“Riders have been going for other ride-sharing service providers since Uber raised their minimum prices to Sh300 from Sh200. My driver makes more money from Taxify than any other ride-sharing service,” said Jairo Ombasa, an Uber partner, who has also invested in Taxify.
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I did a couple laps on our top secret dirt road and found that guiding the FJ40 around deep ruts was easy, even though I didn’t have the best view of the terrain in front of me. The beauty of a narrow, boxy vehicle such as this is that you have a clear idea of where the wheels are in relation to obstacles and how much room you have to work around them. On top of that, if you really wanted to get a good look at tire position all you’d need to do is stick your head out the window, or even better, prepare in advance by taking the doors off.
Before I began the monumental rescue operation, I had to first disassemble the system into its individual components. Unlike stock exhausts, which only have three parts (header, mid pipe, and silencer), this Yoshimura unit consisted of eight individual pieces. Each one was thoroughly fused together thanks to a decade of moisture-capturing neglect. I completely drenched every pipe connection with rust penetrant and let it sit for a few hours.
The Honda Civic sedan is available with two engines—both of which are significantly quicker than the Corolla’s sole engine offering. With the base 158-hp, 138 lb-ft of torque 2.0-liter I-4, the Civic sedan accelerated to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds in Motor Trend testing. The Civic’s available 174-hp, 162 lb-ft turbocharged 1.5-liter turbo-four did the deed in just 7.2 seconds. In comparison, the Corolla’s 132-hp, 128 lb-ft 1.8-liter I-4 could only muster a 9.8-second acceleration run to 60 mph. Although all three engines are offered with a manual transmission, all our testing was done with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) option.
While commenting and comparing automobiles or anything Indian, do not forget that INR 1 = PKR 1.60 plus minus moreover import duties on cars’ components for assembling is exorbitantly higher in Pakistan thirdly profit margins of international/local manufacturers/assemblers are high due to poorly negotiated deals with them by various negligent governments – nefarious reasons. This state of affairs cannot last long with the advancement of media and IT promoting awareness also high influx of used Japanese cars will hurt local assemblers till they loosen their claw grip or face elimination. As regards collection of direct taxes from wealthier class maintaining Mercedes and other luxurious vehicles, it is an open secret that bureaucracy will not do it due to corruption and this practice of collecting tax at source or indirect taxes which gives rise to cruel prices will go on till awareness reaches optimum level. And this is not very far.
Drifting isn’t going away anytime soon, but it is losing popularity among young people in Japan. Sure, people of all ages love to watch, but the chances of us finding a driver at Nikko under the age of 40 was slim to none. It’s an alarming revelation but something that guys like Ueno realize and are still hoping will change. He goes on to tell us that he hasn’t stopped finding the most satisfaction from drifting and being able to enjoy the cars he’s built. The spec on this hachiroku isn’t overly complicated, highlighted by an ITB’d 20v 4A-GE, custom coilovers, and Watanabe wheels, but it works and has worked since he built it six years ago. While his AE86 is conditioned for frequent abuse and has logged many hours on the track, it’s also very clean and free of any major dents or scratches. It’s things like this that we can really appreciate. There’s a high level of integrity with each car that slides around Nikko circuit. In fact, it’s almost like a man-machine relationship for some, like Ueno. “Drifting a car is like a jet fighter and not an airliner. Damage and tire black mark in the body makes for a more genuine atmosphere. I love my car. My car feels my love maybe. When you’re in love with your car, you’ll feel a special aura.” Very deep, and something the majority of the younger generation will probably never understand in Japan, at least until their phones die.
Well said. All German cars are rolling electronic nightmares. BMW, VW, Porsche, Audi, MB… Outside of warranty, they are always more of a gamble to own than almost any Japanese car. American cars are even worse, for the record, but, much cheaper to maintain and keep running in good health. I work with all these cars at the auctions and its as if the Germans truly build these cars to make it to warranty expiration and only just. It seems they are only interested to maintain their huge profit margins over the Japanese, who truly offer superior products that are, admittedly almost always less fun to drive. There are so many places the German marques could spend just a few more dollars to reinforce, or use a better material, but just don’t.
So, there isn’t a lot of wiggle room under the bonnet, and the same could be said for the suspension department. “Most people want the car lowered, which is a mistake,” Kevin explains, adding: “The car is already hitting the bump rubbers even on the standard ride height. If you did need to do the suspension, go for Bilstein shock absorbers – the B6s – but that’s all I’d do. If you lower that car, you will destroy its handling and its ride.” You have been warned…
While creating these animations I encountered the issue of touch events and small FABs. When the animation finishes the actual position of the small FABs does not change, only the view appears in the new position so you can’t actually perform touch events on the correct position. What I did to fix this issue was to set the layout parameters of each FAB to its new location and then perform the animation of pulling the view to the new position.