enBibliography

For a better understanding of the phenomenon R8 Gordini seems appropriate reading our chapter R8 Gordini, IE the R 8 TS.

Evolution, sports feats and the number of units manufactured of R8 Gordini come from # 100 magazine Gazoline and Automobilia # 49 magazine in which a historian of great stature, René Bellu, gives a different production figures: R8 Gordini 1100 2,623 and 9,580 R8 Gordini 1300.

Tesla numbers in the second quarter: more batteries, more cars and charging stations

650_1000_tesla-model-s-telsa-roadster-in-motionAlthough there are not many surprises in the numbers recorded by Tesla in its second financial quarter, nor did we want to stick to analyze figures, it is always interesting to share a series of facts or data that come to light in such official statements.

The company is planning electric cars give a good boost to the production of its most successful model, the Model S Medium term -. Early 2015 – have to launch a Model X, but his priority seems to be to create a good factory battery, the Gigafab.

Objective: To increase production

At the end of 2015, Tesla wants to produce 100,000 cars a year. Elon Musk says that number will come with the ability to create 1,000 Model S per week, and 1,000 other Model X at the same time.

Now it could eventually create about 800 vehicles on a weekly basis, but major changes coming to the Fremont factory more productive.

If we go to 2014 figures, the estimates are to reach 35,000 cars a year. Are far from achieving, as currently they walk near 8,800 vehicles, but say that the next two quarters will be very strong in production: 7,800 in the third.

All machinery must be well greased when the first model “for all ages”, in 2017, known as get Tesla Model III.

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Second objective, more charging stations

The network of charging stations is the world’s largest, have an advantage to be starting as soon the work. It is also the fastest growing, with 156 stations, trying to fulfill the commitment to cover the entire United States in late 2015.

The following maps that share the Verge guys, you can contemplate the expansion plans in China – without particular initiatives – Europe or America. It will also be important to see if the various governments let them grow because ideally charging systems are standardized.

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Bravo eGo, a folding electric that will come from Russia

bravo_ego-14-1A young Russian company introduced last year and a folding electric tricycle has honed over his work and has finished developing a small compact folding electric car with four wheels will soon start marketing and it expects to sell in Europe in the coming years.

The company in question is called Bravo Motors and the model developed by them eGo Bravo , an electric two-seater powered by lithium iron phosphate and lithium able to fold its rear wheels in just five seconds, just press a button to take less space when parked.bravo_ego-7Not the first time someone develops and intends to release in a folding vehicle. Without going any further in Spain we had the Hiriko Fold as one of the pioneers in this field, and one of the most innovative. There have also been other projects like the CASPLE Podadera and outside our borders and sympathetic Armadillo-T , just to give an example.

Bravo eGo: folding, electric and practical

The eGo Bravo is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 90 km / HP, while in “shrunk” can travel at 10 km / h thus being able to save the stairs or curbs lifted its bottom 40 cm of soil. Parking needs only 1.5 meters, so it fits in almost any space between two cars even width.

But why the name of Bravo eGo? Its creator, Konstantin Artemiev, wanted to make a pun on e-Go, and the initial electric vehicle, but at the same time also wanted to convey with the Latin pronunciation “ego” the individualistic character and identity of the vehicle.

bravo_ego-8Their contained measures 2.60 meters long and 1.40 meters high and 1.20 meters wide, and its lightweight body of fiber reinforced plastic and polycarbonate side windows, raise the weight of the assembly only 440 kg, including the driver, supporting a total of 200 kg of payload, so it is a very interesting option transport small pear.

The movement system is entrusted two motors in the front wheels of 3 kW each, so in total just over 8 hp power, ie, the equivalent of a motorcycle engine 125 cc. The braking system has the function of energy recovery and to further contribute to the saving of this lighting system is the LED type.

Bravo Motors is now accepting orders for delivery of the first units of Bravo eGo in the spring of 2015. To drive there to know it operated with the joystick will bring instead of the wheel, in the same way that instead of a current dashboard also come with a flat screen with internet access and from which the interior temperature, audio system, vehicle information, etc. will be controlled.

The dual carbon hybrid battery, depth

PRIUS_PLUG-IN_HYBRID_014_DET-1In the field of electric batteries for hybrid cars no break in the R & D The original objectives are still valid, namely, to improve their ability to get reasonable autonomy, autonomy rivaling combustion engines; achieve much smaller load times ; make batteries last many more cycles of complete charge and discharge.

To achieve these objectives it is necessary to experience the most picturesque test solutions, but in this case one of the characteristics of the dual carbon battery is just that, the presence of carbon in both the anode and the cathode. In fact the “dual carbon”, as they say in English, comes precisely from the two electrodes made of carbon, which is key to achieve high energy density, economics of production, intrinsic safety and reliability, by Not to mention the environmental benefits.

Recharge 20 times faster, and also lasts longer. Is it true?

On paper the characteristics of this new type of “dual” carbon battery are unbeatable. They would bite the dust “classical” Li-ion batteries, but since most manufacturers hybrid cars have opted for the lithium ion long term, much remains to be done in the commercial field to be gaining share market. And before selling the bear’s skin, you have to hunt.

In the version of the laboratory tests that make brands flagged when selling the product got load times and 20 times lower 300 miles of electric range (approximately 482 km, which can already be considered as a average distance). If it is also a device that has greater durability over time, is clearly a breakthrough to achieve takeoff of hybrid cars, and of course plug-in hybrids with higher capacities, or fully electric.

Durability is another great strength, for triples (always talking approximately) the life of the lithium-ion battery, allowing about 3,000 cycles of complete charge and discharge to the nearly 1,000 that can last a “traditional” battery .

Other advantages of this unique battery are its ability to complete discharge without risk of shorting to harm the battery, and it is a device that is not too hot, thereby saving on cooling systems for the battery is substantial both in economic cost, and weight (let’s get lighter cars). That thermal stability makes it safer because it eliminates the potential risk of explosion (very rare). Moreover allows greater power output, and is fully recyclable.

It seems the perfect battery and can certainly be a major spurt in the implementation of electric mobility, either in the form of hybrids with greater autonomy in EV (or plug) mode, or 100% electric vehicles.

The market for electric batteries evolves booming

The future is electric going largely by the hybrid vehicle. The logic seems to make us understand that, gradually, the part will be 100% electric gaining prominence as higher capacities are achieved, and therefore greater autonomy, less load times and more security-stability-reliability.

For this reason, the market for electric batteries is constantly booming, and there is increasing demand. In fact, Toyota demand 28% of the global production of batteries of this type , and the thing should not only increase in the coming years. Only in the last 36 months production, something from increased market share of hybrid cars and the increased presence of the electrical components as in the case of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid tripled.

Give market entry to the carbon-based batteries would amount to further reduce the entry barrier to hybrid or electric market for many undecided buyers, so that’s why we are confident that these will be the batteries of the future. Or, at least, the batteries of the future will have much in common with these dual carbon batteries.

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