It was in late January when Tata Motors, the largest CV manufacturer in India, launched its T1 Truck Racing Championship (CLICK HERE to read our earlier story). Recently, the manufacturer invited selected media groups to experience the new Tata Prima T1 racing truck on Buddha International Circuit and among those lucky few who had a rendezvous with the race-spec Tata Prima was Team Motoroids. (CLICK HERE for our first impressions of the new Tata T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship)
Here, we have all the details you need to know about Tata Motors T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship
The Tata Motors T1 Prima Truck Racing championship is the first truck racing event that will be held in India and is recognized by FIA (Internationale de l’Automobile ).
Following is Tata Motors’ rationale behind introduction of this new championship –
- Share of Business
– The new generation of truck drivers, who are better travelled and educated, are on the look-out for other business options
– Trucking business unlike in the west is not looked upon as an aspirational profession / occupation, which could change with the advent of truck racing.
- Share of Employment /Livelihood
– There is a dearth of Truck drivers due to multiple options for livelihood that have come up in last few years
– The occupation of driving Trucks has not been able to attract enough people
- Showcase superior technology
• Truck racing allows Tata motors to showcase its new technological advancements through performance in challenging conditions
At the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship, 12 Prima Race trucks will compete against each other for the top spot. The Prima truck that will be used as race truck is a 4038.S model with massive power of 370 BHP @ 2100 RPM and a top speed of 110 Km/h.
The truck has been modified based on the BTRA guidelines and has been certified by FMSCI after having undergone stringent security check-ups. To make these Prima trucks fit for racing, guidelines from British Truck Racing Association have been followed and 22 key modifications have been made to meet a mix of safety and performance needs. Some of these modifications include- a new 90 litres Fuel Tank, innovative brake cooling system, Propeller shaft guards, Racing seats and safety belts, exhaust, steering wheel , et al.
T1 Prima Race Truck Specifications
Engine: 4038.S (4X2 TRACTOR)BS-III,WABCO,L2,T24 WITH ISLe Engine
Power: 370 BHP @ 2100 RPM (+/-50 RPM)
Max. Torque: 1550 Nm at 1200-1400 rpm
- Crawler- 10.58
Max. Geared Speed in Top Gear: 110 kmph (With Std. Rear Axle)
C-SL FLAT ROOF CAB: Full forward steel cab with rigid structure
Race Venue – Buddh International Circuit
T1 Truck Racing Championship will be hosted at Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. The 5.14-Km long circuit has been designed by world-renowned German architect and racetrack designer, Herman Tilke, who has also designed other world-class race circuits in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Turkey, Indonesia, the UAE, South Africa, South Korea and the US.
Race Event Format
The T1 Truck Racing Championship will have 12 Truck running to claim the maiden championship title. The race will see 6 different teams with two trucks running for each team.
The first ever truck racing championship, scheduled for March 23, 2014 will be a full-day family event, scheduled from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm.
There will be two races for Race Trucks. The first one will be a qualifier race which will be followed with the main race. The final race will see a rolling start for the race trucks in a 15 lap race.
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