India is still maturing when it comes to the races and rallies. However, there are a few Indian rallies and races that see a lot of participation. What are the rally/race-spec cars that are available in India? Let’s find out.
Mahindra Super XUV
Mahindra XUV 500 also participates in the rallies and the Super XUV 500 is the official entrant from Mahindra. The SUV gets the superb racing seats, roll cage, and power upgrades. The Super XUV 500 gets new free flow air filter and free flow exhaust system. There is also a new ECU with a tuning box. The suspension has been upgraded too. The official power figures have not been made public.
Mahindra Super Thar
Mahindra also has the Super Thar, which has been modified on the similar lines of Mahindra Super XUV. The rally-spec Thar gets a new suspension and a lot of modifications under the hood which are not public. The car also gets a customised exhaust that sounds extremely sweet. The livery includes the customary orange and white paint finish.
Maruti Brezza, the largest selling Utility Vehicle in India also won the trophy in 2017 edition of Desert Storm in Xplore category. The Brezza is only powered by a 1.3-litre diesel engine option that churns out a maximum of 88 Bhp and 200 Nm. It gets a 5-speed manual transmission. The light body of the Brezza makes it quite capable and fast off-the-road.
The older version of the S-Cross is seen in many rallies around India. Thanks to the 1.6-litre Multijet engine that powered the vehicle, it became the choice of many in rallies. This rally-prepped S-Cross gets auxiliary lamps mounted at the grille while the suspension has been upgraded too. The changes done to the engine are not known.
Volkswagen Polo R2
The Volkswagen has a full-fledged motorsport arm in India. Volkswagen unveiled the Polo R2 in the Indian market that competes in rally events. The car is powered by a 1.6-litre engine that generates a maximum of 127 Bhp and gets a 5-speed manual transmission. The car also gets an aerodynamic body kit, rear spoiler, roof vent and minimal interiors to reduce the weight. It also gets a roll cage to save the occupants in an event of a turnover.
Volkswagen Ameo Cup Car
The Ameo is not a rally-spec car but a race-spec car developed by Volkswagen. The car replaces the Vento Cup Car. It is powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum of 205 Bhp and gets a six-speed sequential transmission with steering mounted paddle shifters. The car also gets a roll cage, four-point safety harness and weight reduction to make it go really quick.
Toyota Etios Racing
Toyota also used to have their own set of the racing championship in India with the specced-up Etios sedans. The Etios racing cars are developed by Toyota’s TRD arm, which is their performance department. The petrol powered sedans are FIA qualified and have abundant safety features.
Marui Gypsy SUVs are abundant in the world of rallies in India. They are the preferred the choice of many teams due to its petrol engine and light body. The Maruti Gypsy is also one of the most modified vehicles in rally circuit and comes in different power outputs. There are even Gypsy cars with engine swaps that give it even more power boost.
Tata Motors has Full Throttle arm that is the motorsport division of the brand. The rally-specced Tata Sumo is an official vehicle of Tata Motors and gets many upgrades under the hood, which are not known. The rally spec Sumo also gets a new suspension system and upgraded seats for better safety. The car won the 2012 edition of the Desert Storm in Xplore category.
This is another product of Tata Motors Full Throttle division in India. The official rally-spec Tata Safari looks quite similar to the regular model but gets changes on the inside which have not been disclosed. The SUV also gets front auxiliary lamps for a better light throw at night.