Tata Motors’ bold experiment of introducing truck racing to India had been a huge success last year, giving Indian CV giant and its partners enough confidence to make it an annual event. The 2015 Tata Prima T1 Truck racing championship (Season 2) has been formally announced with faster trucks in fray. The trophy has also been unveiled.
The performance of the trucks is improved this year
The second edition of the one-of-a-kind motorsport event in the country is scheduled to take place on March 14 & 15, 2015, at Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. Just like the inaugural edition, this year’s championship will also comprise 6 teams with 2 trucks each, piloted by a pool of 12 international drivers.
Tata has announced that it will kick start a driver training program later in the year to identify and nurture Indian talents for the next season. More on that coming in the next post.
The championship which is held under the aegis of FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) and FMSCI (Federation of MotorSport Clubs of India) in association with other popular motorsport entities like MMSI (Madras MotorSports Club) and BTRA (British Truck Racing Association) has undergone several significant enhancements in terms of technology to make for even more exciting races. Every partner involved (Cummins, Castrol, Tata Technologies, WABCO, Lipe Clutch, Setco and JK Tyres) has worked on stepping up the game this year.
The Prima T1 Race Truck packs in 370 hp
For starters, the Prima T1 Race Trucks for 2015 season are claimed to have increased top speeds of around 130 kph (10% faster then last year’s machines) and 10% better acceleration. The overall weight has also been reduced by 10%.
Noteworthy technical improvements include better cooling of brakes, exclusively engineered JK Tyre rubbers with higher rating, Castrol Vecton engine oil with improved formula, bigger steering wheel dia for better ergonomics, tweaked axle ratios and caster for sharper dynamics and so on.
The 2015 Prima T1 Race Trucks are powered by a 8.9-litre Cummins diesel engine which belts out a healthy 370 hp at 2,100 rpm and a torque output of 1,550 Nm at 1,300 rpm. The potent engine is paired to a 8-speed manual gearbox. And we have driven it!
12 international drivers from 6 teams will compete to clinch this trophy
The race prepped beasts are fitted with FIA mandated security features such as roll cage, side and rear under run protection bars, quick release mechanism for the steering wheel, racing seat with 5-point harness, fire extinguisher, always-on taillights, propeller shaft guard, battery cut off switch, etc. The aggregates are packed close to the centre of gravity to promote stability.
The race weekend will involve 2 qualifying rounds of 5 laps each on Saturday (14th March), a sprint race of 10 laps on Sunday (up from previous edition’s 5 lap) and main race off 15 laps, also on Sunday.
The championship provides a platform for the automaker and its partners to uplift the aspirational value of the trucking business, promote the occupation of truck driving and above all, to showcase the technology.
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