Instagram influencer pulls a risky stunt on the brand new Mahindra Thar [Video]

As the Mahindra Thar’s popularity goes through the roof, there are many influencers who have chosen the all-new Thar over other vehicles. Now a new Thar definitely means that you will need to announce it to the world in a special way. Instagram influencer Shivangi Verma has done something similar to announce the arrival of her all-new Thar. But, it looks like an extremely dangerous stunt!


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Shivangi shared the video on her Instagram page where you can see her sitting on the bonnet. The Mahindra Thar is moving but there is no one in the driver’s seat. It looks like Shivangi engaged the low-ratio transfer case and left the car in gear. Low-range transfer case provides enough torque to move the vehicle at a slow speed without any accelerator input.

It is used to recover vehicles stuck during off-roading but many influencers have started using this for making videos. Since there is no one inside the car, sitting on the bonnet of the vehicle can be extremely dangerous. There is no one to stop the vehicle if something goes wrong.

Low-ratio should not be used on the tarmac

Instagram influencer pulls a risky stunt on the brand new Mahindra Thar [Video]

Most of the SUVs which have 4 wheel drive also come with a low range transfer case. The 4-low mode (4 wheel drive with low ratio gear engaged) is meant to help the car tackle difficult terrains, including steep inclines or slush. However, one should never use 4-low on the tarmac or even on smooth, flat surfaces. 4WD low is offered on most SUVs that get 4X4, including the Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari Storme, Toyota Fortuner and the Isuzu V-Cross, to name just a few.

Also, never try to drive at speeds more than 10 km/h with low ratio gears engaged. Doing such and driving on regular surfaces increases the wear and tear by a huge margin and can also deal damage to the transmission. On normal surfaces, one should drive the SUV in the 2-wheel-drive mode and only on tough terrains should one use 4-high. 4-low should be used only when the going gets too tough.

Illegal to do such stunts on public roads

Doing any kind of stunts on public roads is highly illegal and the violators can even go to jail along with paying massive fines. Doing stunts on public roads can land you in a spot due to various reasons.

If anyone wants to practice stunting or want to record videos, it should be done on private property such as race tracks and even farmhouses. Also, one should take note that such stunts are extremely dangerous.

Shantonil Nag

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