When it comes to football in India, one name most of us have heard is Baichung Bhutia. Having played 107 times for the country, his stint is captain are cherished by fans, alongwith the 43 goals he has scored for the national side. He has also had a stint at Bury was deemed unsuccessful. He will always be remembered as the 1st Indian footballer to play professionally in Europe having signed with Bury in the late nineties. This week saw Baichung in a new sports field, teh Buddh International Circuit. Before you jump to conclusions, no he’s not going to be your next race driver but was there to cheer those who do race. In this case, Karun Chandhok, and the new Audi R8 V10 Plus that has now been launched in India.
Former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia took a seat beside Karun Chandhok for s pin around the track. Baichung Bhutia said, “Audi has always supported and encouraged sports and the sportsman spirit in people. Love for sports brought us together and I am happy to see that Audi is providing a platform to experience a world-class sportscar experience here in India apart from promoting football and golf.” The day also saw former F1 racer Karun set a lap time of 2:12.711 at BIC. His timing is now recorded as the fastest lap time for a production car (road legal car for this reference) on the Formula One track. The super speedster Audi R8 V10 Plus is sporty, and is available at a price of Rs 2,05,95,000 (ex showroom Maharashtra). Seen with well appointed interiors, the vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 317 kmph.
The V10 engine offering 550 hp power, mated to a 7 speed S Tronic. It is seen with Audi’s new Space Frame Technology while its body is designed with stiff aluminum weighing just 210 kgs. Exteriors sport new LED head lights and turn signals. The coupe sits on 19” wheels with a new rim design and a long wheelbase of 2.65 meters. Interiors are well appointed with a multifunction sports steering wheel and a distinctive R8 logo with red rhombus, while seats are leather upholstered. Infotainment features include a Bang & Olufsen sound system and Audi Music Interface with standard equipment including Bluetooth and all LED headlights and tail lights along with parking sensors at the front and rear.