The Indian government has called on all the car manufacturers to nominate one hatchback model that will enter a racing series to promote car sales and tourism in the country.
- No modifications will be allowed.
- The hatchbacks have to conform to the 1.2-litre petrol/1.5-litre diesel capacity limit and be under 4 metres in length.
- Half the races will be held off-road in honour of our road network, which is only half paved. This also eliminates the need for an expensive venue like a racetrack and simulates real-world conditions for the cars.
Cars approved so far :
- Maruti Suzuki Swift RS,
- Ford Figo
- Mahindra Verito Vibe
- Skoda Fabia
-Hyundai decided to field the i20, no doubt because of its six-speed gearbox.
- Tata-Indica rather than the Vista, probably because of its multi-link rear suspension, but we also understand that it is looking to try and enter a second team with a Vista as well.
- VW has entered a Polo into the fray, but have appealed to let the Polo GT TDI participate despite it being above the displacement limit. They even are agreeing to an air restrictor to ensure a level playing field.
-Toyota might not participate, Honda has remarked that it will submit its entry as soon as it has a diesel hatchback ready. Chevrolet, Fiat, Nissan and Renault four brands that have a rich and varied racing history, globally - could not be reached for comment. http://www.carwale.com/news/12863-in...pril-2015.html