It was an unplanned visit and I had no clue that I gonna be a part of it,
Yes fellows Im talking about the event which remains unknown for 95% bangaloreans. A TerraPod activity STROME Off road Experience.
Wednesday morning I woke up and I had only one thing in my mind, TerraPod extrem offroad event of TATA, but I had no option and went to office thinking that I may not visit.
I told my friend about this event and Im surprised since he was more interested to visit than me. we decided to leave office at 2:00 to see storme in action. It was very hot when we left the office and my navigation system took me there without any extra efforts.
We reached the venue and we registered our self to drive Storme but I got disappointed, they stopped allowing customer to drive in off road track, My friend was so angry and me 100 times more than him, I asked him to arrange for TD outside atleast, they agreed and asked us to experience the storme from passenger seats 1st.
My friend went and sit in co driver seat and I settled in middle row since I wanted to experience how good storme ride in off road, since I always takes drivers seat normally.
My friend is a pakka(fiesta) sedan driver in fact he never drove any SUV and for him all this terminologies are very new.
there were some demos by professional rally drivers demonstrating ability and technology of the vehicle. I highlight few with my videos later in this post.
driver took us to 65 degree slope ramp and he demonstrated how storme pulls itself automatically by sensing the incline through ECU which let flow torque on each wheel as much as required.
Vehicle was in 4h 2nd gear with dual AC on. driver took is feet off the pedal and released the clutch and storme started moving by saying Im there buddy dont worry.
My friend who was sitting with driver was surprised nd was asking many question to him. I asked him again to confirm whether the vehicle can go automatically or not he said yes.
But what ever it is with Dual AC on and 4 people on board Storme took it easy.
descent was totally in control of storme driver was just controlling steering. No need to apply brakes during descent in 4 wheel mode vehicle sense it by itself.
Driver also demonstrated skyfall with storme which was awesome to experience from middle seats.
Next was the Dwindler track which was just a piece of cake for storme so nothing much about it.
Now we are ready to take on BUMBLE BEE to demonstrate ECU controlled LSD to keep vehicle moving. Im wondering I was enjoying more than enjoying from my driver seat
Now driver took us to 45 degree slide board and stops in middle to show how stable storme is. at the end of the video you can see my friend asking some silly question to driver and I was laughing from inside, he doesnt know what is LSD and all.
Also enjoy a video where you can see sudden speed burst of storme and balance of storme.
I specially checked whether my legs touching steering, for me no such problem find the video below, and also see other videos where there is no problem for official driver too.
Now we are ready for long test drive
after this wonderful experience me and my went went for TD, sales guys was super cool and gave loads of info.
I decided to drive first and took this storme away from venue. my drive experience is already posted now im driving it for fun.
the vehicle which was driven is a same vehicle which is been using in all terrapod events, it crossed 3700 km only in offroading(see the pic below for evidence) I must admit this there is no single rattling sound in the vehicle except jump seats spring was making little noise no offense.
*AC was super cool as I mentioned before it was very hot that particular day.
*Drive position is best in class, full view of road and also side and rear view mirrors big enough to see the world.
*Arm rest and gear shifter position is excellent no question about it.
*For me loads of space left between my legs and steering.
*Brakes are super quick for old safari drivers it is hard to digest.
*Lane cutting is a fun no question about it.
* we drove in almost all kind of surface, my friend impressed very much he said it is better than his fiesta
* no question about space, it is big, very comfortable
*He scared to drive first because of its size
*surprised once he drove it and said it feels like small car to drive and infact more visible than fiesta
*3 rd gear almost like dead for him, according to him there is no punch in pickup ( because he is a sedan driver)
* he likes the dash but disappointed with central console. he liked the quality of the materials used in interiors.
* more space like a house for him
*NVH is very less, no engine/gear/suspension/tyre sound inside the car
*brakes are better and more confident.
*lane cutting is easy.
In one statement TATA officials may not let us drive i off road track but we made our own terrapod activity outside in TD.
*terrapod is going to hydrabad on 3rd week or 4th week of jan.
*TATA now more concentrating on personal car than commercial cars and so they defined new customer satisfaction strategies to its employees. they going to increase service to another level
* TATA sold 3500 STORME in 2.5 months only in North india.
Now enjoy some videos and Pics, lets discuss it in detail if any query.
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