With arms folded, and leaning nonchalantly against the Ferrari, is our Editor-in-Chief and part-time racer, Dhruv Behl, who has the responsibility of setting the lap times for all the four-wheel contenders. His racing resume includes podiums in both rallying and racing – in everything from the Raid-de-Himalaya to the VW Polo Cup and the MRF Formula 1600 single-seater series. With thumbs up, and leaning against the Ducati, is bike racer Simran King, who makes sure that every ounce of performance is squeezed out of each of the two-wheel contenders in this test. Simran is a two-time JK 1,000cc motorcycle championship winner – 2015 and 2017 – and he also finished 1st runner-up in Bahrain SBK (2018-19).
Doing the hard work of crunching the numbers is our full team of experienced road testers, with over a half-century of cumulative experience evaluating cars and bikes. From left to right: Ishan Raghava, Divyank Bansal, Karan Singh, Shivank Bhatt and Dhruv Paliwal. As explained on previous pages, we score each machine on a range of parameters ranging from quality, comfort, ride and handling, refinement, design, practicality, value-for-money and, of course, X-factor and lap-time.
HOW ARE POINTS ISSUED BASED ON LAP TIMES?
Well, the fastest car or motorcycle to lap the circuit (the short-loop of the BIC) gets a full set of points. Thereafter, points are awarded on a relative scale, based on the gap to the leading machines.