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A Race track is born!

Posted by nabeel on September 17, 2009

 

Islamabad race track

Islamabad race track

I once said in one of my articles, that the reason why no one has ever built a racetrack in Pakistan is because the  Pakistani land has been cursed by some Martians so that no one can ever build a racetrack here.

Well, it seems that the Martians visit my blog quite regularly. Because they’ve finally lifted the unbreakable curse from Pakistan. Islamabad is now home to the first ever racetrack of Pakistan. This is great news for all the Pakistani motorsports enthusiasts as well as the thousands of people who own really expensive sports cars but can’t really use them for anything more than posing.

So far all I know about this racetrack is that it is located near Rawal lake at Lake View Park in Islamabad and it is only 1.5 km long. The first race of this track is being held in October.

Thanks Martians!

 

Track Layout

Track Layout

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Pakistan Racer Hunt ’09

Posted by nabeel on September 12, 2009

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The Racing Pakistan team is back with a change. After a number of go kart endurance races, this time they are on a talent hunt. The idea is that there will be three qualifying rounds in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. And at the end there will be a grand finale in which the top 10 racing drivers from all three cities will race against each other. There are handsome prizes for the podium finishers and a racing contract for the winner.

For details visit http://www.pakistanracerhunt.com/

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Toyota Vitz Review

Posted by nabeel on August 26, 2009

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There are two kinds of car buyers in Pakistan, those who want quality, and those who want a Suzuki. The Toyota Vitz has made life much better for the quality buyers as it introduced a whole new benchmark of quality in Pakistan at least in the small car market. And it’s also the best all rounder in the market because it’s smart, comfortable, spacious, safe, well equipped and well built.

But the people who import these cars are taking a big advantage of the ever rising demand for these cars. Prices have been more than doubled since the time it was first introduced here in Pakistan.


Engine Capacity (litre) Power (bhp) Torque (Nm) 0-100 kph (sec) Top Speed (kph)
1.0 68 95 15.7 154


Score

Remarks
Performance 8/10 Great
Grip & handling 9/10 Amazing
Space & Comfort 9/10 Best in its class
Reliability 9/10 Great
Fuel economy 9/10 Great
Maintenance 7/10 Slightly expensive
Resale 10/10 For sure
Price 5/10 expensive but good value for money
Equipment 8/10 Best in its class
Build quality 9/10 Best in its class

Rivals:

  • Chevrolet Joy
  • Hyundai Santro
  • Suzuki Alto
  • Suzuki Cultus

Verdict:

This car easily beats all of its rivals in every way except the price which is over the top.

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Pakistan is now on google maps

Posted by nabeel on May 27, 2009

google maps

Have you ever had to ask ten different guys on the street for directions, out of which at least eight led you in the wrong direction with full confidence?

Well now you can look up where you are going at google maps before you set off. And better still you can also look up google maps on your cellular phone. For that you can go to m.google.com/maps on your mobile and install the google maps application. The best  feature in this mobile application is that even if your phone does not have GPS, it can tell your current location within a range of a couple of kilometers at max using your cellular network (not magic).

The rest of the world has had this facility for ages but Pakistan has only recently been included in the google maps database. The road map of Pakistan was developed completely by volunteers in an amazingly short period of time. You can also contibute in this map by adding places. If you want to contribute go to http://www.google.com/mapmaker. You can also use the ‘get directions’ feature on google mapmaker which is not yet available on google maps for Pakistan.

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Drag race in Islamabad

Posted by nabeel on May 20, 2009

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Event Date : 24th May 2009 (SUNDAY)

Event Venue : BAHRIA TOWN PHASE 9

Click here for more details…

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What were they thinking???

Posted by nabeel on May 18, 2009

First I think I should apologize for suggesting you guys to attend the so called “Fast & Furious” Drag Racing event of the last weekend.  I’ve never seen such a catastrophically mismanaged event in my life.

I took three of my friends along hoping to enter a sea of Ferraris and Mustangs. Instead what we really got to see was a bunch of amateurs thrashing their Altos and Corollas. So we decided to leave early and presumably my friends weren’t exactly singing in my praise on the way home…

And that’s about it. I can’t think of anything else to say about that event.

Anyway let’s hope that this is the first and last catastrophy of its kind and we don’t get to see alto thrashing in the name of drag racing in the future.

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The so called “TopGear” car show…

Posted by nabeel on May 16, 2009

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After a number of delays the so called “TopGear” car show is finally going to be held tomorrow (Sunday May 17th, 2009) at Walton Airbase in Lahore. It will be a combination of Drag racing and a sort of car show where you will be able to admire some really cool exotic cars. Sounds great!

I’m not sure if the the event goes by the name of “TopGear” or “Fast & Furious” but either way i’m not a big fan of their “innovative” name choice.

Anyway, I hope that it’s better organized and more exciting than the recently held TDCP drag race (which was a big mess…)

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Honey! we got a new B M errr… L

Posted by nabeel on May 13, 2009

BML

BMW has officialy changed its name to BML >>> Bahawalpur Motors Ltd.

they have also released a new 70cc motorbike…

BML 70

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why not??

Posted by nabeel on May 9, 2009

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WOW! the 1.4 million euro car for just 9 million rupees. cool!

that could only happen in peshawar:D

bugatti veyron

bugatti veyron the 1.4 million euro car

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Karting Championship

Posted by nabeel on April 29, 2009

If you look up “Motorsports in Lahore” on google this is what you get…

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But this joke is losing its humor. And that’s because there have been at least four proper motorsports events in Lahore within the last year including a 4×4 mud rally, a couple of go-kart races and a so called drag race. Finally there’s some excitement in the Lahoree petrol-heads’ life.

race venue

Last weekend Lake City was home to a go-kart race organized by Racing Pakistan and sponsored by Bank Alfalah. A race track was improvised on the excellent streets of Lake City (a rare sight in Lahore). The race was held at night under flood lights to avoid the scorching heat of the day. It was a five hour endurance race so each team had 3 to 4 drivers who replaced one another at the end of a stint.

Karting is considered as the most basic form of motorsports. And although a go-kart might look like something you’d buy for your five year old boy but don’t be fooled by its benign looks. Go-kart racing is all about agility and acceleration. That’s why go-karts weigh next to nothing and have very high power to weight ratio. As a result a go-kart changes direction like a gazelle and goes like stink. And that’s why go-kart tracks are very tight and twisty.

F1 replica

F1 replica

This is the second time that Racing Pakistan has organized a kart race in Lahore. The first event was held back in August 2008. Adnan Sarwar is the front man of this organization who is working with Bank Alfalah to promote motorsports in Pakistan.

When I went to see this race last year I saw a Ferrari followed soon after by an Aston Martin and several Porsches. So I wondered how long would it be before I wake up. But then i was forced to realise that it wasn’t a dream. So the next explanation that came into my head was that I had somehow reached a European town located on Raiwind Road. Because to me, that’s a less ridiculous idea than actually seeing a Ferrari and an Aston Martin in Lahore.

Although I didn’t see the Ferrari and the Aston this year (maybe I missed them) but the car park was still quite dream-like.

There are many things I can think of that could have been better on this event but I think it’s more important to appreciate the effort for bringing motorsports to Pakistan which is something we really need.

In case you’re wondering why you never found out about some or all of these events, well you’re not alone, because many people missed these events because they didn’t know about them. Anyway cheer up! I’ll do my best to keep you informed about any future happenings. And if you know about any upcoming events please do share this information with us.

Here are some pictures from this year and last year’s race events…

Here’s a video report of the event which isn’t very good but it’s all I could find.

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