21 June, 2011
Tata Motors vehicles take top spot in the Manufacturer Class at the Dakshin Dare 2011 Rally, one of the most prestigious rallies in India. This is the second victory for team Full Throttle after the Desert Storm Rally 2011. This win proves Tata Motors commitment towards motorsports and its rigorous vehicle testing abilities in the most demanding environment possible.
Riding on the success of Desert Storm Rally 2011, Tata Motors – Full Throttle team entered the Dakshin Dare 2011 Rally with off-roaders – the Tata Safari 4×4, the Tata Xenon XT 4×4 and with the Tata Indica Vista 90. The rally started on June 13, 2011 from Sri Perumbudur in Chennai and concluded in Bangalore on June 17, 2011. Traversing off-road terrains of Kodaikanal, Coimbatore, Ooty, Mysore, in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Karnataka respectively, the Full Throttle team covered over 1,800 kms.
The Tata Xenon XT stood first in the Manufacturer SUV class and second in the overall endurance category. Two Tata Indica Vista 90s, which made their rallying debuts in the Dakshin Dare 2011, also stood first and second in the Manufacturer Car class, and second and fourth among cars competing in the endurance category.
The company had participated in the Desert Storm 2011 Rally with a team of 2 Tata Safaris and 2 Tata Xenon XTs, and the team swept the Desert Storm 2011 Rally, in March 2011, winning the top three positions in the Ndure A category and the 1st and 3rd positions in Ndure overall.
Tata Motors hadannounced the launch of ‘Tata Motors Full Throttle’, a platform for steering the company’s participation in motorsports 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 motorsports including development and testing.
Tata Motors has also launched the website – www.tatamotorsfullthrottle.com to nurture rally interests among off-roading enthusiasts. The website will not only display Tata Motors motorsport initiatives but will also share information about rallies, their formats, preparations, etc., to generate interest among the car owners.
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 Safari sports utility vehicle. Both the Tata Safari and the Tata Xenon XT, a 4×4 lifestyle pickup, have also been driven in various rallies in the past by independent participants.