Road Set for Third Season of Tata T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship
Published On Feb 29, 2016
All along, trucks were viewed as an idle mode of transport to be employed solely for commerce. However, the scenario changed two years ago in 2014, when Tata Motors initiated the first ever truck racing event here in India. Termed the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship, it was a racing competition hosting Tata's acclaimed Prima trucks. The event was held in Delhi in the Buddh International Circuit, and had invited great buzz from the auto world.
This year, the third season of the event is set to be held on 20th March in the BID stadium. Six teams will be competing in a race involving 12 Prima trucks. The championship will be administered by the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and FMSCI (the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India).
Taking part in the ambitious race will be Tata Prima 4038.S truck models with 370bhp of power @ 2100 RPM. The machines are fine-tuned for high performance, with the ability to touch a top speed of 130 km/h. Alongside this, several upgrades to the security systems, chassis and overall composition are made, ensuring that the vehicles meet the needs of high speed sprinting. Tata puts the vehicles through the most stringent quality process in its Jamshedpur facility, ensuring that no standards are left below par for the race.
Involved in the spectacular event was Steve Horne, a two-time truck racing champion from UK. He had been a major figure in the first season of the event. The competition also gave rise to the T1 Driver Programme, which aims to scout out and nurture trucking talent from the domestic pool as well. The programme attempts to mould racers out of Indians, and bring a greater participation of locals in the acclaimed event.
The first edition of the event saw a spectator crowd of nearly 25000 strong, and this year, nearly double the number is expected to attend the landmark race event.