If you thought racing meant sleek cars going pedal to metal at breakneck speeds around circuits across the world, think again. Truck racing is big, big enough to have the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) running a European championship. Big behemoths racing around race tracks is a sight to behold, one that was restricted to armchair enthusiasts going wide eye in front of television sets in India. Now though, all that has changed with Indian commercial vehicles behemoth Tata Motors launching the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship in India.
Right here in India, one can now catch the sight of massive tractor trucks jostling for track position. The T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship kicked off the previous weekend, at the Buddh International F1 Circuit situated in the North Western part of the country. The T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship brings together 12 top truck drivers, split into 6 teams of two drivers each. The competing drivers are enclosed in the table below, and 50 year old, British race truck driver Stuart Oliver of the Castrol Vecton team won the inaugural round of the 15 lap race.
|Team||Driver 1||Driver 2|
|Tata Technologies Motorsport|
12 Tata Prima 4038.S race trucks that feature 8,850 cc Cummins Turbo Diesel engines form the basis of this one-make truck racing championship. The 8.9 liter turbo diesel engines of these trucks output 370 Bhp of peak power at 2100 rpm while peak torque is rated at a gargantuan 1,550 Nm. A 9 speed Eaton gearbox is standard on the Tata Prima 4038.S race truck. The truck is geared for a top speed of 110 Kph while the diesel tank comes with a capacity of 625 liters, one that points to the long haul operations that this truck’s road going specimen is capable of undertaking.
The road going Prima 4038.S tractor trucks have been extensively modified to confirm to the British Truck Racing Association stipulations. The race trucks feature 22 key modifications that impact safety and performance. A modified fuel tank, an enhanced brake cooling system, propeller shaft guards, racing seats and safety belts, free flow exhaust, race-spec steering wheel and a roll cage are the various changes effected to the racing trucks. Apart from Tata Motors, the world’s top truck making companies such as MAN, Volvo, Mercedes Benz, Iveco and Freightliner compete in truck racing.