Tata Motors Full Throttle snap up 2 podium finishes
Tata Motors Full Throttle has successfully completed the 2011 Raid De Himalaya Rally, ending its maiden participation in the tortuous rally, by snapping up 2 podium finishes. Riding on the success of Desert Storm Rally 2011 and the Dakshin Dare 2011 Rally, Tata Motors – Full Throttle team entered the 2011 Raid De Himalaya Rally with 3 Tata Xenon XTs, 2 Tata Safaris, 2 Tata Sumo Grandes and 2 Tata Indica Vista's.
The Tata Safari of Mr. Sanjay Takale and Mr. K Chandrashekhar locked up second position in the Pro Stock Expert SUV class of the rally, while the Tata Sumo Grande Dicor of Mr. G.S. Joshy and Mr. Chandramouli claimed third spot in the Stock Expert SUV class. The two cars stood 4th and 5th in the overall Adventure Trial category, which saw over 65 entrants, this year.
The rally, spread over 6 days, through a treacherous route embedded in the great western Himalayan ranges, covered a distance of over 2000 km, starting at Shimla, passing Mandi, Kullu, Kangra and Chamba, and entering Jammu and Kashmir through Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, Kokernag and Ananatnag.
The cars traversed through some of the highest passes in the world, enroute Kargil, Rangdum, Dras, Kargil and Zozi-La, finally ending in Srinagar. Tata Motors had announced the launch of Tata Motors Full Throttle, a platform for steering the company’s participation in motor sports and allied activities on 15th February 2011. The platform will help the company in organising and synergising all efforts and activities in the area of motor sports, including development and testing.
Tata Motors has earlier participated in several international rallies such as the London – Capetown rally in 1998, ASEAN rally in 2004 and the SAARC rally in 2007 with the Tata Safari. Both the Tata Safari and the Tata Xenon XT, a 4x4 lifestyle pickup, have also been driven in various rallies in the past by independent participants.
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