Tata RaceMo is the next big step from the Indian manufacturer. The RaceMo ruled the headlines sometime back when it was unveiled at the Geneva Motorshow. Later, the car came back into the headlines when the project was shelved due to lack of funds. Well, the first sports car from Tata is back and this time but still, there is no clarity over the launch of the vehicle.
Tata RaceMo won the prestigious German Design Award (GDA) in the Gold category for the Internation Excellence in ‘Exceptional Product Design’. The RaceMo will be the first vehicle under Tata’s new sub-brand TaMo. It is built on the all-new MO-Flex platform that enables the designer to apply the surface design more efficiently. This leads to faster development of the cars.
Commenting on the occasion, Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, said,
“Winning the prestigious German Design Council’s Gold Award for Automotive Design is a proud moment for us and , and is testament to the skill and passion of the Global Tata Motors Design team. A perfect blend of Italian sensuality and Indian ingenuity, the RACEMO is the first innovation from our sub-brand TAMO and our emotional, unexpected leap to the future. The RACEMO connects with the aspiring customers of India, making it a perfect extension of our customer’s personality. We hope to continue on this path towards innovation and disruption in product design and technology.”
The car has been designed with the inputs from Tata’s design studio in Turin, Italy. The design of the project is headed by Pratap Bose, Head of Design, Tata Motors. Pratap has added,
With the RACEMO winning the award for International Design Excellence, within a few months from its first global showcase, marks a very important milestone for Tata Motors’ Design Team. The RACEMO was the result of intense collaboration between the design and engineering team at Tata Motors. What started off as a design study, today stands strong as a production ready two-seater sports coupe, specially designed for the global Indian audience. All of us at Tata Motors are very proud and excited about bringing the car to India.”
While the officials from Tata say that the sports car is production ready, there is no news about the launch of the vehicle as of now. With the RaceMo coming back to the headlines, we do expect something more substantial coming in the near future. Tata Motors will showcase the new car at the Auto Expo 2018, which is scheduled to take place in February 2018.
The sports car is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that churns out a maximum of 186 Bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque. The MMS (Multi-Material Sandwich) platform that serves as a base to the RaceMo will make it easier to assemble. Even the dealers can assemble the kits of the car making it much more flexible for storage and transportation.
We may see more information coming on the RaceMo during the Auto Expo, and by the end of 2018, we may see Tata taking the project out of hibernation and putting it in the real world.