Laleh Seddigh, Iran’s foremost lady rally driver and leading sports personality drove Mahindra’s rally prepared Super XUV500. In Bengaluru, at the invitation of team Mahindra Adventure, Iran’s numero uno lady rallyist exchanged views and experiences with Mahindra Adventure motorsport drivers, on the side lines of the Indian Rally Championship.
A name to reckon with in the Iranian motorsport circuit, Laleh started driving at the tender age of 13. Always passionate about cars and driving, Laleh is popularly referred to as the “Little Schumacher”. In fact she is the only female driver to be given permission by the Iranian authorities to participate in an otherwise male dominated bastion in her home country. With many accolades to her credit spanning her illustrious career, Laleh has proved her mettle in the motorsport circuit in Iran, securing many podium finishes and first places across races and rallies.
According to Vivek Nayer, Chief Marketing Officer, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, “We are delighted to have Laleh amongst us and equally happy to have her experience our rally prepared Super XUV500. Having established immense credentials in the rally circuit with many podium finishes and national rally wins, the Super XUV500 was put to test by Laleh as she showcased her finesse in display driving. The Super XUV500 not only emerged unscathed, it also displayed the tough and rugged DNA of the Mahindra vehicles, like no other. It was a pleasure to watch Laleh drive as she put the machine to test. She truly epitomizes the spirit of women empowerment and symbolizes the take on anything spirit.”
Laleh Seddigh said, “I am very excited to have driven the Super XUV500 and to have experienced the motorsport scene in India. Having driven the Super XUV500, I can just say what Mahindra vehicles are capable of. I would like to thank team Mahindra Adventure for providing me this platform to exchange thoughts & experiences with their rally drivers. I truly believe that motorsport has immense potential to be recognized as a mainstream sport and in my own way I would like to encourage more people to take it up as their profession, as a serious sport. Such free flowing interactions will not only bring in cross country perspectives, but I am sure this will also provide the right impetus for more support and an increased visibility for a sport which so far has been a playground for a select few.”