Honest and accurate news and reviews of Indian automobiles. This is our primary aim at MotorBeam, to deliver latest automotive updates in real time.
MotorBeam is a daily updated automobile portal which contains the latest automobile news, car reviews and bike reviews from the Indian automotive industry. Obsessed with the Indian automotive scenario, MotorBeam was started on 25th May, 2008. We cover everything related to two and four-wheelers including Indian car road tests, bike road tests, video reviews and car, motorcycle comparisons. Over the years, we have expanded our base and have our team spread across the geographical boundaries of the country. We have also started community forums and a monthly magazine recently.
The MotorBeam Story – So how did MotorBeam start? Since childhood, automobiles really fascinated me. When I was small, the car I spent most of my time in was a Premier Padmini and a Maruti Esteem although we had an original Japanese Maruti 800 in brown colour before I was born. While the former was rock solid (loved the exhaust note on this), the latter was fast (in those times). The Padmini was bought second hand in the 1990s, was painted light green in colour and was the lucky charm in my family, everyone simply loved it. The Esteem was an icon, a car so good that my parents didn’t buy one but two (at separate times of course). The first Esteem bought by my dad was in 1994, when the car was just launched (replacing the 1000). It was bright red and Rs. 50,000/- of accessories were put in it (it did not come with wheel covers or an audio system). Sadly due to financial circumstances, my dad had to sell off the car within 6 months of purchasing it, however he sold it for more than he bought it so no regrets but I still missed it a lot. Latter on, in 2000, my family bought a golden Esteem (Euro 2 as Bharat Stage wasn’t launched yet). This car was the fuel injected version and produced 85 BHP of power, it was fast and did 100 km/hr in second gear. NVH levels wasn’t the craze in the early 2000s so the Esteem was vocal and I simply loved the sound (others might call it noise).
We had the Esteem for 4 years and just when it was being sold, I started learning driving (I was 16 back then) and I only got to reverse on the car. The Esteem was replaced by a Honda City (silver, dolphin shape) and I learned quite a lot of driving on it, practising parking most of the time. Other real world experience of driving was learned in the chilling winters of Lucknow when my Uncle taught me driving over a period of 10 odd days on his ancient HM Ambassador (1985 make). I learned riding bikes at the age of 17 on a Pulsar 150 UG2 which my college classmate was kind enough to lend and I ended up draining his battery, thumping the electric start all so frequently as I stalled like a million times. Like quite a few people, my first bike was a Hero Honda Karizma, black in colour and bought after years of convincing my parents that I wanted a motorcycle.
Coming back to the Honda City, nobody really liked it much as it lacked power (only 77 HP! from its i-DSI motor). We did love the space inside the car and the quality but then the terrific resale value of the car helped us sell it for a nice amount. In fact the resale of the City was so good, we never searched a buyer, someone came, paid and took it away. The replacement for the City was going to be a Toyota Corolla but a quick test drive made us reject it for average brakes. We even looked at the Innova but my dad was very anti-diesel and thus we wanted a petrol car only. We checked out the Chevrolet Optra and liked the features on offer. The car in 2005 came with sunroof, audio controls on steering wheel, CD changer, 15-inch alloy wheels, etc as standard. With a good discount thrown in, we were sold.
The Optra was fantastic in every way offering a good ride quality, space, features and the like but with a growing family, we needed a bigger car and there was only one MPV which made the cut. The Toyota Innova. So after rejecting it two years back, in 2007 we finally went back and bought an Innova. While the Innova was delivered, we also bought a Swift diesel which offered both low running costs and super fun. We even modified the car a bit with a 90 BHP tuning box, cold air intake with conical filter, 15-inch Lenso alloy wheels, etc. After all these mods and pedal to the metal driving, it still returned 18 km/l in the city. It was at this time when I started my graduation along with which I started MotorBeam as a hobby website just to randomly ramble about cars and bikes. MotorBeam did not start as MotorBeam though, it started as a free blog on Blogger in 2007 with the username ‘busas’, named after my favourite motorcycle. On 25th May, 2008, the domain MotorBeam was registered and rest as they say is history. In the past 5 years, I have dedicated majority of my time to MotorBeam, even while doing my MBA, ensuring I am actively involved in all the posts which go live, reading every comment and interacting with automobile enthusiasts who like me, eat, drink and sleep cars and bikes – Faisal Ali Khan.
We absolutely love what we do and have some really cool people on board with us. You can find out about them below –
Faisal Ali Khan is the founder and editor of MotorBeam. He is an MBA in Finance from Symbiosis, Pune. His passion for cars and bikes dates back to when he was 2-years old, the age at which he started driving his baby cot across the house by pushing it. Faisal loves everything that has wheels, be it a 2-wheeler or a 4-wheeler. His favorite motorcycle is the Dodge Tomahawk and he hopes to see it in production some day. His favorite car is the Fiat 500 Abarth. He currently dreams of driving the Bugatti Veyron at full steam at Volkswagen AG’s test track in Germany. A big Apple fan, Faisal loves every gadget that the California based company produces. He enjoys watching Formula 1 and MotoGP and really doesn’t care who wins as long as there is some excitement and overtaking. He is also a foodie and an avid marathon runner. His professional interest lies in the Indian stock market and when he is not behind the wheel, he is either going long or short on equities!
Dr. Javeid Ali Khan is a practicing dental surgeon and particularly excels in the field of endodontics. From the curves of the tooth to the curves on the road, he is known to hit the apex, just about every time. His love for cars dates back to the time when he was 5-years old and doctors found RACING DNA in his blood on a routine examination and has been into karting since his kindergarten days. Formula one is his passion and is the best way to complete his weekend. He has been following it since Schumacher got his first drive in Spa Francorchamps, which also happens to be his favorite circuit, his favorite driver being Fernando Alonso. He dreams of owning a 458 Italia one day and driving it flat out around Eau Rouge. He loves to travel, see new places and meet new people. He combines his passion for cars and traveling and misses no opportunity for a road trip and is famously known to use Red Bull as fuel!! He currently Heads the Roads Tests and Reviews section on MotorBeam and also happens to be the teams ace driver. When he is not attending to his patients, he is usually on the road less traveled.
Aariz Rizvi is a commerce student and a young photographer. His relationship with automobiles started when he was a toddler. For him, anything round was a steering wheel and any stick a gear stick. His favourite sound was that of a car passing by. Things haven’t changed much since then, his favourite place is the driver’s seat. He dreams of driving a Range Rover all the way to the roof of the world – Ladakh. His life’s ultimate experience was when he drove the Porsche Cayman S on the streets of Delhi, scaring away people with its earth shattering exhaust note. He is a big foodie and also an avid photographer. When not day dreaming, eating or driving, he can be found looking through his camera lens and snapping pictures.
Viraja D Vakada is an MBA by qualification and has a keen interest in motorcycles. She started riding on her Scooty in her engineering days, which she still loves dearly. She learnt riding bikes on her friend’s Yamaha Fazer and plans to buy the Triumph Daytona 250 once it goes on sale. When not working, she can be found on the outer ring road zooming past traffic on her husband’s Honda CBR150R. Her dream is to complete the Saddlesore one day, which she wants to do on her upcoming Triumph. Viraja’s favourite bike is the Aprilia RSV4, while she has a thing for BMW cars. Her other hobbies include go-karting, cooking and reading. She also loves collecting scale models of cars and her latest acquisition is the Lamborghini Aventador.
Chandan Mallik is a hardcore petrol head who currently works as Executive Editor, Automan magazine in Oman and has been in the Middle East since 1998. Mallik acknowledges that the countless hours spent with mechanics during college days, interest in photography, writing and travel eventually paid off as a full-time career option since 1991. Besides working as an editor of some leading motoring titles in UAE, he has been credited for launching several successful motoring titles in the region such as Middle East Car, Autocar and F1 (Middle East editions) and Overdrive. He has also worked with Wheels, a Gulf News publication for several years. Chandan is also a founder jury member of the prestigious Middle East Motor Awards (MEMA). Besides the above, he is also a vintage car and bike enthusiast and avid photographer and regularly participates in vintage rallies in India.
Parth Gohil is a petrolhead since childhood and a passionate photographer. He dreams of owning a BMW 530d M-Sport and a Lamborghini Aventador, both cars offering a tremendous outburst of speed and handling. His current ride is a humble Chevrolet Spark. Parth also likes taking part in motorsport activities such as the Maruti Autocross, etc. An avid gamer, he can be found playing on his Playstation when he’s not writing about cars.
Sameer Contractor is a graduate in the field of Mass Media. His love for cars or anything on 2 or 4-wheels goes back to the toddler days and it has been the same ever since. Cars give him the solace that other people can only search for. Sameer can practically start a car discussion with anyone and at any given point of time. He likes collecting scale models of most classics and sports cars, while he dreams of the 1967 Ford Mustang GT Fastback. His newest love being the Jaguar F-Type convertible, he wants to make it a part of his garage someday. Sameer would love to soon start work on a 2003 Honda City as his first project car. A huge fan of German cars for their sheer build quality but he considers the British and Italians to make the most beautiful looking cars. He would love to travel the world in a road trip searching for the best foods and amazing roads.
Aman Sancheti is a young petrol-head who adores everything with 2 or 4 wheels. Driving or being in a fast vehicle gives him an adrenaline rush like nothing else. His love for cars dates back to the time when he was just 3 years old. That was the time when his dad bought the Nissan Laurel, a car that he still adores. He loves exploring new places and trying out different varieties of food. Aman dreams of owning a BMW S1000RR and a Porsche 911 Turbo S for the turn of speed these vehicles are capable of. A road trip in Europe in a convertible supercar is something he dreams of doing in the future.
Anupam Singh Parihar is a designer by profession, who did his eduction in Mechanical Engineering and later in Industrial Design. He chose this profession because he loves cars and bikes. His first ride was on his dad’s Hero Puch, when he was asked to take a small circle of 100 metres but Anupam stopped after almost 5 kms. He loves riding bikes and owns a Royal Enfield Thunderbird and first generation Suzuki Fiero. He would like to own a Ducati Monster in the near future. On four wheels Anupam likes SUVs and muscle cars and would like to own a 1957 Shelby Mustang ‘Eleanor’. Anupam is a big time foodie, likes adventure sports and photography. He also likes to try new things and his ride and profession both allow him to do that.