Audi Challenges Arabia: “Light up a football pitch”

Zakaria Daoud dreams of becoming a professional football player. He lives in a remote village somewhere in the mountains of Al-Rustaq governorate in Oman, where modern roads don’t reach, and proper football grounds don’t exist. When he submitted the request to light up a football pitch, he didn’t expect Audi Middle East to face it head-on and in the process help fulfill the ambition of the 13 year old Omani boy.

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Audi Middle East took the challenge thrown at them a little ahead. Not only was a football field lit up but Zakaria was built a football field for practicing the game with his friends, not only from his village but neighboring villages as well. The pitch was built and completely illuminated with the help of 22 new Audi Q7s turning on their Matrix LED technology.

Out of more than 4,000 challenges submitted, this is the third challenge to be taken up by Audi Middle East since initiating the ‘Audi Challenges Arabia’ campaign. The first one was ‘Audi R8 adrenaline’ challenge at the Dubai Autodrome followed by the ‘Audi Elevation challenge’, where an Audi RS 7 raced the elevator of the tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa. If you want to see the rest of challenges, log on to

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Al Nabooda Racing hopes to clinch double title in Porsche GT3 Cup

This weekend will determine if the Al Nabooda Racing will accomplish a 1-2 victory in the driver’s championship. If nothing goes wrong terribly, Jeffrey Schmidt is going to climb that podium in the Bahrain International Circuit to claim the GT3 Cup drivers’ title. Al Nabooda Racing has already secured their third team triumph in four years, in the wake of the exceptional bonding between Swiss driver Schmidt and Kuwait’s Zaid Ashkanani.

Al Nabooda Zaid Ashkanani

Here’s something to keep the excitement burning this weekend: it’s still anybody’s championship. Well, any of the four leading the tally! With each race win securing 25 points, a maximum of 50 points are still available to the drivers over the two races, Schmidt will face the most pressure from Ashkanani and Cullen but fourth placed Abdulaziz AlFaisal of Saudi Arabia too has a chance, although a slim one!

Beirut Gran Prix in September

Lebanon will get its own Gran Prix of sorts in September. The Beirut Grand Prix 2016 Supercar Race (BGP 2016) will take place on September 17th and 18th. This gentleman’s race is hoped to contribute to bringing back the glory days of Lebanon. It will witness 36 non-professional drivers racing for the champion’s title of the first ever Beirut Grand Prix.

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In true style of the region, three lucky grandstand ticket holders will get the chance to win three Porsche 2016 cars. More information may be found on

Patrol Nismo starts rolling out

Even as the enthusiasts who have booked the Patrol Nismo are biting their nails and waiting for March 2016, Nissan has good news for them. The Patrol NISMO production has started! As proof, the automaker even hosted a group of guests from the Middle East at its Kyushu Plant in Japan, which is the oldest vehicle manufacturing facility in Kyushu that passed the 10 million unit milestone in December 2004.

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Nissan Patrol NISMO will be priced from $100,470 USD (369,000 AED) in the UAE.

Ford does quality check using wearable App saving long walks

Ford has developed a wearable Portable Quality Assurance Device, which connected to a smartphone app, enables production line workers to make faster and more accurate quality checks on new vehicles. The Bluetooth-enabled device recognizes the exact quality inspection requirements for each vehicle that passes along the assembly line. These are displayed on the touchscreen of the wrist-worn device, and team members are then able to instantly follow up and approve.

Ford wearable app

The new system has helped to reduce human error by 7 percent while at the same time making each vehicle check seven seconds quicker. Only in Valencia where the device application was tested, the number of vehicles produced would exceed 400,000 units, adding up to a substantial time saving and almost a kilometre of walking in the process of monitoring the production line.

NewsTrack Early March 2016 was last modified: March 2nd, 2016 by Sudeep Koshy

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