Tata Motors in association with the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India (FMSCI) is all set to bring 'Truck Racing' in Indian subcontinent next year. The races will be conducted at the Buddh International Circuit(BIC), Noida and the trucks participating in the race will be specially modified for so.
Tata Motors officials were unavailable for comment, but president of FMSCI Vicky Chandhok said, "It has been my longtime goal that we have all the popular racing series in India. And that is why I am happy that Tata has decided to enter the world of truck racing. It is something which is popular in America and Europe, I hope the fans here connect with it too. I consider myself fortunate to be part of the project from day one".
Though a final announcement is still to be made, the FMSI president told that, twelve modified Tata Prima heavy trucks will careen around the BIC with experienced international drivers behind its wheels.
The trucks will race along with long trailers attached to them and can hit a top speed of around 100 kmph. In the past, Tata Motors has fielded teams in national rallies but it is the first time that it is putting its own product into the racing arena. Volkswagen and Toyota are the other major auto manufacturers involved in this motorsports space in the country.
The officials at BIC looked excited to host the first ever truck race in India, "It is something we are looking forward to. We are told that we will have it by mid-March. There won't be any track changes required for the event but we will need some bigger recovery equipment" said BIC race operations in-charge, Farhan.