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Tesla tests car endurance in Dubai’s hot weather

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Tesla has announced sending a number of its electric car models to the deserts of the Emirate of Dubai in order to conduct durability and endurance tests, during high temperatures that sometimes reach 50° Celsius.

The American company, through its accounts on the communication platforms, published pictures of its cars traversing sand dunes and roaming rough terrain with brilliance, lightness and distinctive performance.

Testing vehicles in extreme temperatures is not easy, especially in high heat, as it requires certain preparation for those who are not accustomed to it from electric models to ensure that they work properly and without problems.

The company said, via its Instagram account, that its field quality engineers went to Dubai during the hottest time of the year to conduct extreme heat and durability tests.

Tesla’s field quality engineers took several cars, including the Model 3 and the ultra-fast Model X Plaid, to run tests in the Dubai desert.

One of the images shows an engineer driving the super-fast X Plaid, billed as the highest-performance SUV ever.
The company said the three-motor all-wheel drive can reach 96 kilometers per hour from a standstill in less than 2.5 seconds.

And the field test began a big adventure in the sand dunes, to show how far Tesla is ready to go to ensure the performance and safety of its vehicles in the extremely hot weather that characterises the countries of the Middle East.

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UAE petrol prices take another welcome hit for inflation this October

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Now fill up your car tanks for a lot less after a third successive rebate in fuel prices in the UAE

 

Motorheads in the UAE are rejoicing and it is not just the drop in temperatures. The country’s fuel price committee has announced petrol and diesel prices for the month of October 2022 with a dip for a third successive month. Around 37-38 fils have been shaved off in each petrol category

In October, Super 98 petrol will cost Dh3.03 per litre, Special 95 at Dh2.92 and E-Plus 91 at Dh2.85. Diesel has been priced at Dh3.76 a litre.

Retail fuel prices crossed Dh4 per litre mark for the first time in June 2022 since UAE announced deregulation in 2015, and reached a peak of Dh4.63 per litre in July 2022. The surge, however, has now been offset by some distance.

Over August and September, prices came down Dh1.4 per litre in response to a decline in energy costs brought on by concerns that recessions will soon engulf the world economy.

The price reduction was expected. As a result of worries about an impending global recession, oil prices fell to their lowest levels since January earlier this week. On Thursday afternoon, WTI was selling for $82.39 a barrel and Brent was trading at $89.6.

According to globalpetrolprices.com, the average price of gasoline in the United Arab Emirates is Dh3.3 per litre, which is significantly less than the Dh4.66 per litre price of gasoline worldwide.

Here’s what a full tank will cost you

COMPACT (avg 51 litres) October September August July
Super 98 petrol 154.53 173.91 236.13 211.65
Special 95 petrol 148.92 168.30 230.52 205.33
E-plus 91 petrol 145.35 164.22 226.44 201.96

SEDAN (avg 62 litres) October September August July
Super 98 petrol 187.86 211.42 287.06 257.86
Special 95 petrol 176.70 204.6 280.24 249.86
E-plus 91 petrol 238.08 199.64 275.26 245.52

SUV (avg 74 litres) October September August July
Super 98 petrol 224.22 252.34 298.22 342.62
Special 95 petrol 216.08 244.20 290.08 334.48
E-plus 91 petrol 210.90 238.28 284.16 328.56

The decrease in gasoline costs has a favorable effect on inflation in the countries, raising the cost of food and other commodities.

While US West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery fell to $76.71 per barrel, Brent crude futures for November finished down at $84.06 per barrel.

“A tough period has begun. Lower growth and higher inflation rates were the two main global variables that caused the decline [in oil prices], according to Abdul Jabbar.

Opec+ has increased oil production this year in an effort to reverse the unprecedented cuts made in 2020 after the pandemic drastically reduced consumption.

However, due to underinvestment in oilfields by some Opec members and output losses in Russia, Opec+ has recently failed to meet its desired output gains.

 

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Dubai Police staff in Sharjah accident with one dead, six injured

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One person has died and six more were injured after a Dubai Police bus crashed on Sharjah’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Street at around dawn on Thursday morning.
The six Dubai Police workers are being treated for their minor injuries at the Al-Qasimi and Kuwaiti Hospital in Sharjah. Details of the incident were not released.
A delegation from the Sharjah Police, headed by Colonel Youssef Obaid Haramoul Shamsi, Director of the Department of Comprehensive Police Centers of Sharjah Police, expressed their condolences over the deceased colleague and visited the wounded to wish them a speedy recovery.

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FIA president Ben Sulayem seeks swift action on ‘porpoising’

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FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem says his stance on Formula 1 driver health and safety is part of a clear vision for the federation, and motorsport’s future, which he will back with decisive action.

From next weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, new measures will be in place to address the physical effect on drivers from the aerodynamic bouncing of F1 cars known as ‘porpoising’.

Ben Sulayem implemented a revised Technical Directive covering the measuring and monitoring of the vertical forces acting on the cars, or ‘porpoising’, after extensive consultation with F1 teams, drivers and his own FIA technical and medical staff.

His handling of the issue has drawn international media acclaim. It follows his decision earlier in the season to enforce a long-standing rule preventing drivers from wearing jewelry when competing, to protect them in the event of a crash.

“This is not just the way forward for driver health and safety in F1 – it’s the direction the FIA must take to ensure a better future for motor sport overall,” he said.

“We have a responsibility to do what is in the best interests of the sport, and I’ll work closely with all our main stakeholders to get their input on all key decisions.”

“But I won’t back away from any big issues. I’ll confront them, discuss with my own team, make the right decisions and back them with decisive action.”

What is porpoising?
When a F1 car goes on track, the downforce tends to lower the car height even more. Initially this phenomenon is favorable, the downforce generated by the bottom increases, but as soon as the critical height of the stall is reached, the problems begin. As soon as the downforce produced collapses, the car raises from ground. When you increase the ride height, however, the bottom is no longer stalled and the downward aerodynamic force increases, making the car lower again. This creates an oscillating movement of the car along the transverse axis. A hysteresis cycle is obtained on the dowforce value, the machine starts to oscillate and porpoising is born.

Courtesy: https://www.presticebdt.com/what-is-porpoising-f1-explained-how-to-fix-it/

Ben Sulayem, who took over as FIA President last December, has an overall strategy aimed at doubling global motorsport participation within four years, and his actions have been winning plaudits from F1 journalists in particular.

He places a heavy emphasis on grass roots and regional motorsport development, as well as diversity initiatives, and wants to ensure that FIA championships leave legacies wherever they compete.

There are challenges at every turn, but he faces up to them with conviction. After 100 days in office Ben Sulayem wrote to member club presidents to say that operating losses will completely overwhelm the FIA’s resources in the next five years if allowed to continue.

“We need to make tough decisions in our portfolio, and in the way the organisation is structured and works,” he said. “Together we can only improve the sport, and to improve the sport we must be all together.”

“There’s a long way to go, and we have to deliver for the new generation. That means we have to update our rules accordingly, not just for F1, but for motor sport as a whole.”

Ben Sulayem’s desire to drive the FIA forward with strong, decisive leadership applies equally to the federation’s role and responsibilities in tourism, mobility and road safety.

In order to ensure continuity for FIA initiatives, he has ordered the recruitment of a full-time CEO to help drive the federation’s approach in the years ahead.

He also believes intensive training is essential to deliver a steady follow of highly qualified individuals who can share responsibilities in key areas across the FIA.

This approach began with the appointment of two alternating F1 race directors, which Ben Sulayem emphasises is only a start. Similarly, he wants the virtual race control that he instituted to trickle down to other race series.

When F1 proposed in increase from three to six sprint races for next year, Ben Sulayem demanded further details on the financial and operational implications on organising clubs and officials.

“Many race officials and marshals are club members, and we have a duty of care towards them,” he says. “I did not say no more sprint races. I left the door open, but only if we understand the implications. I owe that to the clubs.”

He believes, meanwhile, that expanding the scope of the FIA University, which previously focused only on mobility, will crucially give more people the chance of career opportunities in motor sport.

“The university now includes sport, and I would like to see it include engineering as well,” he said. “Not everyone is going to be a Formula 1 or WRC champion. But there are people who can be involved in the motorsport community when it comes to education, and engineering.”

“We must help those who have the talent, but currently do not have the opportunity. This is where we have to go in the future.”

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