Tata Motors has announced the launch of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship to bring truck racing to India for the first time. The first ever championship of this sort of motorsport in India has been inscribed on the calendars of FIA and FMSCI (the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India). The Truck Racing Championship will be held on March 23, 2014 at the Buddh International Circuit.
The championship will feature 12 Tata Prima trucks built specifically for the purpose. These trucks will be divided among six teams, with participation from experienced international drivers. The Tata Prima 4038.S, with its 370 bhp engine and a top speed of 110 kph, will compete in the Championship. To make these Prima trucks fit for racing, several modifications were made to meet a mix of safety and performance guidelines from British Truck Racing Association. These included changes in fuel tank, brake cooling system, propeller shaft guards, racing seats and safety belts, exhaust, steering wheel among others. The trucks have gone through multiple quality checks and have also been tested on a test circuit at Jamshedpur for control and high speed runs.
Mr. Karl Slym, Managing Director, Tata Motors commented,“Through the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship, weare introducing yet another pioneering initiative in the Indian trucking space. We at Tata Motors are ready to embark on yet another milestone of Horizonext, with the highest levels of performance and competitiveness of our trucks, to take customer engagement to another level. Formula 1 is the pinnacle of 4-wheeler racing in the world, and we at Tata Motors are taking the initative to make the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship as the pinnacle of truck racing, in India. With this we are not only adding an exciting new dimension to one of the largest trucking markets in the world, but also connecting our passion for trucks to the larger Indian audience.”