At an event in Delhi, Tata Motors has officially announced the launch of T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship to bring truck racing to India for the first time. The fixture is scheduled for March 23, 2014, and will be held at Buddh International F1 Circuit, Greater Noida.
The race is being conducted under the aegis of FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) and FMSCI (the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India).
Tata Motors will have 12 of its Prima 4038.S trucks competing in the championship. These trucks are built for racing purpose and they have 22 key modifications made to meet a mix of safety and performance needs as per guidelines from British Truck Racing Association.
These include significant changes in fuel tank, brake cooling system, propeller shaft guards, racing seats and safety belts, exhaust, steering wheel among others. These race-spec trucks have already been tested for high speed runs and control in Tata’s test circuit at Jamshedpur. The Prima 4038.S leviathans are capable of generating colossal 370BHP at as low as 2100RPM and have a top speed of 110 Kmph.
The 12 competing Tata Prima 4038.S will be divided among six teams consisting of experienced international drivers from British Truck Racing championship and European Truck Racing championship. The two-time British truck racing champion Steve Horne will be present. He is one of the most celebrated and longest serving truck racing drivers in the world and has been instrumental in multiple operational aspects of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship.
The race day will see two races. The first one will be a qualifier race, followed by the main race, seeing a rolling start of big Tata Prima race trucks.
The first ever truck race in the country is indubitably a historical event. Drop everything else and plan a trip to BIC on March 23. A big ‘thank you’ to all involved in bringing this interesting motorsport into the country and our very best wishes are with Tata Motors for the championship.
Now, this calls for a big shout out to Tata!
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